Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

On this course you'll learn about the technology that's bringing improvements in documentary making, understand the ethical challenges that documentarians face, and face questions of authorship and authenticity. At Royal Holloway we nurture creative and challenging Filmmakers. The course offers a launch pad for outstanding careers in a growing field of filmmaking.

You'll be taught by award-winning documentary filmmakers and commissioners: our tutors Marc Isaacs, Helen Littleboy and Victoria Mapplebeck, are all active filmmakers with industry contacts. They'll give you insight into what commissioners are looking for in documentaries today and you'll get real vocational experience by working on your own projects with established industry leaders.

Our students have gone onto become award winning Directors, Editors, Animators and Producers. Recent graduates have been nominated for and won many awards, including The London International Film Festival, BBC Storyville, International Women?s Film Festival, Open City Docs, CineGlobe and The One World Media Award.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,200 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,200 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £17,400 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have 2:1 UK Honours degree or equivalent, in Literature, Fine Art, Media or a related discipline. To be considered, you are asked to submit the following documents as part of your application: a short documentary or an extract of a film you have made, directed or produced - no longer than 10 minutes in duration. Please send this via link on either YouTube or Vimeo; a two page synopsis for a documentary film you would like to make. Give a clear account of the story; describe the narrative approach and visual style; try to make reference to the work of known film makers/photographers/artists as a way of describing your idea.
  • International entry requirements: Students will require: IELTS: 6.5 overall (Writing 6.5). No other subscore lower than 5.5; Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 61. No other subscore lower than 51; Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.