University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

This course develops specialist skills in production, directing, camera-operating, sound recording and editing, as well as teaching you how to pitch and compete for funding and commissions. You will benefit from the extensive industry experience of your tutors, who are practicing documentary filmmakers, academics and award-winning directors. Graduates go into a range of film-making options such as production and academic research. Alumni of this course have also gone on to associate producer roles and commissions in broadcast and independent sectors. Many former students are now building strong reputations for their work on the course. You can expect to be grounded in documentary direction, camerawork and editing - the key artistic and technical skills for a successful production team. Each year students take their work from LCC onto the competitive British and international documentary filmmaking circuit. You will enhance your career prospects gaining valuable skills, vision and opportunities including guidance on pitching for funding and commissions.

In return, you?ll need to be committed and passionate about your study and practice and be ready with strong ideas. You will also need to be open to constructive and supportive criticism so that you?re able to push boundaries in your thinking, writing and reflection, alongside the making of your films. From identifying characters, stories and locations to shooting and editing with a particular visual style, you will be the complete author of your work. MA Documentary Film explores the traditions of international documentary film while offering modern documentary production facilities at LCC. Training includes shooting and directing on high-definition cameras and editing in Adobe Premiere. Practice is integrated with the theory so that filmmaking is critically and conceptually analyzed within the historical and practical context of documentary film.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £10,890 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £10,890 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £19,930 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have an Honours degree; Possession of equivalent qualifications; Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required; Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the four skills.
  • IELTS score: 7