United Kingdom
Dates flexible
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview

Course summary:

Learn the entire documentary film making process on this comprehensive course, which integrates theory with practical experience of making your own short films.

About this course:

MA Documentary Film 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 practising documentary filmmakers, academics and award-winning directors.

Four reasons to apply:

  • Practical skills - train on high-end equipment from the start and use it while making your first films.
  • Critical skills - study documentary history and theory, learn to analyse films through group screenings and discussions. Get feedback from industry professionals.
  • Industry skills - practice writing effective treatments, train in pitching ideas, search out work placements in production companies, meet well-known producers and directors doing special sessions.
  • Networking skills - be part of information-sharing about filming opportunities with former students, tutors, industry contacts.

Who should take this course

Anyone Interested.

Course content

Course details:

Get to grips with the entire documentary film making process on this comprehensive course, which blends theory with practical experience. MA Documentary Film leads on exploring the full range of the documentary genre and modes of production that have brought about recent innovation. The digital revolution means new ways of directing, producing and showing documentary films in broadcast, independent and web 2.0 media. You will learn the entire process & taking on the roles of producer, director, camera operator, sound-recordist and editor.

What can you expect?

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.

The course culminates in you making a short documentary film (15-20 minutes). From identifying characters, stories and locations to shooting and editing with a particular visual style, you will be the complete author of your work.

Artistic, investigative, observational and activist film ideas are all welcome. These can be developed for the context that suits your work best & from broadcast to independent or gallery exhibition.

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 analysed within the historical and practical context of documentary film.

We have a long successful history of using graduates for ongoing freelance work, for both fieldwork and editing. They come with that special combination of both technical skills allied with intelligent thinking to help create human stories that have more insight.

Fees & Funding:

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About Course Provider

University of the Arts London (UAL) is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. Its unique creative community is made up of six renowned Colleges, each with its own world-class reputation: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.

UAL is the world’s sixth best University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings 2018. Offering an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts, UAL is the main talent pipeline to the UK’s creative industries.

Home to a diverse community of over 18,000 students from 129 countries, UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers. Our graduates can be found in every part and at every level of the creative and cultural sectors, from heads of global business to self-employed practitioners, and on shortlists for awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.

Building on UAL’s association with some of the most original thinkers in the arts, students and staff are inspired to challenge convention, generate new ideas and nurture talent. Home to award-winning staff and students for more than a century, UAL’s Colleges are at the forefront of learning, creativity and practice in their specialist subjects. This close-knit College structure offers opportunities for learning and enquiry for people at all stages of their creative development.

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