Taught course

Documentary Filmmaking: Landscape and Ecology

Aberystwyth University · Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies

Entry requirements

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above in a related subject. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Documentary Filmmaking: Landscape and Ecology provides a unique opportunity to develop skills as a documentary filmmaker within a research-led, cross-departmental and technologically diverse context.

  • Aberystwyth is the perfect location for immersion in documentary filmmaking that responds to space, place, landscape and ecology.
  • The scheme offers practical instruction in both analogue and digital filmmaking, making use of industry-standard digital equipment, as well as a dedicated film lab and darkroom for Super 8 and 16mm production.
  • You will explore the history and theory of documentary film alongside specialist modules in Human Geography, allowing them to create innovative and thought-provoking works that negotiate the pressing issues of our time.
  • The MA provides several different creative pathways, embracing traditional and non-traditional documentary modes and supporting students through a range of technical approaches.

Why study MA Documentary Filmmaking: Landscape and Ecology at Aberystwyth University?

  • Rare access to a range of specialist equipment, with support in both analogue and digital workflows.
  • Unique interdisciplinary focus that combines instruction in both Film and Geography
  • Develop a unique documentary voice in an environment that encourages experimentation and risk-taking
  • A vibrant department where drama, theatre, film, media, scenography and theatre design collide.
  • Study with internationally recognised artists, scholars and curators who will help you to identify appropriate modes of address and screening platforms.
  • An annual programme of departmental research seminars, with high-profile visiting speakers and performers.
  • Access to the National Screen and Sound Archive at the National Library of Wales
  • Extraordinary and inspiring location and environment in close proximity to a range of key environmental organisations (Dyfi Biosphere, Centre for Alternative Technology, Natural Resources Wales).

Information for international students

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test. Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Kim Knowles
+44 (0) 1970 628700