Entry requirements

You will need an upper second class honours degree in a humanities or creative arts discipline, and will have an informal interview on application. Graduates from non-humanities disciplines are also welcome to apply, but may also be asked to complete a written assignment.

Months of entry


Course content

Our pioneering MA programme guides you to find and tell the stories that matter to you. You'll explore the practice and theory of documentary film while you develop your unique voice as a filmmaker, accumulating excellent production and documentary-making skills. In addition, you'll learn specialist research skills that will aid your career.

· Develop your distinct creative voice and create a solid portfolio of work

· Train as an all-rounder with great production skills and film-funding experience

· Learn from respected filmmakers and internationally renowned academics

If you want to become a Documentary Filmmaker then our Documentary Practice MA is the perfect course for you. If you're interested in factual film research or film theory then our programme is also a perfect fit.

We train you to be an all-rounder. You'll gain valuable expertise in:

· directing

· production managing

· camera operating

· recording sound

· editing

You'll also pitch your projects to funders and promote your films to festivals.

You'll explore the many ways in which documentaries can be made, from the observational documentary to visual essays. You’ll consider documentary ethics, activist filmmaking, fact-fiction hybrid filmmaking among other forms and approaches, as well as examining current research by prominent filmmakers, theorists and historians.

Intensive practical workshops with respected film-makers, group sessions and one-to-one guidance will help you find the subjects for your work, hone your working methods and develop distinct shooting and editing strategies as you create a solid portfolio of work. All the while you'll refine your own unique visual language.

Our Department has several PhD research-led projects in film and you’ll have the opportunity to develop your postgraduate research interests.

Information for international students

Please see here for more information.

Fees and funding

Please see here for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
+44 (0)20 7882 8331