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Entry requirements

A minimum of a lower second class Bachelor's degree or a pass in a non practice based Master's. A portfolio of work is also required. We will accept applications from practitioners whose portfolio of work and CV demonstrates communicative and artistic achievement to the level of a Bachelor's degree.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The MFA provides extended practical training in creative documentary film and aims to provide the technical and intellectual resources required to make outstanding non-fiction moving image. It draws on broad based anthropological and critical thinking about the social and cultural world but above all will leave you with a deep practical understanding of the craft of storytelling in factual film, culminating in the production of a medium-length feature documentary film.

We live in an increasingly audio-visual world. In the 19th century the novel was the form. Today it is moving image. If you want to show people new ways of looking at the world, if you want to use cameras, microphones, the possibilities of montage, narrative structure to find new ways of storytelling this degree is for you. We have no ideology and promote no house-style. We want to help you find your own voice in an artistic form that is in its earliest days - where 'anything goes'. If that sounds like your home then this degree is for you.

Over two years you will learn to: i) handle different cameras, lenses and different sound recording equipment to produce cinematic image and sound as well as mastering the technical skills to use professional editing programme/s and post production processes; ii) you will be able to experiment with different sorts of story telling in films of different lengths for varied audiences you will learn to take risks; iii) Under the highest quality supervision, you'll manage a long form (40+ minute) film project carried out by yourself; iv) you'll devise a short collaborative ('commissioned') visual research project with persons not trained in film narrative techniques.

We see the Future Media Studio as an integral part of the creative environment of the 21st century in which the university provides a privileged space for creative work that can only rarely take place outside of its walls. Our Studio is therefore a site of creative and collaborative creation linking the creative industries and university life. Since 2008, at what is now UCL's Future Media Studio, and together with Open City Documentary Festival and School we have explored how the teaching of creative non-fiction story telling can best be taught. We have pioneered practice based teaching by practising (part-time) professional film makers. 

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MFA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


All practice based courses are delivered in lectures, masterclasses and tutorials followed by supervised project work. Across the MFA you will spend significant time each week completing camera and editing exercises, building up a portfolio of work as well as watching numerous films. All work is assessed, either formatively or formally, by the MFA teaching team.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3108 6697