Taught course

MA Documentary Film

University of the Arts London - London College of Communication · Faculty of Media

Entry requirements

You should have a keen interest in documentary films and a keen desire to make your own documentary films. A portfolio is not essential but many applicants send links to documentary work they have already made. You should know what kinds of documentary interest you and why you have an ambition to deepen your involvement in documentary film study and production. A first degree is desirable but not essential. If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, you may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) i.e. professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience. Your experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency. An awareness of and interest in current developments in documentary film is expected. Knowledge of film and media history and theory is not a requirement but we expect candidates to be interested in studying such questions. Language requirements (International/EU) IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) is required. If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page. Portfolio advice Your application should be accompanied by an original documentary film idea (essential) and a short showreel (if available) of existing documentary film production work, with a clear note of your role in each production. We ask for weblinks to the work that you would like to be considered, uploading if necessary. (We prefer you do not submit work on DVD/jump drive/CDs.) The showreel is a way for us to assess your particular understanding of the documentary form, and we cannot advise you on specific content. It is important to recognise that these ideas will inevitably develop and change across the year of study on the course and only serve to inform your application at this stage.

Months of entry


Course content

Get to grips with the entire documentary film making process on this comprehensive course which blends theory with practical experience.

London College of Communication’s MA Documentary Film course leads on exploring the full range of 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 the broadcast, independent and web 2.0 media. You will learn the entire process, taking the roles of Producer, Director, Camera Operator, Sound-Recordist and Editor.

You can 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 through the valuable skills, vision and opportunities that this postgraduate course provides, 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 your 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 visual style, you will be the complete author of your work whatever style you adopt – 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.

This MA explores the great 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 final cut-pro. Practice is integrated with theory so that filmmaking is critically and conceptually analysed within the historical and practical context of documentary film.

Information for international students

Please contact international@lcc.arts.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 8138

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months

Course contact details

Information Assistant
+44 (0)20 7514 6599