We are looking for highly motivated students with a passionate commitment to creating original documentary films.
Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, or professional experience (such as significant work in film production), and a commitment to research and reflecting on creative practice. You will be expected to demonstrate some experience of your practice in film, video or documentary production.
If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to interview where you will expected to provide a show reel or concise portfolio of previous work, and a clear summary of your current levels of relevant technical abilities. Telephone interviews will be arranged for international applicants.
English Language Requirement
International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
*The University accepts a large number of UK and international qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit English language requirements.
Months of entry
Documentary filmmaking is one of the fastest growing sectors of the screen economy.
From feature length films to short online content, documentaries offer a powerful tool for storytelling, and engaging audiences in diverse subjects and causes.
New platforms and channels are opening up new opportunities for filmmakers to create documentaries for broadcast, web and film distribution.
Aimed at students with some experience of film and video-making already, our MA Screen Production (Documentary) offers you access to expert support and industry-level facilities to take your work to the next level.
Covering the huge breadth of forms of documentary, you'll study wide-ranging filmmaking practices and apply these to producing your own films.
The course is practice-focused, expanding your experience of documentary filmmaking, and training you to be a 'thinking documentary filmmaker', as you learn from the work of great documentarists.
This course is integrated into the buoyant documentary sector of Bristol's audiovisual economy, where Channel 4 recently opened its regional hub, and commissioners are investing in documentary projects.
Some of the fastest growing indies in the UK, such as Plimsoll, Drummer, Silverback and Icon Films are based here and we work closely with local companies, as well as the BBC, to offer you varied production opportunities.
Working with Bristol Business School, you'll also build the skills you need to operate as a freelance, self-employed documentary filmmaker.
There'll be opportunities to network with other future creative leaders, working alongside students on our other postgraduate screen MAs.
The course includes a field trip to the Berlin Film Festival, company visits and guest lectures by leading industry experts.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- +44 (0)117 32 83333