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Creative Documentary by Practice MFA

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21 months

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Qualification type

MFA - Master of Fine Art

Subject areas

Film / Video / Television Production

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Course Summary

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. You will acquire advanced camera and editing skills in a context of critical enquiry about the social world. You will learn and explore diverse forms of factual storytelling including how to work with an ‘external commissioner’. You will learn how to take risks in pushing the boundaries of film form. You'll deepen you knowledge of documentary film history and learn how to tell long-form stories through images.


Graduates of the programme will develop a series of practical and transferable skills including: Solving complex problems - developing lateral thinking and creative questioning; Managing time and production flows in complex projects and effectively integrating research into film practice; Communicating effectively and succinctly; To be able to pitch and sell stories/product to potential clients; Be able to find the form best suited for a particular 'narrative, be this in media or other contexts.


Short 'commissioned' Practical Film Project and sustained reflection (15 Credits) - Core
Research Work and Book (30 Credits) - Core
Introduction to the practice of Documentary and Ethnographic Film (30 Credits) - Core
Advanced practice of Documentary and Ethnographic Film (60 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

You are required to have a 2:2 at BA or pass at a non practice based Masters. We require a portfolio of work to support all applications. We will accept applications from practitioners whose portfolio of work and CV demonstrates communicative and artistic achievement to the level of BA.

University information

UCL (University College London) is consistently ranked among the top ten universities in the world, conducting leading research across a wide range of subject areas. Throughout its long and prestigious history, it has inspired and educated countless minds and produced 30 Nobel prize recipients. With one campus located in the heart of Bloomsbury and a second campus in vibrant east London, the university is home to around 42,000 students...more

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