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MA Documentary & Factual

Course Description

Whether you want to make observational documentaries, promote social activism or create the next Gogglebox, this MA programme will empower you to take creative ideas inspired by the real world and turn them into screen products.

This MA programme, subject to validation, focuses on a creative, practical and conceptual framework for making documentaries and factual programming across the contemporary media landscape. Our key aim is to equip students to film reality from a variety of perspectives, understanding and sometimes challenging traditional interpretations of the documentary and its modes of delivery. Students will graduate with the necessary skills and mind-set for a career in the creative media industries.

Today’s audiences can watch documentaries and factual programmes at cinemas and art galleries, on television and iPhones, or via YouTube and Vimeo. As traditional definitions and technological innovation expand the array of opportunities to film and document reality have never been more exciting, dynamic or diverse.

Learn the fundamentals:
Students will acquire the practical and industry skills required to make non-fiction content, including core skills in directing, producing and editing. Understanding today’s marketplace, students will learn how to pitch projects, write compelling proposals, access funding, and reach their intended audience.
Throughout the programme students will learn by doing, and will be encouraged to bring fresh, alternative and innovative approaches to their work. Combining theory and practice, students will investigate traditional concepts and forms, as well as explore contemporary practices and formats for film, television and new media.

Inspirational Connections:
Unprecedented access to leading UK feature documentary makers, Met Film Production. Over the past 7 years, Met Film Production has made over 10 award-winning feature length documentaries that have screened across the globe, including, How to Change the World, the current Greenpeace documentary, which premiered at Sundance this year.
Leading documentary filmmakers, TV commissioners and producers, and contemporary practitioners will present case studies of their work and engage students in lively debates about contemporary documentary practices, issues and perspectives; Visits to film festivals and television and media companies are part of the course offering.

Industry Project:
A unique feature of this programme is the opportunity for students to deliver exciting media content for use in a variety of commercial and non-commercial contexts for external clients. Past external clients include: charities such as Stonewall (UK’s leading LGBT campaigning group) and The Hemophilia Society, Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube YouTube channel, and the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.
Production Experience includes: Portfolio of documentary and factual projects, and a final Master’s Project.

Visit the MA Documentary & Factual page on the Met Film School website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To apply for the MA Documentary and Factual you will need to be 18 years of age or older at the time the course starts. Applicants must have a minimum 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Applicants without this qualification, but possessing relevant work experience, are also invited to apply. Each application is considered on its individual merits.

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