This modern and innovative course draws on a dense network of organisations and individuals working in documentary today. The MA provides you with the space to creatively, practically and critically engage with the documentary from a variety of traditions, and is structured to provide you with training and professional expertise in dominant/mainstream documentary production techniques, procedures and alternative traditions.
This year, students will be loaned an iPad pre-loaded with learning resources, as part of a research project which is being undertaken with the MA Documentary programme as its main focus. Also, besides the availability of various cameras (Sony Z7, GoPro, Canon DSLRs, etc) and other related equipment (various tripods, lighting kits, dolly systems, etc), students are given a 500GB portable hard disk to use throughout the year for their projects.
The course is approximately 70% practice, 30% theory. It focuses on both mainstream and alternative documentary traditions and has both a UK and international focus. The practical components of the Course are taught by working documentary filmmakers, you will work with our new digital cameras and be trained on Final Cut Pro (our editing suites also have Avid). The theoretical components of the course are taught by full time academic staff who are research active in the field of documentary and journalism.
The course encourages you to develop your own interests and skills and is not prescriptive about the kinds of documentary you can make. As a London based university we have access to a dense network of filmmakers and developing links with organisations such as the One World Broadcasting Trust, Doc House and the Documentary Filmmakers Group (DFG). We believe that the future for many independent documentary filmmakers will no longer be limited to the old model of getting commissions from broadcast television. The shift to user-generated content and web-based dissemination of work will be increasingly reflected in our curriculum.
Recent examples of documentaries by students taking this course include:
US military bases on Greek islands The potential impact of the Olympics on the East End Life in Beirut The Armenian genocide The Vietnamese Boat People Loss of a twin sibling. Indigenous struggles in Chiapas, Mexico. A women’s only village in Kenya