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MA Filmmaking (Screen Documentary)

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    MA 1 year full-time

Course Description

This MA will develop your skills and creative vision in documentary production. It enhances your understanding of the historical context and contemporary modes of documentary production against a backdrop of the wider issues in media production.

This Masters, a pathway of the MA Filmmaking, will encourage your understanding of the politics, aesthetics and ethics of documentary production, and the nature and diversity of documentary practice in contemporary society.

The programme is housed in a new purpose-built media facility equipped with state-of-the-art teaching spaces including a range of digital cameras, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Film Editing suites, Animation, Digital Special Effects, Pro Tools Audio Postproduction suites.

You will be able to make your own documentaries, learning and refining research, interviewing, self-shooting and editing techniques – but also have the unique opportunity to be part of a programme that includes specialised producers, cinematographers, editors, sound recordists and sound designers, so that you can develop the scope and range of your filmmaking by collaborating with them.

Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject as well as a level of practical experience from work in the arts or the media.

You might also be considered for the programme if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

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Fees

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Programme Funding

Goldsmiths offers a range of financial support including postgraduate scholarships, bursaries and fee waivers. These are awarded based on a variety of criteria, for example academic achievements or personal circumstances.

Student Destinations

If you are passionate about fashioning an exciting career for yourself as a filmmaker in an environment that promotes innovative filmmaking, this course is for you.

Our alumni are active in the film, media and cultural industries around the world, working and winning awards as documentary producers and directors.

Module Details

Module title
Documentary: Specialist Skills 45 credits
Representing Reality 15 credits
You will also complete a Final Project (90 credits), assessed by a portfolio of work and a viva that reflects your practice.

Screen School options
As well as your Screen Documentary specialism, you will choose option modules to the value of 30 credits to enhance your other skills and critical approaches. Examples of the modules available include:

Module title
Social Activist Film 15 credits
Adaptation and Script Editing 30 credits
Archaeology of the Moving Image 15 credits
Camera Fundamentals 15 credits
Contemporary Screen Narratives in Practice and Theory 15 credits
Experimental Media 30 credits or 15 credits
Filmmakers Make Theory 15 credits
Film Producing Fundamentals 15 credits
Sound Design Fundamentals 15 credits
The Ascent of the Image 15 credits
Visual Storytelling 30 credits
Doctor Holby: Writing for Existing Continuing TV Drama Series 15 credits
Media Law and Ethics 15 credits
Practical Law for Film-makers 15 credits

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