Postgraduate MA

Documentary Filmmaking

Documentary Filmmaking

Course Overview

  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    City Campus
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    18 Months
  • Start date


    20 Sep 2021

Documentary filmmaking is constantly evolving, thanks to the rise of internet and social media, there are now countless places for filmmakers to screen their work. This course will help you find an audience for the idea or subject you are passionate about, and it will support you in turning your vision into a bold and innovative film.

At the Northern Film School you will have the opportunity to explore and communicate a subject you are passionate about. We support all types of filmmaking, including campaigning and issue-led films, observational and character pieces, experimental films and wildlife documentaries. You will develop and pitch your ideas and successful ones will be made into masters projects and given real production budgets.

As the first and only film school in the UK to receive JAMES accreditation, our Northern Film School is the ideal environment to explore your ideas and creativity. Our industry-standard facilities and experienced staff will give you the support you need to make your passion a visual reality.

You will be joining a strong and successful group of graduates, many of whom have won Oscars and BAFTAs for their work. The prestige of the Northern Film School will set you up to achieve your ambitions and our reputation will provide you with the foundation to becoming a successful documentary filmmaker. We have contacts with the BBC, ITV and Channel Four and strong connections to Sheffield International Documentary Festival where you will have the opportunity to showcase your work.

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Why study Documentary Filmmaking at Leeds Beckett

  1. The Northern Film School, which creates more than 200 films a year, was rated one of the top five international film schools in the world to watch by the Hollywood Reporter
  2. Benefit from the school's close links to the creative sector in the Yorkshire region, throughout the UK, and beyond
  3. Your tutors have extensive experience of working in the film industry, with most of them still being active filmmakers
  4. Leeds is at the heart of a boom in the northern film industry, as well as being the birthplace of film, home to the one of the UK's oldest cinemas and the city recently chosen by Channel 4 for its new national headquarters
  5. Study within Leeds School of Arts - one of the largest university arts communities in the north, with 3000 students spread across over 40 courses and 170 years of inspiring, challenging and innovative practices.
  6. In the new Leeds School of Arts building you will have access to professional, industry standard filmmaking facilities, equipment and teaching spaces that will foster inter-disciplinary collaboration, creative talent and knowledge sharing

Northern Film School Showreel With its roots originating in the late 1970s in the Leeds Polytechnic Film Unit, the Northern School of Film and Television came into being in January 1990. Eventually simplifying its name to the Northern Film School and residing within the Leeds School of Arts at Leeds Beckett University, the Northern Film School offers filmmaking awards at BA (Hons), MA and PhD levels, attracting students from around the world.

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