Postgraduate MA

Documentary Filmmaking

Turn your ideas into reality and learn how to make a documentary film that can change opinions and challenge preconceptions.

Documentary Filmmaking

Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    18 Months
  • Start date

    16 Sep 2024

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. 

As part of this course you’ll:

  • Understand how to find an audience for the idea or subject you are passionate about
  • Develop the expertise to turn your vision into a bold and innovative film
  • Have the opportunity to explore and communicate a subject you’re passionate about at the Northern Film School 
  • Join a strong and successful group of graduates, many of whom have won Oscars and BAFTAs for their work
  • Be supported by experienced staff who will give you the support you need to explore your ideas and creativity, and make your passion a visual reality
  • Have access to our industry-standard facilities

We support all types of filmmaking, including campaigning and issue-led films, observational and character pieces, experimental films and wildlife documentaries. 

The Northern Film School

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. 

Industry connections

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.

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
  6. Access to professional, industry standard filmmaking facilities, equipment and teaching spaces that will foster inter-disciplinary collaboration, creative talent and knowledge sharing

Leeds School of Arts ‘When I feel like I’m sinking’ is a poem to mark the opening of the Leeds School of Arts building at Leeds Beckett University. Recited by the poet and Leeds Beckett graduate, Zodwa Nyoni, this short film showcases the creative work produced by our Performing Arts, Music and Sound, Filmmaking, and Creative Technologies students and graduates.

Leeds School of Arts