MA

Documentary Filmmaking

Teaching & Learning

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to advise on the mode of teaching for September 2021, however we will keep you updated and provide more information as soon as we can. We continue to follow government guidance and your teaching and learning will reflect the restrictions in place at the time of delivery. We currently anticipate that you may experience a blended approach – this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and online teaching and learning. You can keep up to date with teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett via our Covid-19 website. Updated course specifications will be available in August 2021. In the meantime, our existing course specifications are available.

What you'll learn

Challenge and develop your creative filmmaking practice through the production of short film exercises or sketches. You will gain an understanding of your voice and vision as a filmmaker and enhance your knowledge of all the creative specialisms in filmmaking. Experimentation and collaboration are at the heart of this module.
Develop specialist creative and technical skills for the making of documentary films. You will be introduced to the Northern Film School and the overall ethos of the MA while building basic production skills in three specialist areas: producing and directing; camera and sound; editing.
Explore potential ideas and stories for your own work by researching a wide range of documentary genres. We will introduce you to documentary film theory and history, and you will explore the research methodologies that underpin best practice for documentary production in all specialisms.
Build on your learning from Documentary Practice 1 and increase your knowledge of specialist documentary filmmaking. You will collaborate with other students to complete production exercises designed to explore and enhance your Masters Project.
Apply the ideas and concepts discussed during Documentary Research 1 to your own work. You will decide which approach will work best for your chosen subject and determine the style and ethical perspective of your work.
The culmination of all your learning throughout the course, this module will see you research, develop, create and complete a documentary project, either as the sole author or as a significant specialist member of a collaborative team.
Develop a project and professional plan for your continued practice after the completion of your course. Your proposed project could potentially be individual work, or one in collaboration with colleagues.
Challenge and develop your creative filmmaking practice through the production of short film exercises or sketches. You will gain an understanding of your voice and vision as a filmmaker and enhance your knowledge of all the creative specialisms in filmmaking. Experimentation and collaboration are at the heart of this module.
Develop specialist creative and technical skills for the making of documentary films. You will be introduced to the Northern Film School and the overall ethos of the MA while building basic production skills in three specialist areas: producing and directing; camera and sound; editing.
Explore potential ideas and stories for your own work by researching a wide range of documentary genres. We will introduce you to documentary film theory and history, and you will explore the research methodologies that underpin best practice for documentary production in all specialisms.
Build on your learning from Documentary Practice 1 and increase your knowledge of specialist documentary filmmaking. You will collaborate with other students to complete production exercises designed to explore and enhance your Masters Project.
Apply the ideas and concepts discussed during Documentary Research 1 to your own work. You will decide which approach will work best for your chosen subject and determine the style and ethical perspective of your work.
The culmination of all your learning throughout the course, this module will see you research, develop, create and complete a documentary project, either as the sole author or as a significant specialist member of a collaborative team.
Develop a project and professional plan for your continued practice after the completion of your course. Your proposed project could potentially be individual work, or one in collaboration with colleagues.