MA in Documentary Practice

Brunel University: College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

Program Description

MA in Documentary Practice

Brunel University: College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

This modern and innovative course draws on a dense network of organisations and individuals working in documentary today. The MA providesyou 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.

Course Content

The course is approximately 70% practice, 30% theory.

The course focuses on both mainstream and alternative documentary traditions. It has both a UK and international focus.The practical components of the Course are taught by working documentary filmmakers. You will also 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.


Our graduates have found careers in documentary production or developed their existing film and television careers thanks to the opportunity that the MA provides to learn about the totality of the documentary production process. Whether going into television production, film production, setting up your own company or working on documentary for NGOs, this MA will help you find employment in this field.

Recent Graduates’ achievements and employment:

•ZDF German Television, history and society documentary department
•Documentary producer, Danceproject, PureRisk Entertainment
•Production team, Pramface Mansion (Broadcast BBC March 2008)
•Development department, Windfall Films (developing documentary and factual ideas for TV series and singles for UK and US broadcasters)
•Location Assistant, documentary production company in Athens, Greece
•Freelance Cameraperson
•Freelance Non-Linear Video Editor
•Documentary filmmaking for the Environmental Justice Foundation
•Documentary filmmaking for the Red Cross
•Editor/Director for Belgian TV

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in a relevant area such as film; television; media; or communications. Applicants with degrees in other disciplines will be considered if they can demonstrate sufficient academic experience in areas relevant to the subject. Applicants with relevant practical experience and/or professional qualifications will also be considered.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 6, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
7,300 GBP
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom Uxbridge, England
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End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 7,300 GBP
per annum; £15,400 for overseas students