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6 Masters Programs in Documentary Studies

Pursuing a master’s degree after receiving an undergraduate degree can enhance both students’ professional knowledge base as well as their marketability. Master’s degree programs delve deeper into a chosen discipline, providing both greater insight and deeper understanding of a subject. What is a Master in Documentary Studies? Aspiring filmmakers who want to tell true-to-life sto… Read more

Pursuing a master’s degree after receiving an undergraduate degree can enhance both students’ professional knowledge base as well as their marketability. Master’s degree programs delve deeper into a chosen discipline, providing both greater insight and deeper understanding of a subject.

What is a Master in Documentary Studies? Aspiring filmmakers who want to tell true-to-life stories cinematically often pursue a higher degree in documentary studies. Students learn both technical filmmaking skills and how to tell stories in an engaging and emotional way. A lot has changed in documentary filmmaking over the years, and digital and streaming services are giving new voice to the documentary. Filmmakers can study these channels and learn how to use new technologies to tell their stories.

A degree in documentary studies provides prospective filmmakers with a better sense of how to tell a culturally appropriate story. It can arm students with technical tips and tricks in using camera and lighting techniques to enhance the story. Graduates also learn how to better interview to get the most out of subjects.

Completing a master’s degree often takes one to two years, but it also largely depends on whether the student is going full-time or part-time to school. Tuition depends on where the school is located, whether it is private or public and other factors. Students should compare schools to find the most appropriate.

Many employment opportunities are available to students after graduation. They can pursue an independent career as a screenwriter or director, telling the stories they want, or they can secure a position with a company that wants to tell its own stories. Broadcast and streaming networks also search for documentary filmmakers to help share stories with their viewers, working as directors, writers, cinematographers or any number of crew positions.

Students interested in a Master in Documentary Studies may discover good programs at schools around the world. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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MetFilm School
Berlin, Germany

The MA Documentary and Factual course focus on the creative, technical, and industry skills you need to develop documentaries and factual programming across the contemporary m ... +

The MA Documentary and Factual course focus on the creative, technical, and industry skills you need to develop documentaries and factual programming across the contemporary media landscape. Students will learn how to film reality from a variety of perspectives, understanding and sometimes challenging traditional interpretations of the documentary and its delivery. -
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Full-time
English
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ESCAC - Escuela superior de Cinema y Audivisuales de catalunya
Barcelona, Spain

The ESCAC Documentary Master's program is an immersion for the student in the practical and theoretical dimensions of the different formats of today's documentary.

The ESCAC Documentary Master's program is an immersion for the student in the practical and theoretical dimensions of the different formats of today's documentary. -
Master
Full-time
Spanish
Campus
 
University of Cinema Studies
1201, Argentina

To train documentary makers with competence in the areas of Production, Script, Direction, and Post-production of documentary films; provide a theoretical framework that suppo ... +

To train documentary makers with competence in the areas of Production, Script, Direction, and Post-production of documentary films; provide a theoretical framework that supports the documentary genre; generate a space that promotes documentary production; develop an interdisciplinary vision of the making of Documentary Cinema. To take the Master's degree, it is not a requirement to have prior audiovisual knowledge. In that case, the University will offer the necessary technical training free of charge. -
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Spanish (Argentina)
Campus
 

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National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale"
Bucharest, Romania

The Master Documentary Film program prepares authors dedicated to this cinematographic genre. The study program addresses all aspects of training professionals in the field, c ... +

The Master Documentary Film program prepares authors dedicated to this cinematographic genre. The study program addresses all aspects of training professionals in the field, combining theory with practice. The stages of creating and making the documentary are assumed conceptually and concretely by students, they are thus encouraged to address research topics in the area of cinematic language, working methods, role and social impact of documentary film. -
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Rumenian
Campus
 
University of California Santa Cruz Division of the Arts
Santa Cruz, USA

Social Documentation Program (SocDoc) is a one-of-a-kind program designed for future documentarians committed to social change and documenting communities, cultures, issues, a ... +

Social Documentation Program (SocDoc) is a one-of-a-kind program designed for future documentarians committed to social change and documenting communities, cultures, issues, and marginalized individuals in our current landscape of representation. SocDoc goes beyond the story. -
Master
English
Campus
 
Idep Barcelona

Since its inception, despite all the technological, social and cultural changes that have occurred throughout history, the essence of photography and the basis of the professi ... +

Since its inception, despite all the technological, social and cultural changes that have occurred throughout history, the essence of photography and the basis of the professional photographer and social function remains the same: to tell stories through images, either with the intention of picking up a testimony of our time and society or to create an artistic discourse. -
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Spanish
Campus