Course Overview

An Introduction to our MA Documentary Filmmaking

The school is in the process of moving its teaching and studio spaces. Pending the completion of building work the entry to the programme is postponed and will not be commencing in 2024. More information will be available as we have it.

This two year full time MA Documentary course with storytelling at its core, gives students the opportunity to experiment and explore their creative ambitions through in-depth learning of professional craft skills and the development of their personal voice. The course will equip our students to tell human stories in filmic ways.

In each module, students will work on film exercises, working individually in the first year as self-shooting directors and as part of a film crew in the first term of the second year. Learning through continuous practice, students will integrate their technical and narrative skills with a critical understanding, awareness and appreciation of the diversity and potential within the genre. They will graduate with both the creative and key professional skills to succeed. 

This freedom to develop their individual and artistic voice as documentary filmmakers is achieved through an integrated educational approach. Students are taught craft and contextual classes in lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials, as well as in pitching panels, post-production screenings, industry crits and a graduate showcase.  

LFS is a dedicated film school. Our teaching is focused on the development, completion and critiquing of multiple film exercises each term that range from observational films to more complex forms such as reflexive and non-linear films.

Alongside the development of their own practice students will also gain insights and inspiration into contemporary professional practice from Visiting Lecturers and guest speakers, as well as benefit from the supervision of an industry mentor who will support them in their graduation film. Students will also have the opportunity to attend a major Documentary Festival in their final term.  


This exciting new LFS course offers students a diverse, rich, and challenging creative environment where they will complete more film exercises than on many other courses. In the first year they will work on multiple film exercises and three end of term film projects, across a broad range of documentary modes.

The course celebrates creative and authored films and offers students the chance to work on conventional and experimental films. Teaching is in-depth in all aspects of filmmaking and uniquely gives students the opportunity to work both independently and collaboratively. This dual opportunity for students, provides them with the skills and experience of working as self-shooting directors and as part of a film crew, enhancing and intensifying their learning accordingly.

As a two year course, our students will have the time to nurture their self-confidence, to promote themselves and assist other filmmaking peers in different roles and settings. They will develop individual and collaborative problem solving and creative skills, with an awareness of who they are and their value to a highly competitive industry.


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Why Study MA Documentary Filmmaking at LFS 





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Updated: 12 January 2024