MFA On Campus

Creative Documentary by Practice

24 months
29400 GBP/year
16500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Creative Documentary by Practice programme offered at the University College London (UCL) provides extended practical training in creative documentary film and aims to provide the technical and intellectual resources required to make outstanding non-fiction moving image.


The Creative Documentary by Practice programme offered at the University College London (UCL) draws on broad based anthropological and critical thinking about the social and cultural world but above all will leave you with a deep practical understanding of the craft of factual film making, culminating in the production of a medium-length feature documentary film.

You will acquire advanced camera and editing skills in a context of critical enquiry about the social world. You will learn and explore diverse forms of factual storytelling including how to work with an ‘external commissioner’. 

You will learn how to take risks in pushing the boundaries of film form. You'll deepen you knowledge of documentary film history and learn how to tell long-form stories through images.


Graduates of the programme will develop a series of practical and transferable skills including:

  • Solving complex problems - developing lateral thinking and creative questioning
  • Managing time and production flows in complex projects and effectively integrating research into film practice
  • Communicating effectively and succinctly
  • To be able to pitch and sell stories/product to potential clients
  • Be able to find the form best suited for a particular 'narrative, be this in media or other contexts.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • An Introduction to Social Theory 
  • The Story and – Finding the Form 
  • Time and the Staged Index – The evolving narrative of Photography and Film 
  • Experimental and Interactive Storytelling – Form and Narrative 
  • Documentary Radio – a practice based introduction
  • Documentary Film and the Anthropological Eye 
  • The Idea of Documentary 
  • Russian Cinema: Epochs and genres 
  • Global Cinemas 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
    • We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.


300 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You are required to have a 2:2 at BA or pass at a non practice based Masters. We require a portfolio of work to support all applications. We will accept applications from practitioners whose portfolio of work and CV demonstrates communicative and artistic achievement to the level of BA.
  • If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    29400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29400 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    16500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16500 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Creative Documentary by Practice
University College London (UCL)


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!