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London Metropolitan University: Documentary Film Production

Institution London Metropolitan University View institution profile
Department School of Computing and Digital Media
Telephone 020 7133 4202
Study type Taught


Why study this course?

Our Documentary Film Production MA is an innovative course led by industry experts. It is designed to embrace traditional, new and emerging forms of storytelling. You will witness how the way we make and watch non-fiction film, television and online content is changing, and will continue to do so.

Documentary filmmaking is currently a very fluid medium. In light of this your specially tailored modules will cover a host of areas, allowing you to learn how to develop crowd-based productions, interactive and VR content, as well as how to shoot cinematic content using the latest cinema cameras. With access to excellent equipment and resources, there is a strong practical focus to the course with a large proportion of hands-on workshops. These will ensure that you gain confidence in all technical aspects of the production process.

More about this course

Our tutors and guest speakers for this Documentary Film Production master’s have extensive industry experience. They have had work commissioned and shown on BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and have won major industry awards. Course leader Robb Horsley is a filmmaker with award winning documentary credits, both in the UK and internationally. He is joined by lecturer Suzanne Cohen, a highly experienced documentary specialist who was named Educator of the Year at the 2018 Into Film awards, and lecturer Louis Heaton, a former director and producer of factual content at Channel 4. Under their guidance you will expand your knowledge and insight into how factual content is made and commissioned, in turn helping you to develop your own ideas into viable projects that appeal to audiences and commissioners. In 2019 two films made by London Met students were nominated for two Royal Television Society awards, with one, Waiting for Tomorrow, going on to win the factual category.

Conducted in the heart of London, the world’s third busiest city for film production, this postgraduate degree will immerse you in the London film and TV industry through access to world-class archives, festivals, screenings and industry events. The master’s course will prepare you to work in film or in creative fields more generally. Both industries form a large and growing part of both London’s and the UK economy. Nearly 3 million creative jobs are currently undertaken in the UK and more than a third of these are based in London. There is a huge amount of both large and small-scale film and audio-visual production in the city and a great deal of related professional work that surrounds and supports it.

You’ll find that this course comes in response to the exciting evolution of documentary and factual storytelling, a genre embracing new and emerging technologies and distribution platforms. Once considered a less popular area, this genre is currently experiencing a remarkable growth trend. Now, with gamechangers like Blue Planet II, ‘the biggest show with young UK viewers ages 16 to 24’, documentary film has become a key commercial component in the industry. Coupled with viewing on demand from sites such as Netflix, the genre is only becoming more commercially viable. This prompts more content to be commissioned, something that would directly benefit you as you proceed onto a career in documentary film production.


About London Met

Whether you’re looking to improve your job prospects, pursue a passion or take your career in a whole new direction, find your postgraduate degree and join London Met’s real London community today. This is the real London.

Based in one of the world's most exciting capital cities, London Metropolitan University is home to an inclusive community of inspiring and determined learners, teachers and innovative thinkers.

 By putting the emphasis on work-related learning, London Met’s courses are designed to ensure you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career.

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