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Directing Documentary Masters National Film And Television School


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This course aims to give students the tools and the confidence to become successful documentary makers. We put storytelling at the centre of the filmmaking process, while at the same time encouraging each student to experiment and develop their personal voice.

Our students are regularly nominated for, and win, prestigious prizes around the world. In recent years they have been consistent winners at the Grierson Awards, as well Sheffield DocFest, BAFTA, Student Academy Awards, Royal Television Society, Hot Docs, Poitiers and many others.

Students collaborate with students in other specialisms to make several films and participate in practical projects, developing the vital skills of both directing and collaboration. All production costs are met by the School.

This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

What you will study

Students will direct and shoot at least three films during the course of the MA. The first year consists of four practical exercises, increasing in length and complexity.. These focus on the techniques and approach of a specific documentary genre: observation, sound and music, character–led narrative and an enquiry. Students collaborate with editors, sound recordists, sound designers and composers, and are encouraged to build relationships with cinematographers and producers. They are also expected to know how to work alone.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Directing Documentary Masters.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

£31,000.00 (32,06,026) per year

The above mentioned fee is for Jan-21. The tuition fees for January 2022 intake will be confirmed in May/June 2021. There is a compulsory, non-refundable £60 application fee for each MA application. A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place. As a part of our admissions selection process, successful applicants are required to attend a selection workshop for four days, which has a fee of £150.




National Film And Television School

Beaconsfield Studios,

Station Road,



HP9 1LG, England

Entry requirement for international students

Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have usually had some previous experience of filmmaking, though this may not be at a professional level. All have a strong social awareness and a keen desire to translate that awareness into stories told with a personal voice. While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification. Applicants to have an IELTS for UKVI minimum score of 6.5.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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