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What will I learn?


  • Create a portfolio of work, including two core projects (documentary and/or factual programmes) with accompanying creative development and pitch documents, a promotional teaser trailer, an industry project for an external client, and a series of creative exercises
  • Gain the valuable skills for a career in the screen industries

Today’s audiences can watch documentaries and factual programming at cinemas and art galleries, on television and iPhones, or via YouTube and Vimeo. Technological innovation and the digital revolution have changed the way we think and talk about factual content. This MA course focuses on the creative, technical and industry skills you need to develop documentaries and factual programming across the contemporary media landscape. We will teach you how to film reality from a variety of perspectives, understanding and sometimes challenging traditional interpretations of the documentary and its delivery. The course will equip you with the necessary skills, conceptual approach, and mindset for a career in the creative media industries.

  • Hands-on practical experience. Gain training and production experience in producing, directing, camera operation, sound and editing
  • Learn how to film reality. Through practical work explore the creative, conceptual and ethical approaches to filming reality and documenting the experiences of real people
  • Industry awareness. Build your understanding of the contemporary industry landscape for documentaries and factual programming, including commissioning, financing, distribution and exhibition, festivals, and the emerging world of interactive and transmedia digital content
  • Professional feedback. Pitch your projects to industry professionals and receive ‘real world’ feedback and guidance to further develop your projects
  • Real-life experience. Produce a documentary/factual project for an external industry client and work alongside the award-winning production facility, Met Film Production.


Screen Lab. You will participate in seminars and workshops covering a range of topics, including practical filmmaking skills, creative brainstorming, a survey of concepts underpinning moving image theory, and the state of the creative industries. At the end of the module you will shoot a mini filmed project on an iPhone/Android, focusing on the primacy of content in the Say Something! exercise.

  • Documentary and Factual Boot Camp. This is an immersive module which covers the conceptual and historical developments associated with traditional and contemporary modes of practice, while also teaching key creative and technical skills required by today’s media platforms. Explore and interrogate the discourse around the concept of realism as it applies to various documentary genres, complete practical exercises and develop a small project on this module.
  • Authorship and Point of View. This module looks at the various conventions and methods for developing and making compelling content. Explore the theory of authorship and alternative paradigms, analyse and engage in how ‘point of view’ impacts the structure, form and genre of non-fiction storytelling. Through practical workshops, you will develop ideas for a variety of platforms, including film, TV and online.
  • Production Practices. Learn and apply the core skills and principles that anchor contemporary documentary and factual production, including the importance of proposals and pitching skills, budgeting and scheduling, and what’s required of producers and directors across a variety of platforms. Through practical workshops, this module will also explore the crucial creative roles of dire

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€15,500.00 (US$ 15,518) per year
Course fees includes: Tuition, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and postproduction facilities, access to industry masterclasses and networking, and personal contact time.
Start date

Expected October 2022


MetFilm School Berlin

Berliner Union Film Studios,

Oberlandstraße 26-35,


12099, Germany

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Age: All applicants must be 18 years or older at the time the programme begins; Education: A 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. English Language Requirements: International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above (including at least 6.5 in the written paper), TOEFL paper based test score at 575 or above, TOEFL computer based test score at 232 or above, TOEFL internet base test score at 90 or above.

For international students

To apply for the MA course you will need to be 18 years of age or older at the time the course starts. Applicants must have a minimum 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Applicants without this qualification, but possessing relevant work experience, are also invited to apply

English Language Requirements:

Minimum writing score of 6.5 in the IELTS Academic test or 24-26 in the TOEFL iBT test. The minimum scores required for Listening, Reading and Speaking are at CEFR level B2.


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