Ethnographic and Documentary Film (Practice Based) MA


This unique MA programme is based in a university but run by leading film practitioners, ensuring that you not only receive the highest-quality practice-based learning, but you do so in a university research environment where you learn to understand the world we live in.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £11,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £TBC
  • Overseas Full-time: £19,500
  • Overseas Part-time: £TBC

Application date

  • All applicants: 29 September 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students will learn to devise a visual research project; to apply anthropological and social science approaches to documentary film work; to think critically about the relationship between form and content in ethnographic/documentary practice; to master the technical skills needed to produce different kinds of films of different lengths for varied audiences; and to critically view and review film material.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

This MA will allow you to benefit from UCL’s unique position in the heart of London, and from the many activities in film within the Department of Anthropology. The programme is unique in using professional film-makers to teach within a truly pan-disciplinary university research environment.

UCL now houses London’s Global Documentary Film Festival, Open City Docs Fest, created by Professor Michael Stewart. You can participate in the curation and delivery of this festival; gain experience in the delivery of a major public arts event; and benefit from established partnerships with world-famous institutions such as the the Science Museum and the British Film Institute.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of 1/2 core module(s) (45/60 credits), 2/3 optional /elective modules (30/45 credits) and a project/diary (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Practical Ethnographic and Documentary Filming and Editing
  • Students without a social science background at either undergraduate or Master's level also take Social Anthropology or another social science foundational module in Term One as agreed with the tutor.

Options

  • Students choose two (if Social Anthropology is taken as a core module) or three of the following:
  • Anthropology and Photography
  • Documentary Film and the Ethnographic Eye
  • One of the practical film-related options offered as part of Film Studies MA according to provision.
  • One of the film history modules taught in the School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES), or Departments of History or English, (for example, Russian Cinema in SSEES), details to be confirmed.
  • An Anthropology or other social science module from the Faculties of Social & Historical Sciences, or Arts & Humanities.
  • Students may also select one other optional module either from within Anthropology or another department at UCL, in agreement with the tutor.

Dissertation/report

A major practical film project and diary allowing the students to demonstrate their mastery of the skills of documentary film-making in a film of 20–35 minutes.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of practical tutorials, seminars and masterclasses and assessed by camera and editing exercises and a written piece.

Further details available on subject website:


Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme. Selection based solely on financial need.

Dame Mary Douglas Awards

To be considered for one of these awards, you must apply to one of our eligible courses by Wednesday 14th May, 2014. There is no need for a separate application. The fee waivers will be awarded on academic merit. The awards are only available to those intending to start in September 2014, and do not already have a significant scholarship or award.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

A minimum of a lower second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 29 September 2014

Who can apply?

Anyone with an interest in the acquisition of the practical craft of documentary film-making can apply. We are particularly interested in those with a social science/arts/humanities background as well as those with a science background who wish to use film as a research or communication tool.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Ethnographic and Documentary Film (Practice Based) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Documentary Film (Practice Based) at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

The increasing demand for social and scientifically trained moving image specialists in the years ahead will continue, if not accelerate (many of the graduates of our existing programmes now work in organisations such as Ipsos Mori film unit, BBC World Service and BBC Education).

We also facilitate two types of placements. Firstly, we will enable short-term internships at the film companies with whom we already have relationships through Open City Docs. Secondly, we will offer all our students the opportunity to work on the collaborative film-making projects linked to MyStreet Films, such as the Doc in a Day workshops that have proven so successful.

Employability

The skills you will acquire will equip you for careers in:

  • Mass media including broadcast, cinematic and web-based moving image
  • Film and TV industry as camera operators, producers, directors, editors, researchers
  • Academia – ethnographic research, visual media and culture
  • Marketing and research
  • Communication and other media
  • Archives, as well as cultural heritage organisations


Next steps

Contact

Dr Michael Stewart

T: +44 (0)20 7679 8637

Department

Anthropology

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