UCL Anthropology


Creative Documentary by Practice MFA

About this degree

The MFA offers students the opportunity to develop non-fiction filmmaking as a creative research practice – making films which interrogate and explore the contemporary world. Drawing on broad based anthropological thought about the social and cultural world we aim to produce filmmakers who are imaginative, risk-taking and intellectually engaged: pushing boundaries in the field.

In the first year of the program, each student will make three short films, supported by weekly workshops, tutorials, seminars and screenings. In the second year of the program, each student will devise a graduation film project exploring a subject of their choice, supervised by an industry mentor.

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Meet Ellen Evans and find out more about studying the Creative Documentary by Practice MFA programme, from content, structure and entry requirements to life in the Department of Anthropology, career prospects and support and wellbeing provisions.


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Who this course is for

We are looking for practitioners who can demonstrate communicative and artistic achievement to the level of BA. We will review your portfolio of work and CV to assess your suitability for the programme.

What this course will give you

We live in an increasingly audio-visual world. In the 19th century the novel was the form, today it is moving image. If you want to find new ways of representing the lived world, this degree is for you. We have no ideology and promote no house-style. We want to help you find your own voice in an artistic form that is in its earliest days - where 'anything goes'. If that sounds like your home then this degree is for you.

Over two years you will learn to:
i) handle cameras and sound recording equipment to produce non-fiction image and sound as well as mastering the technical skills to use professional editing programme/s and post production processes;
ii) experiment with different forms of moving image, with work of different lengths for varied audiences, learning to take risks;
iii) under the highest quality supervision, you'll learn to manage a large moving image project (up to 90 minutes of film) carried out independently;
iv) devise a short collaborative visual research project with persons not trained in moving image.

Grad Film Awards/ Nominations:

  • The Dream (Lucia de la Torre, 2021) - Selected: Global Docs Short Forum, Global Docs Short Forum 2022 & Longlist: Best Student Film, One World Media Awards 2022
  • You Girls Need to Grow Up! (Sohee Kim, 2021) - Nominee: Best Student Documentary, Grierson Awards 2021
  • Beyond Illusion and Doubt (Gwenlilian Thurstan, 2019) - Nominee: Best Student Documentary, Grierson Awards 2020


How do I submit my portfolio?

Please include a link to your portfolio in your application (e.g. in the personal statement).