UCL Anthropology


Creative Documentary by Practice MFA

The MFA offers the opportunity for students to develop an understanding of non-fiction film as a research practice. It opens with an extended piece of work during which you will be encouraged to reconceptualise what 'documentary film' is.

About this degree

The MFA offers the opportunity for students to develop non-fiction filmmaking as a research practice. It opens with a series of exercises designed to reframe their approach to documentary as a conceptually-led practise - and then develop film work which interrogates and explores the contemporary world. You will learn and explore diverse forms of creative non-fiction filmmaking, including how to collaborate with researchers from other fields. 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.

Who this course is for:

We require a portfolio of work to support all applications. We will accept applications from practitioners whose portfolio of work and CV demonstrates communicative and artistic achievement to the level of BA. Students without any filmmaking experience are encouraged to apply for the MA in Ethnographic and Documentary Film.

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).