Leeds Beckett University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University)

Documentary Filmmaking (Taught)

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Course summary

Turn your ideas into reality and learn how to make a documentary film that can change opinions and challenge preconceptions. Documentary filmmaking is constantly evolving, thanks to the rise of internet and social media, there are now countless places for filmmakers to screen their work. As part of this course you’ll:

  • Understand how to find an audience for the idea or subject you are passionate about
  • Develop the expertise to turn your vision into a bold and innovative film
  • Have the opportunity to explore and communicate a subject you’re passionate about at the Northern Film School
  • Join a strong and successful group of graduates, many of whom have won Oscars and BAFTAs for their work
  • Be supported by experienced staff who will give you the support you need to explore your ideas and creativity, and make your passion a visual reality
  • Have access to our industry-standard facilities
We support all types of filmmaking, including campaigning and issue-led films, observational and character pieces, experimental films and wildlife documentaries. Find out more The Northern Film School The prestige of the Northern Film School will set you up to achieve your ambitions and our reputation will provide you with the foundation to becoming a successful documentary filmmaker. Industry connections We have contacts with the BBC, ITV and Channel Four and strong connections to Sheffield International Documentary Festival where you will have the opportunity to showcase your work. Why study Documentary Filmmaking at Leeds Beckett
  • The Northern Film School, which creates more than 200 films a year, was rated one of the top five international film schools in the world to watch by the Hollywood Reporter
  • Benefit from the school's close links to the creative sector in the Yorkshire region, throughout the UK, and beyond
  • Your tutors have extensive experience of working in the film industry, with most of them still being active filmmakers
  • Leeds is at the heart of a boom in the northern film industry, as well as being the birthplace of film, home to the one of the UK's oldest cinemas and the city recently chosen by Channel 4 for its new national headquarters
  • Study within Leeds School of Arts - one of the largest university arts communities in the north
  • Access to professional, industry standard filmmaking facilities, equipment and teaching spaces that will foster inter-disciplinary collaboration, creative talent and knowledge sharing


Core Modules:

  • Creative Concepts
  • Documentary Production
  • Creative Practice
  • Master’s Project
- New Project Development

Entry requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in a cognate subject; at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for; or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applicants are required to submit an online portfolio of creative or other work relevant to documentary which includes a proposal for a new documentary film. All suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be required to attend an interview. Candidates based overseas will be supported to undertake this electronically and/or by telephone. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Please see www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk for fee information.
Documentary Filmmaking at Leeds Beckett University - UCAS