The MA in Documentary Filmmaking: Landscape and Ecology provides a unique opportunity to develop skills as a documentary filmmaker within a research-led, cross-departmental and technologically diverse context. Aberystwyth is the perfect location for an immersion in documentary filmmaking that responds to space, place, landscape and ecology. Encouraging students to find their own creative voice, the scheme offers practical instruction in both analogue and digital filmmaking, making use of industry-standard digital equipment, as well as a dedicated film lab and darkroom for Super 8 and 16mm production. Students will explore the history and theory of documentary film alongside specialist modules in Human Geography, allowing them to create innovative and thought-provoking works that negotiate the pressing issues of our time. This new MA provides several different creative pathways, embracing traditional and non-traditional documentary modes and supporting students through a range of technical approaches. Why study MA Documentary Filmmaking: Landscape and Ecology at Aberystwyth University?
- Rare access to a range of specialist equipment, with support in both analogue and digital workflows.
- Unique interdisciplinary focus that combines instruction in both Film and Geography.
- Develop a unique documentary voice in an environment that encourages experimentation and risk-taking.
- A vibrant department where drama, theatre, film, media, scenography and theatre design collide.
- Study with internationally recognised artists, scholars and curators who will help you to identify appropriate modes of address and screening platforms.
- An annual programme of departmental research seminars, with high-profile visiting speakers and performers.
- Access to the National Screen and Sound Archive at the National Library of Wales.
- Extraordinary and inspiring location and environment in close proximity to a range of key environmental organisations (Dyfi Biosphere, Centre for Alternative Technology, Natural Resources Wales).
CORE TFMxx40 Documentary Practices TFMxx20 Ecocriticism and Eco-cinema TFM3520 Exhibiting Film TFMxx60 Production Research Project OPTIONS TFMxx20 16mm Filmmaking GGM3120 Key Concepts and Debates in Human Geography GGMxx20 Geographical Impact and Engagement
Assessment takes the form of: short and medium length film projects; critical reflections; creative workbooks; reflective journals, critical essays and a curatorial project. In the third semester, each student will complete a piece of research-led documentary film practice, the shape of which will be determined in discussion with the relevant supervisor. You will be supported by an experienced staff member in the submission of your film work to appropriate film festivals and screening events.
2i Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area, or equivalent. Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience/professional practice.
Fees and funding
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