Code:

Credits: N ECTS cr

Responsible teacher: Professor Arturo Delgado Pereira

Learning Outcomes

The goal of the major in Documentary Film in the Master’s Degree Programme in Film and Television is to train visionary documentary film directors who create the future of the field.  In Master’s degree studies, the students deepen their vision regarding theory, history and contemporary expression in the genre, and develop their competence in relation to the changing professional field of documentary film.

A broader understanding of development in the field and its future possibilities is built on the foundation of the director’s competence in his/her professional role. Direction of the MA diploma film is an important framework within which students strengthen their specialisation in the professional field of the genre and take part in developing a tradition of expression.

A graduate with a major in Documentary Film (Master’s degree programme in Film and Television) is able to:

  • work as an independent documentary film director, teacher, instructor or be employed in applied professional tasks in the documentary film profession (such as festivals, financing, distribution, production, production of commissioned films)
  • identify his/her style as a director
  • question and develop practices in the field
  • question and reflect on the traditions in his/her field and apply for doctoral film studies.

Education Content

In the major in Documentary Film a student deepens his/her vision of directing a documentary film. The teaching consists of workshops and lecture modules built around different varying themes, where progressing in the diploma film process is integrated with advanced studies in various approaches to the genre and styles, traditions and history, new forms of the modern documentary and the theory of the genre. Directing the diploma film and the related written diploma work are the essential framework of the Master’s degree programme studies, a process that is supported by the other studies.

Teaching is offered in workshop format and as lecture courses, Master courses held by visiting teachers and independent project work.  The students familiarise themselves with the history of film and especially that of documentaries, and are comprehensively introduced to the new forms of modern documentaries. Film analysis, reflecting on the conditions of one’s own medium, writing and thinking are important forms of teaching that support practical activities. Knowledge of other arts and experimental and fictional film as well as familiarising oneself with documentary expression in the fields of new media, visual arts and other media is vital. The students' ability to observe and interpret reality, their readiness to encounter people, critical thinking, willingness to experiment and ability to work in a team are developed through the above-mentioned teaching methods.

Courses

Major Studies 90 ECTS

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

Joint MA Studies in Film and Television30
Joint MA studies are obligatory for students studying in the Master's Programme in Film and Television.
Theory, Art and Artistic Practices10
ELO-E1010Master's Thesis Seminar4-6
ELO-E1011Theory, Art and Artistic Practices 12
ELO-E1012Theory, Art and Artistic Practices 22-4
Working Life Practices and Skills10
ELO-E1013Group Dynamics and Leadership2
ELO-E1014Contracts and Copyrights4
ELO-E1015Wellbeing at Work2
ELO-E1016Entrepreneurship and Working Life Skills2
Analysis and Vision10
ELO-E1017Seventh Art2
ELO-E1018Artistic and Technical Breakdown of the Script 12
ELO-E1019Artistic and Technical Breakdown of the Script 22
Choose two of the following courses:4
ELO-E1020Film History 52
ELO-E1021Film History 62
ELO-E1022Film History 72
Advanced Studies in Documentary Film30
Obligatory:

ELO-E1533

Planning and Writing Documentary Films 2

4

ELO-E1534

Directing Workshop with Varying Theme

4–8

ELO-E1535

Director Atelie

4–8

Optional:

ELO-E1536

Genre Workshop

2-14

ELO-E1504

Documentary Film and Ethics

2

ELO-E1537

Theory of Documentary Film 2: exam

2-3

ELO-E1538

History of Documentary Film 2

2-3

ELO-E1539

New Trends in Documentary Film

2

ELO-E1000

International Studies (MA)

1-8

ELO-E1522

Advanced Course in Aesthetics of Documentary Film Editing (in collaboration with Editing)

2-4

ELO-E3033History and Memory 2 (in collaboration with Editing)1-6
ELO-E3015Experimental Cinema (in collaboration with Editing)1-7

ELO-E1540

Documentary Cinematography 2 (in collaboration with Cinematography)

2-4

ELO-E1541

Documentary Film Production and Financing (in collaboration with Producing)

2–4

ELO-E4520

Sound and Environment (in collaboration with Sound Design)

2–4

ELO-E1542

Festival: workshop, master class, pitching

1-4

Master’s Thesis

30

ELO.thes 

Master’s Thesis

30