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MA Documentary Filmmaking: Landscape and Ecology

Aberystwyth University

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Aberystwyth University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

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.

Overview

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).

Employability

You will be well-prepared to work within a breadth of creative and related industries, as individual practitioners or as collaborators within creative companies and organisations. You will also acquire essential skills to pursue practice-based research and further academic study at PhD level.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is designed to extend your critical and creative capabilities. You will engage in at least five practical film projects, write a number of essays, reflective journals and critical reflections and devise a curatorial project related to documentary film. In the third semester, you will complete a substantial research-led film project of 15-20 minutes, with a supporting 5,000 word essay.

Tuition fees

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£ 14,700per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Aberystwyth University

  • University League Table

    58th

  • Campus address

    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Over 100 nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural and cosmopolitan learning environment.
The university’s research is internationally recognised. Some departments work with global organisation such as NASA and the UN.
Aberystwyth University has been welcoming students from all over the world since 1872, drawn by its reputation for teaching excellence.

Subject rankings

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    37th out of 103 8

    24th out of 102 12

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    119 52%

    62nd

    10
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    38th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.31 86%

    7th

    14
  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    133 70%

    33rd

    46
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    67 67%

    28th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.27 85%

    14th

    3

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