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Documentary

This course provides an in-depth history of the development of the documentary film and questions what actually constitutes a documentary. You will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the non-fiction practices that form such an important part of cinema, television and internet production and consumption.

The course will focus on the emergence and impact of documentary in Britain and France, as well as covering a range of examples of international documentary films made within different cultural contexts and from different countries. International examples will also include ethnographic film and indigenous practices. You will engage with contemporary theories of documentary and non-fiction film, as well as viewing and engaging with a lot of film, video and online material that you will not have seen before.

Teaching and learning involves a variety of methods including presentations, pair/group work, class discussions, screenings, independent study outside of class, and individual tutorials.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 5

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    This short course has prerequisite(s). If you try to enrol on this short course without completing the prerequisite(s), you will not be able to complete your enrolment. Please contact us if you would like further information

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Fri 15-Jan-21 6pm-9pm

Class code FFME063S5ACB