You can now apply for admission to the 23rd edition of the Master’s Degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary Making at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), which will begin on January 2021 and end in October 2021.
The objetive of the Master’s Degree is to offer students the theoretical and practical tools to make and produce documentaries, linear or expanded, that offer a renewed look at the different aspects and problems of reality. And also, to train the student in everything related to the state of contemporary documentary in the industrial and academic sector.
The teaching staff includes film professionals such as Virginia García del Pino, Andrés Duque, Alejandra Molina, Maider Fernández, Amanda Villavieja, Elías León Siminiani, Jorge Caballero, Fernando Franco, Carlos Muñoz, Alejandra del Barrio, Jorge Tur, Ricardo Íscar, Taller Estampa (Roc Albalat, Pau Artigas), Marcel Pie) and PhDs such as Marta Selva, Ingrid Guardiola, Núria Araüna, Vanesa Fernández, Carmen Ávalos, Hanna Hatzmann, Laia Quílez, Carlota Frisón, Virginia Luzón, Josep Maria Català, Josetxo Cerdán, Esteve Riambau, Mirito Torreiro, Jorge Grau, Quim Puig, Miguel Ángel Martín and Patxi Azpillaga.
During the course, different filmmakers and producers are invited, who vary with each edition. In previous editions, Ross McElwee, Lourdes Portillo, Claire Simon, Sergei Loznitsa, Helke Sander, Lech Kowalski, John Paul Sniadecki, Habiba Djahnine, Rubén Mendoza, Aliona Van der Host, Andrés di Tella, Carolina Astudillo, Basilio Martín Patino, Julia Pesce, Luis Ospina, María Cañas, Lisandro Alonso, Sarah Vanagt, Marcel Hanoun, Macarena Recuerda, Thierry Garrel, María Zamora, Óscar Pérez, Isaki Lacuesta, Lluis Escartín, Oskar Alegria, Javier Codesal, Left Hand Rotation, Sergio Oksman and Germán Scelso.
The productions made by the students during the course have a later tour of festivals. For example, the feature film Some might say released internationally at IDFA, has won the Best Spanish Film Award and the Best Spanish Film Direction Award at the Gijón International Film Festival – FICX. The short film Galateé à l’infini has won the Golden Mikeldi for Best Documentary and the Grand Prize for Spanish Cinema at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival – ZINEBI. Plus, he’ll be performing in a few days at Hot Docs, Toronto. In between tracks has also recently won the Grand Prize for Spanish Cinema in Zinebi. All the prizes here.
You can see our online channel where almost all the productions of the last 21 years are available.
Duration: January 2021 to October 2021 . 60 ECTS credits divided into theoretical and practical subjects.
Recipients: University graduates from the different areas of communication, journalism, fine arts, humanities and social sciences. Exceptionally, professionals without a university degree or from other areas of study who have relevant experience may be admitted.
Location: The theoretical and practical classes will take place in the classrooms of the UAB – Casa Convalescència (C/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret 171, Barcelona) and the assembly of the projects in La Bonne (C/ de Sant Pere Més Baix, 7, Barcelona) and Institut RTVE (C/ de Mercè Vilaret, 1. San Cugat del Vallés (Barcelona).
Theoretical classes: Most of them are given by PhD professors, not only from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) but also from other universities. 4 hours a day. They approach the documentary from different historical, ethical and aesthetic perspectives. Click here to see the complete programs of these classes.
Practical classes: Taught by filmmakers, technicians and producers. The students will participate in a documentary made entirely by themselves. These works are planned and developed throughout the course with tutorials in direction, script, photography, sound, editing, production and interactivity (in the case of webdoc or expanded). This training programme will be complemented by photography, sound and editing workshops.
In an attempt to go one step further in the development of the webdoc and the expanded documentary we have incorporated virtual reality. On the other hand, we have continued to promote open lines in recent years, such as tutorials to develop and write a professional project dossier. Click here to learn more about the different classes and tutorials that take place.
And here you can consult the complete list of university lecturers and filmmakers participating in the master’s degree.
This master’s degree belongs to the category of own studies. They are awarded a degree by the UAB in accordance with the legislation on postgraduate studies and lifelong learning. It should be borne in mind, however, that the master’s degrees themselves do not give access to the PhD in Spain because they have a more professional-oriented profile.
Schedule: The theoretical part of the course will be given from January to May, from Monday to Thursday, from 4pm to 8pm. Occasionally, classes will be scheduled in the morning, from 10am to 2pm.
The practical part also begins in January with the project development tutorials that take place every Friday, from 10am to 2pm, until April. Afterwards, the filming of the documentaries begins and the different weekly tutorials will be carried out according to a schedule to be agreed between each film crew with the coordination and the teachers.
Course fee: 6,900 euros.
Scholarships: The Master’s or UAB’s programme does not award direct scholarships, but in this section you can find information about grants, scholarships or loans for the university community.
The practical part also begins in January with the project development tutorials that take place every Friday, from 10am to 2pm, until May. Afterwards, the filming of the documentaries begins and the different weekly tutorials will be carried out according to a schedule to be agreed between each film crew with the coordination and the teachers.
When can I submit my application?
Until January 7, 2021 (or until all the available places are assigned).
You must send:
- Copy of your ID (passport for foreigners).
- Copy of your degree certificate.
- Academic record.
- Personal statement (maximum 1 page).
- Proposal of a project you are interested in carrying out or developing (maximum 1 page).
All these documents must be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the organization, development of Masters classes and production of the students’ documentaries, there is the support of institutions such as TVE, La Bonne and Fundació SGAE.
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