You can now apply for admission to the 28th 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 2024 and end in October 2024.

Objetive: 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.

Teaching staff: filmmakers, producers, screenwriters  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.

Duration: from October 14, 2024 to July 14, 2025. 60 ECTS credits divided between theoretical and practical subjects.

Course fee: 6,900 euros.

Number of places: 25.

Language: The program is taught in Spanish.

Deadline for submitting applications: Until January 12th, 2024 (or until all available places have been allocated).

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.

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.

Locations: 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.

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.