Postgraduate Study specialised in Directing Documentary is based at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. SDI director Noe Mendelle is Professor in the Film and TV Department (School of Design).

The Film and TV Department has a strong track record of student success and has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, given to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry.

Postgraduate courses in the Film and TV Department are designed to reflect the changing needs of screen production and to encourage experimentation and cross fertilisation between different technologies and conventions. The aim is to produce students who are professionally able and well informed and who can (re) enter the film and television industries with a freshness of approach to both changing technologies and the cinematic ideas that they embrace.

MA (1 year) / MFA (2 years) give a unique opportunity to work across fiction, documentary and experimental media. Through workshops and tutorials in directing, writing, shooting documentary or developing scripts students direct one short documentary or fiction at the end of their year (as well as a short experimental film in the first semester).

In the second year MFA students work on the development of a longer idea and a trailer (for documentary) or for fiction. It is possible to make another short film.

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PhD by practice (3 years FT or 4-6 years PT)
This research programme is project-led and is delivered through regular tutorials, master-classes with international documentary directors as well as workshops across the years in order for postgraduate students to be integrated with the rest of the Film & TV department. You will produce a feature documentary and a dissertation to contextualize and support the film (25 000 to 45 000 words). Only filmmakers with experience with at least one feature documentary will be considered.

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To discuss PhD in the Film and TV Department at ECA, contact Noe Mendelle at or Emma Davie


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