11 Week Documentary Film Course


This program is located in Cape Town, South Africa, one of the most sought-after destinations on the planet. Its vibrant mix of peoples, outstanding natural beauty, rich music and cultural scene, from surfing to world-class galleries and restaurants, make Cape Town a top 10 bucket list destination. 

The course is designed to provide international students with a hothouse experience of practical film making in a developing country. Located at the intersection of the North/South divide, the creative focus lies within this fusion of cultures, finding expression in a practical outcome – the making of a 15-minute broadcast-quality documentary film. While the course is geared towards its practical outcome, it is underpinned by a rigorous academic programme designed to create a critical framework to support the creative journey of the student.

Our permanent staff are all trained internationally and have extensive film industry experience and highly-regarded academic credentials. Our master classes are hosted by visiting lecturers and industry experts, all designed to help develop specialist skills and provide a context in which the films will be made.

The academic requirement is a written reflective journal of 2,500 words (5-6 pages) detailing the journey from concept through to final delivery, with critical analysis of the process and the final outcome film. The course will cover the history and genesis of documentary film from its role as objective mirror on the world, through its various incarnations as propaganda tool, journalistic reportage, to its post-modern form as commentator, polemicist and educator.

The course takes place over 11 weeks in Cape Town South Africa, voted one of the most desirable locations in the world. The country boasts a strong tradition of documentary film making and we are able to draw on a variety of practitioners to present master classes that will enhance the specific skillsets required to complete the course.


The course generates 25 hours contact time study per week, with additional time allowed each day for further reading and/or practical skills development. Each institution will weight the credit ratings against their own criteria, but the course is currently undergoing accreditation within the South African academic standards council, measured against an undergraduate degree. The estimation of credit weighting is assessed through the Academic component covering the evolution and development of the documentary form, and the Practical component which measures applied skills in achieving the practical outcome.

However, these credit ratings will be adjusted in line with your own specific institutional requirements.

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