Part-Time Six-Month Documentary Filmmaking

Part-Time Six-Month Documentary Filmmaking

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? MetFilm School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry professionals, we offer you a career-focused, cutting edge, practical learning experience.

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Part-Time Six-Month Documentary Filmmaking

  • Part-time six-month documentary course (Wednesdays 7pm-10pm and alternate Saturdays 10am-5pm)
  • For students who are passionate about documentary but require a flexible part-time schedule
  • Write, produce and edit your first documentary film
  • Suitable for beginners, no previous experience is required.
  • We recommend this course to journalists and photographers, as their previous experience lends itself towards this screen specialism.


Part-Time Six-Month Documentary Filmmaking is an intensive practical course with a part-time schedule that builds fundamental filmmaking skills and focuses on the specifics of the documentary genre, such as filming everyday life and real people. The course culminates in the production of your own short documentary film.

  • Practical. Participate in workshops and numerous exercises taught by a professional filmmaker and turn your knowledge into practical experience by producing and directing your own documentary film
  • Filmmaking skills. Learn the fundamental technical and creative filmmaking skills, such as camera operating, lighting, sound recording and editing.
  • Documentary skills. Explore and practise the social aspects of documentary making, learn how to build trust with your crew and the people you film.
  • Collaborative approach. Share your knowledge and exchange ideas with your classmates to receive valuable feedback from like-minded documentary filmmakers
  • Connected. Join the school’s online forum to build connections, collaborate with the creative student community and receive information about the latest projects and jobs



  • History and evolution of documentary – examine historical and recent examples of successful documentaries and analyse today’s marketplace
  • Technical aspects of screen content creation: camera, lighting, editing and sound
  • Developing ideas for documentary – researching a subject, writing a proposal and creating a treatment

  • Planning and controlling your productions – working with real people rather than actors, considering production issues such as scheduling, location management and legal requirements
  • Practical exercises at school facilities
  • Filming on location


You will be taught by a variety of tutors who will all be experienced industry professionals.  Some recent tutors include:

Emma Lindley is an award-winning film and television director and producer who has strong working relationships with BAFTA and EMMY award winning companies. These include Granada, Glasshead, Teale-Edwards and Ragdoll. Her films have been broadcast on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 in the UK and sold to TV networks around the world. Emma is also an experienced director of corporate films, especially on educational issues for companies like Straker Films and Pukka Films.

Dates & Prices

  • 7 April 2021 — 22 September 2021
  • Price


    Minimum Age: 18 at start of course

    Entry Requirements: This course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements. However, to get the most out of the course, you should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.  For more information on this, please contact 

    In order to make enrolment as fair as possible and to enhance your learning experience, please be aware that we have a limited number of places available for each course intake and operate a first come, first served basis. For more information regarding our application procedure, please see the following link, or contact our Admissions team on +44 (0) 20 8280 9119 or email

    Duration: Six months, Part-Time, Wednesday evenings (7pm – 10pm)



From the very first day at MetFilm School, we teach our students to network and pitch to the industry. The MetFilm Futures team help our talented and bright students secure creative jobs in leading companies across the globe.

Our graduates work across the industry as VFX Artists, Directors, TV Assistant Producers, Script Editors, On-Air Producers, Campaign Managers and many more besides. Below are just some of the companies they’ve gone onto work for.




Student Story

Fraser McGruer, Part-Time Six-Month Documentary Filmmaking 

For many years I’d be an enthusiastic amateur photographer but had become more interested in moving image. I felt increasingly drawn to documenting a wider range of subjects, but I also felt I needed a stronger foundation in the principles and practice of doc making. Met Film School worked for me as I was able to fit the part-time course around my regular work.

Since Met, I have gone on to become a full-time filmmaker and photographer. A particular boost to my career was my entry in a doc competition Met Film School held in collaboration with the Independent Newspaper. My film won second prize and part of the prize was work experience with London Live TV. This immersed me in TV production and I worked with a great producer who gave me the freedom to make a long-desired project, which was a series of short films about different communities of people in London. At the moment, like most freelance doc makers, my income mainly comes from producing short pieces for online consumption for corporates and charities, where a documentary style of shooting is increasingly in demand.  Read more



  • Situated and based in the world-famous Ealing Studios. Ealing Studios is a professional film and television production environment and MetFilm School is based inside this space, along with numerous other companies and businesses. Being on the lot creates a great screen industry context for the School but does not bring access to shoots or other studio activities. Occasionally opportunities do arise for our students and these are advertised through our student opportunity department, MetFilm Futures.
    MetFilm School does have its own studio space – Stage 5 – which is mostly used by those studying on our Post Graduate Cinematography course. It is also accessible on a case by case basis to students shooting films and other kinds of project but has to be booked in advance.
    Regarding the main studios, we expect all students to be courteous, professional and respectful while they are on the lot. For obvious reasons, they cannot enter sets or professional productions freely.
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  • Award-winning tutors and guest speakers. All our tutors and guest speakers are working screen professionals with numerous industry awards and nominations, including BAFTAs, Emmys and Oscars. Learn more about our tutors and guest speakers
  • Part of the industry. Through working closely with our sister companies Met Film Production and Met Post, we better integrate our students into the world of creative media. Met Film businesses provide our students with work placements, graduate employment and master classes with industry professionals. Find out more
  • Recognised quality. Our outstanding academic credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies such as CILECT, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and Creative SkillSet. Find out more.
  • Leading the industry. As the fastest growing film school in the UK we are proud of our innovative approach with a strong focus on new media and platforms, which is delivered throughout all our courses


Frequently Asked Questions

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