Directing - Documentary and Fiction - Bachelor

Directing - Documentary and Fiction - Bachelor

The Bachelor's Programme in Film and Media specialising in Directing - Documentary and Fiction is for those who are interested in staging and a story's interpretation in situations and events. The programme consists of three years of full-time studies at first cycle level.

This programme has Swedish as main language of instruction.You apply for the programme from our Swedish website:

If you already have a university education in film and media or extensive experience of working artistically in the field, you can apply for the Master programme in film and media where there are both team specialisations in film and individual specialisations. Find the right programme for you in our EDUCATION COMPASS!

Film and media make up a significant part of people’s everyday life and influence societal development through a unique ability to reach out and communicate to a wide audience. To tell in film and media offers opportunities to operate in a wide range of expressions from the commercial to the artistic, from documentary to fiction. Digital development has made the technology to produce film and media available to many. There are also more and more platforms for film and media: cinema, television, internet, radio, art galleries and public spaces. It is a complex narrative form in which many different artistic expressions such as sounds, images, words, scenery, acting and music together form an experience. Film and media productions are often created in collaboration between artists with their own artistic voices and different crafts and artistic expressions.

The Bachelor's Programme in Film and Media is a first cycle programme for work in film, television and radio and a place for you to begin the development of an artistic expression within the mediated area.

The Bachelor’s Programme in Film and Media specialising in Directing - Documentary and Fiction

The Bachelor's Programme in Film and Media consists of theory, tool and lab courses. Some courses are common to all five specialisations, others are specialisation-specific. The programme's elective courses give you space to individually shape your education. What recurs throughout the programme is that you as a student seek out your own tone and your own expression. 

As a student specialising in Directing - Documentary and Fiction, you get the know-how to, for example, to be able to make news stories for television, direct short formats and make televised series for documentary and fiction on a smaller scale.

In the courses that are specific to the specialisation Directing - Documentary and Fiction, you deepen your knowledge during the programme in: script analysis, idea development, personal direction, work management, mediated design and documentary approaches to different types of film and media. You work with fiction, documentary and hybrids for different platforms, in different formats andlengths .

You get to practice instructing actors, making and filming sceneries, portraying ideas, creating confidence and gaining access to real people. You will work with both set material and scripts, as well as with ideas from the common lab courses.

In the programme, you will practice working both within a clear framework and more freely. Through analysis, you develop your ability to reflect on your own work and the work of others. Special focus is placed on ethical aspects of character interpretation and approaches to those who are in front of the camera in both fiction and documentary. During the two last years, you specialise in either fiction or documentary directing.

If you wish to specialise even more, deepen your artistic expression, and prepare to do research, after completing the bachelor's degree specialising in Image – Cinematography, Animation and Production Design, you can apply for the master specialisations Directing Fiction, Directing Documentary, Documentary Processes and The Art of Impact.


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  • Entry requirements

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

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    This programme has Swedish as main language of instruction.You apply for the programme from our Swedish website:

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  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question. SKH has some possibilities of offering scholarships that cover the whole study fee or that subsidise it.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, the Swedish Council for Higher Education needs to receive your payment by the last date for paying the application fee. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and the Swedish Council for Higher Education has not received your payment by the last date for paying the tuition fee, they will not process your application. Read more here.

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