Documentary Film - Bachelor
Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts

Documentary Film - Bachelor

The bachelor’s programme in Documentary Film is for students who are interested in becoming documentary filmmakers and working with documentaries. Documentary filmmakers tell stories from real life and often have multiple roles in producing a film: as producer, director, cinematographer, sound engineer and the head of post-production. The creative documentary is an artistic genre in which personal commitment and expression, along with the ability to portray picture and sound, are vital. Main language of instruction in our bachelor’s programme in documentary film is Swedish.

Documentary filmmakers make films about subjects that concern them, which could be a variety of personal, political or experimental stories. Documentary filmmakers work with images, sound, editing and script.

As a documentary filmmaker, you need an important subject you wish to relate and you also need to be both stubborn and open to new ideas.

Documentary filmmakers work alone and with teams, which requires knowledge of how to communicate and a good command of cinematography, film editing, production and post-production, and technical skills as a sound engineer.



The Bachelor’s Programme in Documentary film

We strive to educate fearless and independent documentary filmmakers with strong artistic integrity, solid knowledge of the industry and the surrounding world, and the ability to create a professional identity.

The programme is divided into various practical areas, such as directing, cinematography, sound, editing and production. You will refine your personal expression and deepen your knowledge, both individually and in teams. The goal is to obtain tools to explore new and personal ways of developing documentary film narration.

The heart of the programme is practical exercises. The courses always include a theoretical element in the form of lectures, seminars and presentations that include analyses and evaluation. But you will mostly work practically with exercises and productions. During certain exercises you will work on your own, while at other times, you will work in teams with students from other bachelor programmes in the field of film, such as sound engineering, editing, cinematography and film production. Throughout the training, we attach great importance to self-reflection on the work process, often in written form.

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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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  • How to apply

    When the programme is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply here"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Your application has to be turned in by 23.59 (swedish time).

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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.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

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