Documentary Processes - master

Documentary Processes - master

The Master's Programme in Film and Media, with specialisation Documentary Processes is aimed at those who wish to specialise in and deepen their knowledge about documentary processes. The programme qualifies the student for third-cycle studies and consists of two years of full-time studies at second cycle level.

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


In the specialisation Documentary Processes, documentary makers, artists and journalists, for example, can deepen and develop their knowledge of the contemporary narrative of reality in both theory and practice. The emphasis lies in examining and deepening the student’s own artistic processes in a personal narrative and to independently reflect and formulate around their work in the form of documented questions and analyses. Documentary processes contribute to the development of ideas and practice in various aspects of artistic exploration and narrative.

Bengt Bok and Erik Gandini are responsible teachers for the specialisation.

The Master's Programme in Film and Media, with specialisation in Documentary Directing

The Master's Programme in Film and Media is a programme for going more indepth that is also research preparatory and has a common programme structure for all specialisations. In the programme’s theory courses, students are introduced to different perspectives on knowledge, theory, reflection and artistic research methods.

The programme also has methodology courses specific to the specialisation. As a master’s student in documentary processes, deepen your knowledge of processes and methods that are relevant to your artistic practice based on your insights from access to current artistic research. Alongside the continuous artistic development work, you will discuss artistic courage, working on ideas and ethical approaches, consider your own practice in relation to others, study different artistic methods and formulate your own. Critical reflection gives you the basis for intensification in your own practical work and in your ambition to develop the art. The studies are mostly conducted individually.

The insights and knowledge that you acquire in the specialisation-specific method courses are applied and later further explored in lab courses. You seek out your own tone, presence and expression. The programme uses experimentation and reflection as a method for the development of new thoughts in the work and the depiction of reality and ideas in documentary expression.

During the programme you will have many opportunities for interactions across traditional professional boundaries, for example through elective courses that are common to the university’s departments. Here, each student identifies his or her need for further knowledge.

The programme leads to gaining specialist knowledge that prepares for research and for being able to work on documentary processes.

Bengt Bok, Profesor of Radio Production

Erik Gandini, Professor in Documentary Film

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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.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

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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. Keep in mind that your application has to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

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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. Uniarts 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, 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.

    Scholarships to Cover the Tuition Fee

    If you are obliged to pay a tuition fee you can apply for a scholarship which covers the tuition fee. The scholarship does not cover any private costs during your studies. Please note that you still need to pay an application fee (900 SEK). The application fee is non-refundable.

    Read more about application and study fees, how to pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.