Documentary Production International Summer School

Lincoln School of Film and Media

The Lincoln School of Film and Media offers a creative community of experienced staff, strong industry links and inspiring visiting speakers. Students in the School have access to industry-standard facilities and many academic staff are current media practitioners who are engaged with professional bodies, such as the Royal Television Society, the British Society of Cinematographers and the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies, ensuring that the course content is informed by the latest industrial developments.

Do you want to learn from experienced academics and professionals how to make engaging documentaries? Join our Summer School where you will have access to specialised equipment and get professional tuition in researching, shooting and editing footage for both conventional and interactive documentaries. You will have the opportunity to create a film production credit for your CV and to develop the skills to make your own documentaries in the future.

What's included

  • Practical workshops on research, cinematography and editing for documentaries delivered by industry professionals.
  • Producing your own mini documentary exploring the realities of British life at a time of great change.
  • A chance to visit Lincoln’s galleries, museums, Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral.
  • A copy of your Summer School film for you to take away.
  • A certificate of attendance and participation presented to all those that complete this year’s Summer School.

Why choose Lincoln

The summer school is directed by Emmy Award-winning Professor Brian Winston, and is staffed by the University’s regular teaching and media faculty. Brian Winston is a long-time filmmaker and writer, and a leading world authority on the documentary with several books (Lies, Damn Lies & Documentaries, Claiming the Real, The Act of Documenting) to his credit.

The University of Lincoln was awarded Gold – the highest standard possible - in the national Teaching Excellence Framework, an independent assessment of teaching quality in UK higher education. The award reflects our exciting teaching, great support for students and excellent employment outcomes. Lincoln is ranked 22nd in The Guardian University Guide 2019 and 43rd in The Complete University Guide 2019. The institution is known for a pioneering approach to working with employers, which has been recognised with a Lord Stafford Award and Times Higher Education Award. In the National Student Survey 2018, students ranked Lincoln 8th in the UK for overall student satisfaction with several of our courses placed number one overall for their subject areas. Among our most recent graduates, 96 per cent were in work or further study six months after finishing their course, with more than 80 per cent in graduate level roles. More than half of our research is judged to be internationally excellent or world leading (Research Excellence Framework).

Who should attend

The Summer School will suit students who are interested in the documentary at whatever level they are at, from being about to take undergraduate or postgraduate courses in film or media production at university to those already engaged in media production but who wish for an intense specialised opportunity to explore the act of documenting.


2019 Documentary Production Terms And Conditions International Summer School 2019

Course details

Dates: 30th June to 20th July 2019
Duration: 3 weeks
Fees: £2,245 with accommodation and £1,495 without accommodation

Extra information


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The Summer School fee is £2,245 with accommodation and £1,495 without accommodation. For group discounts of 8 or more please contact

Fees for all students include course materials, use of specialist filming equipment and facilities, field trips, a welcome event, end of school gala buffet and lunch from Monday to Friday. We do not normally provide evening meals, as this is an opportunity for students to explore the many places to eat in Lincoln that will suit a variety of budgets and dietary requirements.

With accommodation option includes breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday and you must be over 18 years of age on the day the summer school commences.

Without accommodation option includes lunch from Monday to Friday and you must be over 16 years of age on the day the summer school commences.

All fees must be paid in full by Monday 20th May, 2019. 

Fees do not include flights, airport transfers or visa costs. Please allow plenty of time to apply for your visa.

All courses are taught in English, we expect you will have a minimum level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.