The DOC NOMADS EMMC has three full partners and enjoys the backing of 17 European and non-European associated members.
In order to provide a high quality European Masters Course in Documentary Film Directing, three European HEIs with different pedagogical approaches and experiences in higher education have been chosen for the Consortium:
- Színház - és Filmművészeti Egyetem/University of Theatre and Film Arts – as applicant and coordinating institution chosen for its educational approach based on a strong master-apprentice relationship, on small-group tuition, as well as on internationally acclaimed authors, directors and cinematographers. From the very beginning, documentary filmmaking has been part of film and TV education, and a Masters Course in Documentary Filmmaking was accredited and launched in 2011. All members of the teaching staff, including the two leaders, have a DLA degree.
LUCA, College Sint Lukas Brussels chosen for its tradition of focussing on stimulating the students' own style and individual voice. Originality, individuality, and pushing back boundaries form the cornerstones of its educational philosophy, which is based on the development of a student's ideas and beliefs. The Documentary film studio provides students with more in-depth knowledge and enables them to specialise in those aspects of documentary films that correspond to their personal preferences, artistic ambitions, and ideas and that may be professionally beneficial.
During the course there will be regular consultations with the tutor about the progress of the final project and discussions concerning the feasibility of the projects throughout all phases of the production process, from the production file to preproduction, recording, editing, sound design and post-production. Through short practice sessions, students can also concentrate on specialised picture and sound techniques. For the final project of the Masters Project students will realise a documentary film that is based on personal research and demonstrates a high level of creativity and the use of professional standards. This film can be created using any form, style, medium, or technique, but must be suitable for public viewing and judgement by a jury of internal and external experts.
Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias for its 15 years of successful experience in private education in a highly competitive sector. From the very beginning of the training, students learn how to compete and how to meet professional standards. For over 15 years, Lusofona has had extensive experience in teaching subjects related to the documentary. These subjects and associated competences have been taught both in the media studies courses, where documentary subjects are taught to journalism and communication students, and in the film department, where basic and advanced levels of documentary direction and production are taught both to undergraduate and post-graduate students.
There is also a strong tradition of the production and distribution of documentary films; the school has promoted a regular television program solely consisting of documentaries for more than five years by now. The program is produced by their own students and is broadcast every week on the national public free to air channel, and they actively collaborate as a partner in the two main documentary film festivals in the country – doc Lisboa and Panorama.
Third Country Higher Education Institutions, the Beijing Film Academy in the Far East, the Lusófona Universities in Guinea and Cape Verde, the University of São Paolo, as well as the Brazilian Pontificia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, which provide courses in Film or Communication Studies, and two North-American universities: The University of San Francisco and Louisiana University.
Their role is to promote the DOC NOMADS EMMC, to preselect candidates, to send teachers to and host teachers from the DOC NOMADS EMMC, as well as to provide internships to European DOC NOMADS students. As external QA experts, they will evaluate the DOC NOMADS curriculum and students' graduation works. Some of these institutions shall become full partners of the consortium after a few years of successful cooperation.
DOC NOMADS aims at developing students' basic skills in techniques, fieldwork and writing, as well as their creative filmmaking and management skills in an international production environment within the framework of a truly integrated training that marries traditional European art education and modern studies based on the film, media and new media industries’ requirements.
Special mobility track
The basic underlying idea is that the students are immersed in different cultures and social environments, which makes them more sensitive to different documentary practices and ways of communication and enhances their capabilities to work outside their own cultural contexts.
Therefore mobility from Lisbon to Brussels via Budapest is mandatory for all students.