You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first term includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.
Research and Critical Approaches: Documentary
This explores the contemporary and historical contexts of media production. Current theories about media, communication and digital cultures will be examined through questioning ideas around representation, time, technologies and storytelling.
Skills and Development: Documentary
Allows you to further your knowledge and technical ability within your own documentary practice. Through a series of practical workshops and lectures, you'll cover pre-production and research, budgeting and scheduling, self-shooting and sound recording, interviewing techniques, editing and web based production.
During term two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.
Work undertaken in this unit should build on the research questions you initiated and explored in the skills and development unit. This is the period within which you'll undertake the majority of your production work in gathering material for your documentary practice. Within this unit, you may decide to undertake a number of separate 'tasks' with a coherent set of aims or a single project spread across the unit. Throughout the unit, you'll be encouraged to critically reflect on the development of your project.
In the third term of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.
Project Delivery and Professional Context: Documentary
This allows you to reflect on the work that you've produced so far, and resolve it into a form that allows for completion and delivery of your documentary practice.
Fees and additional course costs
The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:
- UK and EU students full-time - £9,250
- International students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
- International students full-time - £16,800 (full early payment fee)
The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.
Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:
These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.
Fee discounts and scholarships
To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.
This course prepares you for a career within the specialised field of documentary practice, and also equips you with a range of versatile skills that open up a broad variety of career paths. Broadcasters and film funds worldwide have commissioned alumni from related UCA courses such as Film Production.
Graduates have gone on to work in a range of roles within the industry, such as:
Potential careers for students undertaking this course might include work in archives, curating or distribution.