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Documentary Journalism MA / PGDip


Nottingham Trent University    School of Arts and Humanities

Full time & Part time September MA, PGDip 1 / 2 year(s)

About the course

This course will prepare you to research and produce long-form documentary stories for online, radio and film. It includes all the steps of the process from research and production across multiplatforms, to making a pitch, the commissioning process, costing and budgets.

Industry speakers from Vice, BBC3, Panorama, and the world of podcasts regularly teach on the programme, along with specialist documentary camera people, archive researchers and experts on the business of documentary production.

What you'll study

You’ll take a multi-platform approach to documentary making, developing in-depth research methods and story-telling, along with practical skills in writing, broadcasting, online and visual journalism.

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Entry Requirements

You will need a good honours degree (minimum 2.1) and enthusiasm for, or experience in documentary radio, film, reportage or multi media.

Applicants with a 2.2 and substantial experience will be considered.

Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.


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Jade Vowles

What made you choose NTU?

“Nottingham Trent was my first option when I chose my undergraduate. The style of the course; its hands on nature and practical modules really appealed to me, as this is how I learn best. I love the community spirit that Trent has and it really does feel like you’re part of something. I fell in love with the city of Nottingham and what it has to offer students. All of this led me to have no reason to leave, and I decided to continue my post graduate studies in the same place.”

What do you think about the facilities available to you?

“The facilities available to journalism students is at industry standard. Having this available and being trained on such equipment means students can come straight out of university and be able to use the equipment and software that a lot of broadcasters have installed."

Have you completed any work placements and if so can you tell me a little bit about them – where you went, what you did, and any skills you’ve gained that will help you when you graduate?

“I have done a number of placements throughout my time at Trent, working at the BBC and Notts TV are included in that. I recently completed my placement at Sheffield International Documentary Festival."

Why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?

“I’d recommend this course because of the wide variety of skills it gives you, it doesn’t just teach you to be a journalist. It teaches you to be a filmmaker, it teaches you to be curious about people’s lives and the stories they tell. It teaches you incredible communication skills and confidence and to be compassionate and understanding. On another level you learn how the law works, you become much more aware of what is happening in the world around you. And then you are taught how to express this in the medium of sound or film and to do so as creatively as you choose. It’s an incredible industry to be a part of and I think the course encapsulates this.”

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