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Documentary Practices - MA

Course Description

Our MA Documentary Practices course will allow you to undertake cross-disciplinary work between new media, photography and film, positioning the course in response to new trends and discourse within creative documentary practice.

Your outcomes could be in photography, film, interactive or web-based formats - and we'll encourage you to exploit recent developments within the industry.

We aim to develop you as a thinking practitioner and help you to manage your career in a freelance industry. You'll learn to analyse and synthesise knowledge and understanding of your subject area on our course, and demonstrate your critical and reflective practice.

Tutorials, lectures, workshops, seminars and critiques support the development of your research and practice. As part of the course, you'll be expected to undertake some form of professional practice such as a work placement.


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.

Visit the Documentary Practices - MA page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Stacey Filatova

"The course gave me an unforgettable experience of creating my first serious documentary film. It helped me to understand all the aspects of the process on a professional level, while i was having a great fun trying new things. The course helped me to find a hobby and a great profession all in one."

(Student Profile)

Felix Attard

"The course was a great opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of documentary making. The hands-on approach, complemented by a sound theoretical perspective, not to mention the availability of top notch equipment and tutorials that were delivered by professionals working in documentary, offered a complete learning experience."


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline and/or relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

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