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Journalism and Documentary Practice - MA

University of Sussex    School of Media, Arts and Humanities

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

This MA is for you if you have a passion for news, current affairs, documentary or any aspect of factual programme-making. It offers a practical training in, and critical engagement with, journalism and documentary-making.

You’ll learn how to:
-Research, write, subedit and design for print and digital media
-Contextualise journalistic and documentary practice within a theoretical framework of journalism and documentary studies
-Understand how the news media is undergoing rapid and far-reaching change

How will I study?
You’ll learn through core practice and theory modules and options in the autumn and spring terms.

In the summer, you develop a research project that can take the form of a conventional dissertation, a journalism project or a documentary.

Assessment is by:
-Practical video/media work and supporting production documentation
-Term papers and critiques
-Portfolios of journalism accompanied by critical reflections

The final assessment may take the form of a 15,000-word dissertation, a 20-minute documentary or a portfolio of journalism and critical work.

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Our faculty work in journalism and documentary across a range of platforms and conduct internationally recognised research in these fields.

Faculty projects have been broadcast on the BBC and Channel Four and shown in high profiles venues such as:
-The BFI Southbank
-Jeu de Paume
-Brighton Festival

Elements of our degrees are taught by experienced journalists at Brighton Journalist Works.

This course equips you with the skills for a career in:
-Broadcast and online journalism
-Documentary production
-Television production and research
-The wider media and communications industry
-Teaching and academic research

The sessions by industry professionals and distinguished alumni such as Gerry Rothwell, Kim Longinotto, Penny Woolcock, Peter Beard and Marc Isaacs enable you to make links with potential employers and give you insights and advice on working in the media professions.

Employers of our graduates include:
-The BBC
-ITN News
-Al Jazeera
-Century Films
-Back2Back Productions
-EDF Energy
-A variety of universities and research centres
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Entry Requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above (or equivalent) in an appropriate humanities or social sciences discipline. We also welcome applicants who do not have this academic qualification who are able to demonstrate in their application that they have relevant professional/creative skills and experience. English language requirements - Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section).

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