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MA Documentary


Course Description

Course Summary

As part of this course you will produce a major, practical documentary project informed by contemporary debates and historical perspectives, having gained the practical skills via a firm grounding in digital video production and exploring photography and multimedia using industry-standard equipment.

You will cover all stages of documentary production - from initial proposal to final edit, learning how to research and write a documentary, and create and edit film.

Choose from video, photography and multimedia technologies, discovering new and unique features of each medium. Underpinning the strong practical element are the political, legal, moral and ethical issues informing contemporary production and exhibition.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
- Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Documentary MA at Bedfordshire and:

- Study an intensive specialist course in creative documentary, focused on practice informed by ideas, with access to state-of-the-art documentary film-making equipment and excellent links with industry professionals
- Explore a unique opportunity to study documentary practices in moving image, photographic and journalistic forms with opportunities to attend documentary festivals in the UK and mainland Europe
- Develop specialist knowledge of specific areas of the media and use the opportunities presented by your project work to enter competitions and make industry contacts
- Gain a qualification valuable to anyone seeking employment in the rapidly changing field of media: with the knowledge and skills to pitch ideas, write proposals, identify sources of funding and find appropriate avenues of distribution and exhibition of your work
- Benefit from a degree that prepares you for roles such as documentary producer, researcher or director, or qualifies you to continue to MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Why choose this course?

This MA Documentary offers you the opportunity to study documentary at postgraduate level. The units provide a solid foundation in theory and practice that allow you to explore a wide range of storytelling strategies related to the representation of reality.

The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to pitch ideas, write proposals, identify sources of funding and find appropriate avenues of distribution and exhibition of your work.

It will also expose you to contemporary production practices through workshops from industry practitioners and attendance at international festivals.

You will be encouraged to think of new and innovative ways of re-imagining documentary practice.

Career Management Skills

MA Documentary provides the opportunity for the committed student to engage with a range of industry relevant events, this includes professional practice seminars, developing documentary ideas into workable projects and visits to international festivals such as IDFA, British Shorts Berlin and Sheffield International documentary festival.

Career/Further study opportunities

Students who graduate from this MA Course will be qualified to apply for MPhil and PhD research degrees. Students graduating from this degree have also entered the film industry as editors, filmmakers, production crew and set up their own production companies.

Visit the MA Documentary page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first degree at honours level in the area of arts, humanities or social science; or significant media industry experienceAdditional:All applicants must provide a two page proposal for a documentary they would like to make and provide evidence of an ability to use images to tell stories via a showreel.

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