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MA Documentary Production

Course Description

We aim to produce graduates with skills and understanding suitable for entry level posts in all aspects of television and moving image content production. Above all, students will develop storytelling skills and learn how to make intelligent and surprising programmes that will captivate and engage audiences in a highly competitive broadcast landscape.

Each student will be matched with a BBC mentor who, alongside their tutor, will guide them through the production of a final major project.

Key benefits

You will be given the opportunity to volunteer at a series of events including Encounters Film and Animation Festival, the Vision Conference and Digital Bristol Week. In addition, we encourage students to become delegates at other relevant industry events like Sheffield International Documentary Festival and work alongside external clients making shorts films and documentaries.

Course detail

MA Documentary Production is a practice-based course which provides a full understanding of how to operate in the industry including the use of a wide range of cameras, research and development of ideas, programme structures and formats, compliance, business and budgets and commissioning.

There's a rolling programme of guest lecturers and industry speakers, and live collaborative projects to underpin the real-world knowledge and entrepreneurial skills required to succeed in your career. Bristol is a vibrant and innovative media hub with the highest concentration of creative industries outside London and a thriving independent production sector.

We work closely with a wide range of creative and cultural partners, including the Pervasive Media Studio based at Watershed cinema and digital creativity centre and Encounters Film Festival to ensure a rich teaching and learning experience.


UWE Bristol and the BBC have jointly developed modules, which include:

• The business of factual
• Ideas, story, format
• Preparing for factual production
• Future docs
• Professional practice in factual production


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and expert-led technical workshops in camera techniques, sound, recording, post-production, TV studio work and editing using industry-standard software such as AVID, Premier and Final Cut Pro.


You will be assessed on the production of short films both independently and in teams and the completion of written reports and portfolios of work.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the MA Documentary Production page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

An honours degree in a related subject area is required, but applicants with substantial relevant professional experience will also be considered.Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview (telephone interviews will be conducted for international applicants). They will need to bring/provide a show reel or portfolio of previous work. This may include audio, film, video, photography and writing. Applicants will need previous experience of camera work in order to progress on the course.

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