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Documentary Practice MA

Course Description

The MA Documentary Practice provides students and professionals alike with the opportunity to study Documentary Film Making in practice underpinned with sound academic theory within the context of the current media industry.

Key benefits

- This course is recognised by Creative Skillset, Sector Skills Council and carries the Creative Skillset Tick for the purposes of indicating courses best suited to prepare for a Creative Industries career.

- The course team boasts tutors from industry with international Feature, Broadcast and Industrial experience from the UK, EU and North American independent and commercial sectors.

- Our staff are Research Active (Centre for Media Practice, MeCCSA) and engaged with industry through Innovation and Entreprise Activity.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/documentary-practice-9025

Course detail

Film Makers with industrial experience who have non-standard academic credentials may apply through an Acreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Contact the Course Director for further information.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

100% Coursework. Assessment by Practice using industry models, such as Films, Proposals, Pitches, Budgets, Scripts. Academic component assessed by critical and reflective writing through Essays, Reports and Dissertation.

- Work placement / study abroad -

Past Graduates have obtained funding and visa support for travel and expenses from One World Media to film in Africa. Staff links to industry in North America. Erasmus links to study in Europe.

Career options

Documentary Film Directing and attendant skills, e.g. Producer, Camera Operator, Sound Recordist, Editor. Many graduates have found internal positions within organisations such as BBCni, UTV, RTE, TG4 as well as teaching positions in Seconday and Further Education sectors.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Documentary Practice MA page on the Ulster University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates must meet the University's minimum entrance requirements and, in addition, hold an honours degree at minimum 2.1 or professional equivalence.International applicants whose first language is not English must attain either of the following English competence standards: IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 550. English language entry requirements: View Website

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