MA / PGDip

Documentary Journalism

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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This course will prepare you to research and produce long-form journalism for online, radio and television. It includes all the steps of the process from research and production across multiplatforms, to making a pitch, the commissioning process, costing and budgets.

Our next open event is on Wednesday 13 June, 4 pm - 6.30 pm. Click 'find an open day' to book.

Industry speakers from Vice, BBC3, Panorama, and the world of podcasts regularly teach on the programme, along with specialist documentary camera people, archive researchers and experts on the business of documentary production.

What you'll study

You’ll take a multi-platform approach to documentary making, developing in-depth research methods and story-telling, along with practical skills in writing, broadcasting, online and visual journalism.

You’ll be taught by our team of experienced media professionals as well as visiting documentary makers across all platforms and be guided through the commercial process of documentary making.

As part of the course, you can chose to work with the MA Documentary production hub  which provides film production experience on live projects within NTU, the local creative industries and further afield.

Recent projects included pre-release promotional films for the Ken Loach movie I Daniel Blake; an ongoing heritage funded archive film about the Theatre Royal in Nottingham and a documentary celebrating 35 years of Caribbean newspaper The Voice in London, which will start next year.

Student work

To view a range of student documentary work visit our website.

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  • Modules

    • Documentary Journalism Skills and Digital Production (60 credit points) - This is a practical module which provides the essential skills you need to work in documentary journalism. These include research, interviewing, scripting and writing for different platforms. You will learn techniques of recording and editing audio and video, working with stills, online and multimedia. The module culminates in making a long-form video documentary. Part of the module involves you doing a three week placement with an external organisation like the BBC, ITV, an independent production company, facilities house or other commissioned project.
    • Documentary Practice (20 credit points) - This module introduces you to the key concepts and genres of documentary journalism. It will provide you with the knowledge and understanding to critically evaluate documentaries across a range of genres and emerging platforms and will explore some of the ethical issues of documentary making. The module also examines the business of documentary production, looking at pitching and commissioning as well as new forms of funding and distribution. Part of this may be through our own production company.
    • Visual Journalism (20 credit points) - This module addresses the changing role of visual storytelling through an exploration of documentary photography and new forms of visual multimedia. You will be exposed to a range of multidisciplinary material and developing communication technologies, computing and software which enable an extraordinary range of visual stories to diverse audiences globally. You will be encouraged to find your own creative voice through critical analysis, research and practice-based skills. Paul Hill (MBE), Maria Falconer, Stuart Freedman and Crash Taylor are visiting lecturers on this module.
    • Media Law (20 credit points) - You will acquire a full understanding of the scope and effect of media law. You will be taught to recognise the danger areas in publication, evaluating risk and amending or eliminating content. You will gain an appreciation of the impact of reporting restrictions on the work of journalists as well as the legal considerations involved in investigative and covert filming.

    Students taking the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) route follow the same modules as those on the full MA with the exception of the 60 credit MA Multiplatform Project.

    • Multiplatform Project (MA route only) - This year-long project brings together skills and understanding gained over the entire course. It involves researching a topical issue and producing a 3,000 word research essay which feeds into an online multi media feature in radio (12-15 minutes) or television (8-10 minutes). Work produced for this module in the past has gone on to win awards in student media competitions.

How you’re taught

Study methods and assessment

Study methods include lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, screenings, production workshops, presentation and peer review, combined with a programme of visiting industry practitioners. You’ll be assessed by a mixture of portfolio work, essays and exams as well as producing a final project of a finished documentary of your choice.

You’ll undertake a minimum of three weeks of placements. Placement opportunities may include radio, television, interactive, or digital storytelling within a media concern of your choice. Activities may include research and development for a documentary in pre-production or shadowing a documentary editor in a facilities house.

Notts TV

MA Documentary Journalism students may have the chance to work with the station and take part in work placements.

Sheffield International Documentary Festival

You will also have the opportunity to complete a three-week placement with the Sheffield International Documentary Festival or another external organisation of your choice, like the BBC, ITV, an independent production company, or commissioned project.

Documentary Journalism Showcase

In August you will premiere your films at the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham in front of a select audience from the local film-making community. The showcase is entirely produced by you, the students, and forms the final part of your industry experience.

Careers and employability

Your career development

The teaching team are all from industry and have backgrounds in award-winning documentary production and reportage. Employability is a key focus of the course, and you will meet commissioning editors and documentary producers within the field. You will work with live commissioning briefs wherever possible and will be encouraged to pitch ideas to documentary and other festivals during your course. The MA is designed to enhance you future career in documentary journalism across a range of platforms and outlets, terrestrial or online.

Entry requirements

  • You will need a good honours degree (minimum 2.1) and enthusiasm for, or experience in documentary radio, film, reportage or multi media.
  • Applicants with a 2.2 and substantial experience will be considered.
  • Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Written journalism test

All applicants will be asked to submit two short (250 word) documentary proposals as part of the application. These will be judged against clear criteria that show an understanding of the documentary genre, and creative ideas for achievable projects.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

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Keeping up to date

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

CourseHome / EU
full-time
Home / EU
part-time
MA Documentary Journalism£7,800£3,900
MA Documentary Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£5,850 £2,925
PGDip Documentary Journalism£5,200£2,600
PGDip Documentary Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£3,900£1,950

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry.

Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

CourseInternational
full-time
MA Documentary Journalism£13,250
MA Documentary Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£9,938
PGDip Documentary Journalism£8,830
PGDip Documentary Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£6,622

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry. Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

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