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Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

JAN-23

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Film / Video / Television Production

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Make your own films, tap into Bristol's vibrant indie film sector, and develop the skills and network to succeed as a documentary filmmaker.

Why study screen production (documentary)?

Documentary filmmaking is one of the fastest growing sectors of the screen economy.

From feature length films to short online content, documentaries offer a powerful tool for storytelling, and engaging audiences in diverse subjects and causes.

New platforms and channels are opening up new opportunities for filmmakers to create documentaries for broadcast, web and film distribution.

Why UWE Bristol?

Aimed at students with some experience of film and video-making already, our MA Screen Production (Documentary) offers you access to expert support and industry-level facilities to take your work to the next level.

Covering the huge breadth of forms of documentary, you'll study wide-ranging filmmaking practices and apply these to producing your own films.

The course is practice-focused, expanding your experience of documentary filmmaking, and training you to be a 'thinking documentary filmmaker', as you learn from the work of great documentarists.

This course is integrated into the buoyant documentary sector of Bristol's audiovisual economy, where Channel 4 recently opened its regional hub, and commissioners are investing in documentary projects.

Some of the fastest growing indies in the UK, such as Plimsoll, Drummer, Silverback and Icon Films are based here and we work closely with local companies, as well as the BBC, to offer you varied production opportunities.

Working with Bristol Business School, you'll also build the skills you need to operate as a freelance, self-employed documentary filmmaker.

There'll be opportunities to network with other future creative leaders, working alongside students on our other postgraduate screen MAs.

The course includes company visits and guest lectures by leading industry experts.

Where can it take me?

You'll be equipped to follow a wide range of careers in the increasingly diverse field of documentary filmmaking, working for broadcasters or setting up your own independent film company.

You're most likely to first secure work as a researcher or production team associate in a larger production company, before seeking commissions to make your own documentaries.

For more information, including the most up to date module listing, see the entry for this course on the UWE Bristol website, by clicking on the 'visit website' button to the left of this page.

Modules

Screen Criticism and Analysis
Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy
The Diversity of Documentary
Documentary Research and Development
Developing a Screen Business Concept for the Marketplace
Final Project
Screen Industries Issues and Debates

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£7,750

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

£14,000

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, or professional experience (such as significant work in film production), and a commitment to research and reflecting on creative practice. You will be expected to demonstrate some experience of your practice in film, video or documentary production. We are looking for highly motivated students with a passionate commitment to creating original documentary films. For further entry information, see the entry for this course on the UWE Bristol website, by clicking on the 'visit website' button.

University information

A champion of ambition, the University of the West of England Bristol (UWE Bristol) offers students an exceptional learning environment dedicated to success. From developing skills, acquiring new qualifications, boosting career prospects, or embarking on a complete career change, UWE Bristol offers all students a welcoming and supportive environment within a thriving and inviting city. The university offers an impressive variety of taught and...more

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