Digital Documentary MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Taught by committed and active filmmakers, you’ll learn to produce a portfolio of short non-fiction films in a creative and stimulating environment. 

You can pursue your own interests through your film practice and engage in a range of approaches from story-telling to more experimental forms.  

You’ll learn to:

  • communicate imaginatively through the moving image
  • research and write original non-fiction film
  • develop visual story-telling
  • shoot and edit
  • project manage, schedule, budget, distribute and fund-raise. 

Uniquely, you also have the opportunity to develop your abilities not only in single-screen video but in other digital media forms.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn from internationally recognised filmmakers.
  • Produce a portfolio of short films with the opportunity to work across platforms and in other media.
  • Develop your knowledge of documentary production in an intellectually rigorous environment.
“There was genuine desire from all members of the faculty – at both the theoretical and practical levels – to illuminate and enlighten.” Keith Rodway
Digital Documentary MA

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

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Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant subject such as media, arts or humanities. You will also be considered for the course if you have a different qualification and can show evidence of media experience and a passion for documentary. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (Grade 5 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A - C in English language

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 1119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-6 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades A1-C6 (1-6) in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

Pre-Masters

Need to boost your academic skills for your taught course? Find out about Pre-Masters routes

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at mfm@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

Each term you work on practical documentary projects alongside conceptual and theoretical study. In the summer term, you undertake either a documentary project or a dissertation.

There are frequent discussions of your work-in-progress. Regular master classes and screenings are presented by industry professionals and successful alumni from the course.

Assessment is by:

  • practical video/media work
  • essay or video essay and
  • production documentation and critique.

The final assessment is a major documentary project plus report or a dissertation.

Industry experience

An optional industry experience may be arranged with local employers (subject to convenor agreement).

Facilities

You’ll have 24-hour access to the School of Media, Film and Music’s broadcast-standard equipment including HD cameras and a range of post-production facilities.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Postgraduate student Sandra Spighel talks about her Digital Documentary MA

Our experts

Ms Joanna Callaghan

Ms Joanna Callaghan

Senior Lecturer In Filmmaking

Research interests

Deconstruction, Film as philosophy, Film production, filmmaking, practice as research, practice led research, Practice-based research, video art

View Joanna Callaghan's profile

Ms Wilma De Jong

Ms Wilma De Jong

Senior Lecturer in Media & Film Studies

Research interests

Archives and media production, Documentary theory and practice, Film-based media (History, Theory & Practice), Interactive and web based documentaries, Media and international development, media and pressure groups

View Wilma De Jong's profile

Dr Emile Devereaux

Dr Emile Devereaux

Senior Lecturer In Digital Media

Research interests

Critical Gender Studies, Digital Art & Design, Digital Cartography, Digital Culture, Interaction design, media history and theory, Tactical Media, Visual Studies

View Emile Devereaux's profile

Mr Adrian Goycoolea

Mr Adrian Goycoolea

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

activism, Chilean History, Collage Film, Documentary theory and practice, Film, Film production, First Person Film, Found Footage Film, Human Rights, Installation, Political History, the avant garde, Trauma

View Adrian Goycoolea's profile

Dr Alisa Lebow

Dr Alisa Lebow

Reader In Film Studies

Research interests

Activism and Documentary, Documentary theory and practice, Experimental Documentary, First Person Film, Jewish Culture and Film, Queer and Transgender Representation, Revolution and Film, Turkish and Middle Eastern Documentary

View Alisa Lebow's profile

Dr Martin Spinelli

Dr Martin Spinelli

Senior Lecturer in Media & Cultural Studies

Research interests

Aesthetics, arts interviewing, Broadcast News, Broadcasting History, Digital Humanities, ethnography, Journalism, literary journalism, memoir, podcasting, practice as research, practice led research, radio, radio drama, Radio Studies, Socio-cultural impact of new media, Sound Art

View Martin Spinelli's profile

Ms Lizzie Thynne

Ms Lizzie Thynne

Reader in Film

Research interests

art cinema, contemporary television, Cultural and Critical Theory, Documentary theory and practice, Experimental Documentary, Feminist Art History, Film drama, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Life writing, Queer studies, Television History, Theory and Criticism, Visual fields, women's liberation

View Lizzie Thynne's profile

Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 877538 
mfm@​sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the School of Media, Film and Music

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£9,500 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£9,500 per year
International students:
£17,400 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5% increase (subject to rounding).

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,609 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2018. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

The MA prepares you for professional work in the media and related industries, as well as enabling you to make an informed contribution to non-fiction film.

The sessions by industry professionals and distinguished alumni including Gerry Rothwell, Kim Longinotto, Penny Woolcock, Peter Beard and Marc Isaacs allow you to make links with potential employers and give you insights and advice on working in the media professions.

The course also provides an in-depth study of contemporary documentary for those wishing to pursue a PhD in this area.

Our students have been successful in gaining highly competitive scholarships offered for doctoral study, both at Sussex and other UK universities. Graduates have pursued careers in:

  • independent filmmaking
  • television production and research
  • marketing
  • communications
  • teaching and academic research.

Employers include the BBC, ITN News, Al Jazeera, Century Films, Ricochet, Back2Back Productions, Brighton.tv, EDF Energy, BP, Vodafone and a variety of universities and research centres.

Students’ documentary work from the School has been shown at several film festivals including:

  • London Short Film Festival
  • Cinecity
  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival
  • East London Film Festival.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates from the School of Media, Film and Music have gone on to jobs including:

  • trainee reporter, Press Association
  • multimedia content producer, Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network
  • film-making, Outlaw Productions

(Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers From Higher Education 2016 survey)

Documentary Practice

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

You will explore documentary methods and structures though practical exercises and projects so as to develop a systematic knowledge of production within the genre. You will engage in analysis of selected historic and contemporary documentary practices to situate you own work within the field and critically reflect on it. You will gain a comprehensive overview of key concepts in non-fiction production, in particular narrative, address, point of view, montage through discussion and making. Advanced skills in research, planning, scripting, shooting and editing will be applied to self-initiated projects.

Concepts of the documentary form are explored and interrogated through practical work to enabling you to articulate a critical and creative approach to the relationship between practice and theory. The term culimates in a substantial project and accompanying critical introduction, which builds on the experimentation and analysis undertaken through the module and asks you to critically evaluate your work in relation to your aims with a critical awareness of related practice.

Short Documentary: Research and Production

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

This module focuses on the methods, processes and research techniques involved in the development of documentary projects from initial concept to distribution, with close analyses of how the different stages of a production are related and may be planned. You will learn how to identify original sources and subjects with a view to creating a distinctive style and approach through practical exercises and the shooting of pilot material. You will study and undertake the development process in relation to acquiring a critical understanding of the markets and other exhibition possibilities for projects from galleries and festivals to the web and television. You will look at how to locate and utilise archives, contributors, interviewees, performers, locations and facilities. Key areas to be explored include scripting, budgeting, scheduling, copyright and contracts, with reference to contemporary and historical examples. You will also look critically at a range of production methods and ways of working through looking both at case studies of specific productions and companies. You may undertake short optional placements as part of your research for this unit.

Writing Documentary: Sound/Image/Text

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

You explore key issues and debates in the history and theory of documentary.

From a 'boom' in theatrical documentary to DIY footage posted online, recent years have witnessed significant changes in the commercial, aesthetic, technological, political and social dimensions of documentaries.

You will consider such developments in the light of earlier trends in documentary and ongoing debates about the purpose, form and efficacy of the mode.

You will address aesthetics, power, the politics of representation and ethics across a range of documentary material from film, television and the internet.

Topics may include:

  • documentary modes (observational, ethnographic, auto/biographical, etc)
  • truth claims and trust
  • feminist documentary
  • documentary ethics
  • audiences for documentary
  • hybridity and re-enactment
  • the politics of documentary
  • documentaries online.

Digital Documentary Dissertation

  • 60 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1 credits

Subject to your preference to undertake a written dissertation rather than a major practical project.

The third term and the following long vacation are reserved for the research and writing of a dissertation on a topic which is of special interest to you. With guidance from your supervisor, you will identify a suitable question in theory and/or history of documentary or 'realism' and/or their contemporary manifestations and write an 18,000 word dissertation on this topic.

In the process, you will compile a relevant biography of critical and textual sources or industrial sources as appropriate, which you critically evaluate in constructing a response to the chosen question, and undertake primary and secondary research utilising methodologies suitable to the topic in hand.

You may undertake an optional placement in a relevant media organisation as part of your research for this project.

Digital Documentary Project

  • 60 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you produce a major documentary video project of 30 minutes duration, utilising appropriate digital technology - with guidance from your supervisor.

You identify a suitable topic, approach and research questions that you wish to explore through the production of the project. This project will normally be based on the material you developed in your Project Research and Development module in the spring, unless there are compelling reasons for pursuing a new topic.

In the process, you compile a relevant filmography/bibliography of relevant film/digital and visual sources, and theoretical critical texts that you will reflect critically on in realising your own creative work.

You also produce a report which analyses your processes and product utilising the concepts you have explored across the MA programme. You may undertake an optional placement as part of your research for this project.

Activist Media Practice

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

Social movements have historically struggled to get their message reported clearly, accurately and effectively through the lens of mainstream media. This has lead to the rise of alternative media practices and strategies to break through or unsettle the corporate and state-run media systems around the world. In order to challenge hegemonic discourses, activist media seeks to circumvent and dismantle traditional media's communicative strategies either through a disruptive aesthetic or through a reconfigured mode of civic engagement. Whether through radical leaflets, pirate radio, graffiti, protest music, performance art, activist videos, political documentaries, or social media and the internet, today's media landscape has evolved into a range of complex transnational networks that can be activated by independent counter-hegemonic media practices and expressions.

This module asks you to learn about various forms of cultural resistance (through readings, screenings, lectures and discussions) in order to to formulate an effective form of activist media provocation. This piece of activist media may take the form of a video, a website, site-specific performance, series of photographs, media prank, etc. You will also be asked to write a reflective essay that contextualises the finished piece within the conceptual debates of the module.

Animals and Screen Media

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

First Person Film (MA)

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

First Person Film examines the ways in which film can be used as a personal, subjective medium, whether in fiction or documentary. Autobiographical or analytical, abstract or essayistic, professional or amateur, the first-person modality is increasingly present in all filmmaking practices. This module seeks to introduce you to theories of subjectivity whether from psychoanalysis, post-structuralism and/or literary theory considering the multiple theoretical incursions on the unity of the subject from Lacan to Butler and Nancy, and even the outright denial of the author (Barthes). We will explore questions of subjectivity such as: what constitutes a subject? from what position does s/he speak? and what or who is the 'I' that speaks? From this will arise further questions regarding the address: to whom does s/he speak and to what avail? who is being interpellated as audience? and how is identification constructed? The module will survey a range of first-person filmmaking, including the fictional autobiography, artist's experimental films, first-person documentary, the essay film, the home movie and the proliferation of YouTube direct address.

Media, Culture and Communication

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

The module offers you the chance to explore at an advanced level a number of principal theories and methods within a cultural studies approach to media studies, and to consider how these shape the ways we might think about and research particular media industries, forms and issues. The module begins with a focus on questions concerning media production, distribution and consumption. In the latter part of the module, we pay attention to a variety of methodological approaches which draw attention in particular to different ways of conceptualising the relation between the media and concepts like subjectivity, identity, perception and experience.

The theory element aims to introduce you to the key thinkers, traditions and debates in media and cultural studies and contributing disciplines. You will investigate media as institutions and systems of representation and explore problems of production and consumption in a variety of social and geo-political contexts. You will be encouraged to prepare informal presentations and to engage in discussion with other members of the seminar group. Each week there will also be a short introduction to the following week’s topic in the lecture given by members of the Media and Film faculty. The research element aims to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the practical, epistemological and ethical issues involved in conducting different kinds of media and cultural research. It also aims to make you methodologically self-conscious in your own research and written work.

New Moving Screens

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

Looking at the evolution of mobile and location-based technologies, this module investigates the emergent fields of pervasive media and locative media. You will investigate the ways that mobile technologies and portable media have evolved to become defining elements of pervasive and locative media. You will explore cultural and creative activities in the fields, including (but not limited to) artistic practice utilising mobile phones and gps devices, and you will create your own projects utilising pervasive and/or locative media. While leading to the production of a creative project, work done on this module will be heavily informed by study of the key critical debates and historical moments surrounding the evolution pervasive and locative media.

Photography: Documentary, Landscape, Politics

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

This module introduces you to a wide range of work in the documentary and landscape genres, both historical and contemporary, but with an emphasis on `conceptual documentary' and contemporary politicised landscape photography. You will also focus on the problematics of documentary and photojournalism, such as ethical issues and questions of efficacy, and the use of text and sound in documentary publications, gallery installations and websites.

The module will be taught through tutor-led discussion in seminars, and regular `group crits' of student work-in-progress in the lab. Early on in the module you will conceive and research your own idea for a photographic project, and start producing images for class viewing. The module will equip you with the necessary production & critical skills to continue working independently on your projects during the Easter vacation before the assessment deadline in early Summer.

Race, Culture and the Media

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

This module explores the intersection of race, culture and analogue/digital media.

It begins by looking at the origins of these debates and introduces how their transformation can be approached through discourse and performance.

It then moves to explore key theoretical lenses through which this module’s topic can be engaged, including a discussion of:

  • whiteness
  • class
  • gender
  • post-colonialism

Following this conceptual grounding, the course explores a number of contemporary debates that highlight different transformations of race, culture and the media.

These include explorations of the War on Terror, drone warfare, urban multiculture (sound systems, pirate radio and YouTube music videos), #blacklivesmatter, and debates on post-race. Through these means the module complements the School’s offerings in the areas of media, digital media, culture and social change in addition to complementing Global Studies options.

Subjects may include:

  • origins and transformations: race, culture and media
  • whiteness
  • race and class
  • race, gender and difference  
  • post-colonialism and orientalism
  • the War on Terror: Twin Towers to Jihadi John
  • drone warfare
  • urban multiculture: from analogue to digital
  • #blacklivesmatters
  • post-race and rehumanistion

The Cinematic Body

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

This module examines the interplay between body and cinema. This includes not only the representation of the body in films but also how the body of the spectator and cultural formations of the body influence and shape cinema itself. You will draw on a wide range of theoretical frames (including film studies, psychoanalysis, gender studies, philosophy, feminism and cultural theory) to consider a variety of themes including: the body as resistance and force; notions of beauty and the sublime; the hysterical body; discipline and punishment; the body as desire. The module will also consider recent developments in film, including the idea of cyber-cinema and its impact on the body.

Working in the Creative Industries: Critical frameworks

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

This module addresses the changing scope and experiences of working in the creative industries.

Work is situated in the context of neoliberal economic-political developments and the discursive shift from ‘cultural’ to ‘creative’ industries. It focuses on your own work lives and empirical case studies (from sociology, media, urban and cultural studies) to explore and understand the tensions and contradictions of such work: competitive and collaborative, creative and repetitive, passionate and precarious.

Critically it draws on a range of ideas including immaterial labour and precarity; field, capitals and cultural intermediary; emotional/affective labour; governmentality and individualisation; prosumer/co-creation and ‘gifted’ labour.

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