Taught course

Digital Documentaries

Institution
Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our website.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Documentaries are a vital, successful and constantly evolving media, with growing places for their screening. Our MA in Digital Documentaries will enable you to integrate the theory and practice of documentary film and to turn your ideas into innovative films for a variety of audiences.

Intensive practical workshops, group sessions and one-to-one guidance will help you locate subjects and stories that matter to you, find a method of making and a mode of encounter with your subject, develop distinct shooting and editing strategies, and evolve your own unique visual language.

You will be trained in the craft and technical aspects of filmmaking, producing films of integrity and importance.

Skills developed will include;

  • Producing, directing, camera, sound and editing.
  • Learning how to communicate imaginatively through the moving image.
  • Researching and writing original non-fiction film
  • Developing visual story-telling
  • Shooting and editing
  • Project management, scheduling, budgeting, distributing and fund-raising.

We train you to be an all-rounder, with valuable expertise in directing, production managing, camera operating, recording sound, editing, and also pitching your projects to funders and promoting your films to festivals. We will support all types of filmmaking, including campaigning and issue-led films, long-form investigative documentaries, observational and character pieces, experimental films and documentaries about the environment. In the final Master’s project, you will be able to present either a long form documentary or a portfolio of shorter pieces of work for different platforms and digital media.

You will also have the unique chance to work with a mentor from the creative industry, to pitch your idea to them, receive feedback in the making of your film to engage with the documentary industry and improve your CV.

Our teaching is informed by practice and academic rigour. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics and programme makers who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. The tutors have worked in the BBC and internationally, combining a unique breadth of knowledge of both academia and the industry.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Support
Email
jomecstudentsupport@cardiff.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)29 2087 4156