Taught course


University of Bedfordshire · Division of Media, Arts and Performance

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Applicants should have a first degree in the area of arts, humanities or social science; or significant media industry experience. All applicants must provide a two-page proposal for a documentary they would like to make and provide evidence of an ability to use images to tell stories via a show reel


Months of entry


Course content

About the course

As part of this course you will produce a major, practical documentary project informed by contemporary debates and historical perspectives, having gained the practical skills via a firm grounding in digital video production and exploring photography and multimedia using industry-standard equipment. You will cover all stages of documentary production - from initial proposal to final edit, learning how to research and write a documentary, and create and edit film. Choose from video, photography and multimedia technologies, discovering new and unique features of each medium. Underpinning the strong practical element are the political, legal, moral and ethical issues informing contemporary production and exhibition.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Key features

  • Study an intensive specialist course in creative documentary, focused on practice informed by ideas, with access to state-of-the-art documentary film-making equipment and excellent links with industry professionals
  • Explore a unique opportunity to study documentary practices in moving image, photographic and journalistic forms with opportunities to attend documentary festivals in the UK and mainland Europe
  • Develop specialist knowledge of specific areas of the media and use the opportunities presented by your project work to enter competitions and make industry contacts
  • Gain a qualification valuable to anyone seeking employment in the rapidly changing field of media: with the knowledge and skills to pitch ideas, write proposals, identify sources of funding and find appropriate avenues of distribution and exhibition of your work
  • Benefit from a degree that prepares you for roles such as documentary producer, researcher or director, or qualifies you to continue to MPhil and PhD research degrees

Career opportunities

MA Documentary provides the opportunity for the committed student to engage with a range of industry relevant events, this includes professional practice seminars, developing documentary ideas into workable projects and visits to international festivals such as IDFA, British Shorts Berlin and Sheffield International documentary festival

Areas of study may include:

  • Documentary Practice
  • Stills and Movies
  • Production Research
  • Practical Post Production and Digital Effects
  • Documentary Project A
  • Documentary Project B

Information for international students

All applicants must have the ability to study and complete all assessments with a suitably high standard of English, which in the case of overseas students, will be assessed in accordance with University policy. Our minimum requirements are IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Please visit: www.beds.ac.uk/english-language for detailed information.

Fees and funding

For details on the financial support on offer at the University of Bedfordshire please visit our website: www.beds.ac.uk/pgfunding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

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