Taught course

Documentary Production

UWE Bristol · Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education

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Entry requirements

Please see course details for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

**Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2020 intake. Applications for 2021 should be made from October 2020**

This course will enable you to develop the skills you need to make documentaries for any platform from cinema, TV to streaming services. And, what better place to learn your craft than in Bristol, a major UK centre for the Creative Industries.

We prepare you for the industry by putting storytelling at the heart of your learning. You'll develop skills that will help you tell great stories and make intelligent and surprising programmes to captivate and engage audiences.

Each student is matched with an industry mentor from one of the many independent companies based in Bristol. Alongside your course tutor, your mentor will help with career advice and guidance.

This course is based at our Bower Ashton Studios, part of City Campus, where you'll have access to exceptional industry standard facilities and resources including a shiny new post production building and TV studios which opened in 2017.

See some of the work created by our students on our Vimeo site.

Engaging, industry-led teaching

MA Documentary Production is a practice-based course which equips you with the skills needed for all documentary production. This will include directing and producing, self-shooting and editing, research and development of ideas, budgeting and commissioning and writing for all formats and genres.

There's a rolling programme of industry speakers and, combined with live briefs from industry, we help you develop the industry knowledge and entrepreneurial skills you need to succeed in your career.

Bristol is a vibrant and innovative media hub with a thriving independent production sector. We work closely with a wide range of creative and cultural partners, including the Pervasive Media Studio based at Watershed cinema, the BBC Academy and the Encounters Film Festival. This ensures a rich teaching and learning experience.

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx

Fees and funding

Please see our postgraduate funding pages for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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+44(0)117 32 83333