This MA develops students skills and creative vision in the field of screen documentary production. It also enhances understanding of the historical context and contemporary modes of documentary production, set against a backdrop of the wider practical and theoretical issues raised in media production.
Students are taught the skills to be able to self'shoot and edit, but also have the chance to work with specialised camera'people, editors and producers. Students complete several short films and exercises, then make their own substantive documentary, during which they fully explore research methods, visual and thematic storytelling, experimental and multi'platform formats and much more. For 2 terms students spend a full day a week in specialised contact with their specific programme convenor, plus a further day in Screen Lab working with colleagues across the programme in a Talent Campus'style project'led learning structure with: Masterclasses; pitches; role'plays; exercises to use students skills specialism in a variety of live shoot situations. There are also a variety of research projects to undertake, as well as other module options. The 3rd term is taken up with the final substantive project, and in writing up a process paper on the work and research over the year. Screen Lab: Students also advance their collaborative skills by working in teams with both fiction and documentary producers and cinematography, sound and edit students, on a variety of projects and at least 3 scheduled films across the year. As well as your Screen Documentary specialism, students undertake 3 short courses to enhance their other skills and critical approaches. Available option modules may include: experimental media; politics of the audiovisual; representing reality; social activist filmmaking.
Course Additional Entry
You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper 2nd class standard in a relevant/related subject as well as a level of practical experience from work in the arts or the media. Applicants might also be considered for the programme if they aren't a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show the ability to work at postgraduate level. If your 1st language is not English, you normally need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent.
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