Digital Documentaries

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Digital Documentaries

Documentaries are a vital, successful and constantly evolving mediawith an ever-growing number of places where they are screened, broadcast and streamed.

Withus,you'll be trained in the craft and technical aspects of filmmaking, producing films of integrity and importance.

Hands-on film making

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.

On this degree you’ll gain a range of skillsincluding:

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

We’lltrain you to be an all-rounder, with valuable expertise in directing, production managing, camera operating, recording sound, editing,andpitching your projects to funders and promoting your films to festivals.

Admission requirements

Typically, you will need to have either:

  • a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject area such as, journalism, media or film studies or an equivalent international degree
  • a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification.

English Language requirements:

IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with 6.5 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please check the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Core modules for year one

  • Masters Project
  • Documentary Practice 1
  • Directing the Documentary 1
  • Documentary Studies
  • Documentary Practice 2
  • Specialist Skills Documentary

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Tuition fees for UK: £10,700 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £19,450 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What are the learning outcomes of this course/program?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • a professional sense of what a documentary is and the ability to evaluate and interpret the assumptions underlying it;
  • an understanding of how to develop an idea from paper to screen and understand the requirements of different audiences and markets;
  • an understanding of the need to achieve clarity and precision in the use of language and images, and the techniques by which this can be achieved;
  • an ability to use standard software packages and hardware in your chosen medium, and be confident about your ability to learn how to use variants
  • a critical awareness of contemporary practices and theories of documentary film making

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • the critical ability to justify and rigorously apply appropriate methodologies, techniques and practical strategies; as well being sensitive in the context of this application.
  • competence in synthesising the complexities and unpredictability of researching and producing a factual program.
  • the capability to experiment with and critically evaluate documentary form with confidence and initiate this to a professional level
  • a pro-actively ethical awareness in film-making through managing ethical dilemmas and finding solutions
  • self-reflective learning in order to improve professional practice and develop autonom

Career paths

The documentary is one of the forms of media which is expanding across all platforms. Most businesses andnon-governmental organisations (NGO's) use videos to inform their internal and external audience about what they do.

An MA in Digital Documentaries will offer a wide range of opportunities for those who not only wish to become filmmakers, but those who want to use this exciting medium for a wide range of different purposes.

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