Cardiff University: Digital Documentaries

InstitutionCardiff University View institution profile
Department School of Journalism, Media and Culture
Study type Taught


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.

**Distinctive features**
The Master’s Project, enabling you to build a portfolio of documentary work which reflects the changing audiences in digital media.
The support of a mentor from the media industry, to pitch to and receive feedback from on your documentary projects
A variety of options in the choice of subject matter and style for film making, allowing you to specialise in subject areas that have relevance and interest to you.


Cardiff University



Cardiff University is an ambitious, innovative and vibrant university, ranked in the top 150 universities in the world. We are the only Russell Group University in Wales and are incredibly proud of our diverse community, with over 31,000 students enrolled, representing more than 100 countries.

Academic life at Cardiff University is challenging and rewarding, with our students being taught by leading academics in over 200 taught Masters’, diplomas and certificates across the University. We also offer a selection of part-time study postgraduate courses and standalone modules in a number of subject areas.

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