Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Documentary MA *subject to validation

A dynamic and practical documentary programme to develop your creative storytelling and multi-media production skills. The programme will include lectures, workshops and opportunities to learn from professional media experts. You will also be encouraged to forge contacts with media companies and undertake a professional placement to enhance your employability in this creative sector • Explore practical documentary making on a variety of media platforms •Work with award-winning documentary makers and experienced journalists •Study in the £38 million Redmonds Building and enjoy full access to Liverpool Screen School's state-of-the-art facilities •Undertake a placement with a professional media company This new practice-led masters degree focuses on documentary making on a variety of platforms, enabling you to develop the core skills required to become a successful documentary maker. ​Through the exploration of practical camerawork skills, including sound recording, editing and interviewing, you will become confident in your craft, while the journalism modules will develop your skills in storytelling, interviewing and the various journalistic principles. You will also study and understand the laws which impact responsible journalism, including the latest media law and ethics. ​The degree is taught by two departments in Liverpool Screen School; Media Production runs a popular and highly successful undergraduate degree which develops students to become confident and independent media developers. The Journalism department has offered undergraduate and postgraduate degrees for many years and continues to produce well-skilled graduates ready for the workplace. The collaborative nature of this degree means you will receive the best learning support, access to the latest techniques, academic research and opportunities to engage with key external partners.

Entry requirements

Our philosophy enables us to accept a wide range of applicants.

Applications to the MA Documentary will normally be considered in the light of the applicant's ability to meet the following criteria:

1. Generally applicants should have a minimum second class honours degree.

2. Non-media graduates with no formal media experience must demonstrate a genuine interest and commitment to practical filmmaking.

3. All candidates must be able to demonstrate the ability to benefit from and contribute to the programme. Although most applicants will be graduates, the fact that candidates may not have a degree is not necessarily a bar to entry. Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed. The Programme Leader will make a decision on whether to admit the candidate on the basis of experience.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core modules for further information on what you will study.

•Practical craft skills in camerawork, sound recording and editing
•Core journalism skills including storytelling, interview technique, media law and ethics
•Core documentary production skills

•Interactive story-telling
•Tools for interactive documentary-making

Assessment methods

Teaching and assessment methods vary according to the module.

Teaching includes a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, screenings and craft skills workshops. As a postgraduate student, you will have the flexibility and freedom to produce your own documentary project for a media platform of your choice.

​Assessment methods are mixed, with practical modules usually based around portfolios of work including tasks aimed at the assessment of specific skills. Any written assessments you undertake may include essays, reviews and reports.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2017 - 2 years

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