Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Documentary Journalism

This course will prepare you to research and produce long-form journalism for online, radio and television. You'll learn all the aspects of the process from research and production right through to multi-platforms, to making a pitch, the commissioning process, costing and budgets. This course will offer you a multi-platform approach to documentary making, as you'll develop in-depth research methods, storytelling techniques, gain practical skills in broadcasting, writing, online and visual journalism. The course is led by our team of experienced media professionals, and you'll also gain valuable learning from our visiting documentary makers who have a proven track record of making documentaries across all platforms. You'll be guided through the commercial process of documentary making as well. Alongside this, you'll gain first-hand experience by working with the MA Documentary production hub, "Borderless" which provides film production experience on live projects within NTU, local creative industries and with organisations located further afield. Study will take shape in the form of lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, screenings, production workshops, presentation and peer reviews, combined with a programme of visiting industry practitioners. You will be assessed by a mixture of portfolio work, essays and exams as well as a final project of a finished documentary. You'll be encouraged to undertake a minimum of three weeks of placements, which may include radio, television or digital storytelling which will explore an aspect of media of your choice. You may include research and development for a documentary in pre-production or shadow a documentary editor in a facilities house. Some of our students have undertaken placements at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival which takes place every June. We encourage all of documentary students to take part in this as it is the biggest festival of its kind in the UK. Notts TV is one of a select group of new local television stations who were awarded licences from Ofcom to broadcast on Freeview Channel 8. The station's news output is based in the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, producing two hours of news every weeknight since May 2014. Uniquely MA Documentary Journalism students may have the chance to contribute to Notts TV on commissioned projects and take part in work placements. Employability is a key aspect of the course and you'll meet with various commissioning editors and documentary producers within this field to pitch your documentary ideas. The course has been designed for those who want to pursue a career in documentary journalism and wish to work across multiple platforms and different outlets. You'll develop your investigative skills and technical knowledge which are important foundation skills needed to advance in the constantly changing world of visual journalism.

Course modules

You'll study five modules during this course. Documentary Journalism Skills and Digital Production: This module will equip you with the essential skills which are needed to work in documentary journalism such as; research, interviewing, scripting and writing for different platforms. You'll also learn different forms of multimedia and learn techniques of recording and editing • Documentary Practice: This module will provide you with the knowledge and understanding to critically explore documentaries across various genres, emerging platforms and some of the ethical issues which surrounds documentary making • Visual Journalism: You'll analyse and address the changing role of visual storytelling by exploring documentary photography and new forms of visual multimedia • Media Law: You'll learn the effect of media law - looking at the danger areas in publication, evaluating risk and how to amend or eliminate content •Multi platform Project ( MA route only): Utilising all the skills that you've gained and your learning from across the course, you'll produce a 3,000 word research on a topic of your choice which will be linked to an online multi-media feature in radio or television.

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed by a mixture of portfolio work, essays and exams as well as a final project of a finished documentary. Applicants should be aware that each module involves a considerable amount of independent learning.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,600 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 840 per Credit (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus NG1 4FQ East Midlands

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