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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Manchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

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  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Documentary has had a renaissance during the past few years, which has manifested in its box-office success at the cinema and the expanding ways in which it is being developed for a variety of media and platforms. This course responds to these changes by offering a creative and experimental approach to documentary that goes beyond the traditional.

No longer just the domain of television and cinema, the documentary form has also become integral to internet content, advertising and art installations, all of which have radically changed the boundaries that define the genre. It has also opened up exciting new vocations for independent practitioners, as well as those who want employment in a wide range of media and creative organisations.

The School of Digital Arts (SODA) MA Documentary offers you the opportunity to develop your thoughts, ideas and creative practice about things that matter to you in the world. Documentary is ideally suited to be incorporated into evolving technologies such as AR, VR and interactive and immersive narrative forms. Not only does it consolidate many of the different interests which exist at the heart of SODA, it lends itself to the potentials of interdisciplinary research, so you will benefit from the broad range of academic and cultural activities across the university and its creative partners.

Career Prospects

SODA has formed a strong portfolio of partners and advisors within Manchester and beyond, which will offer our graduates a foundation of contacts with potential employers and commissioners, which they will also be encouraged to build on. Given the growing interest in documentary stories and the accessibility of the technologies required to tell them, this is an expanding area of study.

You will be in a strong position to not only seek a career in television and cinema production, but also making internet content, developing your practice as a fine artist, or finding employment in wide range of media and creative organisations. The MA Documentary is also an excellent step towards a PhD by Practice and a career in education.

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University information

Manchester Metropolitan University

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    Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, All Saints, Manchester, Manchester, M15 6BH, England

The university welcomes a diverse international student population of over 3,500 students from more than 120 countries around the world.
Each year a range of welcome events are organised to help new students settle into university, explore the city and prepare for academic studies.
English courses can help to build language confidence and knowledge of UK culture. Students can study at the university's British Council accredited centre.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    19th out of 102 14

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    155 81%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.32 86%



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