The Future of Storytelling:
Introducing the Master of Journalism - Documentary Filmmaking Specialisation

 
  • First journalism master’s degree dedicated to Documentary Filmmaking Specialisation in Asia.
  • Pioneering initiative in Hong Kong's media education
  • Equipping aspiring filmmakers with cutting-edge skills and knowledge
  • Intensive one-year programme culminating in professional film projects
  • Benchmarking against Stanford University's prestigious programme which only admits 8 students per year
  • Pilot programme starting from Fall 2024, with an initial number of students admits of 10-15
  • Admission Starts Pending Senate Approval
 
 

Nurturing a New Breed of Documentary Professionals

 
Taught by renowned documentarians and practitioners around the world
 
 
Ruby-MDF
Ruby Yang
Oscar Winner
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Uli Gaulke
Award-winning Documentarian
KIRSTEN-JOHNSON-new
Kirsten Johnson
Oscar-nominated Cinematographer
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Axel Schneppat
Award-winning Cinematographer
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Zhou Hao
Renowned Documentarian
katja
Katja Dringenberg
Acclaimed Editor and Documentarian
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Alexander Beyer
Post-Production Specialist
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Catherine Chan
Producer and Audience Designer
 

Course Overview

 
A total of 72 credits, including 4 core courses, 4 elective courses and 1 year-long capstone
 
 
 

Core courses

  • JMSC6085 Documentary Film Appreciation (Fall)
  • JMSC6201 The Art of Non-Fictional Camerawork (Fall)
  • JMSC6100 Documentary Film Production (Spring)
  • JMSC6202 Post-production and Audience Design in Documentary (Spring)
  • JMSC6200 Documentary Filmmaking Capstone (Spring and Summer)
 

 

Elective courses

  • JMSC6125 Generative A.I. in Media Applications (Fall)
  • JMSC6130 News Literacy and Digital Factchecking (Fall)
  • JMSC6045 Storytelling for Social Impact (Spring)
  • JMSC6109 Media Law and Ethics (Spring)
  • JMSC6111 Long Form and Feature Writing (Spring)
  • JMSC6128 Public Communication, Campaigns and Engagements (Spring)
 
 

How to Apply

 

Submit your application with the required documents to jmscmj@hku.hk. Deadline is April 20, 2024.

Required documents:

  • Your previous work of film or documentary with an ideal length of 10 minutes; excerpts are allowed if your work exceeds 10 minutes. (showreel is not accepted)
  • A document that includes the name, length, year of production, and summary of your work; a credit list containing the names of crew members and actors
 

Tuition Fee

 

HKD $299,520 with a HKD $5,000 technical fee

 

Scholarship

 

Open to all applicants to the Master of Journalism - Documentary Filmmaking programme, funding 20 awards in various amounts.

Awards will be decided based on academic records, professional experience, and financial need.

Applicants are invited to apply for admission and the scholarship concurrently. Only applicants admitted to the programme will be considered for scholarship awards.

Click here to apply.

 
 
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