Why study with us?

The use of media technology stimulates interest in the natural world at a time when environmental issues are at the forefront of public thinking. Media therefore plays a crucial role in the understanding and conservation of the world’s wildlife.

The BA (Hons) Wildlife Media degree allows you to focus on developing the professional skills that are essential to your future success.  On the course you will learn about wildlife and photography, documentary film-making and journalistic writing.

Cumbria is home to a range of unique and diverse wildlife habitats (including woodland, moorland, marine, meadow, river and urban environments) both inside and outside the Lake District National Park. 

The Wildlife Media programme takes full advantage of the location and access provided to uplands, lakes, coastal areas and rivers in the region.

The course is taught at a dedicated arts campus on Brampton Road in Carlisle which is a city that is culturally vibrant and is the regional capital of Cumbria, the gateway to the English Lake District and Scottish border regions.

The Brampton Road campus has good motorway and rail access to areas further afield in Scotland, Snowdonia, Yorkshire and the Peak District. The diverse student community in Carlisle means there are fantastic opportunities to work and mix with students of different academic cultures. 

What can this course lead to?

Our graduates progress to a wide range of careers, including working with TV and film production companies, becoming self-employed wildlife film-makers and photographers and working as educators either in schools or attached to wildlife organisations. 

The University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts have a proven record of excellence in learning and teaching, student support and graduate employment. Developing your capacity to work in the creative economy is core to the design of the BA (Hons) Wildlife Media degree.

You will learn many transferrable media skills which will enhance your employability. As part of the practice based professional development within this degree you will have the opportunity to produce wildlife media for a client.

Resources and facilities

Leighton Moss Fieldtrip 1

Our Courses are two thirds practice based and students have access to a wide range of different types of media equipment as part of their course. The University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts at Brampton Road campus has a long history of media provision and offers a wealth of expertise and practical learning opportunities. The Wildlife Media BA(Hons) is delivered by a team of academic specialists and leading practitioners in Media Arts.  Practical activities and gaining experience producing media in different wildlife contexts are central to the course.

The course team includes practising professionals as well as visiting practitioners representing a wide range of production areas. Our audio visual media resource area has everything you will need to complete your photographic and film and television projects.  We have professional video-editing suites and cameras, sound recording equipment and animation suites.

Our facilities allow you to experience most of the production contexts in which you will work. We have staff on hand to help you out with the booking and reservation of equipment and to also support you with your technical use of equipment in the completion of your projects.

Student work

Much of the work that students produce on the course takes place in the UK and particularly in the county of Cumbria which is so rich in wildlife. Some students do however fund raise to pay for trips to visit wildlife sites in other countries as part of the production of their wildlife media work.  The following weblinks take you through to work produced by current Wildlife Media BA(Hons) students and graduates:

Student's grizzly bear footage

Wildlife Media graduate John Kitchen remained at the University of Cumbria to work towards a PhD, studying bears in British Colombia as part of his studies.

And he got some amazing footage when one of the bears got hold of his camera.


Home and EU students: £9,000 per academic year

International students: £10,500 per academic year

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