BA (Hons) Wildlife Media

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Course details

UCAS Course code CW36

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If you've always been passionate about animals and want to explore the natural world, then it sounds like you're ready for a course in Wildlife Media! Our course will focus on giving you the professional skills necessary for a career in studying nature through the media. You will learn about wildlife and photography, documentary film-making and journalistic writing-useful skills to help your future in the industry.

As we're based in Cumbria, we have an enviable range of unique and diverse wildlife habitats both within and without the Lake District, and are the perfect base to explore further afield in Scotland, Yorkshire and the Peak District. With access to uplands, lakes, rivers and the coast, you'll love exploring the creatures that lurk within these distinctive environments. Using industry-standard technology to create compelling documentation of the local wildlife, you'll develop the knowledge and experience to be an expert in your field.

Many of our full-time programmes can be studied over a longer period on a part-time basis. Please contact the course enquiries team for further details.

We will hone your skills in a diverse range of media, including photography, documentary film making and writing for wildlife media. Our course will develop your creativity in producing contemporary wildlife media, taking full advantage of the surrounding region to explore a diverse set of environments.

Throughout the course you will explore the relationship between humans and the natural world, using our media facilities to produce top quality content that plays a part in the understanding and conservation of the world's wildlife. You will be taught by practicing professionals and visiting practitioners who represent a wide range of production areas.


Year one

Compulsory modules

  • Film & Television Craft Skills
  • Television Studio Production 1
  • Wildlife Media 1
  • Tourism
  • The Institution of the Arts in our Time
  • Review

Year two

Compulsory modules

  • Documentary
  • Wildlife Media 2
  • Photography
  • Student Initiated Expedition
  • Understanding the Cultural Economy
  • Working in the Creative Industries

Year three

Compulsory modules

  • Media Arts Major Project
  • Film and Television Experimentation
  • Fieldcraft, Biodiversity and Habitat for Media
  • Theory & Research Methods in the Arts
  • Arts Dissertation

Programme specification

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

2017 entry

96-112 UCAS tariff points.

The UCAS tariff has changed for 2017, you can find out more about the new tariff and qualification options from the new UCAS tariff table

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

2018 entry

112 UCAS tariff points.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Selection criteria

  • All places are offered subject to successful interview and submission of a portfolio

Making your application

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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The knowledge you gain from this degree will help advance you to the next stage of your media career. Whether you work as a freelance wildlife photographer or as a film-maker for a TV production company, you'll have the skills necessary to stand apart from the crowd, placing you in a highly valuable position for future employers.

As part of the course you will have the opportunity to produce wildlife media for a client. Our students' work is regularly screen at a number of different local venues, giving you the chance to expand your portfolio and achivements to help open up new opportunities after graduation.

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, allowing you to experience the production contexts you will be working in after graduation. Friendly staff are always on hand to support your technical use of equipment in completing your projects.