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BA (Hons) Wildlife Media

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Course code CW36

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UCAS

Course code CW36

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Location Carlisle - Brampton Road
Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2020
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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Do you have a passion for animals and the natural world? Well, how about combining your interests with film and photography to learn how to tell wildlife stories through media?

On our course - the only one of its type in the UK - you can become a professional wildlife photographer and film-maker.

You’ll learn to create polished, professional wildlife documentaries charting the relationship between humans and the natural world.

Wildlife Media students filming in a marsh, Wildlife Media students filming and taking photos next to a pond

Why Choose University of Cumbria

There’s no better place to study wildlife than here in beautiful Cumbria. You’ll be surrounded by breath-taking coastlines, vast moorlands and the 912 square-miles of the iconic Lake District National Park with its mountains, rivers and lakes – and a vast array of unique habitats and diverse wildlife.

And, from your Carlisle base, you’ll be away from the hussle and bustle of city life, studying on a campus that sits next door to a beautiful park and river.

  • You don’t need to have your own kit; we have all the technology you need in our audio-visual media resource centre to create compelling projects
  • Taught by tutors who work in the wildlife media industry, so your learning and knowledge of the professional field is enhanced through their first-hand experience
  • Get an insight into current industry practices from visiting practitioners from diverse production areas
  • Use the same technology of that in the professional world to produce top-quality content and play a part in the wider understanding and conservation of the world's wildlife
  • Cumbria has it all – natural woodlands, beaches, fells, parks and gardens. These provide habitat for a vast array of wildlife – all waiting for your to to explore
  • We encourage you to unleash your creativity and inject it into your work
  • Learn expedition planning and safe practice to give you breadth of vision and develop logistical skills to bolster your CV
  • Produce a portfolio of high-quality and captivating documentaries to show future employers
  • Develop employability skills - including business and marketing – to boost your employment chances
  • Small class sizes, so you don’t have to book when you need access to equipment

Former Wildlife Media students have stepped into jobs with organisations, such as the National Trust. Many have won national acclaim from the television industry, scooping Royal Television Society awards.

So, if you want to play a part in making content-rich media that plays a crucial role in the understanding and conserving of the world’s wildlife, our course is for you.

Wildlife Media - Fox, Close up photo of a fox

‘The BA Wildlife Media course has many links to employers and industry, with industry experts delivering guest talks and workshops, including as part of a Futures Festival week focussed on employability and enterprise.  Students are supported with undertaking work experience and business start up skills and self employment advice.  A wide variety of field trips and visits take place throughout the year giving valuable insight into careers.’

Keith Partridge,

Find us on social media

Twitter: @uocwildlife
Instagram: @uocwildlifemedia

Course Study Options

We also offer this course with an integrated foundation year.

Integrated Foundation Year

Graduate destinations

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.

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