Work towards a fulfilling career in an exciting field with the potential for travel
Learn from respected filmmakers via a series of masterclasses
Develop the creative and technical skills you will need to produce striking and informative wildlife documentaries – this is a Skillset-accredited course
On this course you will learn the research, scriptwriting and production skills that you will need to produce polished, professional wildlife documentaries.
As well as lectures and seminars, you will attend masterclasses given by expert practitioners with links to the television industry. Plus you will take field trips to a range of animal habitats, where you will work on individual and group projects.
During your time with us, you will learn specialist wildlife-production techniques, including long-lens and time-lapse photography and close-up sound recording. There is a strong emphasis on professional practice, and your projects will be expected to measure up to scientific scrutiny, as well as exhibition and broadcast standards.
Graduates’ final films have won many awards at national and international festivals.
This course aims to develop skills in video production applied to wildlife alongside a scientific understanding of animal behaviour, biodiversity, ecology and environment.
Relevant undergraduate honours degree normally at 2:1 or above.
For the MA programmes in Media Production you will be required to submit a project proposal related to your chosen specialist field, to support your application. A brief written synopsis (max. 500 words) of your ideas would also be required. Please note that this would be for discussion purposes at the interview only.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 5.5) as proof of this.
Graduates who have a passion for using video documentary techniques to communicate scientific knowledge about wildlife and the environment. The programme will provide students with a unique interdisciplinary interaction between sciences and creative arts.
Our students are accepted from three backgrounds:
Graduate applicants should have a minimum second class degree, preferably an upper second or better. Applicants will be interviewed and should be able to supply references if requested.
The course will employ a range of teaching and learning strategies in order to meet learning outcomes. These will include:
This strategy will be integrated with an assessment strategy based on outcomes, students' reflective self-assessments and learning plans. Assessment methods will include production exercises and portfolios, projects, critical essays and a dissertation project.
Each module within the course uses and combines a number of different assessment criteria. The following styles are used within the course modules:
The course is ideal for those wishing to pursue careers in all aspects of wildlife documentary production, including directing, producing, script-writing, photography, sound recording and editing. A number of graduates are now working within the TV industry both in the UK and abroad, including several independent companies and ITV, all within wildlife documentary.
The majority of past students have found jobs in the television industry. Examples include:
Justine Allan, graduated 2009
Joined the BBC in 2010 and worked on several large projects. Now working as an Assistant producer with an Plimsoll Productions in Bristol.Madalena Bota 2009
Joined Portuguese TV straight from Salford university. Now is the producer of wildlife films in Portugal.Matt Hamilton, graduated 2010
Joined Films@59 as a runner. After a few weeks was offered a job as researcher and field assistant on a major wildlife film shoot in the remote Arctic. Matt has now made 2 wildlife documentaries and is currently working on a 3 part series based in South East Asia.Jack Hynes, graduated 2011
Working as Assistant cameraman for major Independent Wildlife Documentary Company.Ferne Corrigan, graduated 2012
Produced and directed a film after graduating and now working as a presenter for BBC in Scotland.
Gisle Svedrup, graduated 2013Working as cameraman and assistant producer on a major wildlife series for the BBC.
This course has a number of links with media companies throughout the UK including the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol. The current external examiner for the course is the head of the BBC Natural History Unit, Andrew Jackson. Students have undertaken work experience both at the BBC, Warehouse51 Wildlife Production Company and Films@59, the post production company that works on a range of wildlife programmes for the BBC and Disney Nature. Both the course leader and the visiting fellow keep close links with companies within the TV sector, including Panasonic, Sony, Canon and Arriflex to ensure students are aware of latest technologies.
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You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section
MA (one year full-time)
91% of Media, Music and Performance postgraduates go on to employment and/or further study within six months of graduatingDLHE 2009 and 2010