Wildlife and Media

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We're holding online Q&A sessions with Wildlife and Media lecturers on Facebook throughout the summer. Check the schedule for the next session.

Why study with us?

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

The Brampton Road campus has for a long time had a strong reputation for its media provision offering a wealth of expertise and practical learning opportunities. Cumbria provides a range of diverse wildlife habitats both inside and outside the Lake District National Park.

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We're holding online Q&A sessions with Wildlife and Media lecturers on Facebook throughout the summer. Check the schedule for the next session.

Why study with us?

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

The Brampton Road campus has for a long time had a strong reputation for its media provision offering a wealth of expertise and practical learning opportunities. Cumbria provides a range of diverse wildlife habitats both inside and outside the Lake District National Park.

This course takes full advantage of its unique location and the easy access this offers students for Wildlife and Media based learning opportunities. Central to the design of this course is the development of students' employability. We are one of the only universities in the country to offer a BA in Wildlife and Media.

What can this course lead to? This course prepares students for work in wildlife media production or for employment with wildlife organisations in their media departments. The course also prepares students for work in freelance wildlife photography and film production. Resources and facilities The arts and the study of wildlife sciences have had a strong reputation at the University of Cumbria for a number of years. Staff from both of these areas teach on the BA (Hons) Wildlife and Media. Students have access to a range of different types of media equipment as part of their course. Laboratory work and different field trips are also central within the practical learning that takes place on this course.

The University of Cumbria is an ideal location to study, with easy access to mountain areas (Lake District, Pennines, Howgills, Galloway Hills), lakes, caves, coastal areas and rivers. It also has good motorway access to areas further afield in Scotland, Snowdonia and the Peak District. The university offers a wealth of resources in equipment and staffing expertise. Student work

(Photo by Andrew Dent, 2nd year Wildlife and Media student)

Have a look at a selection of our current students' work on the following websites, featuring some fantastic photos, blogs and videos:

  • Adam Brown
  • Alessandro Baratto
  • Andrew Dent
  • Ashley Howe
  • Daniel Sencier
  • David Trathen
  • Dominic Boulding
  • Ella Nodwell
  • Holly Brega
  • James Ewing
  • Jess Owen
  • Louise Groom
  • Matthew Leiper

A selection of Wildlife and Media graduates:

  • John Kitchin
  • Rachael Laisney, Ciara Laverty and Cain Scrimgeour
Entry requirements

240 UCAS points.

Find out more about equivalent qualifications on the UCAS tariff table.

Please check any additional selection criteria below.

Credit and UCAS requirements UCAS code: CW36 UCAS points: 240 Selection criteria

Candidates will be invited to tour the campus and attend an informal interview.

Costs

Click the links below to view information on your study type and residence status. If you are unsure of your status, please see the UKCISA website for more information.

Full-time students

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The tuition fee for the 2013/14 academic year has been set at £8,250 (including an automatic £750 fee discount).

As a full-time UK student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning £21,000 per annum (if you're from England) or £15,795 (if you're from Scotland). You may also be eligible for a maintenance loan (up to £5,500) and a maintenance grant (up to £3,354). For more information about student loans and grants, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. Full-time students may be eligible for one of 110 NSP awards for full-time students worth up to £6,000.

Cumbria Bursary

The Cumbria Bursary is an annual cash award of £1,000 for up to three years of study. There are 300 Cumbria Bursaries available in 2013.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:

  • Achievement scholarships
  • Outstanding performance awards
  • Access to Learning Fund
  • Utilities trust

EU

The tuition fee for the 2013/14 academic year has been set at £8,250 (including an automatic £750 fee discount).

As a full-time EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning £21,000 per annum (or the equivalent in your country). For more information about student loans, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. Full-time students may be eligible for one of 110 NSP awards for full-time students worth up to £6,000.

Cumbria Bursary

The Cumbria Bursary is an annual cash award of £1,000 for up to three years of study. There are 300 Cumbria Bursaries available in 2013.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:

  • Achievement scholarships
  • Outstanding performance awards
  • Utilities trust

International

The tuition fee for the 2013/14 academic year is £9,960.

Fees are billed annually and may be paid by the student or a sponsor. 75 percent of the annual tuition fees must be paid before or at registration. For students requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, a deposit of £3,500 is expected as a minimum before a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) will be issued. For more information, visit our international student finance page.

Early payment discount

If you are paying your own fees, you may be eligible for an early payment discount of £1,000. This discount is awarded to students who pay in full before registration.

International scholarship

If you are studying a full-time bachelor's degree (excluding teacher training and NHS-funded courses) or a top-up degree, you may be eligible for an international scholarship. The university has nine scholarships available. Find out more on our scholarships page.

Additional financial support

Our money doctors will be on hand throughout the year to help you manage your money while you’re in the UK. However, if you do happen to run into financial difficulty during your time here, you may be able to access a small emergency support fund.

Part-time students

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The tuition fee for students starting study in the 2013/14 academic year is £8,250 (including an automatic £750 fee discount). This fee is billed annually. For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for six years may expect to pay £4,125 per year.

As a part-time UK student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning over £21,000 a year (if you're from England) or £15,795 (if you're from Scotland). For more information about student loans and grants, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. Part-time students may be eligible for one of 40 NSP awards worth up to £3,000.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:

  • Achievement scholarships
  • Outstanding performance awards
  • Access to Learning Fund
  • Utilities trust

EU

The tuition fee for students starting study in the 2013/14 academic year is £8,250 (including an automatic £750 fee discount). This fee is billed annually. For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for six years may expect to pay £4,125 per year.

As a part-time EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning over £21,000 a year. For more information about student loans, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. Part-time students may be eligible for one of 40 NSP awards worth up to £3,000.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:

  • Achievement scholarships
  • Outstanding performance awards
  • Utilities trust
Additional contact information Visit www.cumbria.ac.uk/outdoorstudies

email: Fiona.Stoddart@Cumbria.ac.uk - Fiona Stoddart, Course Leader UCAS Link

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Modules

This degree contains both academic study and practical learning relating to wildlife identification, ecology and biodiversity, and also relating to the production of photography, television and radio.

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

Course summary

The first year of the programme provides thorough background knowledge of the world’s biodiversity and includes animal and plant identification skills. This supports studies of ecology where an understanding of how elements of biodiversity interact with the environment and each other is developed.

These modules link to a practical double module in photography and film which introduces students to a range of media methodologies and techniques. Wildlife and media field practice trips support the learning in this module. The module explores photography and film as both a method of visual recording and a form of visual language, and provides a base for further media work in years 2 and 3. The practical fieldwork element is further developed in an expedition planning module. Academic and personal skills development is embedded across the different modules that make up this programme.

The second year of the programme builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the first year. The media element concentrates on documentary film making and radio. Students are introduced to the study of animal behaviour. Personal skills are further developed by looking at investigative research techniques relevant to wildlife and media. Optional modules allow students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skill in areas of interest.

In the final year, students undertake a media project, in addition to a residential field course where a further wildlife project is studied. Students also undertake a module that evaluates the relationship between people, the natural world and the media. Optional modules allow further specialist development at level 3. (Photo by Andrew Dent, 2nd yr Wildlife & Media)
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