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MA Wildlife Documentary Production

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  • Objectives
    This MA aims to develop skills in video production applied to wildlife alongside a scientific understanding of animal behaviour, biodiversity, ecology and environment.
  • Entry requirements
    UK and international graduates who have a passion for using video documentary techniques to communicate scientific knowledge about wildlife and the environment.
  • Academic Title
    MA Wildlife Documentary Production
  • Course description
    Key benefits

    -Enhance your career prospects in wildlife video and film production.
    -Master class series with eminent practitioners linked to BBC, Granada TV, Channel Four, National Film & Television School and the Escuela International de Cine y Television, Cuba.
    -Develop creative and technical skills in producing wildlife documentary films based on scientific understanding of wildlife behaviour.

    Programme content

    Taught modules include:

    -Biodiversity
    -Wildlife Production Skills
    -Wildlife Research Skills
    -Production skills

    and a choice of modules from Documentary: History and Forms, Ecology & Environment, and Animal Behaviour.

    You will make a short wildlife film through research, script writing and production, and white a self assessment of your film as the dissertation.

    The programme is delivered through lectures, team-based projects, and case studies. Visiting external professionals with links to the television industry will contribute to the teaching in master classes. There is an extensive programme of field trips, including individual and group projects to a range of different habitats. Students will work on a range of specialist techniques including long-lens and time-lapse photography, macro-photography and high-speed alongside close-up sound recording. Wildlife specific post-production techniques will also be covered.

    Assessment
    Assessment includes assignment and project work, examinations and the production and self-evaluation of a short wildlife film.

    Career progression
    This programme 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.

    Entry Requirements

    An honours degree or equivalent in a media-related discipline, biology, zoology, botany, physical geography, environmental science, psychology or a related subject. This usually means a minimum of an upper second class degree or equivalent. However, people with relevant experience but not having the above formal entry requirements can be considered for accreditation of prior learning or experience.

    We welcome international students with a level of proficiency in English of IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based, 80 internet-based) or higher.

    Duration

    One year full-time

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