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Wildlife Filmmaking

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About this course

  • Entry year: 2016/17
  • Course code: D4P31
  • Level: Postgraduate
  • Department: Film and Journalism
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Duration: One year
  • Delivery: Full-time, starts September
  • Programme leader: Peter Venn
  • Key fact: This postgraduate degree has been co-designed by UWE academics and producers, directors and production managers from the BBC’s world renowned Natural History Unit (NHU).


The MA Wildlife Filmmaking takes place in the global capital of natural history programme making and students have unrivalled exposure to Bristol's professional wildlife film-makers. Our extensive and active involvement with the Natural History Unit  (NHU) means that you will have incredible opportunities to network with film and television professionals, attend meetings, talks and events and, pitch ideas.

We aim to produce graduates with skills and understanding suitable for entry level posts in all aspects of natural history television from broadcast to online.  Above all, you will develop storytelling skills and learn how to make intelligent and surprising programmes to captivate and engage audiences in a highly competitive broadcast landscape.

Why study this course?

The course is based at Bower Ashton Campus, part of City Campus, where exceptional facilities and resources include state-of-the-art digital media and production and fabrication workshops offer a combination of traditional tools and the latest technology.

Engaging, industry-led teaching

This is a practice-based course which provides a full understanding of how to operate in the industry including research and development of ideas, programme structures and formats, directing and producing, compliance, business and budgets and commissioning, as well as technical skills.

Each student will be matched with a BBC NHU or industry mentor who, alongside their tutor, will guide them through the production of a final major project.

There's a rolling programme of guest lecturers and international industry speakers, and live collaborative projects, to under-pin the real-world knowledge and entrepreneurial skills in traditional broadcast and digital and interactive content production.

Discover more about the unique collaboration with the BBC through this inspiring short video featuring BBC graduates from our MA Wildlife Filmmaking course.

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