Falmouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Marine and Natural History Photography

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Course summary

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Harness your passion for photography and filmmaking to inspire audiences about nature and the environment. On this forward-thinking course, you’ll learn how to communicate scientific ideas and conservation stories through images, and raise awareness of other global issues, including habitat loss, climate change and plastic pollution. The outdoors will be your studio, and you'll have fantastic locations on your doorstep, as well as opportunities to travel the world. You'll also benefit from the expertise of staff members who are global practitioners, with links to the BBC Natural History Unit and National Geographic. You will: Have the opportunity to take part in regular field trips and residentials to places like Dartmoor, where you'll complete first aid training for the outdoors. There are also optional international field trips, including visits to the Cairngorms, the Galapagos Islands and the Red Sea. Have the option to learn professional underwater photography. Have the chance to complete a two-week work placement in your second year. Organise, fund and complete a self-devised project in your third year, mirroring an industry project, which could be based anywhere in the world. Access our cutting-edge photographic equipment, as well as studios, dark rooms and post-production suites.

Course details

Modules

Blending professional practice with theoretical knowledge, this environmental photography course will help you develop the critical understanding essential for your future career. You'll also have the chance to gain real-world experience during and after your studies through our relationships with agencies and conservation trusts, and paid opportunities through our in-house photo agency. Year one You'll practice photographic skills alongside research and critical thinking. During this year, you'll explore biodiversity and habitat, as well as the marine environment, and will participate in a number of local field trips to land and marine environments. Modules Developing Practice You'll be introduced to basic photography skills and camera techniques. Research and Critical Thinking Learn how to generate ideas, understand the impact of photography and improve your writing. Biodiversity and Habitat Study the intricate web of life in a local habitat. Exploring Practice More advanced photographic skills and camera techniques. Communicating Nature Learn to communicate scientific ideas through text and photographic sequence. The Marine Environment Explore and photograph the seashore and oceans. Year two Alongside studying moving image and still photography, you'll develop your research and critical thinking skills, explore global conservation, and get ready for your own research project. Modules Moving Image and the Natural World Work in groups to create a short film. Photography of the Natural World Learn about natural history photography and develop your own portfolio. Conservation and its Representation Examine conservation issues and learn how photography and moving image can make an impact. Independent Practice Create your own short film and photographic story. Culture and the Environment Devise a research project focused on an issue that interests you. Work Experience Spend a short period of time undertaking work experience in a relevant professional context. Year three You'll keep building your photographic skills, develop your final portfolio and dissertation, and prepare to enter the industry. Modules Project Development Begin to develop a major project using still photography or moving image. Dissertation Research and write a dissertation on a subject of your choice. Major Project Complete your major project and develop a professional portfolio. Professional Profile Build your profile to a professional standard and make contacts within the industry. The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment method

Continuous assessment with no formal examinations. Portfolios, presentations and essays. End of year project and exhibition.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeWF67
Institution code F33
Campus namePenryn Campus
Campus codeP

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at www.falmouth.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 points A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications, such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma, or current, relevant experience. Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, is a minimum language requirement for all applicants. Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed on your chosen course. Please contact the Applicant Services team for advice if you are predicted UCAS points below this range, or if you have questions about the qualifications or experience you have.
A level We welcome A Levels in a wide range of subjects, especially in those relevant to the course for which you apply.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits (with a minimum of 45 credits achieved at level 3) in a relevant subject.
Scottish Higher A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points
AS We may consider a standalone AS in a relevant subject, if it is taken along with other A Levels and if an A Level has not been taken in the same subject. However, you will not be disadvantaged if you do not have a standalone AS subject as we will not ordinarily use them in our offers.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Scottish Advanced Higher A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points, when combined with a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from the Supporting Qualifications
Extended Project Acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Portfolio


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6An (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
Trinity ISEA minimum of Trinity ISE II with Distinction in all four components is required.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2A minimum on the Cambridge English scale of 169 is required
PTE Academic55A minimum score in the Pearson Academic Test of English of 55 overall is required, with a minimum of 51 in all four components.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

English language support at Falmouth

https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/international/english-language-support


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Marine and Natural History Photography at Falmouth University - UCAS