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Course summary

On this Masters course you will learn all you need to know via technical workshops, seminars, masterclasses and through experience and opportunities making films and digital content for clients. We also help you develop skills in research, script writing, directing, producing, production management and the pitching and commissioning of ideas. One of the unique aspects of this course is that you will be matched with an industry mentor who, alongside your tutor, will guide you through the production of your final project. All students complete their Masters by writing, directing and producing a final project/film. These films are premiered each year and seen by an audience of invited film and television professionals from the BBC and independent sector.


The course is practical and production-based. During the year, students will produce a series of projects: creating the story; mastering the business; preparing for production; future documentary; professional production.

Assessment method

Modules are assessed by a range of submissions including portfolios of work together with films and production work. The first two semesters drive your skills and learning towards your final natural history production which must be of professional standard with appropriate documentation and matching industry standard deliverables.

Entry requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2:1 or above but applicants with other qualifications or relevant professional experience are also encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Previous media skills may be helpful but are not essential. We're looking for highly motivated individuals who can demonstrate their ability to come up with documentary ideas and the potential to develop their technical, editorial and organisational skills. International applicants: For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the country information pages: Selection process Applicants will be asked to provide the below for review: - A programme idea for short wildlife documentary (no more than a single side of A4). - A list of ten documentary titles you have seen, and a paragraph on each giving us your thoughts. These need not be all wildlife documentaries. - One or more samples of something you have made. This could be film, photography, written, illustrations, or another creative form. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview. The interview will focus on ideas you have for film, what you have watched and review some of the sample work you have submitted with your application. Deferrals We do not accept deferrals for this course. How to apply: Read more about postgraduate applications: The deadline for applications to this course is 14th February. Applications can be submitted after this point but please be aware that late applications cannot be guaranteed for consideration. Please note, we are unable to allow applicants holding offers to defer their entry.

English language requirements

International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*). *The university accepts many UK and International qualifications in place of IELTS. To find details of acceptable tests and the required grades please visit English Language requirements. English language support If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent. Read more about our pre-sessional English Programme:

Fees and funding

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Wildlife Filmmaking at Bristol, University of the West of England - UCAS