30th June 2014
Falmouth University Marine & Natural History Photography course at Falmouth is one of a kind, so we thought we would tell you a little about it. We also have a 'friend of Prokit' there who loves the course. Marine & Natural History Photography BA(Hons) is a 3 year full-time course. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 01326 213730.
The course offers you an unparalleled opportunity to engage with natural history image-making, conservation and environmental issues. The course caters both for terrestrial and marine-based image-makers, with an optional underwater programme. The environment in and around Falmouth makes this degree very distinctive. The photographic facilities are state-of-the-art with five fully equipped studios, darkrooms, print rooms, digital suites and a photo-microscopy laboratory. With access to hundreds of miles of coast, sweeping landscapes and a variety of different habitats, you'll be constantly inspired and challenged to produce stunning natural history images.
The course will challenge you to extend your skills as a communicator using photographs, words and moving image. Blending craft skills, professional practice and theoretical knowledge, the course sets you up to develop a critical understanding of your work and an appreciation of the relevance of research skills and working methodologies.
Students have taken part in incredible projects such as assisting on an expedition to Norwegian glaciers to document climate change, and spending three months in the Ecuadorian rainforest carrying out research projects with American scientists.
How is the course taught - You'll study habitats and species, and understand the scientific basis for the planet's diversity of life – all aided by scientific and photography field trips, international diving trips and our contacts with renowned organisations. Students are encouraged to interact with industry at every available opportunity and our visiting lecturer programme is continually seeking to obtain the highest level of guest speakers. These have included the BAFTA-winning film cameraman Ian McCarthy and award-winning underwater photographers such as Doug Allan. To add to this the internationally acclaimed BBC film cameraman Andrew Cooper has recently donated an annual student award that is open to final year Marine & Natural History Photography students; giving the winning student the opportunity to work with him after they graduate, and a cash prize. You'll receive expert tuition from staff who are practising photographers and scientists, allowing you to acquire a deeper level of problem solving and conceptual thinking that underpins all your practical work. You'll also engage with key environmental and ecological debates that will be vitally important to whichever profession you choose.