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  • Locations: Chitwan, Nepal; Ghandruk, Nepal; Kathmandu, Nepal; Pokhara, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate):
2.25
Language of Instruction:
English
Housing:
Hotel
Number of Credits Offered:
3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Non-Degree Seeking Type of Program: Faculty-led
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Rhino in Nepal

Wildlife Filmmaking and Photography for Conservation Storytelling

Open to students with all skill levels, this class will cover the basic skills useful for outdoors photography and film, and then how to use these skills to tell stories important for conservation. Using the backdrop of Nepal, students will be taught basic outdoor film making techniques ranging from scouting locations to learning how to capture beautiful time-lapse sequences. Practice gained from this course will be useful to all with interest and a desire to learn how to impact conservation using visual media. Additionally it will provide an incredible opportunity to develop a portfolio for those working in film or communication.

Program Details

Seeking Approval for the Following:

Undergraduate:
  • Environmental Science and Policy (EVPP) 440: Field Environmental Science

Eligibility

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University

Housing

Double or triple occupancy in hotels

Program Cost (Winter 2018): $3738

Included:
  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Housing
  • Guest lectures
  • Some meals
  • Cultural excursions and site visits
  • In-country travel to all program activities
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Travel Insurance
Not Included:
 
  • Other transportation
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending

Program Itinerary*

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2 Basics of equipment use, Intro to course locations & conservation issues in Nepal; Buy Supplies
Day 3 Travel to Chitwan
Day 4 Conservation: World Heritage sites and protected areas; Film: How to interview
Day 5 Conservation: Wildlife Trafficking; Film: Framing basics, How to develop a story with film, filming wildlife
Day 6 Travel to Ghandruk
Day 7 Conservation: Impacts of tourism on habitat and conservation; Film: Landscape Film
Day 8 Conservation: Why do locals need to be considered in conservation problem solving; Film: Time Lapse
Day 9 Travel to Pokhara
Day 10 Conservation: Working on team projects with Nepali forestry conservation students; Film: Nighttime filming wildlife and landscapes outdoors
Day 11 Conservation: Learning about endangered species conservation (focus: snow leopard); Film: How to film people who are part of a story
Day 12 Travel to Kathmandu; Editing Final Projects
Day 13 Kathmandu Tour; Show Final Projects
Day 14 Depart for the U.S.

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed


Contact Information

Program Officer

Denise Elles Mdahuar
dellesmd@gmu.edu
703-993-2155

Academic Director

Jennifer Lewis
jlewis33@masonlive.gmu.edu
703-993-1043
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2018 10/08/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2018 01/18/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.