Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film-Making 2019

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Diploma Syllabus

All of our Diploma Courses run to the same preconceived syllabus, irrelevant of their location. The Diploma has been independently assessed and accredited by the Centre for Credit Rating at Napier University in Edinburgh under the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework; which in turn means that all our Diploma Courses run to a strict timetable, and lists of events / teaching sessions, in which you will receive the same amount of teaching and hands-on experience, irrelevant of their location


The UK Wildlife Film School is the only independent wildlife film school in the world
offering its students an ´internationally recognized SCQF Level 8 Diploma qualification´ in Wildlife Documentary Film-making
(A Level 8 Diploma is often refereed to as an HND; Higher National Diploma)






Modules:
Module 1 - Research of and preparation of wildlife programming (On–line Module)
Module 2 - Fundamental production skills
Module 3 - Audio recording in the field
Module 4 - Production, Post-production & editing
Module 5 - Application of foundation skills in documentary production on location
Module 6 - Evaluation of overall standard of a wildlife documentary (On–line Module)
(Modules 2, 3, 4 & 5 take place on location)



Programme Aims:
•  To demonstrate and teach all the necessary fundamental basics of wildlife film production through the use of continuous, hands-on workshops and practical experience working/operating out on location. (Camera operation, Audio recording, post-production editing)
•  To demonstrate and teach how to successfully work from a basecamp on location, so as not to pollute or disturb the environment that a television production crew is working in.
•  To demonstrate how to work in the environment actively filming wildlife, without adversely disturbing the wildlife within that area.
•  To produce a ´Broadcast Standard Wildlife Documentary´ whilst out on location, during the 8 week practical section of this 16 week film course.




Programme Intended Learning Outcomes:
•  Demonstrate the ability to critically research and prepare for a wildlife filming assignment, taking into consideration production, logistics, ethical and budgetary requirements
•  Demonstrate core abilities in reference to the fundamental production skills used during wildlife film making
•  Exhibit the ability to film video footage in the field to a professional standard
•  Exhibit the ability to record audio in the field to a professional standard
•  Understand and implement a range of professional standards of skills required in post-production & editing
•  Apply a professional level of skills required to produce a broadcast standard wildlife documentary on location
•  Evaluate the standard of the documentary produced, against the recognised ´Broadcast Standards´ of Wildlife Filmmaking




Knowledge and Understanding:
By the end of this course the student will have a –
•  Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the defining features of various production values, within different styles of production
•  Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the operation of television equipment for different styles of production
•  Critical knowledge and understanding of the operation of television and video camera equipment in the field
•  Critical knowledge and understanding of different types of audio recording in the field
•  Critical Knowledge and understanding of editing video and audio on location
•  Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of professional techniques required to produce a broadcast standard wildlife documentary.
•  Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of data and what it represents and how to record it


Skills and Other Attributes:
By the end of this course the student will have –
•  Developed an advanced level of subject specific research skills into key concepts and issues within wildlife documentary production
•  Gained the ability to correctly operate television equipment for different styles of production
•  Learnt to undergo all stages of audio recording to a professional standard, to accompany a fully finished wildlife documentary
•  Gained the ability to use different types of editing equipment and editing software systems to produce a fully finished wildlife documentary with narrative
•  Gained the ability to use and professionally manage different types television camera, audio recording and editing equipment to produce a fully finished, broadcast standard, wildlife documentary
•  Learnt to collect, record and analyse various pieces of data into categories that will display a final ´visual standard´ of the value of the documentary produced




Your Diploma Course Certificate will be awarded by The UK Wildlife Film School.

To view a copy of the accreditation certificates awarded to The UK wildlife film school; and the points value for each module as accredited by the Center for Credit Rating. click here

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This programme is managed, delivered and awarded by The UK Wildlife Film School and leads to an award on the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework. It has been credit rated by Edinburgh Napier University, but is not an Edinburgh Napier University award.
The ´SCQF´ Logo is used with permission from Pauline Sutton, Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework.
The ´EQF´ Logo is used with permission from Pauline Sutton, Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework.

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