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Online Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film-Making
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SCQF Level 8 Online Diploma


We have now made our Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film-making available as an `Online course´
The course is still a SCQF Level 8 Diploma, following the same guidelines and requirements as our practical courses, but now you can study the online Diploma from anywhere in the world (and filming in any location you wish), at you own pace, without having to attend a practical section in Scotland.

Naturally, we will not be teaching you in the same hands-on manner as we do during our practical courses in Scotland, so if you want to be taught how to physically operate professional television and video editing equipment to produce a wildlife documentary film whilst out on location; you will need to book onto one of our Diplomas that has a ‘practical filming’ session within it.




Online Assessments:

During your Online Diploma we email you a series of written, oral and practical assessments that will determine your individual knowledge within the world of wildlife film making. You will be required to respond to these assessments in 3 ways -

Written Assessments:
Some modules will be a series of short answer questions. Although, all of the Modules include at least one essay.

Oral Assessments:
You will undertake oral assessments by filming yourself talking into the camera describing the subject.

Practical Assessments:
As part of the practical assessment you will also be tasked with producing a wildlife film of 20 minutes in duration. This film will be produced using your own video and audio production equipment. If you do not own any production equipment you will need to hire or borrow some.

We are not concerned too much with the format of your final film, it can be filmed in SD, HD, 4K or 8K, what we are interested in is the content and construction of your final film. By the end of this Diploma you will have gained and demonstrated enough knowledge to have successfully passed this Diploma.
You will be awarded a Diploma Certificate from the Wildlife film school reflecting your achievement.




Equipment you will need:

Naturally, as you are not attending a practical course with us we will not be able to supply you with any equipment. Therefore, you will need to supply your own equipment to complete this course correctly. The equipment you use does not have to be of a staggeringly high specification, but it does need to have some basic characteristics for you to be able to undertake all of the requirements / tasks / operational needed to produce your film and pass this diploma.)

•  Camera
The camera you use does not have to be of a broadcast standard, but it does need to have a separate lens system. This camera lens does not need to be detachable / interchangeable from the camera, but it would be more useful to you in reference to operational performance if it was.

•  Lens
If you are using a camera that does not have a detachable / interchangeable camera the lens on the camera needs to have 3 distinct features •  It must have a focus ring
•  It must have a zoom ring
•  It must have an iris / aperture ring
If you are using a DSLR camera or a video camera with an internal (electronic iris) you do not have to have to have an iris ring on your lens.
If you are using interchangeable lenses, you may wish to have a small collection of lenses ranging from wide-angle to telephoto.

•  Tripod
This should be a two or three stage tripod, with enough stability to support your camera and lens

•  Microphone
This needs to be an external microphone (Not the internal one built into your camera) with either a cable or a wireless system connecting it to your camera or audio field recorder.

•  Microphone windshield
This windshield can be of any make or size, so long as it cuts some wind noise from your audio recordings.

•  Audio field recorder (not in-camera audio recording)
The audio field recorder needs to be separate to your camera. It may plug directly into your camera, but it needs to be able to record as a separate item when not attached or powered by your camera.

•  Editing equipment
You will require equipment on which to edit your final film. Again this equipment does not need to be state of the art, but it needs to be of a standard that you can edit your film with ease. We do not need to dictate which editing software you use (Adobe Premier, Final Cut Pro etc) as you will be sending us copies of your final film as you edit; along with screenshots of your editing as you progress; as part of the process to demonstrate your work.

•  Access to the Internet with access to You Tube
The final film you produce will be sent to us at several different points during the editing process. To do this you will need to have a You Tube account that you can upload your partially constructed sections of your film onto, and give us external access to so we can view the film/s.
We recommend, to keep things simple, that this account be separate to any other You Tube accounts you may have.

If you would like to email us with a list of the equipment you will be using for this course, we will happy to say whether or not it is up to the specification required.



Module Timetable:

Module 1 - Research of and preparation of wildlife programming
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

To read a breakdown of the Diploma Course syllabus click here

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 at Napier University, Edinburgh. click here



Course Fees & Timetable:


The course fees for our Online Diploma Course will be £4000 per student

•  The time scale for completing this Online Diploma is recommended to be completed in a minimum of 4 months, whilst being completed within a maximum of 12 months.
•  You are able to study the Online Diploma at home or any location with Internet access.
•  You are able to film you final film in any location you wish, filming in one or multiple blocks of time.
•  You are able to produce you final wildlife film on any wildlife subject you wish.

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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 course / 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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