Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film-Making 2019

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with 8 weeks of filming on location in Scotland in 4K

The UK Wildlife Film School is extremely proud to announce that we are now offering a 16 week, SCQF Level 8 ´Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film–making´ course built around an 8 week practical section of filming on location on the Isle of Mull in Scotland.
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.

This Diploma means that…
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´

Building strong foundations
So you want to work in wildlife film production, be a wildlife camera operator, or part of a wildlife production team…
and, as we are sure you already know, working in film is an extremely exciting, interesting and fulfilling career. But working for professional film & television production company is still an extremely hard thing to do.
…and then if you want to get into filming `wildlife´ professionally that’s even harder, as only the best succeed !

But when you’re starting out; just how do you do this ?
There is so much more to it than just buying a camera and going out and filming a animal.

The UK Wildlife Film School was originally set up to fill the gap between classroom based film work and working / filming out on location.
This Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film making takes that even further by filling the large gap between, undertaking a classroom college or university course (where most of what you do is theoretical) and working and filming real wildlife out on location.

Employers are looking for real hands-on experience and ability. Don’t get us wrong, a degree in film making will go a long way, but what an employer or wildlife producer really needs to be able to see is that you can actually do what is required of you, first time, when it counts.
No employer is going to send you out with a production team if they do not know you can undertake the task required to the specification needed.

Not only is our Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film making an internationally recognised qualification (and the only one of its type in the world) but it demonstrates you can undertake the task in hand, and has documented evidence to back this up.

…So if you’re really serious about working in wildlife film, this Diploma has to form part of your learning history.

Course Location:
Just what can we tell you about the Isle of Mull… this is the island where it all started. Our very first course was run here way back in 2007 and to date we have now run 25 courses on the island and its surrounding smaller Isles, and we can honestly say, long will it remain to be one of the jewels in the wildlife calendar of the United Kingdom.

The whole island is such an amazing place that we think you could run a wildlife film school here and never leave the island. From the coral beaches, to the vast shingle mud flats in the sea lochs, from the sea lochs themselves to the range of mountains in the center of the island, and from the major diversities between the north of the island and the Ross of Mull in the south, anyone visiting here will never be short of locations in which to film.

The Natural History of the Isle of Mull:
The Isle of Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides, after Skye, lying off the west coast of Scotland. Mull is also the fourth largest Scottish island and the fourth largest island surrounding Great Britain. Mull has a coastline of approximately 300 miles that is made up on many coves and inlets but mainly 4 large peninsulas which are predominantly moorland, radiate from the center and sea lochs. Mull has a mountainous core, the highest peak being Ben More, which reaches over 900 meters. The waters around Mull are affected by the Gulf Stream, which in turn brings coral sands with it making some of Mulls many beaches, so of the best in the world.

The island is home to hundreds of types of birds including the White-tailed Eagle, which when re-introduced in the nearby Island of Rum migrated to Mull, where it now has a stronghold, as well as several other birds of prey such as Hen Harriers, Golden Eagles and Short eared owl, which are all difficult to see elsewhere in the UK. Best of all, we have now been filming here for so long, we know where they all live.

The island one of the primary locations in the UK for seeing some of Britain's more elusive wildlife species. I have personally seen Basking sharks and dolphins from the coast. The island is also home to a large and thriving population of Otters that live in many coastal habitats, and can often be seen hunting during the day.

Course Dates:
Monday 5th August to Friday 22nd November 2019.
( We are now taking bookings for this course )

Please note that – Although this as an 16 week course, there is an 8 week ´Practical Section´ (Monday 2nd September to Friday 25th October 2019) of the course that you need to attend on the Isle of Mull in Scotland.
Before the start of this practical section there are 4 weeks of pre-course study and paperwork; and then a further 4 weeks of study and paperwork, after the practical section of the course has finished.

Closing Date:
The closing date for this course is the Monday 1st July 2019.
This course is booked on a ´First-come, First-served´ basis, so it is highly recommended that you book early to secure your place. You will not be able to book on this course after this date.
Please Note: Places on this course are now being filled.

How to Book:
To pay the booking deposit or fully book on this course please complete our Enquirers / Booking Form

Accreditation Certification:
To view a copy of the accreditation certificates awarded to The UK wildlife film school by CCR at Napier University. click here

Course Outline:
The entire ´practical section´ of this course will be located on the Isle of Mull, operating out of various basecamps situated in different locations around the island. The course will consist of 8 weeks of filming, editing and producing a wildlife documentary film out on location.

Each day will consist of filming out on location and working on a rough edit during the evening from the footage filmed. The last 10 days of the course will be a block session of editing, consisting of the final edit and prettification of your final film, in and around base camp.
You will be tasked to complete a 45 minute broadcast standard wildlife documentary about the island, the wildlife found there and your time on the island filming.
The final film can be presenter led or have an accompanying voiceover, as well as a selection of background music and additional text and graphics, as required.

This course will have a maximum of 4 students working with a 4x4 Land Rover. This vehicle will have a wildlife guide/driver, with the students occupying the rest of the vehicle. The Land Rover will have three 4K cameras fitted plus an audio field recording boom kit; such as a DJI Osmo, a Phantom4 quadcopter (for filming 4K ariel footage) as well as some smaller 4k cameras fitted in prominent places to be able to film additional footage from both inside and outside the vehicle.
During your course we will overnight in a tented basecamp.

You do not need to have any experience to attend the course. However a basic understanding about how the principles of how a lens works, as well as shutter speeds and exposure will help you.
We will take you through the whole process of production; from filming on location to writing a script in reference to what you have filmed, presenter or voiceover led productions, editing a ´rough edit´ of your film, adding voiceover and music (if required) and the undertaking a final edit with tasks such as colour correction, key-framing and time re-mapping.
We will spend the whole of the first week instructing you in the use of both the cameras and the audio recording equipment on location; as well as other items of production/grip equipment.
The last 10 days will be a dedicated editing session where you will produce the final ´polished´ copy of your film. Eight weeks on location will give you an unprecedented amount of time for you to learn and improve both your camera and production skills.

The course will take you through all the stages of -

•  Initial program / script ideas & brainstorming
•  Script writing
•  Production ethics
•  Presenter lead programming
•  Presenters' scripting
•  Animal observation & tracking
•  Filming on location
•  Filming a Presenter on location
•  Sound recording on location
•  Video editing on location
•  Audio editing on location
•  Production of final film / documentary
•  all necessary logistics & camp-craft

(We will also cover the elements below at various points during the course (Time Permitting))
•  Locating / tracking Animals
•  Map & compass work
•  Navigation overland without a map
•  Route planning
•  Camp placement & orientation
•  Base camp management
•  Water management & sanitation
•  Emergency procedures & actions

Course Fees & Equipment:
The course fees for our 2019 Scottish Diploma Course will be £5500 per student
Plus an Equipment Damage Waiver of £1000 per student
- Making the total coure fees payable for each student £6500

As part of your course fees we will supply you with:
•  £60,000 of 'in-house' 4K camera equipment
•  £15,000 of location & production equipment
•  £10,000 of 'on location' editing equipment
•  £5,000 of basecamp equipment
•  All staff and instruction
•  The cost of all filming permits
•  The cost of all location fees
•  The cost of all camping fees
•  Any additional paperwork costs, such as submitting your diploma for accreditation
•  All vehicles and transportation overland required during your course

To read a breakdown of the Diploma Course syllabus click here

To apply for the paperwork to book on this course please complete our Booking form
( Please Note: You are able to pay for your course in instalments) For more information click here
For more information on the Equipment Damage Waiver click here

•  All of the UK Wildlife Film School courses are booked on a ´First-come, First-served´ basis, so it is highly recommended that you book early to secure your place.
( You are not able to book after the closing date, Monday 1st July 2019 )

Please Note: Flights to the UK are not included in your course fees as our students fly in from many different destinations around the world.

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

Invest in your future…
Invest in your education…
Invest in a “Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film-making” and get one step ahead of your competition.

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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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