Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film-Making


with 8 weeks of filming on location


The UK Wildlife Film School is extremely proud to announce that we are now offering a ´Diploma´ qualification that will be studied as part of our 8 week practical course, on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. The Diploma will be independently assessed and accredited by the Qualifications Accreditation Unit at Napier University in Edinburgh under the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework.

This Diploma will mean that The UK Wildlife Film School is the only wildlife film school in the world giving its students an ´internationally recognized qualification´ for attending a wildlife film course.
Our Diploma Course is an extremely specialized course and as such, the places available on this course will be limited to just 6 students per year.



Course Dates:
This course is now closed.
(We are now taking enquires and bookings for our Diploma Course course in 2018)


Please note that although we are advertising this as an 8 week course, these 8 weeks are the ´Practical Section´ (1st May to 30th June 2017) of the course that you need to attend on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. Before the start of this practical section are another 4 weeks of pre-course study and paperwork (from the closing date until the start of the practical section) and a further 2 weeks of study and paperwork after the practical section of the course has finished. This makes the total running time of the course a total of 14 weeks.

Closing Date:
The closing date for booking on this course has not yet been set.
- Please Note: You will not be able to book a course after this date, as this section of time will be used to undertake pre-course study and paperwork.

Course Fees:
To enquire about the fees for this course please go to our enquires page.

Course Outline:
The entire ´piratical 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 61 days of filming, editing and producing a wildlife documentary film out on location.
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 will be presenter lead with an accompanying voiceover, as well as a selection of background music and additional text and graphics if required.

Each day will consist of filming out on location and working on a rough edit during the evening of 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.
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 documentary will be both educational and entertaining, offering a full insight into the island and what it has to offer both from the point of wildlife and things to see for anyone not familiar with the island.

You do not have to have any previous film or production experience to attend this course.

Your Diploma Course Certificate will be awarded by Napier University, Edinburgh.


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 14 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.

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 habitat, and can often be seen hunting during the day.


Further Information:
The closing date for booking this course will be 8 weeks before the start date of the course, on the 1st March 2017.
This course will have a maximum of 6 students working with a 4x4 Land Rover. This vehicle will have a wildlife guide/driver, with the 3 students occupying the rest of the vehicle. The Land Rover will have three 4K cameras plus an audio field recording boom kit; as well as other smaller cameras 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, which will be staffed by support staff.

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 though the whole process of production; from filming on location to writing a script in reference to what you have filmed, presenter or voiceover lead 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.

As part of your course fees we will supply you with -
•  All 'in-house' 4K camera equipment
•  All location & production equipment
•  All 'on location' editing equipment
•  All basecamp equipment
•  All staff and instruction
•  Any additional paperwork costs, such as submitting your diploma for accreditation
•  All vehicles and transportation overland required during your course

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 so as not to miss out this course.
You are not able to book after the closing date (The 17th March 2017)

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

Advanced Booking:
Should you would like to make an inquiry about this course please feel free to email us at any time.
However if you think this course looks just too good to miss, you may ´preliminary book you place´ on this course by paying a booking deposit now… again please email us for more details.
For more information on advanced booking please go to our enquires page.






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