Welcome to the UK Wildlife Film School

Practical ´hands-on´ wildlife film courses.

Earn an internationally recognised ´SCQF Level 8 – Diploma¬†in Wildlife Documentary Film-Making´ whilst filming on location. The UK Wildlife Film School remains to be the UK´s leading provider of independent wildlife film-making workshops/courses; and continues to be one of the most comprehensive wildlife film schools in the world in reference to time spent in the field, working, filming and editing in 4K.

We are proud to be the only wildlife film school in the world to film and edit 4K and out in the field giving you the opportunity to learn and experience hands-on what it is like and what is required to live and film in remote and wild locations. The UK Wildlife Film School uses professional 4K television cameras and editing system; the practical experience you gain from attending your course and films you produce, will be of the highest production quality giving you a major advantage as you embark on your wildlife film career.

Now in its 11th year the UK Wildlife Film School is extremely proud to announce that we are now offering a ´Diploma¬†in Wildlife Documentary Film-Making´ qualification that will be studied as an 16 week course. The Diploma has been independently assessed and accredited by the Centre for Credit Rating at Napier University in Edinburgh; and leads to an award on the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework.

We have two 16 week diploma courses on offer in 2019,

Arctic Diploma

Scottish Diploma

The Diploma is a SCQF Level 8 Diploma. (This is the equivalent to a Higher National Diploma (HND) and the highest level of Diploma we are able to offer outside of a university setting) and means that we are now the only wildlife film school in the world giving its students an ´internationally recognized SCQF Level 8 Diploma qualification´ for attending its courses.


16-week ‘Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film Making’ (2017)

Above is the 20 minute film produced by Maria Blanco from the footage filmed during her 2017 Diploma in Wildlife Film Making.
The whole film was filmed and produced on location on the Isle of Mull during the 8 week practical section of this 16 week course.

Before the course Maria had never used a television camera, let alone produced a wildlife film on location.
During her course we took Maria though all the fundamental stages of production from filming and editing to script writing and logistics.
Enjoy the film…


Maria´s After Course Testimonial

Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
Yes. The thing I mainly learnt about the course was how to film wildlife. Not only in the sense of settings, but also in the sense of finding a good spot, setting up the equipment and waiting. How to observe wildlife and predict movements. I am very excited to go out and film and I have started planning what to do next.

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favorite moment?
I do not know what was my favorite moment since I have several ones. Seeing the Otters was pretty amazing, especially the first and last day. However, I really enjoyed filming the White Tailed Sea Eagles (from land and from a boat).
Finding the Newt and the Toads was very cool and I very much enjoyed filming them. Seeing the Buzzard eating that Rabbit was amazing and my biggest regret of the course is not being able to film it in time.
Filming the Dolphins was pretty good too.
And I actually quite enjoyed filming the Highland Cows !

Maria´s Student Testimonial
After two months filming on location, I feel confident when using a camera. I am able to use the settings of the camera to obtain correctly exposed images. After so much practicing, I am getting comfortable with my pans.
There is still much to learn and practice, but I am getting better at filming flying birds. I have improved a lot since the start of the course on how to set up the tripod and carry and set up the rest of the equipment too.

I have learnt to wait and observe nature and to predict the subjects next movements. And I have learnt that many times you come back to camp without even seen anything. Those days are slightly frustrating. But then, another day, you see something amazing.

One of the main things that I learnt and that I did not know about was writing a script. That was a whole new area for me. It was quite hard, but it turned out to be rather useful when producing my film.

Another area in which I have improved is camping. I have learnt every step of the process, from looking for a suitable location, setting up camp, reading a map, cooking in a tent, safety use of equipment and logistics.

Below are some questions we think you should seriously consider before booking a wildlife film course with anyone, anywhere !

Does your wildlife film course...
1. Supply you with broadcast quality cameras to film with ?
2. Supply you with the Sony 4k broadcast cameras to film with ?
3. Supply you with all of the production equipment necessary to produce a wildlife film, so you can attend your course without having to actually buy any of this equipment yourself first ?
4. Supply one camera for every two students ?
5. Supply you with the latest mobile editing facilities so you can edit 4k footage out on location ?
6. Film in remote locations whilst operating out of a fully equipped tented base-camp ?
7. Supply you with all of the camp equipment necessary to operate from this base-camp out on location ?
8. Spend every day of your wildlife film course working or filming out on location ?
9. Actually last long enough for you to be able to film, edit and produce a short wildlife film, and not just 2 or 3 days ?
10. Actually film ´Real Wildlife´ - that is roaming freely within its own natural environment, as appose to filming animals that are ´kept´ in fenced pens or enclosed areas, whilst you're being told by your instructors that you are filming wildlife ?

If not ask yourself again... ´Are you actually filming ´Real Wildlife´ ?

If you have answered ´No´ to any of the questions above, you really must ask yourself   “why are you going on this film course” ?
When you come on a Wildlife Film Course with the UK Wildlife Film School; every answer to all the questions above, will become a YES !