Whilst the Wildlife Film School has continued to excel in the world of wildlife film making, year on year; culminating with our internationally recognised SCQF 8 ‘Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film Making’… we have reluctantly decided not to teach our Diploma course during 2024 (Which requires students to spend 8 weeks on location) due to the ongoing concerns with the ‘living crises’ and the overall increase in costs.
During 2024 we are planning to run two different length courses of 2-weeks and 4-weeks; during the summer months of June, July and August; and naturally, we will be bringing all our years of teaching skills and knowledge from our Diploma film courses to these shorter courses.
To further validate the worthiness of the WFN’s wildlife film courses; over the past 15+ years we have had a considerable amount of our students attended a course with us before then going on to study further with such establishments in the UK as the UWE, The National Film and Television School and the London Film Academy.
Several of our students that have been recommended to attend our courses by top level Universities (Such as the UWE in Bristol) for students wishing to study a Masters in Wildlife Film Production, to increase their individual levels and experience of ‘practical’ on-location, wildlife film work. We have unfortunately also had far too many students who have left University with the qualifications they wanted, only to discover they can’t actually find work as they do not hold enough ‘practical’ experience filming / working in the field.
To date we have taught every level of skill from a very basic ‘1-day course’ to our university accredited ‘Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film Making’ (This qualification was the equivalent to a Higher National Diploma (HND) and the highest level of Diploma anyone is able to teach outside of a university setting) meaning that we were the only independent wildlife film school in the world giving its students an ‘internationally recognised Diploma qualification’ for attending its courses.
We are extremely proud to be able to say that some of our students have also gone on to gain employment with some of the largest wildlife and natural history production companies in the world such as the BBC Natural History Unit and Films@59 and have worked on such prestigious documentary series as ‘Our Planet’ with Sir David Attenborough.