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Wildlife Photography

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
  • Course Fee:


  • Start Date(s): 18 May 2024
  • Duration: Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, five weeks
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This inspiring course is for photographers, ramblers and outdoor enthusiasts who are interested in taking amazing wildlife photographs.

It’s the perfect opportunity to hone your on-location camera skills, capture amazing images for your portfolio and share an outdoor adventure with fellow photographers.

With expert tuition on hand, you’ll be guided through the essential do’s and don’ts of professional wildlife photography.

Following an opening presentation, you will be ready to photograph a range of wildlife in a selection of natural habitats.

  • You’ll be part of a design community in our creative studio culture; one that promotes discussion and collaboration, and encourages experimentation and the constant swapping of ideas.
  • With a limited class size you'll have the one-to-one attention you need to ensure you leave with the skills to continue developing your designs at home or work.
  • Benefit from learning with an experienced tutor who has established links to the profession and significant experience working in varied practices.
  • On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.

What you’ll study

On this course you will:

  • become a responsible wildlife photographer
  • engage with live subjects in their natural habitat, including birds, mammals and insects
  • learn how to build a hide and the basics of fieldcraft
  • be involved in practical workshops in the green spaces close to our studios
  • go on day trips further afield to explore habitats and see larger animals
  • undertake group critiques and learn how to understand your camera
  • learn how to enhance and edit your images in our editing suites.

Whether you’re a beginner or looking to improve on existing skills, this is a great chance to get some unique shots for your portfolio.

How you’re taught

You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You’ll find comprehensive Mac editing suites with software for photography editing including Adobe Creative Cloud.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Further information

By the end of your course, you will have created some amazing new images, made some great new friends, explored a beautiful part of the country and got a bit muddy on the way.

You'll have a unique understanding of wildlife photography and its demands as well as rewards.

You'll also have the knowledge and experience of how to plan and capture wildlife shots and how to edit your images effectively.

Tutor Profile:

Jack Perks is an acclaimed wildlife photographer and has worked for dozens of wildlife and angling TV programmes including Springwatch, The One Show, Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing and The Great British Year.

He also appears in front of the camera and has presented several films for Countryfile.

Jack worked on David Attenborough’s Wild Isles and filmed in Alaska for the BBC.

He has written two books: Freshwater Fishes of Britain and The Field Guide to Pond & River Wildlife of Britain & Europe, as well as writing articles for magazines including BBC Wildlife, Outdoor Photography and Diver.

Jack is a proud vice-president of Salmon & Trout Conservation, and he can be found volunteering for organisations such as The Wildlife Trust, the Canal & River Trust and the RSPB, supporting a range of surveys and recording sightings.

In his spare time, he hosts the acclaimed Bearded Tit’s Podcast, a light-hearted look at nature subjects with different guests each week.

He studied in Falmouth, Cornwall for a degree in Marine & Natural History Photography.

You will need:

A digital SLR or mirrorless camera and either a long lens or macro for most of the shoots.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: You should have some knowledge of using your digital camera in manual mode. Good outdoor clothes and footwear are a must.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £395.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply