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This unique 12 month course, run in partnership with Sky, the largest pay-tv broadcaster in the United Kingdom will prepare you to work in a multicamera studio environment as either a Vision Mixer, or a Camera/ Lighting or Sound specialist. The course includes a six-week internship with Sky and some of the modules are taught at Sky Studios. Sky also guarantees to employ at least one graduate of the course each year.

Application Deadline: 05 Jun 2014

Course Overview

Students will be exposed to the creative challenge of working across a range of entertainment programming, including: Situation Comedy, Magazine Shows, Talent Shows, Panel Shows, Game Shows etc.

Students will apply for, and be accepted onto the course in one of three craft specialisations:

  1. Vision Mixing
    Switch programmes live (as they are being transmitted or recorded), using a variety of transition methods, such as cuts, mixes, wipes, frame manipulation, etc. Learn how to combine and manipulate various visual sources, including - cameras, video play-out devices, graphic generators, digital video effects (DVEs).
  2. Camera/Lighting (including vision operations)
    Operate studio cameras capturing images simultaneously (multi-camera shoots), receiving camera directions over talkback from the Director. In addition, learn how to use the script or brief from the production team to design the specific lighting look required for each shot.
  3. Sound (in a broadcast studio environment)
    Mix the sound from Studio mics and other feeds associated with programme video to produce a well-balanced output. Monitor the quality and use audio processing as appropriate to enhance the programme sound where required. Additionally set up and manage studio talkback systems allowing key production team members to communicate and collaborate effectively.

These are the core disciplines of multi camera studio operations and people trained at a high level in these craft areas are hotly in demand.

*Sky are offering 3 scholarships to people starting this course. Click here to find out more.


The course is led by David G Croft (Shooting Stars, Live Aid, Crystal Maze). Other tutors who often teach at the school on television courses include Richard Boden (IT Crowd) Geoff Posner (Little Britain) and Steve Pinhay (SMTV, CD:UK)

In addition the course is supported by Production Services at Sky.


The intensely practical and pioneering nature of the course curriculum aims to prepare students for a successful future in multi-camera studio production. Students are taught by NFTS staff and visiting Industry Professionals and have hands-on experience of a variety of production roles as well as in their specialisation.

The award focuses on developing students’ specific capabilities, in the following areas:

  • the language of entertainment television so that they can work effectively within production teams;
  • a high level technical understanding of their chosen specialist area;
  • a critical awareness of the production workflow and the impact of multiplatform on production.

Modules include:

  • The Grammar of Television Entertainment
  • Media Technology
  • Multi-Platform Production
  • Music and Magazine Programming
  • Chat Shows and Panel Shows
  • Comedy

The six week internship at Sky is constituted of two distinct elements. Firstly the student will shadow a Sky Production Services member of staff working in their specialisation (Vision Mixer, Sound, Camera/Lighting). This will cement the students understanding of the wide range of professional practices and competencies associated with each role. Secondly, students will undertake a range of simulated exercises (designed by the NFTS with Sky involvement) to hone their craft and understanding on the Sky equipment.

At the end of the course, students will be well placed to work professionally in their chosen job role within broadcast production. They will also have a thorough understanding of the television production process encompassing everything from the creative to the technical and the business aspects.

Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School. In addition you will be given a cash Production Budget. NFTS students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors.

Tuesday, 13 May, 2014 - 10:30 to 14:00
  • Unique course
  • Specialise as a Vision Mixer, Camera/Lighting or Sound Specialist
  • Intensely practical and pioneering course
  • Hands-on training at Sky Studios
  • Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.