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Production Managers are the key to any smooth running production. Production Management calls on a variety of skills from budgeting and scheduling to managing crews.

Application Deadline: 05 Jun 2014

Course Overview

So what does it take to be a Production Manager? An individual who can multi-task, be dynamic, communicate well and stay calm under pressure. Someone who is creative with budgets but keeps a sharp eye on the bottom line; someone who knows enough about Health and Safety to protect the cast and crew but not detract from getting the right shot; someone who knows about the best locations at the best price - and who knows production from start to finish!

This course combines intensive training with practical experience on three fiction films at the NFTS and a month-long work experience placement.

Career Progression
Most production managers are freelance, moving from contract to contract, and may find themselves working anywhere in the UK, or even abroad. As a production manager, you could also work for independent production companies on feature films, become a Line Producer or progress to Head of Production.

New NFTS graduates are sought-after and typically find employment soon after completing their courses. NFTS alumni are some of the most successful people working in UK film and television today. Many of our students make contacts while at the NFTS which continue in the professional world.

*12-month course; next intake September


Head of Production Management is Bex Hopkins who has worked in film and television production since 1999. Her short films have won many festival prizes including the LFF Turner Classic Movie Best Short Film award and BAFTA nominations for Nits and Lucky. Her feature film Mad, Sad & Bad premiered at EIFF 2009 and was released in 2010. She has taught on the Production Management diploma since 2010.

Other tutors include successful Line Producers and Production Managers; Jo Farr (Calendar Girls and Love and Other Disasters), Paul Sarony (Hideously Kinky, Bhaji on the Beach, Mrs Brown, Vampire Academy, and The Adventurer:The Curse of the Midas Box), Linda Stradling (I Shouldn’t be Alive, Seconds From Disaster, Horizon, Megastructures and author of the book ‘Production Management in TV & Film’) and Ceri Barnes (Postman Pat, Casper’s Scare School, and The Last Dragon).


Covering the key skills required by Production Managers in today’s rapidly-changing environment, this course alternates workshops with practical experience working on a range of NFTS productions.

The course covers these key skills recognised by the Industry:

  • Extensive instruction and practice on scheduling & budgeting
  • Health & safety and Risk Assessment training
  • First Aid for Film Production
  • First Assistant Directing
  • Location Management
  • Post production routes

This course includes a work experience module which can be up to one-month long. Previous students have enjoyed placements at Film4, Rise Films, Carnival Films, New Moon, Kudos and Revolution Films. This has proved invaluable for making contacts and employment opportunities after the course.

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.

  • Course developed to meet Industry demand
  • Alternates Industry-recognised training modules with practical experience
  • Plenty of hands-on practice – in both locations and in studios
  • Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.