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This 15 month course - the only one of its kind in the UK - has been developed in response to film and television industry demands for suitably trained production sound professionals. The course is delivered in partnership with the BBC.

Application Deadline: 05 Jun 2014

Course Overview

The Production Sound for Film and Television Diploma in partnership with the BBC offers an unrivalled opportunity to learn the practical skills required for a career in this field, and covers:

  • location sound recording techniques for drama and documentary
  • sound production for multi-camera television
  • music recording in the studio and on location

*15-month course; next intake September

Now well-established, the Production Sound Diploma course enjoys an excellent reputation within the Industry and each year’s students rapidly find work on completing the course. Graduates have been employed as sound assistants and boom operators on recent television productions including Ashes to Ashes, Midsomer Murders, Lewis, New Tricks, Holby City, Cranford, Jane Eyre, Gavin & Stacey, Life Begins, Judge John Deed, Downton Abbey, Fresh Meat, Spooks and Merlin.

Graduate work on feature films includes Syriana, Extraordinary Rendition, The Hills Have Eyes II, The Mutant Chronicles, Clash Of the Titans 2, Never Let Me Go, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, World War Z, Sherlock Holmes : A Game of Shadows, The Iron Lady, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012).

The BBC provide a four-week internship at the BBC for all students, plus a three-month fixed-term contract for one graduate at the end of the course. Students on the course are called BBC Sound Scholars.


The course leader and Head of Production Sound at the NFTS is BAFTA nominated sound recordist Fraser Barber, who has 45 credits on popular TV programmes such as Silent Witness, The Tunnel, Full Circle With Michael Palin, Mike Basset England Manager, Black Mirror, and Little Dorrit.


Joanna Andrews (Ashes to Ashes, Spooks, Criminal Justice, Cranford), Tom Harrison (Reggie Perrin, Gavin & Stacey, Clash of the Titans 2), Jodie Campbell (Never Let Me Go, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Sarah Howe (New Tricks, Lewis, Merlin) and Tom Fennell (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, World War Z) studied at the NFTS.


The course starts in September with a term of intensive workshops and exercises that prepare students to record sound on shoots with MA students in the following Spring and Summer terms. Alongside location and studio shoots for both documentary, fiction films and television productions, the programme of workshops and tuition continues throughout 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.

  • Unique course in UK
  • Location and studio sound recording on real productions
  • Music recording in studio
  • Multi-camera television studio production
  • Fisher Boom training
  • Introduction to post production techniques
  • Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.

“I am delighted that we are offering this world- class training which cements the BBC’s relationship with the NFTS. It acknowledges the importance of sound across all of our content, from Strictly to documentaries.”
Danny Cohen, Director of Television, BBC