Television Taster Day

Saturday 11th May 2019, 13.00-17.00

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This unique 12-month course aims to prepare students for a successful future in multi-camera studio entertainment production. Students specialise in one of the three core disciplines of multi-camera studio operations: camera/lighting, sound or vision mixing.

It is run in partnership with Sky, the largest pay-TV broadcaster in the United Kingdom, who host a number of the modules and provide a six-week internship as part of the course. Sky guarantees to employ at least one graduate of the course each year.

Students will collaborate with those in other specialisms to shoot TV shows in our state-of-the-art 4K TV studio – with all production costs met by the School.

All NFTS students can attend the School’s masterclasses programme, with recent guests including Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk, The Dark Knight, Interstellar), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here) and Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, Veep, The Death of Stalin).

Recent credits and successes

What you will study

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

Cameras and Lighting – Practise the core skills of camera operators: positioning, framing and focus. Learn to use broadcast cameras, repositioning and changing shot as the director demands while the vision mixer cuts and mixes the show. Learn to develop shots, moving with artists or in sympathy with music to create dynamic and exciting television. Begin to light simple interviews and more complex multi-camera lighting techniques.

Vision Mixing – Train on sophisticated broadcast vision mixing consoles, build and realise complex live visual effects to the director’s brief. Using these high-end production tools, vision mixing is like editing - but in real time. Cut, mix and wipe between cameras, pre-edited clips and other video sources live. Learn how to mix a variety of genres from situation comedy to fast paced entertainment and music shows adding digital effects and captioning in real time.

Sound – Learn how to choose and place microphones for the best results for a variety of shows including live music. Train to use ‘Fisher booms’ - in great demand for sitcoms and soaps - to pick up drama dialogue. Mix studio sound in real time using sophisticated broadcast desks. Enhance the show with spot effects, music cues and audio processing to create atmosphere and energy. Learn how to manage TV comms including studio talkback systems allowing key production team members to communicate and collaborate effectively.


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Current or recent tutors

David G. Croft

David G. Croft

Head of Television Entertainment

David has worked for many years on hit shows such as Crystal Maze and Shooting Stars

Kathryn Edmonds

Kathryn Edmonds

Visiting tutor

Credits include Mock the Week and the National Lottery

Richard Merrick

Richard Merrick

Visiting tutor

Credits include Absolutely Fabulous and Last of the Summer Wine

Ian Ridley

Ian Ridley

Visiting tutor

Credits include Are You Being Served? and Top of the Pops

Ian Stubbs

Ian Stubbs

Course Leader, Cameras, Sound and Vision Mixing

Previously Head of Playout and Cameraman at the BBC

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £8,250

This course is only open to UK and EU/EEA applicants.

The NFTS does not charge you extra for the cost of productions or materials.

A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place.

Students are expected to provide their own laptops.

At the NFTS you will get far more time learning directly from tutors, in real production facilities and on real projects, than in the vast majority of film schools or universities. The specialist nature of our courses mean that our students gain the relevant skills and experience they need to go straight into the industry.


Every year, our students work on a number of TV shows.

Entry requirements

A proven interest in multi-camera production, a lively interest in television entertainment and a willingness to work as part of a team are essential. We are looking for people who are practically minded and who have a good general education although there are no specific educational requirements for this course.

While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification.

If you are not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course.  We are unable to accept your application if you do not.

If you have any questions, please email info@nfts.co.uk.

How to apply

Application deadline: Contact Registry


Applicants must complete the online application form and submit the following supporting materials:

  • A description of a television production. Please tell us about a television production that you have been involved with or that you have observed. Please detail some of the technical production challenges which were faced in realising the project and in what ways you may have done things differently or enhanced the production. Include information on what preparation the production team would have needed to undertake. No more than one page (A4 paper). 
  • Camera/Lighting specialisation only: A portfolio of photos. It should contain still photographs that you have taken. You may supply prints, digital media or a URL to a collection of your photographs. Please do not supply videos or stills taken from video files.
  • Sound Specialisation only: Samples of your audio recording and/or mixing work. They should demonstrate your own, clearly identified sound work. You may supply audio files on digital media or URL links. 
  • Vision Mixer Specialisation only: A video file or URL (web link) to a YouTube or Vimeo clip that you have mixed or edited yourself or which includes vision mixing or editing which you consider to be good. If you are referencing somebody else’s work please explain why you have chosen that piece. 

You can apply online by clicking on BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION below, or you can download our application form and submit it to registry@nfts.co.uk.

We are happy to receive applications at any time up until the midnight of the application deadline date.

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