Diploma

Overview

This unique 12-month Postgraduate Diploma 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:

Cameras and lighting

Sound

Vision mixing

The course 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 Masterclasses. Recent guests include David Fincher (Fight Club), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Ben Wheatley (Free Fire), Rapman (Blue Story), Louis Theroux, Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Denis Villeneuve (Bladerunner 2049), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Sam Mendes (1917), Asif Kapadia (Senna), Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), and Russell T Davies (Doctor Who).

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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Course Leader

The course is run by Ian Stubbs, previously Head of Playout and Cameraman at the BBC. Head of Television entertainment is David G. Croft. David has worked for many years on hit shows such as Crystal Maze, Shooting Stars and Live Aid.

Current or Recent Tutors

Recent visiting tutors have included Kathryn Edmonds (Mock The Week, National Lottery), Richard Merrick (Absolutely Fabulous, Last Of The Summer Wine) and Ian Ridley (Are You Being Served?, Top Of The Pops).

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £8,500 (for January 2021 intake)

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.

Showcase

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: 05 Nov 2020

 

Details of how to apply can be found on the course pages for the individual specialisms.

Cameras and lighting

Sound

Vision mixing

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