Cameras for Television Production



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Do you have a great eye for a shot? Do you want to bring great TV shows to life?

This unique 12-month Postgraduate Diploma course aims to prepare you for a successful future as a camera specialist in broadcast multi-camera studios.

It is run in partnership with Sky, the UK’s largest pay-TV broadcaster, who host two of the modules including a six-week internship as part of the course.

“Without the diploma, I would certainly not be where I am today.” Ben Halnan, 2015 Graduate

Students will collaborate with those on other courses to shoot TV shows in our state-of-the-art 4K TV studio – equipped with the latest Sony cameras as used by BBC Studioworks. You will work on multiple genres including sport, music and drama.

Cameras for Television Production is a specialism within our Cameras, Sound and Vision Mixing for Television Production Postgraduate Diploma. Throughout the year you will work alongside those specialising in sound and vision mixing to make multi-camera TV productions.

Sky guarantees to employ at least one graduating camera operator, sound recordist or vision mixer each year.

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

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2020 graduates Freddie Finn, Nick Averill and Scott Clarke have all been given freelance contracts at both Sky Studios and BBC Studioworks.

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2015 graduate Ben Halnan has been working at Sky since he left NFTS, his work includes operating cameras for Sky News, Sky Sports News, Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Sky Arts

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2017 graduate Fiona MacDonald credits include EastEnders, Children in Need and Pointless

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2014 Paul Dewhurst has been a camera assistant and operator on EastEnders, Love Island and many different shows for Sky Sports.

What you will study

You will 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.

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Course Leader

The course is run by Andrew Hope, an experienced sound engineer, musician and former Sound Engineer (Supervisor) for the BBC and live multi-camera director for BBC News 24, BBC1, BBC2, BBC Three (The News Show) and BBC World News. 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 £8,750 

These are the fees for January 2022 intake. Fees for January 2023 will be confirmed in June.

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 a UK 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

How to apply

Application deadline: 07 Jul 2022

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). 
  • 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.

You can apply online by clicking on BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION below. We are happy to receive applications at any time up until the midnight of the application deadline date.

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