Directing and Producing Television Entertainment
Duration 2 Years
Next intake January 2020
Application deadline Contact Registry
Could you create a hit format like Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice or Gogglebox? Would you like to direct a rock band in our multi-camera 4K TV studio?
This innovative course is designed to fast-track students into the TV entertainment industry. We run our course like a production company – at any given time we are either in pre-production, shooting or post-production – with our students pitching, producing and directing their own TV shows.
“I left with a fully-funded pilot as my calling card.” Graduate Sean O’Riordan
Students are taught by industry professionals in our state-of-the-art studio. In recent years, our students have sold entertainment formats to Warner Brothers Television and ITV and graduation projects have won prestigious awards from the New York Television Festival and the Royal Television Society.
All NFTS students can attend the School’s masterclasses programme, with recent guests including Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here, We Need to Talk About Kevin), Louis Theroux, and M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Glass).
Recent credits and successes
What you will study
This intensely practical course focuses on major entertainment genres, including factual entertainment, game shows, magazine shows and music shows. Students learn to develop, script, produce and direct their own programmes – with all production costs met by the school.
Students experience the programme cycle from the brainstorming of an idea right through to transmission, with specifically tailored modules taught by top television professionals. In the second year, students will be paired up as producers and directors to make their own TV show pilot.
Students also get to pitch their entertainment ideas to broadcasters, including SKY and the BBC.
There is a huge amount to fit into two years, so the course is demanding, rewarding and requires a thoroughly professional attitude from the students.
Current or recent tutors
David G. Croft
David G. CroftHead of Television Entertainment
David has worked for many years on hit shows such as Crystal Maze and Shooting Stars
Credits include The Midweek National Lottery, Mobo Awards and Richard & Judy
Credits include Top Gear, Greatest Cities of the World and Three Men in a Boat
Ben KellettVisiting tutor
Credits include Mrs Brown's Boys, The Armstrong and Miller Show and Hardware
Jamie LangtonVisiting tutor
Credits include The Only Way is Essex, Come Dine with Me and The One Show
Nikki ParsonsVisiting tutor
Credits include Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear and Robot Wars
Graham StuartVisiting tutor
Credits include The Graham Norton Show, Blind Date and The Sarah Millican Television Programme
Every year, our second year students create their own TV pilots.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate their passion, commitment and talent for developing a career in Entertainment Television.
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 (for instance, in theatre or other arts) or an alternative qualification.
For international students, more information about our entry requirements, including Visa and English language requirements, can be found here.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
How to apply
Application deadline: Contact Registry
The following items should accompany your online application:
- A short proposal for a television entertainment programme
(no more than one A4 typed page)
- a critical analysis of a current entertainment television programme or series (not drama)
(no more than two A4 typed pages)
- Vimeo links with samples of your work specifying your exact role in each. This work need not be in the entertainment area, as some applicants may not have a film or other programme-making background.
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