Directing and Producing Television Entertainment



BBC Studios

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 or shoot your show on location?

This innovative course is designed to fast-track students into the TV entertainment industry. We run our course like a production company –we are either in pre-production, shooting or in 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 top industry professionals on location and 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.

​This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

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), Louis Theroux, Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Sam Mendes (1917), Asif Kapadia (Senna), Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), Russell T Davies (Doctor Who) and Ricky Gervais (The Office).

Recent credits and successes

Abigail Dankwa

Since graduating in 2012, Multi Camera Director Abigail Dankwa has been named as one of BAFTA’s Breakthrough talents in 2020 and by Edinburgh International Television Festival as a ‘One to Watch’ in 2017. Her credits include 24 Hours in A&E, Big Brother, Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club, Grayson’s Art Club and floor and stage management of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics opening and closing ceremonies.

Promo pic for Melting Pot

2019 graduation show Melting Pot has been optioned by Zig Zag Productions, one of the UK’s foremost independent television production companies. Read more here.

Love Island promo pic

2017 graduate Jamie Minty's credits include Love Island and Strictly Come Dancing. Read more in our #NFTSStories blog.

Promo Pic for TV show Control

2018 graduation show Control, directed by Webster Mugavazi and produced by Robin Pagnanelli, was selected for the New York Television Festival’s (NYTVF) Independent Pilot Competition. Read more here.

Promo pic for Gogglebox

“Studying at the NFTS has helped me gain a whole load of technical skills” NFTS Directing and Producing Television Entertainment MA graduate, Meera is working for Studio Lambert on Gogglebox as the Archive Researcher - read her #NFTSStories blog here.

Lucy Smith

“It’s great being at the business end of TV and I’m lucky to work with some of the most extraordinary minds in the industry” Lucy Smith graduated from the Directing and Producing Television Entertainment MA in 2017 and is now working as Development Producer at Shiver (part of ITV Studios) - read here story here.

Becky Casey

Becky Casey graduated from the Directing and Producing Television Entertainment MA in 2011 and is now a documentary producer and director and was recently nominated for a BAFTA. Read here story here.

Ian Aryeh

2012 graduate Ian Aryeh was selected as a Broadcast ‘Hotshot’ by the industry trade magazine in 2016 and is a resident director for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Showcase, working with a variety of new talent both behind and in front of the camera. His credits include In The Long Run created by Idris Elba, McDonald & Dodds and CBBC's 4 O’Clock Club.

What you will study

This intensely practical course focuses on major entertainment genres. Students learn to develop, script, direct and produce their own entertainment programmes either in the TV studio or on location – with all production costs met by the school.

Students experience the full production cycle from the brainstorming of an idea right through planning, budgeting, shooting and post production, with specifically tailored modules taught by top television professionals. Students also get to pitch their entertainment ideas to broadcasters, including SKY and the BBC.

This is an environment where students will be challenged and supported by staff and fellow students.

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Head of Department

The course is led by Head of TV Entertainment, David G. Croft (Crystal Maze, Shooting Stars, Live Aid). 

Current or Recent Tutors

Angela Ferreira (The Midweek National Lottery, Mobo Awards, Richard and Judy), Andrew Fettis (Top Gear, Greatest Cities of the World, Three Men in a Boat), Ben Kellett (Mrs Brown's Boys, The Armstrong and Miller Show, Hardware), Jamie Langton (The Only Way Is Essex, Come Dine With Me, The One Show), Nikki Parsons (Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear, Robot Wars) and Graham Stuart (The Graham Norton Show, Blind Date, The Sarah Millican Television Programme).

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home Fees:  £14,800 per year 

International Fees (including EU nationals): £24,900 per year 

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

Please note:

EU nationals who have been granted settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme may be eligible for “Home Fees”, subject to meeting the residency requirements. (You need to be  ordinarily resident in the UK or EEA for 3 years prior to the start of your course).  

The NFTS has £900,000 of scholarships and bursaries available.

There is a compulsory, non-refundable £25 application fee for each MA application. A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place. 

All production costs are included within the course fee. Students are expected to provide their own laptops. The course fee does not include the cost of travel to and from work placements.

The NFTS is committed to ensuring it is open to students of genuine ability, no matter what their background or financial circumstances. We don’t want anybody to be put off applying for a place at the NFTS because of the cost, which is why we award more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of our student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK.

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 – and we won’t charge you extra for the cost of productions or materials. 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 second year students create their own TV pilots.


Entry requirements

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 on our What You Need To Know section of our Students From Abroad page. 

If you have any questions, please email

How to apply

Application deadline: 07 Jul 2022

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.

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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