Short course


Supported by Progressive Broadcast Hire, Glasgow


This intensive course is aimed at journalists of all levels of experience who need or want to film their stories.

An intensive, practical 3-day training course, location-based, covering all aspects of filming short news pieces, sots, interviews, and vox pops, you will spend the first 2 days learning the basics of filming with a broadcast handycam kit and producing short news VT’s.

Day 3 is spent filming a project with a realistic timescale to turn round material that is required for transmission.

The course covers:

- Camera set up and operation
- Shot composition
- Framing and shot styles
- Interview setups
- Sound for video journalists

The course is led by Mark Hampshire, a freelance lighting cameraman with over 25 years’ experience. Having been a senior cameraman at Reuters, Mark moved into current affairs and spent many years on the major BBC and ITV current affairs programmes. Mark has worked on dozens of prime time documentaries and also worked on ITV as a live cameraman for daytime. He has worked all over the world from war zones to Hollywood and has in recent years trained dozens of self-shooting producers for both ITV and BBC.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £565
Corporate Rate: £1080

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary applications should be submitted, to

The bursary deadline for this course is Monday 9th March 2020 at 9 am

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

To apply for this course, please complete the application form and submit your CV to