Location Management for Film and TV Production



This course - created due to industry demand - is designed to thoroughly train participants in becoming a key member of a Locations Department team.

Participants will learn from practical workshops and on-set/location experience on drama projects. This will ensure that participants leave the course with relevant practical experience - including working with the latest COVID protocols - and some valuable contacts for starting out in the professional world.

The Locations Department consists of a variety of exciting, varied and demanding roles, requiring many skills to be an effective part of the production team. They work closely with directors, producers, cinematographers, assistant directors and designers, providing all the information and support necessary for a successful location shoot from initial brief and scout to wrap and reinstatement.

What you will study

The Locations Department is a key part of the film production team, finding ideal locations for the shoot, negotiating fees, terms and conditions as well as managing locations during the production and filming periods. They are also a key production player in the safe selection and managing of locations in the current COVID pandemic. The three primary roles are Location Manager, Assistant Location Manager and Location Scout.

This course combines practical experience on fiction film shoots with NFTS student directors with tuition and possible work experience.

The curriculum delivers seminars and workshops on all aspects of the job and across different genres of film-making, guest speakers and site visits to location companies, shoots and relevant authorities. It also includes vital Health and Safety instruction, leading to the industry-recognised Production Safety Passport.

Course Leader

The course is run by Richard Lingard, whose credits include This Year's Love, Perfect Strangers and Rebel Heart.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £3,650

These are the fees for May 2023 intake.

This course is only open to UK and EU/EEA applicants.

A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place.

The NFTS does not charge you extra for the cost of productions or materials.


Entry requirements

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, keen to work hard as part of a team and quick to learn. You should have a good general education, but no other specific educational requirements are needed for this course.  Previous experience working in the film or television industry would be an advantage, or knowledge gained from an alternative production activity, for example, a University or College media course project.

If you are not an 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 info@nfts.co.uk.

How to apply

Application deadline: Contact Registry

The next intake will begin in May 2022 and will run until the end of July. The Location Management course lasts for 12 weeks, however some flexibility of availability beyond the formal end of the course is beneficial as graduation projects film throughout the summer.

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