Multi-Camera TV Conversion Programme

Short course


Multi-Camera TV Conversion Training Programme

The new Kelvin Hall studio development in Glasgow, run by BBC Studioworks, is set to play a key role in producing entertainment shows in Scotland and the demand for skilled crews is expected to grow significantly. There has never been a more exciting time to work in TV entertainment in Scotland. The expansion of the sector also creates opportunities for developing the next generation of TV practitioners.

NFTS Scotland’s Multi-Camera TV Conversion Programme, supported by Screen ScotlandBBC Studioworks and Glasgow City Council is an intense three-week kickstarter programme; a week based at Kelvin Hall with access to BBC Studioworks’ studio facility and two weeks in the National Film & Television School’s state-of-the-art 4K TV studio in Beaconsfield – equipped with the latest Sony cameras as used by BBC Studioworks. The course is free to participants and accommodation and travel to Beaconsfield are paid for.

The course is designed to take individuals who already have some experience in the screen industries or who have transferable skills from other sectors and give them the working practices, knowledge and understanding of multi-camera production to kick start their careers in studio entertainment production. All participants will be given a tour of the Kelvin Hall studio and will spend time with the BBC Studioworks team who run the facility.

In the year* following the three-week course, BBC Studioworks will provide work placements for each of the participants, giving them the opportunity to shadow professionals in their craft specialism. The length of these placements will be a minimum of four weeks and will take place at Kelvin Hall or another of BBC Studioworks’ studio facilities. During the placements, participants will be paid the real Living Wage. * this period may be extended depending on availability of suitable placements.

Are you the right candidate?

With the opening of the Kelvin Hall studio, there is the need to increase the number of talented crew with the skills required locally. We want to offer these opportunities to people who are passionate about working in the multi camera sector.

Essential criteria

• You may already be working in or have technical experience in the Screen Industry such as, Drama, Film or Outside Broadcast.

• Have gained transferable technical skills in other areas such as the Event Industry, Music Media, Broadcast, Radio, Theatre, and Post-Production.

• Already have practical experience and are looking to take the next step in your career.

• You must be living or working in Scotland.

• A willingness and flexibility to learn new skills.

• Committed to undertake at least 20 days paid, on the job shadowing days.

This course is not suitable for applicants with no practical or relevant experience.

Course Overview:

Week One - Glasgow, Classroom Based, in Kelvin Hall

Days 1 - 3

Overview of multi camera production. All students will learn

• TV grammar and script layout

• TV Studio Systems Overview

• Health and Safety in the TV Studio

• Roles and responsibilities in the TV Studio

• How a camera crew works • How a sound crew works

• How to work with a director

• Planning meetings

• What they are for

• How to prepare

Days 4 & 5

Individual tuition in each of the four disciplines

• Camera students will learn

• Principles of Optics

• Basics of bar counting (with VMs)

• Sound students will learn

• Principles of Sound

• Vision Operator students will learn

• Principles of Lighting and picture quality control

• Vision Mixing students will learn

• Principles of Compositing and Animation

• Script markup

• Basics of bar counting

• Basics of vision mixing

Weeks Two & Three - NFTS Beaconsfield, Studio based practice

Each week will be based around training days and different exercises e.g. magazine show, game show, live music. All students will have the opportunity to practice their discipline in the NFTS TV studio during practical exercises and, for vision and sound mixers, gallery simulations while practical training for lighting and camera students is delivered on the studio floor.

Proposed cohort

4 Camera Operators

4 Entry level Sound Assistant

2 Experienced Sound Assistants

2 Vision Mixers


Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

The course is fully funded for successful applicants

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

Applications for this programme are now closed, but please register your interest for future programmes.