NFTS Cymru Wales: Creative Directing for History and Arts Television: Online

Short course


This course is delivered online in partnership with NFTS Scotland & NFTS Leeds via the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom accessed by Zoom, over two morning sessions.

Imagine your way into the past: A workshop for (aspiring) creative documentary filmmakers, in how to tell a (hi)story when there is hardly any literal, old moving archive with which to illustrate it. Necessity becomes the mother of visual creative invention. This course will be of particular interest to history/arts/archive/cultural programme makers.

The course covers: 

STORY, CHARACTERS AND PLACE  What is the essence of the story? Who or what are the main characters? Where and when does it take place?

MOOD AND TONE How do you want the audience to FEEL when they are watching your film, and its story unfolding?

VISUAL STYLE /PALETTE OF ELEMENTS TO DRAW FROM From understanding the essence of your (hi)story, what visual style do you want to choose to suit/ unify the topic/ programme?

CREATE LIVING SCENES What elements you can use to create ‘living’/ dynamic scenes within your film. Focus on character and place



The course requires you to spend some time creatively reworking your initial idea or programme plan / script after Day 1 for further discussion and development on Day 2

You will discuss and workshop your ideas/ programmes in (pre) production as a group, with tutor feedback. 

This course aims to empower you to make the most of both your creative ideas and the (possibly limited) resources available to you. It will prepare you with the tools to develop your vision for the film/ programme, and show you how to work within its limitations, combining artistic and practical skills to make the best documentary you can.

Bring a current TV project in pre-production or idea you want to develop and pitch, which we will workshop and develop together over the two days.

The course is run on the understanding that any ideas shared will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. We will require you to sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to attending.

This course is aimed at Factual TV/Documentary Directors, PDs, APs and Researchers who want to direct, or start thinking like a resourceful director. 

About the tutor: 

Kath Pick (Producer/Director, Edit Producer) is passionate about uncovering untold or forgotten histories, and telling the human stories behind the headlines, with visual flair.  

Until recently Kath was an in- house BBC Arts & History PD. She cut her directing teeth making tons of varied, short form arts content for BBC2’s The Culture Show, and has been making long form broadcast documentaries for over ten years. She is a creative, enthusiastic and versatile Producer Director (and Edit Producer) and has self-shot around half of her programmes. Kath specialises in arts, music and social history as well as observational documentaries. Her programmes have been nominated for BAFTA Scotland, RTS Scotland and Celtic Media Awards (Single documentary and Arts documentary).




Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £175
Corporate Rate: £265

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


A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. 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 if you are able to pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date.

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to

NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Guidelines (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Application Form (pdf)

I ddarllen y dogfenau yn Gymraeg:
NFTS Cymru Wales Canllawiau’r Bwrswriaeth (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Ffurflen Gais Bwrswriaeth (pdf)


How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be asked to upload your CV. 

Please also read the Terms and Conditions (pdf file) / Telerau ac Amodau (pdf file) of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these.



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