NFTS Cymru Wales: Edit Producing

Short course


2 day course delivered online

The role of the Edit Producer is increasingly central to factual and factual entertainment shows but training for this pivotal role is all too rare. This 2 day course is designed to address that gap and covers all the key aspects of the job through a series of engaging, interactive sessions, delivered by edit veteran Ian Durham. It’s aimed at those who are new to the role or those with limited experience who want to hone their skills.

What the course will cover: 

  • PREPARING TO LAUNCH: Everything an Edit Producer needs to do before they step into the edit. Establishing lines of communication; mastering mountains of material; paper edit vs rough hack. 
  • HOW TO BECOME A PRE-TITLE NINJA: Pre-titles are your programme’s market stall, setting out your tempting wares for the remote-flicking public. But just as importantly, they can help you work out the story you are about to tell and the tone in which it’ll be told. Get this right at the beginning of the edit and you’re set for a much smoother ride. 
  • LAST NIGHT A POST-IT SAVED MY LIFE: Deconstructing the infuriatingly difficult art of simple and effective storytelling. 
  • KILLER COMM: Writing good comm is an art form in itself but with patience and practice and the right tools you can master subtly writing your way in, out and through any narrative situation. 
  • HOW TO BE ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE: Commissioners, Execs, Production Managers, Editors – they’ll all come to you wanting answers. Here’s a guide to what to expect from them, what you wouldn’t expect but should expect to expect anyway, and how to navigate your way through it all.
  • ALL THE FIDDLY STUFF AT THE END THAT YOU ALSO NEED TO KNOW: Picture lock, sign off and online. Compliance, clearances, and copyright. Production Managers and paperwork. 

About the tutor: Ian Durham has more than twenty years’ experience of working on factual content as an Edit Producer, Editor and Executive Producer. He devised the BBC Three format Young Welsh and Pretty Minted, the fifth series of which aired in Spring 2021. He's got over 150 production credits and his most recent include Gareth Thomas: HIV & Me, Rhod Gilbert: Stand Up To Infertility and Kate Humble: Off The Beaten Track. He is currently edit producing a documentary for Channel 4 to be broadcast in 2022.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £325
Corporate Rate: £565

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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