NFTS Cymru Wales: Killer Ideas Online

Short course

Overview

Delivered via Zoom, in partnership with NFTS Leeds and NFTS Scotland

Ideas are currency in television - and everyone is on the search for the next exciting new idea that will transform the schedules. But despite what many believe, anyone can come up with a killer idea, after all, the person who suggested the Bafta-winning format, Gogglebox, was the office runner.

This course will equip you with foolproof and fun methods to come up with ideas for every genre of television: from shiny floor entertainment shows, to documentaries, to drama. It will help those who want to work in development teams, but also those producers/film-makers who want to get their own ideas commissioned. It’s designed to build confidence, and will show that it’s not just about blue-sky thinking, but it’s also about developing the right idea for a channel’s brief that will give it a much better chance of ending up onscreen.

Areas covered will include:

  • Science or Art?
  • The 5 stages of development
  • Lateral thinking: what exercises can I do to unlock my creativity?
  • Understanding the commissioning brief
  • Ideas generation across specific genres: documentary, specialist factual, factual entertainment and drama.

Course tutor: Simon Broadley has worked in Development for broadcasters including BBC, ITV, STV, IMG, LWT and Sky Vision and for indies including September Films and Hotbed Media. For the past 7 years, Simon has also been the Course Leader for the NFTS Factual Development & Production Diploma, a year-long, part-time course sponsored by Discovery..

 

Feedback from other online training we have provided include:

“I probably felt more comfortable doing this course over Zoom than I would have standing up in person reciting the same stories.”

“This course was delivered remotely and I was surprised at how well it worked. I felt at ease being at home and lost no focus. I felt that I was actually more honest about my faults and it gave a more informal feel”

 “A really great inspiring course with a very likeable course leader”

“Tutor had a very good structure and was passionate about their subject. I felt engaged and informed throughout.”

“The practice sessions were my favourite part. We got to think on our feet and really put the teachings to the test. The tasks set were easy to follow but hard enough that you really had to think to complete them”

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance rate £50
Corporate rate £100

 

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

BURSARY INFORMATION

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 wales@nfts.co.uk.

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

To apply for this course, please complete the application form. You will be asked to upload a copy of your CV.

Begin your application