NFTS Scotland: Coordinating Unscripted Online

Short course


This course takes place over six mornings: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 28th September and 7th October

*Please note that classes are on a Friday morning except the penultimate one which is on Wednesday 28th.

This course provides those attending with an introduction to the principles and practices of the role of a Factual television production coordinator. Participants will learn what the core responsibilities are for a coordinator in factual television and how to apply them to different types of production.

Guest speakers will provide insight to their specialist subjects.

Participants will be given practical tools to help prepare themselves for working in our fast-paced, freelance industry. They will also get an introduction to potential employers. This course covers:

  • Coordinator responsibilities

  • How to format online job adverts

  • Scheduling

  • Call sheets

  • Clearing commercial music

  • Legal Clearances and 3rd party material

  • Post production Paperwork

  • Albert

  • Diamond and diversity

  • Personal resilience

  • Career goals and how to achieve them – including industry contacts

The course is aimed at production runners, production secretaries, production assistants looking to step up and familiarise themselves with the responsibilities of the job of production coordinator.

About the tutor:

Claire Stewart is a factual Production Manager based in Glasgow.  She has worked in production for 18 years, across various genres and roles. 

Claire worked in commercials, then drama as a coordinator before moving into factual TV in 2011. She has been a freelance unscripted PM since 2015.  Claire has worked across various types of factual programmes including children’s, property, factual entertainment and documentary.  Her CV spans formatted shows such as Love It Or List It?, Robson Green’s Extreme Fishing, low budget obs-docs and high end, specialist factual feature docs like What Killed the Whale?


Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £425
Corporate Rate: £850


Bursaries, supported by Screen Scotland, 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 can 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 Scotland Bursary Guidelines (Word doc)

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (pdf)

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please submit your application in plenty of time as timescales for funders differ. 

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be required to upload your C.V. 
Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these. 

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