Short course


One of the most popular and successful courses run by NFTS, this course provides an introduction to the principles and practices of the work involved in film and television drama production management.

Participants will learn how to break down a short script which they will schedule, gaining a full understanding of all the elements which go into making up the budget.

The course covers:

  • Role, function and responsibilities of a drama production manager
  • Health & Safety and Managing COVID 19-Risks on Production
  • Breaking down and scheduling a script
  • Union agreements & contracts
  • The principles of budgeting
  • Insurance and completion bonds
  • The unit on location 
  • Production paperwork
  • Post-production

About the tutor: 

As a Producer and Line Producer, Brian Donovan has experience of a wide range of budget levels from low budget features up to and including HETV and US Major Studio features both at home and abroad.

His career has covered a wide range of the grades represented by the Production Guild having worked as Location Manager, Assistant Director, UPM, Line Producer, and Producer. His UPM credits include AlliedKing Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and Pan.

He is committed to training and skills development and regularly teaches on both long and short Production Guild training courses and for other industry training providers.

This course runs for 5 and a half days. The extra half day will cover additional Health and Satefy protocols and impacts on production with regards to COVID-19.

This course will run in a physical training space in Glasgow, subject to public health guidlines allowing. 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £825
Corporate Rate: £1595


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 are able to pay for the course. 

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

The bursary deadline for this course is 19th October 2020 at 9am

Please note that bursary funding availability from NFTS Scotland is limited and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding as well. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form



NFTS Scotland Hardship Fund 

With support from Screen Scotland, a new fund aimed at practitioners who have experienced significant work and financial loss as a direct result of the impact of COVID-19 is available for our online courses from May 2020 onwards.

This fund is available to those who are not able to evidence their eligibility for the NFTS Scotland bursary fund with the required supporting documents, but who now meet the income threshold criteria. 

It is a small, discretionary fund aimed at supporting those most in need. You should only apply if you are a Scottish resident and your finances have been directly affected by loss of work in March 2020 and beyond as a result of COVID-19.

To apply for support, please complete this application form and submit it to at the same time as making your course application.  

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply.

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