NFTS Scotland: Drama Production Management Essentials Online

Short course


Modelled on one of the most popular and successful courses run by NFTS, and delivered online in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, this course provides an introduction to the essential 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

This course runs for 5 and a half days.

The extra half day will cover an overview to Health & Safety in Production followed by the First Option Managing COVID-19 Risks course.

This additional online course is designed to provide delegates with an understanding of the current risk management protocols in respect of COVID-19 and production.  

​It will help inform a detailed and specific production COVID-19 risk assessment, in line with broader H&S legal requirements and best practice.

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. Brian was also a producer on the second series of His Dark Materials

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.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £745
Corporate Rate: £1435


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: Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications, Please register your interest to be advised of future dates.