Short course

Overview

Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, accessed via Zoom. 

Coming up with amazing ideas is one of the hardest things in television. If you’re lucky, it could make you millions. If you’re not, the rejection letters will make you cry into your cornflakes. So how do you come up with the killer idea across the various genres? Is ideas generation a science or an art?

This course will help those who want to want to work full-time in development as well as those for whom ideas generations is an important part of their job, whether it’s as a researcher, producer or director.

Where do ideas come from?

  • Science or Art?
  • The 5 stages of development
  • A brief history of successful TV formats and ideas and how they came about
  • 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

Day 1: Seminar based with practical group exercises on how ideas are generated.

Day 2: Applying the knowledge from Day I to particular genres. This is a day of practical exercises and lateral thinking.

The course is delivered by Nicky Huggett. Nicky has been running Development teams for over six years at companies such as Rare Day, Popkorn TV and Windfall Films, covering neuroscience and animal autopsies to pest control and policing. Her true love is documentaries; as a Producer she was responsible for films such as The Murder Workers on Channel 4, which was nominated for a Grierson Award.

 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £365
Corporate Rate: £720

 

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

BURSARY INFORMATION

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 scotland@nfts.co.uk

The bursary deadline for this course is 14th December 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 scotland@nfts.co.uk at the same time as making your course application.  

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be asked to upload your CV.

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