NFTS Scotland: Location Sound Recording (and 1-day Cable Making Workshop)

Short course


This five day course (with an additional optional cable-making workshop day) is aimed at industry professionals who want a better understanding of film sound recording. This course will provide the background knowledge, theory and practical skills required to achieve broadcast quality sound for film and television.


  • Recording sound on location
  • Working methods for drama and documentary shooting
  • Microphones - use, tips & techniques
  • Location Mixers
  • Digital video cameras and recorders
  • An overview of non-linear and multi-track recording
  • Timecode
  • Stereo
  • First line maintenance

Practical exercises include recording on a documentary and a drama location.

By the end of the course you will be fully equipped with the knowledge of what is technically and creatively required to record sound for film and television.

Cable-Making Workshop 

An additional cable-making workshop will run on Saturday 16th November.  You can sign up for this as part of the full course or as a stand-alone day (please specify this on the application form)

This workshop will cover the correct way to solder cables and connectors to make neat and lasting joints and provides you with the opportunity to make a microphone cable and as many other short linking cables as time allows and to take them home at the end of the day.

Previous course participants said: 

'(I) learnt proper application of mics, the protocol for on-set terminology between interviewer/subject and on film sets with Camera crew etc.  The main overall requirement for producing a high quality sound for editors to use was so beneficial.'
'(Highlights included) learning the theory and learning from an industry expert, Mervyn (tutor), with no limit on the questions we threw at him. Thereafter the practical examples of setting up levels, correct use of mics, in a live environment..basically being thrown in and recording broadcast sound with members of the public (vox pops) and on a film set'


Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £825
Corporate Rate: £1500

Cable-Making Workshop Freelance Rate: £215 
Cable-Making Workshop Corporate Rate: £330

Please note that the workshop rate also covers the cost of materials. 


The NFTS Scotland bursary fund is currently closed for this course and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding to support the cost of this course if required. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please allow yourself enough time to secure funding when considering your application.

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.