NFTS Scotland: Running Your Own TV Production Company Online

Short course


This course is delivered in partnership with NFTS Leeds & NFTS Cymru Wales

Due to the popularity of this training we have created 2 separate courses, one concentrating on FILM and this one, which concentrates on TV.  Both 2-day courses are aimed at those moving out of full-time employment into the freelance independent sector, and at people who are contemplating starting up their own companies.  
Packed with useful information, it aims to help you set up business as a freelancer or as a small production company. Areas include:

What should your "core" business be?
How to set up your business structures
How to become a freelancer or start your own company
What you must do as an employer
Accounting systems and managing them
Approaches to total production budgeting, production fees and umbrella deals
Long-term financial survival and business plans
The legal framework for business and production
Knowing the market place for pitching yourself and your projects

Please note that both courses concentrate more on the specifics of running a media based company as opposed to the content that they produce so should be applicable to all, but use examples and references from either FILM or TV as their building blocks

About the Tutor:

Executive Producer, Tracey Gardiner has been developing, selling and making factual programmes and feature films for over twenty years. After 16 years at FulcrumTV she left to develop ideas through Iridescent Films and work as a freelance executive producer.

Tracey developed and produced through Iridescent a three part series with Simon Reeve on pilgrimage for BBC2 with Lion Television, was the executive producer on a one hour observational documentary, Keys to the Castle, which won a Scottish RTS in 2015 and a Scottish BAFTA in 2014 and is now working on the fully funded feature documentary 100 Men.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £325
Corporate Rate: £565

Bursaries are 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

To secure a place on the next course, 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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