For other NFTS diploma courses
- Assistant Camera (Focus Pulling and Loading)
- Assistant Directing & Floor Managing
- Cameras, Sound & Vision Mixing for Television Production
- Creative Producing for Digital Platforms
- Directing Commercials
- Factual Development and Production
- Graphics and Titles for Television and Film
- Location Sound Recording for Film & Television
- Model Making For Animation
- Production Accounting for Film & Television
- Production Management for Film & Television
- Script Development
- Sports Production
- Writing and Producing Comedy
- A unique course in partnership with Production Guild.
- Equips participants with specialist skills required to work as a Film and Television Production Accountant.
- Gain the expertise to succeed in this demanding role.
- Establish key contacts to move to a career in the film and television sector.
- Work experience placement.
- Access to NFTS's Masterclasses led by major creative figures from film, television and games.
We welcome EU/EEA Students. Course fees charged at UK rate.
The National Film and Television School Production Accounting Diploma is ideally suited for those already working in a finance / accountancy role and who are keen to move into the film and television sector.
This course begins in January each year.
Production Accountants calculate finances, work out the cost of a production, communicate with financiers (companies or individuals who provide the funding) and control the cash flow, or spending. This is a demanding role that requires a level head, self-confidence and strong communication skills.
In pre-production, Production Accountants help the Producers and Production Managers to prepare budgets and Estimated Final Cost Reports.
During production, they oversee all payments, manage payroll, petty cash and foreign currency and keep accurate financial records. They help monitor budgets, analyse spending and provide daily or weekly cost reports. They also produce cost forecasts to evaluate the impact of any production changes.
The diploma course is 12 months part-time and is delivered in London.
Specifically students will learn about:
- Production set up and implementation of systems
- Sources of Finance and treatment of funds
- Completion Guarantors
- Cash flow, Forecasting and Cost reporting
- Working with inherited budgets
- Working with multi currency
- Running the project
- Contract and employment law
- Copyright and Licences
- Taxation and insurance.
- Pre production, Production and Post Production
- Production Audits
- Management Skills
To graduate each student will complete a minimum of 10 days work experience / production shadowing before the completion of the course.
Production Accounting course participants will have full access to our creative masterclasses and clubs, including: Cinema Club, Screen Arts and NFTS Masterclasses - these strands see major creative figures from film, television and games screening their work and discussing with students in the campus cinema. Recent speakers include David Fincher (Director, Seven, Gone Girl), Graham Linehan (The IT Crowd, Father Ted), Abi Morgan (Suffragette, The Hour), Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight) and Hamish Hamilton (Director, Super Bowl XLVIII).
A proven interest in film and television production and an ability to work as part of a team are essential.
We would expect those applying to have academic or vocational qualifications in accounting or be able to demonstrate competency through work experience. Previous experience of working in an Accounts environment will be taken into account when considering applications.
If you are not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course. We are unable to accept your application if you do not.
- Please tell us about the likely challenges of working as the Production Accountant on a low budget British Feature Film (no more than two sides of A4).
How to Apply
Last few places remaining! Please contact registry via email stating your name, course of interest and contact details to be considered for one of the last remaining places on this course:
- 12 Month Course
- Course runs Jan-Dec each year
- Next intake: January 2018
- UK and EEA applicants only