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This unique 12 month part-time diploma course delivered in partnership with the Production Guild will equip students with the skills required to foster a successful future career as a Film or Television Production Accountant.
  • 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.

Course Overview

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.

Curriculum

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
  • Budgeting
  • 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

Placement

To graduate each student will complete a minimum of 10 days work experience / production shadowing before the completion of the course. 

NFTS Benefits

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).

Entry Requirements

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.

Apply With

Please complete the online application form. No materials or referees will be required for your application at this stage. We will contact you for further information should you be called for interview.

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: info@nfts.co.uk
  • 12 Month Course
  • Part-time
  • Course runs Jan-Dec each year
  • Next intake: January 2017
  • UK and EEA applicants only