Are you looking for a unique way to transform or launch your career in Film and Television? Working with the BBC and leading industry partners, our Production Management Diploma will not only give you specialist knowledge but valuable hands-on work experience, to foster a successful career as a Production Manager.

Graduates of the Production Management Diploma go on to create successful and award winning work. Recent credits include Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Bridget Jones's Baby,  Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and The Night Manager. If you would like to follow in their footsteps and get your own credits on top productions, apply today!

‘I wish this course had been around when I started as a Production Manager, as I would have made a lot less mistakes!’ Sue Vertue, Producer Sherlock

  • Two scholarships from Sargent-Disc available.
  • Delivered in partnership with BBC.
  • Intensive training with practical experience on fiction films, TV Entertainment shows, documentary and animation films at the NFTS.
  • Industry work experience placements.
  • Course developed to meet Industry demand.
  • Plenty of hands-on practice – in both locations and in studios.
  • Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.

Course Overview

This course commences in September each year. So what does it take to be a Production Manager? An individual who can multi-task, be dynamic, communicate well and stay calm under pressure. Someone who is creative with budgets but keeps a sharp eye on the bottom line; someone who knows enough about Health and Safety to protect the cast and crew but not detract from getting the right shot; someone who knows about the best locations at the best price - and who knows production from start to finish!

This course combines intensive training with practical experience on fiction films, TV Entertainment shows, documentary and animation films at the NFTS and industry work experience placements.

Career Progression

Most production managers are freelance, moving from contract to contract, and may find themselves working anywhere in the UK, or even abroad. As a production manager, you could also work for independent production companies on feature films, documentaries, or TV shows, become a Line Producer or progress to Head of Production.

New NFTS graduates are sought-after and typically find employment soon after completing their courses. NFTS alumni are some of the most successful people working in UK film and television today, and many of our students make contacts while at the NFTS which continue in the professional world.

*13-month course; next intake September

Sargent-Disc generously provide two scholarships to support the training of talented individuals in the field of Production Management for Film & TV. 


Covering the key skills required by Production Managers in today’s rapidly-changing environment, this course alternates workshops with practical experience on a range of NFTS productions including TV entertainment shows (live and multi-camera studio shoots), dramas, animation and documentary films.

The course has been developed to meet industry demand and NFTS students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors. Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School and productions are given cash production budgets.

The course covers these key skills recognised by the Industry:

  • Extensive instruction and practice on scheduling & budgeting
  • Health & Safety training including Production Safety Passport qualification
  • Production Management for location and studio shoots
  • First Aid for Film & TV Production
  • Cash flow management and cost reporting
  • Location Management
  • Shooting abroad
  • Research
  • Contracts, copyright and legal
  • Child licensing
  • Post Production routes & delivery for film & television

This course includes opportunities for work experience throughout the year. Previous students have enjoyed placements at Film4, Eon, Carnival Films, Endemol, Kudos, Dragonfly and Revolution Films. Television productions include Big Brother, Come Dine With Me, The BBC Proms, Babylon, 24-Live Another Day and Downton Abbey and feature films such as the Bond films: SkyFall and Spectre, Assassin’s Creed, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


Head of Production Management is Bex Hopkins who has worked in film and television production since 1999. Her short films have won many festival prizes including the LFF Turner Classic Movie Best Short Film award and BAFTA nominations for Nits and Lucky. Her feature film Mad, Sad & Bad premiered at EIFF 2009 and was released in 2010. She has taught on the Production Management diploma since 2010.

Other tutors include successful Line Producers and Production Managers; Jo Farr (Calendar Girls and Love and Other Disasters), Paul Sarony (Hideously Kinky, Bhaji on the Beach, Mrs Brown, Vampire Academy, and The Adventurer:The Curse of the Midas Box), Linda Stradling (I Shouldn’t be Alive, Seconds From Disaster, Horizon, Megastructures and author of the book ‘Production Management in TV & Film’) and Tina Jaffray (Weakest Link, Record Breakers, Blue Peter, London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic ceremonies, Vikings Live from the British Museum).

Entry Requirements

You’ll be well-organised, effective under pressure, resourceful, problem-solving, computer-literate, financially minded and have good leadership skills. You’ll probably already have some experience in the film industry, perhaps as a runner, PA, or in the production office, or you may have completed a degree in filmmaking. You may also have a background in business/financial management and be looking for a career change.

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 tell us of an event/production/gathering that you have organized. Include information on whether you had a budget and if so how successful you were in keeping to it; what preparation you did and what you would have done differently. No more than two pages (A4 paper)

How to Apply

The application deadline has now passed, please contact registry via email stating your name, course of interest and email address if you would like to be added to a mailing list:
  • 13 Month Course
  • Full-time
  • Course starts in September
  • Next intake: September 2018
  • UK and EEA applicants only
  • Two scholarships from Sargent-Disc available