Diploma

Overview

This practical diploma course is designed to give budding production managers a head start to launch a career in film or TV production.

“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 of Sherlock.

What does it take to be a Production Manager? Someone who can multi-task, be dynamic, communicate well and stay calm under pressure; is creative with budgets but keeps an eye on the bottom line; who knows enough about health and safety to protect the cast and crew but not detract from getting the right shot; who knows about the best locations at the best price – and who knows production from start to finish. Our graduates are extremely sought after to fill exciting positions from entry level to senior production positions.

We believe the best way to prepare for a career in production is to learn the essential skills and put them straight into practice, working to industry standards using professional processes, software and systems on real productions. This unique course combines taught sessions with extensive hands-on production management of our award-winning short drama films, animations, documentaries, live and multi-cam TV shows. Production Managers at NFTS collaborate across the many departments on several productions, filmed on location and in our studios at NFTS, on 16mm and digital formats to experience setting up many different types of shoots.

Working to industry standards and with the full production budget costs and equipment provided by NFTS, you get to focus on managing the production and working closely with the creatives - there’s no better way to hone your production skills.

Delivered in partnership with the BBC and working with leading industry partners, the course aims to give students the specialist knowledge and practical work experience needed for a successful career. Student Membership to the prestigious Production Guild is also provided. 

A 10-day work experience placement is included and previous students have enjoyed placements at Eon, Carnival Films, IMG, Neal Street Productions, Hartswood Films, Endemol, Bedlam Productions, Kudos, Keo, BBC Studios, Renegade, World Productions, See Saw Films, and Revolution Films.

Graduates have gone on to work successfully on award-winning productions. Recent credits include Killing Eve, Silent Witness, The Crown, Call the Midwife, Mary Poppins Returns, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Dunkirk, Doctor Strange, Jason Bourne, Spectre, Wonder Woman, The One Show, Mowgli, Sherlock Gnomes, Paddington 2, Black Mirror, The South Bank Show, The Doctor Who Gave up Drugs, Catastrophe, and many more.

All NFTS students can attend the School’s masterclasses programme, with recent guests including Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona),  Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here, We Need to Talk About Kevin), Louis Theroux, and M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Glass).

The NFTS wants to encourage applications from the brightest and best talent out there, whatever your background. That’s why we have made scholarship funding available for this course – find out more here. Two scholarships are also generously provided for this course by Sargent-Disc.

Recent credits and successes

Graduates Pearl Mason-Scott, Marta Henriquez and Isabella Dowden all worked on The Crown.

Graduates Lawrence Dowell-Phillips and Tiago Petricia worked on Killing Eve.

“I've made friends and contacts for life.” Maddy Sara just graduated from the NFTS Production Management for Film and Television Diploma and is now working as Programme Co-ordinator on BBC’s Holby City! Full story here.

Graduate Caroline Houghton's credits include Mary Poppins Returns, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Wonder Woman.

“I didn’t imagine that I could learn so much in a year!” Palma Derzsi graduated from the Production Management for Film and Television Diploma in 2018 and has since worked on a Pilot for Sky. Full story here.

 “We were thrown in at the deep-end, but it was the best way to learn!” Brodie Robertson graduated from the NFTS Production Management for Film and Television Diploma in 2015 and has since worked as Production Supervisor on Sherlock Gnomes! Full story here.

“Everyone wants to hire an NFTS Production Management graduate as they have the practical, on the ground experience” We caught up with NFTS Production Management for Film and Television Diploma alumna, Kasia Malipan to find out what she has been doing since graduating and how she developed her career from Production Co-ordinator to Line Producer. Full story here.

What you will study

This course combines practical experience on fiction films, documentary, animation, commercials and TV Entertainment shows with intensive training sessions taught by industry professionals.

Specialist workshops cover a range of relevant topics across many genres of production, including Setting up a shoot, Health & Safety, Budgeting and cost reporting, contracts and legals.

Specifically students will learn about:

  • Budgeting on Movie Magic and Excel
  • Contracting cast and crew and the Union Agreements
  • Setting up a production in a studio and on location
  • Copyright
  • Production Paperwork
  • Production logistics and planning
  • Health and Safety and Risk Assessments
  • First Aid
  • How to use relevant industry software (e.g Silvermouse, Movie Magic and Final Draft)
  • Child Licensing
  • Location Management
  • Production Insurance
  • Scheduling a shoot, including using Movie Magic Scheduling
  • Cash Flow and Cost Reporting
  • Filming overseas
  • Wrapping a shoot and Delivery Paperwork
  • Post Production
  • Management and leadership
  • Preparation for the industry - working freelance, preparing a CV, networking


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Current or recent tutors

Bex Hopkins

Bex Hopkins

Head of Production Managment

Credits include Mad, Sad and Bad, Nits and Cross My Heart.

Paul Sarony

Paul Sarony

Visiting tutor

Credits include Show Dogs, Juliet, Naked, Youth and Vampire Academy

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £8,500 (for September 2019 intake)

The tuition fees for September 2020 intake will be confirmed in the spring of 2020.

This course is only open to UK and EU/EEA applicants.

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

A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place.

All production costs are included in the course fees, including the use of School facilities and equipment. Students are expected to provide their own laptops, mobile phones and stationary. Students will be expected to pay for their travel for work placements and occasional off-campus events.

At the NFTS you will get far more time learning directly from tutors, in real production facilities and on real projects, than in the vast majority of film schools or universities. The specialist nature of our courses mean that our students gain the relevant skills and experience they need to go straight into the industry.

Showcase

Every year, our students work on a number of short films and TV shows, as well as documentaries, animations and games.

Entry requirements

You will be well-organised, effective under pressure, resourceful, problem-solver, computer-literate, financially-minded and have good leadership skills. You will probably already have some experience in the film or TV 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, or a job with transferable skills and be looking for a career change.

While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification.

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.

If you have any questions, please email info@nfts.co.uk.

 

How to apply

Application deadline: 07 May 2020

 

Applicants must supply the following:

  • 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)

You can apply online by clicking on BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION below. We are happy to receive applications at any time up until the midnight of the application deadline date.

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