Are you looking for a unique way to transform or launch your career in film and television?

“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.

Production Management and Assistant Directing Open Day

Wednesday 27th March


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Working with the BBC and leading industry partners, our Production Management course aims to give students the specialist knowledge and valuable hands-on work experience they need for a successful career.

Students will collaborate with those in other specialisms to make several films and practical projects – with all production costs met by the School.

Graduates have gone 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. The 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.

All NFTS students can attend the School’s masterclasses programme, with recent guests including Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk, The Dark Knight, Interstellar), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here) and Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, Veep, The Death of Stalin).

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

Graduate Maria Salcher's credits include Bridget Jones' Baby, The Night Manager and Cinderella

Graduate Kasia Malipan's credits include Swimming with Men, Free Fire and Babylon

What you will study

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.

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

Covering the key skills required in today’s rapidly-changing environment, this course alternates workshops with opportunities to gain practical experience on a range of productions including live and multi-camera TV entertainment shows, dramas, animation and documentary films.

This is a 13-month course with the next intake starting in September.

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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.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £8,250

These are the fees for the 2018 intake. Course fees for the 2019 intake are yet to be set. They will be published in March and any increase will be no higher than the rate of inflation.

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.


Every year, our students work on a number of short films.

Entry requirements

You will be well-organised, effective under pressure, resourceful, problem-solving, computer-literate, financially-minded and have good leadership skills. You will 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.

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: 02 May 2019


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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