Diploma

Overview

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Do you have a passion for great sound? Do you want to work with high end broadcast sound equipment to bring great TV shows to life?

This unique 12-month Postgraduate Diploma course aims to prepare you for a successful future as a sound recordist and mixer in multi-camera broadcasting.

It is run in partnership with Sky, the UK’s largest pay-TV broadcaster, who host two of the modules including a six-week internship as part of the course.

“This course kick-started my career in TV” Sam Stubbs-Benbow, 2014 Graduate

Students will collaborate with those on other courses to make TV shows in our state-of-the-art 4K TV studio equipped with a Studer Vista sound mixing desk as used in BBC studios. At Sky you will use CalRec desks - as used by many Outside Broadcasts companies. You will mic and mix multiple genres including sport, music and drama.

Sound for Television Production is a specialism within our Cameras, Sound and Vision Mixing for Television Production Postgraduate Diploma. Throughout the year you will work alongside those specialising in sound and vision mixing to make multi-camera TV productions.

Sky guarantees to employ at least one graduating camera operator, sound recordist or vision mixer each year.

All NFTS students can attend Masterclasses. Recent guests include David Fincher (Fight Club), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Ben Wheatley (Free Fire), Rapman (Blue Story), Louis Theroux, Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Denis Villeneuve (Bladerunner 2049), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Sam Mendes (1917), Asif Kapadia (Senna), Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), and Russell T Davies (Doctor Who).

Recent credits and successes

2020 graduate Jack Brett has been given a freelance contract at Sky Studios.

2014 graduate Sam Stubbs-Benbow, works on sports programming at Sky from the Premier League to Tennis and Golf. He has also worked on pre-recorded children’s shows like Teletubbies, Topsy and Tim and CBBC’s Prank Patrol

2015 graduate Palani Bala is working as a Sound Supervisor at Sky Studios across all of their studio based shows.

What you will study

Learn how to choose and place microphones for the best results for a variety of shows including live music.

Train to use ‘Fisher booms’ - in great demand for sitcoms and soaps - to pick up drama dialogue.

Mix studio sound in real time using sophisticated broadcast desks.

Enhance the show with spot effects, music cues and audio processing to create atmosphere and energy.

Learn how to manage TV comms including studio talkback systems allowing key production team members to communicate and collaborate effectively.
 

Download programme specification (PDF) 

Download course outline (PDF)

Course Leader

The course is run by Ian Stubbs, previously Head of Playout and Cameraman at the BBC. Head of Television entertainment is David G. Croft. David has worked for many years on hit shows such as Crystal Maze, Shooting Stars and Live Aid.

Current or Recent Tutors

Recent visiting tutors have included Kathryn Edmonds (Mock The Week, National Lottery), Richard Merrick (Absolutely Fabulous, Last Of The Summer Wine) and Ian Ridley (Are You Being Served?, Top Of The Pops).

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £8,500 (for January 2021 intake)

The NFTS does not charge you extra for the cost of productions or materials.

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

Students are expected to provide their own laptops.

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 TV shows.

Entry requirements

A proven interest in multi-camera production, a lively interest in television entertainment and a willingness to work as part of a team are essential. We are looking for people who are practically minded and who have a good general education although there are no specific educational requirements for this course.

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: 24 Sep 2020

 

Applicants must complete the online application form and submit the following supporting materials:

  • A description of a television production. Please tell us about a television production that you have been involved with or that you have observed. Please detail some of the technical production challenges which were faced in realising the project and in what ways you may have done things differently or enhanced the production. Include information on what preparation the production team would have needed to undertake. No more than one page (A4 paper). 
  • Samples of your audio recording and/or mixing work. They should demonstrate your own, clearly identified sound work. You may supply audio files on digital media or URL links. 

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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