Diploma

Overview

This unique diploma course, delivered in partnership with IMG, the world’s largest independent sports producers, aims to equip students with the editorial skills required to produce state-of-the-art sports and live events coverage, highlights content and other material.

Every student completes a four-week work experience placement at IMG.

This is a practical course in which students learn about all forms of sports production, including creating their own stories and collaborate with those in other specialisms – with all production costs met by the School.

They not only have access to the NFTS’ high quality production facilities but also visit IMG Studios as well as other major sports production houses. 

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).

IMG is the one of the world's largest independent sports producers. It has major relationships with broadcasters around the world, and is involved in work with FIFA, UEFA, the Premier League, European Tour Golf, the UCI, the Asian Games Federation and World Snooker. In the UK, IMG produces the Snooker World Championship and the BDO World Darts Championship.

What you will study

The course philosophy is that you learn by ‘doing’ as well as understanding theory and developing a variety of practical and creative skills. Specific areas taught and practiced are:

  • Sports programming landscape in the UK and worldwide
  • Producing sports and live events
  • Developing, pitching and responding to Requests for Information and Proposal (RFI/RFPs)
  • Managing people and being managed
  • Budgeting for Sports Productions
  • Specialist Workshops and Exercises
  • Graduation Projects 

 

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Current or recent tutors

Chris Downham

Chris Downham

Senior tutor

Series Producer of BBC Football League Show and Senior Features Producer at 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia 

Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis

Course Leader, Sports Production

Tom has been in the sports television industry for almost thirty years. 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £8,250

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

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.

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 and 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

The NFTS has partnered with Wycombe Wanderers FC to give our Sports Production students behind-the-scenes access to the 'Chairboys'.

Entry requirements

A proven interest in sports or live production and an ability 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.

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 are not sure whether your experience or qualifications are appropriate, please ask the Registry for advice - info@nfts.co.uk.

How to apply

Application deadline: 27 Sep 2018

 

 

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

  • A one-page overview detailing how you would enhance the coverage of either a typical Premier League Football Match (Broadcast on Sky) or Channel 4 Racing.
  • Evidence (via a short showreel) of technical proficiency in editing and/or camera. Please include a link.

We are happy to receive applications at any time up until the midnight of the application deadline date.

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