Diploma

Overview

There is nothing quite like cutting a live TV show. This unique 12-month course aims to prepare you for a successful future as a vision mixer in live and recorded multi-camera studio TV production.

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.

“If you want to be a vision mixer this course provides unparalleled experience” Ellie Utting, 2015 Graduate

Students will collaborate with those on other courses to make TV shows in our state-of-the-art 4K TV studio – equipped with the latest Sony vision mixer as used by BBC Studioworks plus Viz graphics. Our exercise ‘simulator’ also allows students to practise cutting a variety of material on the Sony mixer ‘as live’. You will work on multiple genres including sport, music and drama.

Vision Mixing for Television Production is a specialism within our Cameras, Sound and Vision Mixing for Television Production Diploma. Throughout the year you will work alongside those specialising in sound and cameras 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 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).


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Recent credits and successes

2017 graduates Emma Torres and Emily Bailey are both staff vision mixers at Sky Studios.

2015 graduate Ellie Utting works as a freelance vision mixer, credits include EastEnders, Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, Emmerdale and BBC Proms. She also works at Sky Studios.

2018 graduate Martin Buckley has just joined BBC Studioworks.

What you will study

Train on sophisticated broadcast vision mixing consoles, build and realise complex live visual effects to the director’s brief. Using these high-end production tools, vision mixing is like editing - but in real time.

Cut, mix and wipe between cameras, pre-edited clips and other video sources live.

Learn how to mix a variety of genres from situation comedy to fast paced entertainment and music shows adding digital effects and captioning in real time.

Current or recent tutors

David G. Croft

David G. Croft

Head of Television Entertainment

David has worked for many years on hit shows such as Crystal Maze and Shooting Stars

Kathryn Edmonds

Kathryn Edmonds

Visiting tutor

Credits include Mock the Week and the National Lottery

Richard Merrick

Richard Merrick

Visiting tutor

Credits include Absolutely Fabulous and Last of the Summer Wine

Ian Ridley

Ian Ridley

Visiting tutor

Credits include Are You Being Served? and Top of the Pops

Ian Stubbs

Ian Stubbs

Course Leader, Cameras, Sound and Vision Mixing

Previously Head of Playout and Cameraman at the BBC

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £8,500

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.

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: 15 Sep 2019

 

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). 
  • A video file or URL (web link) to a YouTube or Vimeo clip that you have mixed or edited yourself or which includes vision mixing or editing which you consider to be good. If you are referencing somebody else’s work please explain why you have chosen that piece. 

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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