Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Factual Development and Production Diploma

Institution
National Film and Television School · National Film and Television School
Qualifications
Diploma

Entry requirements

Applicants will typically have some experience, if only at a junior level, in television and have the commitment to progress to a more senior role.

Applicants do not necessarily have to have a university Bachelors degree to apply for the course, but must be able to: demonstrate a knowledge of television; provide details of past achievements; demonstrate a clear focus for their future ambitions; and, crucially, show a passion for factual programming.

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.

Months of entry

January

Course content

If you want to learn from key industry figures – including commissioning editors and top producers – how mainstream factual programmes are developed, commissioned and produced today, then this year-long, part-time diploma is for you.

Producers have overall responsibility for making programmes happen. They begin work in the development stage and work right through until the programme or series is delivered to the channel and transmitted. Therefore this unique course is structured around three key areas - developing shows and understanding the factual programming market; producing a show; and delivering a show and managing the show post transmission.

The course is part-time (one evening a week and occasional Saturdays) over twelve months and is delivered at Discovery’s UK headquarters in Chiswick, London. Participants will leave the course with a portfolio of material developed during the course, including ideas for factual shows, production bibles and treatments.

The course is made up of a number of modules and workshops, participants learn by ‘doing’ as well as understanding theory and developing a variety of practical and creative skills. Each of the modules will focus on the UK in the first instance and then compare and contrast approaches with the US market.

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,000

The NFTS is committed to ensuring it is open to students of genuine ability, no matter what their background or financial circumstances. As an institution that develops the next generation of creative talent we feel a special responsibility to ensure our creative industries reflect the full diversity of our country.

For advice about fees and funding, contact studentfunding@nfts.co.uk.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Diploma
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Helen Brownridge
Email
registry@nfts.co.uk