Production Management for Film and Television at National Film and Television School - UCAS

Course summary

In partnership with the BBC. Productions across the UK are struggling to recruit for vital roles such as Line Producers, Production Managers and Production Co-ordinators. These roles are at the heart of any film or television production and are integral to their success. As the boom in content continues to sky rocket along with the expansion in studio space, more and more roles are available for production managers with the necessary skills. This practical Postgraduate Diploma course is designed to give budding production managers a head start to launch a career in film or TV production. “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. 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. Our graduates are extremely sought after to fill exciting positions from entry level to senior production positions. We believe the best way to prepare for a career in production is to learn the essential skills and put them straight into practice, working to industry standards using professional processes, software and systems on real productions. This unique course combines taught sessions with extensive hands-on production management of our award-winning short drama films, animations, documentaries, live and multi-cam TV shows. Production Managers at NFTS collaborate across the many departments on several productions, filmed on location and in our studios at NFTS, on 16mm and digital formats to experience setting up many different types of shoots. Working to industry standards and with the full production budget costs and equipment provided by NFTS, you get to focus on managing the production and working closely with the creatives - there’s no better way to hone your production skills. Delivered in partnership with the BBC and working with leading industry partners, the course aims to give students the specialist knowledge and practical work experience needed for a successful career. Students are encouraged and supported to undertake work experience during the course, and previous students have enjoyed placements at Eon, Carnival Films, IMG, Neal Street Productions, Hartswood Films, Endemol, Bedlam Productions, Kudos, Keo, BBC Studios, Renegade, World Productions, See Saw Films, and Revolution Films. Graduates have gone on to work successfully on award-winning productions. Recent credits include Killing Eve, Silent Witness, The Crown, Call the Midwife, Mary Poppins Returns, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Dunkirk, Doctor Strange, Jason Bourne, Spectre, Wonder Woman, The One Show, Mowgli, Sherlock Gnomes, Paddington 2, Black Mirror, The South Bank Show, The Doctor Who Gave up Drugs, Catastrophe, and many more. 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), Russell T Davies (Doctor Who) and Rebecca O'Brien (I, Daniel Blake). ​This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.​


This course combines practical experience on fiction films, documentary, animation, commercials and TV Entertainment shows with intensive training sessions taught by industry professionals. Specialist workshops cover a range of relevant topics across many genres of production, including Setting up a shoot, Health & Safety, Budgeting and cost reporting, contracts and legals. Specifically students will learn about: Budgeting on Movie Magic and Excel Contracting cast and crew and the Union Agreements Setting up a production in a studio and on location Copyright Production Paperwork Production logistics and planning Health and Safety and Risk Assessments First Aid How to use relevant industry software (e.g Silvermouse, Movie Magic and Final Draft) Child Licensing Location Management Production Insurance Scheduling a shoot, including using Movie Magic Scheduling Cash Flow and Cost Reporting Filming overseas Wrapping a shoot and Delivery Paperwork Post Production Management and leadership Preparation for the industry - working freelance, preparing a CV, networking

Entry requirements

You will be well-organised, effective under pressure, resourceful, problem-solver, computer-literate, financially-minded and have good leadership skills. You will probably already have some experience in the film or TV 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, or a job with transferable skills 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 an EEA or International citizen, you must already be in possession of UK settled/pre-settled status or another visa which allows you to study for the duration of the course. If you do not already hold a UK status, unfortunately we cannot accept your application as we are currently unable to support a visa on our Diploma courses. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8750 Whole course
Northern Ireland £8750 Whole course
Scotland £8750 Whole course
Wales £8750 Whole course

Additional fee information

These are the fees for September 2022 intake. 2023 Fees will be confirmed soon. Students with EU settled / pre-settled status are still eligible to apply

Sponsorship information

NFTS Bursary available for UK Students.

Production Management for Film and Television at National Film and Television School - UCAS