NFTS Scotland Certificate: Producing Your First Feature at National Film and Television School - UCAS

Course summary

Do you know what it takes to be a great producer? The key to becoming a producer who is attractive to creative collaborators and financiers alike is an understanding of the whole process. An understanding, in short, of the market, the business – and of yourself. This part-time course is designed to help you find your own producing strengths and how to succeed in the world of filmmaking. The best producers know how to start the right projects in the right way, with a strong creative sense and commercial purpose. You must have a wide range of skills, from creative and organisational intelligence to financial prowess and marketing insight. The aim of this six-month Certificate course is to develop your skills and judgement across the entire cycle of a feature film’s life, helping you as a new producer to enter the world of professional filmmaking. Meeting weekly in central London or online (depending on which cohort you choose to join when you apply) in an evening class format, we aim to help participants develop and discover their own producing strengths by teaching technical producing skills and using real case studies.


Over 24 weeks, and across four modules, you’ll explore the key components of development, finance, production/post-production, sales and distribution, seen from a producer’s perspective, whilst developing your individual strengths. During the course you will develop an understanding of which projects have the potential to entice and excite audiences; hone your ability to work with writers to achieve a screenplay that can attract director, cast, finance, and distribution; develop the ability to package those creative and financial elements to an industry standard; acquire an understanding of how to run cast and crew; and learn how to manage the expectations of finance and distribution partners as you take the film through post production and delivery – all while keeping a firm grip on the sales, distribution and marketing opportunities to ensure the film can reach the widest audience possible. The course culminates in the presentation of a market-ready proposal for your own feature film, including an outline of the film’s talent, finance, and sales/distribution package. Module 1 – Development Module 2 – Packaging and Financing Module 3 – Production and post-production Module 4 – Distribution, Sales and Marketing

Entry requirements

f you choose to apply to the in-person course in London, you need to be either a UK applicant or EU/EEA nationals with UK pre-settled/settled status (subject to meeting residency requirements) or currently in the UK on a valid visa for the full duration of the course. We’re looking for people who are passionate about filmmaking and eager to pursue a career in producing. You should have a good general education, but no other specific educational requirements or producing experience are needed for this course. Successful completion of this course will lead to a guaranteed interview for those who may be interested in applying to the 2-year full-time Producing MA at the NFTS. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fees will be confirmed Spring/Summer 2024
NFTS Scotland Certificate: Producing Your First Feature at National Film and Television School - UCAS