The UK has a world leading comedy pedigree, but no industry recognised comedy training course - until now. The new 18 month part-time NFTS Diploma in Writing and Producing Comedy will enable students to develop all forms of scripted and unscripted comedy including, sitcoms, sketch shows, and panel shows for radio and tv. The course is run in partnership with Channel 4.
-The world's first Diploma course in Writing and Producing Comedy. -Delivered in partnership with Channel 4 -Part-time, evening course -Regular Industry speakers -Develop and write an original show and make a taster tape.
We welcome EU/EEA Students. Course fees charged at UK rate.
“This has been a fascinating job. My Tuesday evenings are a real joy. One thing I've learned is that people shine in different ways and at different times. When it comes to comedy you can't write anyone off." Bill Dare Course Tutor
Writing & Producing Comedy commences in January each year. Students are taught by the renowned comedy producer and writer BILL DARE supported by guest sessions from the people responsible for some of the UK’s most iconic UK shows including Peep Show, Father Ted, Have I Got News for You, Spitting Image, Horrible Histories and Green Wing.
The course is part-time (one evening a week and occasional Saturdays) over eighteen months and is delivered in central London. You will be expected to spend at least 8 hours a week working on assignments for the course. You will leave the course with a portfolio of material developed during the course, this could include a ten-minute taster tape of an idea you have developed, or a full script and some sketches and one-liners.
Specifically you will learn about: -Comedy landscape -Radio comedy -Sketches -Panel shows and formats -Characterisation -Story structure -Narrative TV comedy -Script editing -Topical one-liners -Outlines and treatments -Pitching -Commissioning processes -Working with performers -Compliance issues -Working with writers -Writing briefs
Students graduate able to: -Generate comedy programme ideas -Create a narrative comedy, sketch show or comedy entertainment show -Pitch ideas to commissioning editors -Work with writers and help them develop their ideas
The course advisory board includes: -Dawson Bros – The Peter Serafinowicz Show, That Mitchell & Webb Look, Big School -Sam Bain - Peep Show, Fresh Meat, Rev -Richard Boden – Blackadder, 'Allo 'Allo, IT Crowd -Gregor Cameron – Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, Fighting Talk -Saurabh Kakkar – Head of Development – Comedy – Big Talk -Graham Linehan – Father Ted, IT Crowd, Count Arthur Strong -Caroline Norris - Horrible Histories, The Armstrong & Miller Show, Dead Ringers -John O’Farrell – Spitting Image, Have I Got News For You, Novelist -Richard Preddy – Green Wing, Campus -Lucy Robinson - Co-Founder Little Comet Film & TV/Head of Comedy Brothers and Sisters -Lorna Watson & Ingrid Oliver – Watson & Oliver
"The NFTS course gave us great access to industry contacts, and we went from having no professional experience to working regularly on BBC radio and television. This diploma is a brilliant way of learning about comedy while strengthening key contacts in the TV and radio industry. It was invaluable to our career progression." Ed Amsden/Tom Coles
"I went from having a well-paid, secure, boring job in insurance, to having a badly-paid, insecure, cool job in comedy. I quit my well paid-job in insurance and ended up with a terribly-paid job in comedy. If this sounds like a good idea, then this is the course for you... Without this course I'd still just be writing jokes in my parents’ basement... Now I've got a degree they've let me move back into the main house.” Joel Pitcher
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SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES
The NFTS want to encourage applications from the brightest and best talent out there….from all backgrounds. We are actively seeking to redress imbalances within the Industry by encouraging applications from under-represented groups, and have bursaries of £4650 on offer to 2 of the successful candidates. Bursaries help towards the cost of the course andwill be awarded to stand out talent who can demonstrate that without this funding they would not be able to afford the course, or who can demonstrate they bring a unique and distinct perspective and voice to the course.