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Factual Development & Production (PGDip)


Course Description

Factual programmes are at the heart of UK television schedules from Royal Marines Commando School, to Gold Rush to North America. This 12-month part-time NFTS Diploma in Factual Development and Production will enable participants to develop the organisational, planning and creative skills required to take an idea through from initial pitch to transmission and beyond.

Quick Facts

- 12 Month Course
- Part-time evening course
- Course runs Jan-Dec each year
- Next intake: January 2017
- UK and EEA applicants only

- The world's first Diploma course in Factual Development and Production delivered with a major worldwide broadcaster.
- Delivered in partnership with Discovery Networks International.
- Part-time, evening course.
- Regular Industry speakers.
- Develop ideas for factual series and pitch them to commissioners.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 08 SEP 2016

Visit the website https://nfts.co.uk/our-courses/diploma/factual-development-and-production

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course commences in January each year. 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.

Students will be taught by leading producers and commissioners responsible for some of the UK’s most iconic UK factual shows such as Educating The East End, Salvage Hunters and Bear Grylls.

The course advisory board includes commissioners and established series producers:

- Aaqil Ahmed - Head of Commissioning – Religion TV and Head of Religion & Ethics - BBC Religion and Ethics
- Ade Rawcliffe – Diversity and Talent Manager – Channel 4
- Alexis Price – Head of Development – Renegade Pictures
- Alyson Jackson – Head of Production Management at Discovery Networks International
- Chris Shaw – Editorial Director, ITN Productions
- Dan Korn – Head of Factual at Discovery Networks International
- Denman Rooke – Managing Director, October Films
- Dimitri Doganis – Founder, Raw
- Emma Morgan – Head of Popular Factual – Oxford Scientific Films
- Jane Root – Chief Executive, Nutopia
- Maxine Watson – Acting Head of Documentary - BBC
- Rob Carey – Creative Director, Curve

The course is part-time (one evening a week and occasional Saturdays) over twelve months and is delivered at Discovery House 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 will end with students pitching an idea to senior executives from Discovery Networks International; one student pitched show will be ‘optioned’ securing £5,000 for further development with the support of a Discovery executive producer.

Specifically participants will learn about:

- Factual programming trends in the UK and US
- Developing and Researching programme ideas
- Pitching an idea
- Casting Contributors
- Working with Talent On and Off Screen
- Budgeting and Scheduling
- Compliance
- Health and Safety
- Covering Interviews
- Shooting the Scene
- Working in the Edit
- Writing Voice Over
- 360-degree ways of working
- Working with Press and Marketing
- Delivering a show for a UK Broadcaster
- Working with different types of broadcasters in the UK and US

Students graduate able to:

- Develop and pitch marketable factual programme ideas
- Build and manage factual teams
- Produce factual programmes
- Meet the delivery requirements of different broadcasters in the UK and US
- Critically analyse factual programmes

4 x £5,000 Discovery scholarships are available to students on this course:
Discovery and the NFTS encourage applications from the brightest and best talent out there….from all backgrounds. To reaffirm our commitment to supporting exceptional talent and diversity in the media and broadcasting industries, we are encouraging applications from gifted individuals and under-represented groups, and have scholarships on offer to four of the successful candidates. These will 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 to the course.

CURRICULUM

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.

Module 1: UK and US Factual Programming and Shows
Commissioning and big picture market trends: schedules, contracts, ratings, formats, digital.

Module 2: Developing, Pitching and Selling Factual Programmes
Development, Pitching and 360-degree opportunities

Module 3: Producing single factual programmes and series for UK Broadcasters
Budgeting, Scheduling, Health and Safety, Casting Contributors, Working with Talent, Integrating Digital Content

Module 4: Managing the Shoot and Edit of Factual Programmes
Covering Interviews, Shooting the Scene, Working with Contributors, Writing Voice Over, Working with an Editor, Conducting Viewings

Module 5: Delivery, Transmission and Post Transmission
Broadcaster Requirements, Compliance, Press and Publicity, Other potential post production/delivery issues

Module 6: Developing a Factual Idea (Graduation Project)
Develop an idea for a Factual Series - producing an outline/treatment and a first series production bible. The module will end with students pitching their show to leading Discovery executives. One student pitched show will be ‘optioned’ securing £5,000 in order for further development with the support of a Discovery executive producer to take place.

In addition, there is the possibility – for those that wish to pursue it and subject to availability – to undertake a two week attachment with a production company or broadcaster in the UK.

NFTS BENEFITS

Factual Development and Production course participants will have full access to the NFTS’ optional creative stimulus strands, including: Passport to Cinema (weekly screenings of classic and pre-release films in the state-of-the-art campus cinema); and NFTS Masterclasses (major creative figures from film, television and games screening their work and discussing with students in the campus cinema. Recent speakers include Graham King (producer, Hugo, The Departed), Guy Ritchie (Director, Sherlock Holmes), Danny Boyle (Director, Slumdog Millionaire), Ian Livingstone (former President and CEO, Eidos) and Graham Linehan (Father Ted, IT Crowd)

TUTORS

Many of the people on the course advisory board will also teach on the course. In addition Discovery Networks International executives support the course.

APPLY WITH

- An idea for a factual series on Discovery Channel UK no more than 750 words max
- Tell us about a stand out Factual TV programme you’ve watched in the last month. Explain why you think it was a success. 500 words max

HOW TO APPLY

You can apply directly to us at the NFTS by clicking on the link below:

- APPLY FOR FACTUAL DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION COURSE - https://nfts.co.uk/sign-me-up/apply-now/?nid=939

You can apply online, or download a word document of the application form to submit via email
When selecting your course, please ensure that you have read the entry requirements and details of the supporting materials that should accompany your application.

TIMING YOUR APPLICATION

We are happy to receive applications 24/7 and 365 days a year up until the deadline. That said, there is no particular advantage to submitting your application very early. The important thing is that your application shows us your latest work and tell us about your most recent filmmaking experiences.

Visit the Factual Development & Production (PGDip) page on the National Film & Television School website for more details!



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(Scholarship)

Discovery scholarships - 4 Awards

Discovery and the NFTS encourage applications from the brightest and best talent out there….from all backgrounds. To reaffirm our commitment to supporting exceptional talent and diversity in the media and broadcasting industries, we are encouraging applications from gifted individuals and under-represented groups, and have scholarships on offer to four of the successful candidates. These will 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 to the course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

These will 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 to the course.

Application Procedure

See the website https://nfts.co.uk/our-courses/diploma/factual-development-and-production

Further Information

https://nfts.co.uk/our-courses/diploma/factual-development-and-production


(Scholarship)

NFTS Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

All long term resident UK students, once they are offered a place on the MA programme, are invited to apply for an NFTS funding award. Awards may consist of either a bursary or a scholarship or a combination of both. NFTS Scholarships are donated by individuals or organisations with a direct involvement in the film, games and television industries. They often include a mentorship and an individual donor may take in interest in your work. Therefore they have an added prestige.The NFTS funding awards contribute directly to tuition fees and may be between £1,000 and £10,000. They are not re-payable by the student. They are only available to UK permanent residents although there is also currently one small scholarship available annually to a French-speaking student.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000-£10,000

Eligibility

They are only available to UK permanent residents although there is also currently one small scholarship available annually to a French-speaking student.

Application Procedure

Students are invited to apply in both of the two years of the course. Some scholarships are intended to be for a particular specialisation, for female students, or awarded on ethnicity or according to the UK region of an applicant.

Further Information

https://nfts.co.uk/fees-funding/scholarships


(Scholarship)

The Toledo Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Applications are treated confidentially and are means tested. The school reserves the right to ask an applicant to provide proof of his/her financial circumstances and of possible family support. The Assistant Registrar must be notified immediately of any change in an applicant’s financial circumstances. Careful consideration is given by the Scholarship Panel with a view to responding to demonstrated financial need. Funds are limited and students are asked to estimate responsibly how much assistance they think they will need as this affects the School’s ability to accommodate students in serious need.Unfortunately, we are unable to open this scheme to EU or International students, or to students on the Diploma programmes. There are some course specific scholarship opportunities available to Diploma students. Please check the latest situation on the NFTS website course pages. There may not be enough scholarships available to allow the school to give one to all applicants. Therefore it may be necessary for you to make alternative arrangements for your tuition fees and maintenance. All students offered a place are provided with guidelines for applying for independent funding. This information is distributed during the summer. NFTS funding applications are received in September and the Scholarship Panel meets in October to decide the awards for the following year. Decisions are announced shortly afterwards.

Value of Scholarship(s)

See the website

Eligibility

The Toledo Scholarship is an NFTS scholarship specifically intended to enable talented newcomers from the UK’s ethnic minorities to fast-track their ambitions and join the British film industry.

Application Procedure

Application is made in the same way as all other NFTS scholarships but candidates will need to identify themselves as an UK ethnic minority candidate in order to be considered automatically.

Further Information

https://nfts.co.uk/fees-funding/scholarships



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.

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