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Production Management for Film & Television (PGDip)

Course Description

Production Managers are the key to any smooth running production. Production Management calls on a variety of skills from budgeting and scheduling to managing crews.

Quick Facts

- 12 Month Course
- Full-time
- Course starts in September
- Next intake: September 2016
- UK and EEA applicants only
- Two scholarships from Sargent-Disc available

-Course developed to meet Industry demand
- Alternates Industry-recognised training modules with practical experience
- Plenty of hands-on practice – in both locations and in studios
- Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.


Visit the website https://nfts.co.uk/our-courses/diploma/production-management-film


This course commences in September each year. So what does it take to be a Production Manager? An individual who can multi-task, be dynamic, communicate well and stay calm under pressure. Someone who is creative with budgets but keeps a sharp eye on the bottom line; someone who knows enough about Health and Safety to protect the cast and crew but not detract from getting the right shot; someone who knows about the best locations at the best price - and who knows production from start to finish!

This course combines intensive training with practical experience on fiction films, TV Entertainment shows, documentary and animation films at the NFTS and industry work experience placements.

Career Progression

Most production managers are freelance, moving from contract to contract, and may find themselves working anywhere in the UK, or even abroad. As a production manager, you could also work for independent production companies on feature films, documentaries, or TV shows, become a Line Producer or progress to Head of Production.

New NFTS graduates are sought-after and typically find employment soon after completing their courses. NFTS alumni are some of the most successful people working in UK film and television today, and many of our students make contacts while at the NFTS which continue in the professional world.

*12-month course; next intake September

Sargent-Disc (http://www.sargent-disc.com/sargent-disc-uk/news-insights/news/nfts-scholarship-update.aspx) generously provide two scholarships worth £3875 to support the training of talented individuals in the field of Production Management for Film & TV.


Covering the key skills required by Production Managers in today’s rapidly-changing environment, this course alternates workshops with practical experience on a range of NFTS productions including TV entertainment shows (live and multi-camera studio shoots), dramas, animation and documentary films.

The course has been developed to meet industry demand and NFTS students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors. Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School and productions are given cash production budgets.

The course covers these key skills recognised by the Industry:

- Extensive instruction and practice on scheduling & budgeting
- Health & Safety training including Production Safety Passport qualification
- Production Management for location and studio shoots
- First Aid for Film & TV Production
- Cash flow management and cost reporting
- Location Management
- Shooting abroad
- Research
- Contracts, copyright and legal
- Child licensing
- Post Production routes & delivery for film & television

This course includes work experience opportunities throughout the year and an industry placement at the end of the course. Previous students have enjoyed placements at Film4, Eon, Carnival Films, Endemol, Kudos, Dragonfly and Revolution Films. Television productions include Big Brother, Come Dine With Me, The BBC Proms, Babylon, 24-Live Another Day and Downton Abbey and feature films such as the Bond films:SkyFall and Spectre, Assassin’s Creed, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


Head of Production Management is Bex Hopkins who has worked in film and television production since 1999. Her short films have won many festival prizes including the LFF Turner Classic Movie Best Short Film award and BAFTA nominations for Nits and Lucky. Her feature film Mad, Sad & Bad premiered at EIFF 2009 and was released in 2010. She has taught on the Production Management diploma since 2010.

Other tutors include successful Line Producers and Production Managers; Jo Farr (Calendar Girls and Love and Other Disasters), Paul Sarony (Hideously Kinky, Bhaji on the Beach, Mrs Brown, Vampire Academy, and The Adventurer:The Curse of the Midas Box), Linda Stradling (I Shouldn’t be Alive, Seconds From Disaster, Horizon, Megastructures and author of the book ‘Production Management in TV & Film’) and Tina Jaffray (Weakest Link, Record Breakers, Blue Peter, London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic ceremonies, Vikings Live from the British Museum).


Please tell us of an event/production/gathering that you have organized. Include information on whether you had a budget and if so how successful you were in keeping to it; what preparation you did and what you would have done differently. No more than two pages (A4 paper)


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

- APPLY FOR PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT FOR FILM AND TELEVISION COURSE - https://nfts.co.uk/sign-me-up/apply-now/?nid=42

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.


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

All Available Videos:

(Student Profile)

Maria Salcher

NFTS Graduate. Credits include: The Night Manager, Enfield Haunting, Woman in Gold


Sargent-Disc Scholarships - 2 Awards

Sargent-Disc is delighted to sponsor, for the first time, two scholarships for students taking the Production Management for Film Diploma course at the National Film and Television School (NFTS). We catch up with Tom While, a recipient of the Scholarship, as he updates us on his experiences so far:I am one of the grateful recipients of the Sargent-Disc Scholarship to study the Post-Graduate Diploma in Production Management for Film at the NFTS. I began the course in September last year and it has been an intense few months. The school's post-graduate programs are just like having a full time job in a working film studio and the challenges and levels of expectation I face are high but the program is hugely rewarding.After only three weeks on the course I was tasked to work as Production Co-ordinator on a short film produced by the school with a £2500 budget. It certainly felt as if we were thrown in at the deep end but I learnt so much about the production process from this exercise (my Call Sheets and Movement Orders are a lot better now!) and the finished short (named 'North') is, in my opinion, a terrific piece of work. It felt great to be a big part of that collaborative process so early on in my time at the school. The film was followed by a period of workshops and for the first time I was introduced to the Movie Magic programs for scheduling and budgeting. With the expert tutoring of Production Manager Jo Farr, I learnt to create a working schedule and budget for a feature film.I am really looking forward to the next challenge and building on the experience and knowledge the diploma has given me so far. My ambition is to work in the film industry in production and without the scholarship, it would be so much more difficult for me to attend the school and subsequently achieve that goal.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Sargent-Disc generously provide two scholarships worth £3875 to support the training of talented individuals in the field of Production Management for Film & TV.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information



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)



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



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


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


Entry Requirements

You’ll be well-organised, effective under pressure, resourceful, problem-solving, computer-literate, financially minded and have good leadership skills. You’ll probably already have some experience in the film 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 and be looking for a career change.

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