This 15-month Postgraduate Diploma - the only one of its kind in the UK - has been developed in response to industry demands for suitably trained production sound professionals.
Taught exclusively by practising professionals, the course aims to give students high quality training in the theory and practice of recording sound for picture both on location and in our state-of-the-art 4K multi-camera television studio, as well as Fisher Boom training and experience of in-studio music recording and post-production techniques. Students will collaborate with those in other specialisms to make several films – with all production costs met by the School.
Graduates have been employed on recent television productions including Midsomer Murders and Holby City, and films including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, World War Z and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
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 Mark Ulano (The Hateful Eight).
The NFTS wants to encourage applications from the brightest and best talent out there, whatever your background. That’s why we have made scholarship funding available for this course – find out more here.
What you will study
The course offers an unrivalled opportunity to learn the practical skills required for a career in this field, and covers:
- location sound recording techniques for drama and documentary
- sound production for multi-camera television
- equipment maintenance and problem solving
The course starts in September with a term of intensive online workshops and exercises that prepare students to record sound on shoots with MA students in the following Spring and Summer terms. Alongside location and studio shoots for documentary, fiction films and television productions, the programme of workshops and tuition continues throughout the course. Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School. In addition you will be given a cash Production Budget.
Head of Department
The course leader and Head of Location Sound Recording is Simon Clark, a BAFTA-winning and RTS-nominated Sound Recordist whose impressive work in over 25 years in the field includes credits on The Crown, Mars, Wolf Hall, Mr. Selfridge, Secret State, Line of Duty, Skins, and Waking The Dead.
Fees and funding options
Fees for this course are as follows:
Home/EU/EEA £8,500 (for September 2021 intake)
The NFTS does not charge you extra for the cost of productions or materials.
A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place.
All production costs are included in the course fees, including the use of School facilities and equipment. The School also covers the costs of all off-site visits required as part of the curriculum, but students are expected to cover travel costs for non-compulsory off-site visits. Students are expected to provide their own laptops.
At the NFTS you will get far more time learning directly from tutors, in real production facilities and on real projects, than in the vast majority of film schools or universities. The specialist nature of our courses mean that our students gain the relevant skills and experience they need to go straight into the industry.
A proven interest in sound - particularly recorded sound - a lively interest in film, television and music and a willingness to work as part of a team are essential. We are looking for people who are practically minded and who have a good general education although there are no specific educational requirements for this course. Interpersonal skills are as important as practical ones, because sound recordists need to be able to work effectively as part of a team. You’ll also need to be fit and have plenty of energy, as sound recording can be physically demanding.
While we don’t select applicants on the basis of their ability to drive, we strongly recommend that you learn to drive, as a clean, current, driving license will be essential in your future career.
While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will always 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 not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course. We are unable to accept your application if you do not.
Last places available for September 2021 - Apply now!