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Sports Production Diploma

This unique diploma course, delivered in partnership with IMG, the world’s largest independent sports producers, aims to equip students with the editorial skills required to produce state-of-the-art sports and live events coverage, highlights content and other material.

Every student completes a four-week work experience placement at IMG.

This is a practical course in which students learn about all forms of sports production, including creating their own stories and collaborate with those in other specialisms – with all production costs met by the School.

They not only have access to the NFTS’ high quality production facilities but also visit IMG Studios as well as other major sports production houses. 

All NFTS students can attend the School’s masterclasses programme, with recent guests including Martin McDonagh (In BrugesThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (FleabagKilling Eve), Asif Kapadia (AmySennaDiego Maradona),  Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really HereWe Need to Talk About Kevin), Louis Theroux, and M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth SenseGlass).

IMG is the one of the world's largest independent sports producers. It has major relationships with broadcasters around the world, and is involved in work with FIFA, UEFA, the Premier League, European Tour Golf, the UCI, the Asian Games Federation and World Snooker. In the UK, IMG produces the Snooker World Championship and the BDO World Darts Championship.

​This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.​

What you will study

The course philosophy is that you learn by ‘doing’ as well as understanding theory and developing a variety of practical and creative skills. Specific areas taught and practiced are:

  • Sports programming landscape in the UK and worldwide
  • Producing sports and live events
  • Developing, pitching and responding to Requests for Information and Proposal (RFI/RFPs)
  • Managing people and being managed
  • Budgeting for Sports Productions
  • Specialist Workshops and Exercises
  • Graduation Projects 

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £8,500

The tuition fees for January 2021 intake will be confirmed in June 2020, and are likely to be the same, or very similar to 2020.

On confirmation of your place, a non-refundable deposit of £500 is required. It will count towards your tuition fees.

The NFTS does not charge you extra for the cost of productions or materials.

Scholarships are now available for full-time NFTS Diploma courses.

All production costs are included in the course fees, including the use of School facilities and equipment. Students are expected to provide their own laptops and to pay for their travel for work placements and occasional off-campus events.

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.

Entry requirements

A proven interest in sports or live production and an ability 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. An aptitude and passion for editing and/or camera work. 

While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have a creative track record or an alternative qualification.

This course is only open to UK and EU/EEA applicants. 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.

Application deadline: 09 Jul 2020

Sports Production Diploma

Alternative Courses/Degrees, Professional Qualifications

Published on 2 Jun 2020