This unique Professional 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.
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.
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 and (Doctor Who).
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 and funding options
Fees for this course are as follows:
Home/EU/EEA £8,500 (for January 2021 intake)
The NFTS does not charge you extra for the cost of productions or materials.
Scholarships are available for full-time NFTS Diploma courses. Find out more here.
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.
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: 08 Jul 2021