UK Film & TV Craft Certificate production assistant: scripted

UK Film & TV Craft Certificate production assistant: scripted

Course Outline and Application Guidelines

Production Assistants are in huge demand across the UK’s booming film and television industries. This 26-week (March to September 2020) course aims to take entry-level students and give them basic and advanced production assistant training, as well as preparing them for the specific rigours of working within the film and television industries.

It is taught by industry professionals and includes work placements on active film or TV sets. The course has been created in response to increased demand for production assistants on UK-based scripted productions, with the role identified by the BFI and ScreenSkills as an ‘in demand’ skill-set across film and high-end television production.

Students will study with National Film and Television School, Leeds. They will take part in two ‘boot camps’ designed to prepare them for the specific requirements of Production Assistants in film and TV, such as their role within a department, the way departments interact with other departments during production, set etiquette and preparation for freelance life (including tax, invoicing and networking). They will also receive valuable Health & Safety Production Passport training.

What you will learn

On completion of the certificate, you will:

• Understand how to communicate effectively with colleagues in both prep and on location/set
• Be able to develop and maintain good working relationships during the production process
• Understand hazards and risks in the workplace and be able to evaluate and minimise risks.
• Understand the nuances of production and post production and the role of the production department.
• Be able to read, understand and contribute to key production paperwork (call sheets, movement orders, daily progress reports etc)
• Operate key industry software to support the production process (e.g Movie Magic, Final Draft)
• Understand the technical equipment involved in production and related issues.
• Have a developed understanding of the principles of budgeting and scheduling and the implications for production.
• Demonstrate an imaginative response to projects and production challenges
• Demonstrate an awareness of production issues related to sustainability and the environment
• Be able to operate effectively as a freelance worker

Find out more about the role from production assistant Becky Richardson who worked on BFI funded feature film ‘Censor’, which recently shot in Leeds.

Entry requirements

No previous qualifications are required.

The course is entry level and is specifically targeted towards students who have identified the goal of establishing a career path as a Production Assistant. Training is an investment both for the candidate and the provider and so should only be undertaken by candidates with a clear commitment to achieving a high level of proficiency and dedication to the craft. Entrants will be 18+ and some applicants may choose to undertake this award instead of going to University. Graduates are still welcome to apply, as are people looking to change career later in life.

Assessment and accreditation

The qualification will be assessed on the basis of workplace performance and evidence of technical understanding. Successful students will achieve a UK Film & Television Craft Certification as a Production Assistant (Scripted), endorsed by the National Film & Television School and ScreenSkills and recognised by film and television production and production insurers.

Fees and scholarships

Applicants who will be 18 years old on 28 February 2020 will not be required to pay a fee for this course. For students over this age the course fee is set at £3,000, however you may be eligible for scholarship support for all or part of your course fees. If you are 19+ and would like to supply for a scholarship then you should tick the relevant box on the application form and we will send you further details.

Course dates

The course runs from Monday 2rd March until Friday 11th September 2020. Students should note that learning commitments throughout this period are full-time (to include placement activity) and there are no term breaks or holiday periods.

Application process

Please submit your application via our online form before the deadline of 11.59pm, Monday 13th January 2020. Applications received after this date will not be considered. If for any reason you need to submit your application by an alternative method or have any other queries then please contact

You may be invited for interview during week commencing 20th January 2020 so please check that you will be available at this time. Successful applicants will be offered a place on their chosen course by Friday 31st January 2020 and will be expected to confirm acceptance of their place by Friday 7th February 2020.

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The UK film & TV craft courses are part of Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire, a ground-breaking pilot delivered by Screen Yorkshire and NFTS, supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.