Short course


This course provides those attending with an introduction to the principles and practices of the work involved in factual television production management.
Participants will learn how to take the treatment for a commissioned Factual programme and use this document to schedule and budget the production from pre-production to delivery. 

This course covers: 

• Role, function and responsibilities of a Factual Production Manager
• Breaking down and scheduling a production
• The principles of budgeting
• Insurance
• Scheduling filming 
• Health and Safety
• Post-production
• Negotiation Skills

The course is led by Jenni Shaw, a Line Producer in BBC Studios Factual department in Glasgow. Jenni has worked as a Production Manager at BBC Scotland for 14 years and was Production Executive for Drama in Scotland before her move to Line Producer. As Production Manager Jenni first worked in Entertainment studio programmes and then moved into Factual. Jenni has Production Managed across Arts, History, Science and Specialist Factual genres with credits including Planet Ant, Front Row, Earth's Natural Wonders, Trust Me I'm A Doctor and is currently Line Producer on Earth's Sacred Wonders (the BBC's first Landmark commission for Religion) a Co-Production with PBS.

Specialist speakers will also be brought in throughout the 4 days.

Previous course participants said:

'Jenni's attention to detail and jampacked information handouts really were a highlight for me.'
'Jenni knew exactly what she was talking about and spoke from experience, detailing how she has learned which was a welcomed approach.'
'(I learned) lots of knowledge & insights into various roles, rules, regulations, budget, deliverables, copyright, people management, organisational


What you will study

This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to be advised of future dates. 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £750
Corporate Rate: £1075

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application should be submitted to

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidlines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please also read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to be advised of future dates.