This unique 12 month part-time diploma course, delivered in Glasgow in partnership with the Production Guild, aims to equip students with the skills required for a career as a film or television Production Accountant.

Production Accountants calculate finances, work out the cost of a production, communicate with financiers (companies or individuals who provide the funding) and control the cash flow, or spending. This is a demanding role that requires a level head, self-confidence and strong communication skills.

In pre-production, Production Accountants help the Producers and Production Managers to prepare budgets and Estimated Final Cost Reports. 

During production, they oversee all payments, manage payroll, petty cash and foreign currency and keep accurate financial records. They help monitor budgets, analyse spending and provide daily or weekly cost reports. They also produce cost forecasts to evaluate the impact of any production changes.

The National Film and Television School Production Accounting Diploma is ideally suited for those already working in a finance / accountancy role and who are keen to move into the film and television sector.  It is also suitable for those in more junior roles within Film & TV Production Accounts departments looking to move up.


This course will cover:

  • Production set up and implementation of systems
  • Budgeting
  • Sources of finance and treatment of funds
  • Completion guarantors
  • Cash flow, forecasting and cost reporting
  • Working with inherited budgets
  • Working with multi-currency
  • Running the project
  • Contract and employment law
  • Copyright and licences
  • Taxation and insurance
  • Pre production, production and post-production
  • Production audits
  • Management skills


To graduate, each student will complete a minimum of 10 days work experience/production shadowing before the completion of the course, which we will work with you to secure. 


This course is currently running. If you are interested in applying for a future course, please register your interest. 

Course starts 19th January 2019 and runs one Saturday per month including:

23rd February, 23rd March, 27th April, 25th May, 22nd June, 20th July, 3rd August, 7th September, 5th October, 2nd November and 30th November 2019

11th January and 25th January 2020

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:


NFTS Scotland is delighted to be able to offer this Diploma at a special rate. We can do this thanks to Scottish Government support and a different delivery structure which is less costly, so we are very pleased to be able to pass on these savings to participants.   

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available.

The bursary process and criteria for Diplomas are different from those for Short Courses so please refer to the Diploma Application Funding document and Application Form for more information and do contact us at scotland@nfts.co.uk if you have any queries.

To apply for a bursary, please download the Bursary Application Form to submit via email with your course application.

Diploma Funding Information 

Entry requirements

A proven interest in film and television production and an ability to work as part of a team are essential.

We would expect those applying to have academic or vocational qualifications in accounting or be able to demonstrate competency through work experience. Previous experience of working in an Accounts environment will be taken into account when considering applications.

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.

How to apply

Application deadline: 12 Nov 2018

This course is now running.
If you are interested in this course, please contact scotland@nfts.co.uk or register your interest here for future dates.