Short courses in film and TV production for 2019

What are your goals for the new year? Do you want to develop your film and TV production skills? Maybe you've no experience but have been wanting to break into the industry for a while.

Here's a select range of short courses specialising in different areas of the screen industry, taking place around Scotland in 2019.

A camera operator in a TV Studio

Hit the Ground Running

If you're trying to find work as a runner in film and TV drama, Hit the Ground Running with BECTU Vision’s intensive and interactive, FREE two-day training course. The course is specially designed for people at the start of their career who have been trying secure their first job, as well as those with a couple of credits looking to improve their professional practice and fill the gaps in their understanding.

2019 Course Dates:

Edinburgh and the East | Edinburgh | 24 - 25 January  ​
Glasgow and the West | Glasgow | 21 - 22 February 
Rest of Scotland | Aberdeen | 7 - 8 February

Cost: Free

Deadline: 7 January 2019, 9am

More information: https://www.hit-the-ground-running.co.uk/htgr


Camera Assisting

Train as a camera assistant for a career in television drama, features and commercials. This short course, specifically developed for delivery in Scotland, is highly practical and will help you better understand where the Camera Assistant’s role fits into the wider Film and TV crew.

You will gain experience working with industry professionals, understanding the equipment, processes and practices involved in assisting the camera team. It is ideal for junior employees and freelancers working in the Film and TV industries and those wanting to get a foothold on the first rung of the career ladder.

2019 Course Dates: 4 - 6 February

Cost: £545 (Freelance Rate)
£1050 (Corporate Rate)

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible. Visit www.nfts.co.uk/scotland for details. The bursary deadline for this course is 18 January 2019 at 5.30pm.

Location: Glasgow City

More information: https://nfts.co.uk/camera-assisting

Deadline: 1 February 2019, 5.30pm


Adult Learning Programme

In February 2019, Screen Education Edinburgh will launch their new Adult Learning Programme, offering courses in short filmmaking, screenwriting, film studies and animation.

2019 Course Dates:

Introduction to Short Filmmaking | Starts Saturday 2 February, 10am – 5pm

Introduction to Screenwriting | Starts Tuesday 4 February, 7pm – 9pm

Introduction to Film Studies | Starts Friday 7 February, 7pm – 9pm

Cost: £150 (25% concessions available)

Location: Edinburgh

More information: https://screen-ed.org/2018/11/21/see-adult-learning-programme-2019-launch/


Introduction to Screenwriting

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s 2-day course offers an introduction to the art of screenwriting. The course will strip the film script down to its basic elements, discussing each one in turn and then exploring how the elements merge and work together to form a coherent ‘blueprint’ for a moving picture.


Students will study script excerpts and film examples throughout the course and be introduced to the industry standard layout for a screenplay. Students will work from this to develop an understanding of how to write for screen. Teaching will also consider characters, character relationships and dialogue and explore the difference between ‘reality’ and ‘film reality.’


2019 Course Dates: 22 June 2019 - 23 June 2019, 10am - 5pm

Cost: £140

Location: Glasgow City

More information: https://www.rcs.ac.uk/lifelong-learning/screenwriting-short-study/

Deadline: Friday 21 June 2019


Working in Locations

Covering all aspects of the film and TV Locations department, this 3-week course can be accessed as a whole or as three individual weeks, including several stand-alone days. A mixture of theory, practical work and location visits - the course will provide participants with the framework on which to base any role within the department.

Developed and delivered specifically for NFTS Scotland, this course is led by Lloret Dunn, a freelance Supervising Location Manager, who after working for over 25 years in Scotland's Film and TV sector is still relishing the challenges and exhilaration of the industry. Her credits cover a diverse range of productions including Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose, T2 Trainspotting and World War Z.

2019 Course Dates: 18 February - 8 March 2019

Cost: Various course fees, available to view on https://nfts.co.uk/working-locations

Bursaries supported by the Scottish Government are available for those who are eligible. Visit www.nfts.co.uk/scotland for details. The bursary deadline for this course is Friday 1 February 2019 at 5.30pm.

Location: Glasgow City

More information: https://nfts.co.uk/working-locations

Deadline: 15 February 2019, 5.30pm


Introduction to Filmmaking (for ages 11-14)

If you want to start learning how to make your own films, this summer school will introduce you to the basics including how to shoot the best frame, work from a storyboard, write the strongest characters and teach you how to edit your finished film.

2019 Course Dates: 1 July 2019 - 5 July 2019, 10am - 5pm

Cost: £275

Location: Glasgow

More information: https://www.rcs.ac.uk/lifelong-learning/introduction-filmmaking11-14/

Deadline: Friday 28 June 2019, 2pm


Working in the Assistant Director's Department

This intensive practical course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a successful future career as a Third, Second and First Assistant Director. The course will be taught by top industry professionals and will also include certificated Health & Safety and Carbon Literacy training. Following the two weeks training students will be given the opportunity to work as 1st Assistant Director on a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland student 3-day film shoot.

As part of the course students will undertake Health & Safety training as well a Carbon Literacy training day.

2019 Course Dates: 4 - 15 February (plus 3 days filming and 1 day Carbon Literacy training to be confirmed)

Cost: £845

Bursaries supported by the Scottish Government are available for those who are eligible. Visit www.nfts.co.uk/scotland for details. The bursary deadline for this course is 18 January 2019 at 5.30pm.

Location: Glasgow City

More information: https://nfts.co.uk/working-assistant-directors-department

Deadline: 1 February 2019 at 5.30pm.


Sound Recording for Artists & Filmmakers

Employing a mix of practical exercises and critical reflection, this introductory weekend course provides an overview of fundamental techniques for recording and editing voice, location and foley sounds for film and art installations using industry standard software and popular, high quality microphones and portable recording devices including recording direct to camera.

Topics include properties of sound, microphone selection and placement, gain structure, effective planning, boom operation, noise limiting and reduction, sound editing, sound dynamics, sound processing and spatial effects, editing sound to picture. Computer experience is required.

2019 Course Dates: 23 - 24 March 2019, 11am - 5pm

Cost: £155.00 (Concession £135.00)

Location: Edinburgh

More information: http://www.stills.org/courses/beginners-courses/sound-recording-and-editing-for-artists-filmmakers

Deadline: 23 March 2019.

Seven young people filming at UNCON

More courses

To find more courses and development opportunities for working within the screen sector in Scotland, visit our Skills and Talent section and Creative Scotland Opportunities.