Screen Training Alliance

A partnership of industry based training providers with a strategic approach to the skills development of Scotland’s screen sector.

Providers of Scottish screen training have joined together to create a directory of resources for online courses and workshops available during Covid-19. This list will be updated on a weekly basis.

COVID-19 Training Resources


Introduction to Final Draft 11 | BECTU Vision

Date: Friday 20 November 2020

Used by 95% film and television productions, Final Draft is the industry-standard screenwriting software. This hands-on, online course will combine practical software training with industry best practice in script formatting and amending: https://bectu.org.uk/training/bectu-vision-shortcourses/


Knowledge Exchange - Flexible Working | BECTU Vision

Date: Saturday 21 November 2020

An informal, online forum giving film and television practitioners the opportunity to share experiences and ideas. This session focuses on flexible working in film & TV and will feature panelists Michelle James of Share My Telly Job and job-sharing Graphic Artist Caroline McDonald. We’ll discuss BECTU Vision’s job sharing initiative TakeTwo.

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How Stories Work in Documentaries Online | NFTS Scotland

Dates: Wednesday 25 - Friday 27 November 2020

Learn how stories work in documentaries with Peter Dale who produced and directed documentaries for the BBC for 18 years before going to Channel 4 as Head of Documentaries: https://nfts.co.uk/nfts-scotland-how-stories-work-documentaries-online


Overcoming Overload | BECTU Vision

Date: Thursday 26 November 2020

Feeling overloaded and overwhelmed is a common feeling in the film and TV industry. This session will share a range of evidence-based tools and techniques that can be easily adopted into your daily life, supporting you to reclaim your energy, focus and creativity.

https://bectu.org.uk/training/bectu-vision-shortcourses/


Knowledge Exchange - COVID-19: Implementing Protocols | BECTU Vision

Date: Saturday 28 November 2020

An informal, online forum providing the opportunity for scripted film and television practitioners to share experiences and discuss how productions have found filming with COVID-19 restrictions and how COVID-19 Protocols are being implemented. We will be joined by Health & Safety consultant, Mairi Ritchie and COVID-19 Supervisors who will share their experience and expertise.

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Introduction to the Film and TV Art Department | NFTS Scotland

Dates: Monday 30 November - Friday 4 December 2020

This practical course, led by Emer O’Sullivan, provides a general introduction to the Art Department and the role it plays within film and television productions. Fully COVID-19 compliant face-to-face delivery subject to government public health guidelines allowing: https://nfts.co.uk/nfts-scotland-introduction-film-and-tv-art-department-0


Data Wrangling | NFTS Scotland

Dates: Monday 30 November 2020

This one-day practical course, led by Grant McPhee, is designed to give you an introduction to data management within film and television. Fully COVID-19 compliant face-to-face delivery subject to government public health guidelines allowing: https://nfts.co.uk/nfts-scotland-data-wrangling


Writing the TV Pilot Online | NFTS Scotland

Dates: Monday 30 November - Friday 11 December 2020

Write the next hot TV drama with NFTS Scotland. This course offers writers and creative producers the chance to plan and write a 50-minute pilot episode of an original drama series over an intensive two-week period: https://nfts.co.uk/nfts-scotland-writing-tv-pilot-online


Introduction to the role of Digital Imaging Technician | NFTS Scotland

Dates: Tuesday 1 December 2020

This half-day course, led by Grant McPhee, is designed to give you an overview of the DIT's skills beyond data management: https://nfts.co.uk/nfts-scotland-introduction-role-digital-imaging-technician-dit-online-0


Planning for Your Future | BECTU Vision

Dates: Thursday 3 and Friday 4 December 2020

Free workshop designed for freelance crew who are thinking about retirement and would like to build a clear plan of action to prepare for later life. Led by independent experts, the course covers the key areas of: financial and legal issues, health and wellbeing and ‘free time’ management. Applications close on Monday 23 November at 9am: https://bectu.org.uk/training/bectu-vision-shortcourses/


Planning for Your Future | BECTU Vision

Date: Wednesday 9 December 2020

Free short workshop for freelance film & TV crew based in Scotland which looks at the basic rules of effective networking, whether online or in person. Networking is an essential marketing tool for creative freelancers but it can also be a source of anxiety, even at the best of times. Now there are fewer opportunities for face-to-face networking, it’s even more important to be as clear as we can about what we have to offer our potential employers. Applications close on Wednesday 25 November at 9am: https://bectu.org.uk/training/bectu-vision-shortcourses/


Camera Assisting | NFTS Scotland

Dates: Monday 11 to Wednesday 20 January 2021

Learn the skills needed to work as a camera assistant in Film and TV. Fully COVID-19 compliant face-to-face delivery subject to government public health guidelines allowing: https://nfts.co.uk/nfts-scotland-camera-assisting


NFTS Scotland | How to Develop Killer Ideas

Dates: Thursday 14 and Friday 15 January 2020

Coming up with amazing ideas is one of the hardest things in television. If you’re lucky, it could make you millions. If you’re not, the rejection letters will make you cry into your cornflakes. So how do you come up with the killer idea across the various genres? Is ideas generation a science or an art? https://nfts.co.uk/nfts-scotland-how-develop-killer-ideas-online