22nd March - Gareth Davies

Production Managers Course

A fully-funded course to help get you into one of the industry’s most in-demand roles

About the role

All TV and film productions require skilled Production Managers in all phases of production.

At the pre-production planning stage, Production Managers are deeply involved in each aspect of locations, budgets, crewing, scheduling, and transport logistics. During filming, they are a crucial senior member of the team, in charge of every aspect of successful production, with special emphasis on health and safety of crew and equipment.  

The key skills and attributes of a successful Production Manager are those that excel at planning and communications, those that work well under pressure and have a detail-oriented approach.  They must be adept negotiators with a wide range of contacts and knowledge of the relevant laws and regulations.  

This Production Manager course will provide students with all the necessary skills and relevant experiences in order to gain a Production Co-Ordinator or Production Manager role within the media industry.  

Post pandemic there is a lack of suitably qualified Production Managers within the media industry so we have designed this course to fill this gap.

There has been considerable research carried out on the Production Managers’ skills shortage within the media industry here on this comprehensive report.

What is the BFBS Academy?

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The BFBS Academy is designed to provide veterans and service leavers with the training, experience, and qualifications to help them transition into a multi-media role.

The BFBS Academy is run by the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS). We specialise in providing media services to the UK Armed Forces. 

We have approximately 200 staff that are specialist broadcasters, journalists, camera operators, studio directors, broadcast technicians and experts in digital communications. 

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What do we offer?

Students will be taught by professional lecturers and work alongside the creative teams behind our TV, radio, and digital channels.

Students will also have opportunities to gain valuable work placements with our media partners in organisations such as, Sky, ITN, All3Media and Bloomberg. 

Course lecturers

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  • Adam Blackmore -Heal- Subject Specialism - Postproduction  

  • David Kline - Subject Specialism - Scripting and TV Production 

  • C J Brown - Subject Specialism - Cameras, Lighting and Multicamera Studio operations 

  • Andy Sayers - Subject Specialism - Radio & Audio Technologies  

Our tutors have been selected based on their professional media experience gained in industry, as well as their proven academic ability.  

As our intention is to bring current and credible industry practice to the course, this will be achieved by utilising a range of guest speakers, visiting lecturers and masterclasses. 

Entry Requirements

Only a limited number of spaces are available. 

  • Students will be selected on aptitude, attitude, and suitability 

  • All applications will be considered, and potential students interviewed 

  • No age limits 

  • English and Maths GCSE (A*–C Grade or equivalent) 

  • Personal statement (required) 

If you have any queries in relation to course requirements, please do email us on [email protected].  

Who should apply?

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The Production Managers course is designed for service leavers and veterans with a keen interest in the world of media and who wish to use their existing skillset within a new and challenging environment.  

The role of Production Manager or Production Co-ordinator may be new to you, however, once you realise that this role involves all aspects of planning and supporting the wider production team – overseeing a project from concept to delivery, you will see that it dovetails very well with your previous military experiences. 

Course Curriculum

​​​​​​The core curriculum will cover all aspects of creative media skillsets. This includes single and multicamera operations, as well as Audio and Podcast production. Students will learn important skills in relation to postproduction (editing) as well as content capture.  

 

The course will include production planning and researching as well as production risk assessment and budgeting. Legal and compliance themes as well as logistical crew and resource management are covered on the course. 

 

The course very much emulates working within the media industry in that there is individual as well as group tasks working to tight deadlines to exacting client briefs. The course focuses on factual production including; documentary, reportage as well as multicamera studio productions.  

 

An important aspect of the curriculum is progression planning. This involves getting a portfolio of evidence together in preparation for employer interviews and work placements.  

Extra qualifications

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In addition to the core curriculum, students will work through and be assessed in two additional Level 3 qualifications, these are both externally accredited by Open College Network London.

One is a Level 3 in Podcast Production, the other a Level 3 in Multicamera Production.

Extra-Curricular activities

At the BFBS Academy we understand that extra-curricular activities are just as important as the core curriculum. We therefore spend a considerable amount of time and effort a variety of different strands to support students gaining meaningful employment after the course.  

Masterclass program

Each Friday morning a masterclass is scheduled into the course scheme of work. The subject matter covered varies from Digital Media skills to Production Risk Assessment for Outside Broadcast.  

The Academy has been generously supported by the wider media community who deliver bespoke masterclasses to support progression to Production Manager roles after graduation.  

Some masterclasses are planned and delivered by our in-house staff who very generously share their subject knowledge and experience with the learners. The sessions are peppered with real life examples, which brings the subject to life for the cohort. 

Work Placement Opportunities

In addition to the core curriculum, the students at the Academy have as least two weeks of work placement during the course. The first work placement is in December with the second being in February. We are lucky to have several very supportive partners within the wider broadcast and media industry. In the past we have placed students with a variety of diverse companies’ from SKY Outside Broadcasts, to ITN regional newsrooms. 

 

Financial support and learning resources

Financial Support

There are no course fees to pay. All costs are borne by the BFBS Academy. 

All students also receive a tax-free bursary of £1,500 per month for six months, to help with living costs and accommodation (total £9,000).  

Facilities

The BFBS Academy has facilities to suit and support all service leavers and veterans, including those who are wounded, injured or sick. The classroom, Green Screen area and library are all wheelchair accessible. 

Materials and Equipment

Equipment such as video cameras, computers and editing software will be provided. Each student will be allocated a laptop with all the latest Adobe software uploaded.  

Student have access to broadcast standard equipment in our multicamera studio. They will be instructed in safe working practices. Once kit has been signed out to an individual, they have sole responsibility of the safety and security of said equipment. 

 Each student will be allocated a laptop with all the required professional software uploaded. Each student is also responsible for utilising safe working practices in relation to IT safety and to protect their laptop from virus infection. 

How to apply

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Application form

This pilot course will run from Monday 26th September 2022 through to Friday 17th March 2023.

Applications are now open – apply now: 

Please download and complete the form below and return it to [email protected]

Course selection will be conducted remotely, we will be in contact with potential applicants in due course.   

We plan to begin selection interviews in June, with offers being sent out at the beginning/mid-July 

Contact us

If you have any questions about the BFBS Academy, the course or the application process please get in touch via the contact form or email us: [email protected] 

GETTING TO US 

The BFBS Academy is run out of BFBS's headquarters in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire, just 30 minutes by train from London. 

The closest overland station is Gerrards Cross, and the closest underground station is Chalfont & Latimer. We are also within easy reach of the M40, M25 and M4. 

ADDRESS 

BFBS Academy · Chalfont Grove · Narcot Lane · Chalfont St. Peter · Buckinghamshire · SL9 8TN 

 

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