University Education For The Creative Industries

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TV & Film Production Diploma


From storyboarding to feature film distribution – and everything in between – if you want to spend your life behind the camera, this 2-year diploma covers everything you’ll need to know.

Studying two evenings a week on the first year (7- 10pm) you will gain a solid understanding of the production and post production processes used within film and television. It covers a wide spectrum of contemporary output, including short films, adverts, music videos, web series’, corporate and television programmes and feature films.

Year 1 delivers the necessary skills, from storyboarding and scriptwriting, right through to working with professional equipment and industry standard software. You will develop your production skills while learning advanced processes such as directing actors, production skills, complex camera work, and sophisticated lighting techniques. The course also includes your official Avid Media Composer 101 and 110 certifications worth over £1000.

You will find yourself working on real life industry briefs, working in collaboration with audio and visual effects students to produce finished content to the highest professional standards in our industry standard facilities. During year 2 you will have full access to all of our excellent facilities and the ability to set your own timetable that suits you.

You will be allocated a mentor to work with throughout the year allowing you to build on your knowledge and create your own personal learning environment.



You will work with your mentor to enhance your specialist area, such as directing, writing, producing or more technical roles such as Director of Photography (DOP). All teaching is done by experienced professionals who understand exactly what the industry demands from newcomers. Our tutors are all involved in commercial work outside of teaching and encourage you to get involved with real world projects too, so that you leave the course with a truly impressive portfolio.



This course is highly regarded in the industry. It will give you the skills (required in both production and post-production) and expertise needed to excel in a variety of industry roles. Successful students have used this course as their first step to becoming directors, producers, editors, camera operators, lighting technicians, colourists, as well as independent filmmakers and production freelancers.

Course Fees

The course fee is £7,062.50

Year 1 – £4,562.50

Year 2 – £2,500.00

Payment plans are available.


Funding for Diploma Courses

Funding a diploma or foundation course at Futureworks is different from funding for degree courses, and students are required to find their own funding – for this reason we offer a number of payment plans via Direct Debit. You might choose to pay for your fees in full at the beginning of the course, or perhaps make yearly payments. You may wish to make manageable monthly instalments, or even a combination of the above.

We recognise that funding your course can be a complex matter, and we would recommend that you discuss your finance options with a member of our Admissions Team on 0161 214 4602 to discuss the options available to you. Alternatively you can email them here:


Futureworks TV & Film Production Diploma PLUS Avid Certification

DURATION: 2 Years (Part Time)

TIME: 7pm to 10pm – 2 days per week



Year 1


Year 2

Year 2 is student centred learning where you will have the ability to work with your mentor on the aspects of filmmaking you feel are specific to your needs. Tutors will organise with you to meet twice per month for you to learn any areas of production you feel is necessary for your progression. Mentors are also available remotely via telephone, e-mail and Skype, allowing you to specialise or gain greater knowledge in all areas of filmmaking.

Useful Info


Futureworks Studios is our large, practical filming space located at MediaCityUK. It can be adapted for any film requirement, whether building sets, using the large green screen or creating atmospheric music videos. It is truly an impressive space, which will allow you to bring your projects to life. Additionally, be taught in our purpose-built computer labs, complete with up to date industry software. Independent practice and client engagement can also takes place in our range of edit suites and post- production studios. If you need to take some time out, you can chill in the Futureworks lounge, or head to one of Manchester’s many eating and drinking venues.



You will take part in a mix of informative lectures and workshops combined with both guided and independent practical activity. There is a major focus on practical projects, many of which are run collaboratively with students on other professional courses, and are based around “live” briefs. In addition, students are invited to participate in any commercial sessions held at Futureworks. The tuition is enhanced by regular guest lectures from industry experts.



All Futureworks tutors are experienced professionals. As well as your main tutors, you will have regular lectures and workshops from carefully chosen industry professionals.



Assessment comprises a series of real-world projects, which are marked according to industry specifications.



Successful graduates will achieve Futureworks TV & Film Production Certificate (1 year) or Diploma (2 years), in addition to Avid certification. You will also leave with an impressive showreel, finished to commercial standard, which will showcase a wide range of filmmaking techniques.