Sports Production

NFTS - National Film and Television School

Program Description

Sports Production

NFTS - National Film and Television School

Sports Production

IMG is the world's largest independent producer. It has major relationships with broadcasters including the BBC for the Football League show, snooker and darts, Channel Four for its exclusive horse racing coverage, and ESPN in the US for the Open Championship. It also enjoys a string of other important client relationships, most notably with Wimbledon, the R&A for the Open Golf Championship, the BCCI for IPL Cricket, FIFA, UEFA and the New York Road Runners (NY Marathon).

IMG produces Sport 24, the first ever-live global premium 24-hour sports channel for the airline and cruise industries, as well as other in-flight programming for over 50 airlines, and is also a partner with Associated Press for the sports news agency SNTV, and with the European Tour for European Tour Productions, the world's most prolific producer of golf programming.

The diploma course is 12 months full-time and is delivered at the NFTS and at IMGs' state-of-the-art facility IMG Studios.

Specifically students will learn about:

  • Outside broadcast production
  • Studio production
  • Highlights production
  • Planning and pre-production
  • Storytelling in sports
  • Chasing stories and ideas
  • Shooting and editing effective pieces
  • Scripting and Running Orders
  • Logging and IPD Director
  • Basic self-shooting and editing
  • Casting and working with Talent
  • Leading production teams
  • Budgets & Scheduling
  • Rights and Distribution

Students graduate with:

  • the know-how to produce live and pre-recorded sports content
  • a practical working knowledge of current television and digital production methods
  • the ability to generate sports programme ideas and formats
  • the confidence and know-how to pitch those ideas to commissioning editors and/or rights holders
  • work experience on high profile sports content
  • brilliant Industry contacts


The course philosophy is that you learn by ‘doing’ as well as understanding theory and developing a variety of practical and creative skills.


Sports course participants will have full access to the NFTS’ optional creative stimulus strands, including: Passport to Cinema (weekly screenings of classic and pre-release films in the state-of-the-art campus cinema or at the BFI Southbank); and NFTS Masterclasses - major creative figures from film, television and games screening their work and discussing with students in the campus cinema. Recent speakers include David Fincher (Director, Seven, Gone Girl), Andy Wilman (Executive Producer, Top Gear), Graham Linehan (The IT Crowd, Father Ted) and Hamish Hamilton (Director, Super Bowl XLVIII).


A proven interest in sports or live production and an ability to work as part of a team are essential. We are looking for people who are practically- minded and who have a good general education, although there are no specific educational requirements for this course.

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.


  • A one-page overview detailing how you would enhance the coverage of either a typical Premier League Football Match (Broadcast on Sky) or Channel 4 Racing.
  • Evidence (via a short showreel) of technical proficiency in editing and/or camera.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 25, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2017
12 months
Full time
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom London, England
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