A Sound Introduction into TV Production

Early Careers posted on 14 Nov

“This course kick-started my career in TV

Sky Careers

Sam recently graduated from the Diploma in Cameras, Sound and Vision Mixing for Television Production. The diploma includes a six-week work placement here at Sky and is run by the National Film and Television School. Sam chose to specialise in sound and is now working here as a freelance Sound Assistant.

Sam regularly works on sports programming from the Premier League to Tennis and Golf. He has also worked on pre-recorded children’s shows like the Teletubbies, Topsy and Tim and CBBC’s Prank Patrol.

Sam joined the course straight from doing his A-Levels including an A-Level in Music Technology. He originally wanted to work in a music recording studio but decided that TV production sound was a more viable option. “I love that I get to keep working with sound as sound is what I’m good at and what I like doing outside my job. I’m lucky to do something I enjoy as a job and not just as a hobby.”

“My work at here is based on what I did on my placement and because of what the team saw me do in the six weeks I was here. The good thing about the placement is that you go straight into working on programmes with supervision. It really sets you up for work after you graduate.”

A sports fan, Sam loves working in the live sports environment: “It’s great working on different sports at Sky and TV is a really cool industry to work in. Everyone watches TV so you get to work on stuff that lots of people are going to see.”

“This course really kick-started my career in TV. It’s a tangible, measurable qualification in a specific area not offered by many places. It has real value. There are not many places in the world where you get a chance to meet the kind of people and make the contacts you do on this course, which gives you a fantastic groundwork for your career in TV. You don’t only get great tutors on the course but you also get guest lecturers and training that is very relevant to your area and industry. It’s probably the only place in the UK where you get this quality of start in TV. I would recommend anyone.”

Interested? Applications are open now until November 17th 2016 and the course starts in January 2017 – visit the NFTS website to apply! Students will apply for, and be accepted onto the course in one of three craft specialisations: Cameras & Lighting, Vision Mixing or Sound in a Broadcast Studio Environment.