Production Technology MA introduced to fight the skills gap

To tackle the shortage of broadcast engineers and an impending skills gap in the television and film industry, The National Film and Television School (NFTS) is launching a new Production Technology MA which is being supported by the IET. The BBC recently noted that 60% of engineers across Europe are within 10 years of retirement.


The IET’s recent annual Skills & Demand Survey found that two thirds of engineering employers surveyed are concerned about graduate skills. The survey also documented that over half of these employers are currently recruiting for new engineering and technology staff.

The two-year postgraduate course will start in January 2017 and students will benefit from the school’s new Digital Content Production Training Studio, which on opening early 2017 will be one of the most advanced dedicated training facilities in the UK and will have the ability to shoot, record and stream live content in high definition 4k.

Tim Hamer, IET’s Director of Knowledge says: “We fully support this new Production Technology MA and the work the National Film and Television School is doing to meet the UK’s shortage of highly skilled broadcast engineers. This area of engineering is extremely exciting and we would encourage anyone with an interest in television and film to apply.”

Top technologist and NFTS Head of Production Technology, John Maxwell Hobbs says: “Our Production Technology MA offers a unique opportunity for students to embed themselves into full productions as solution providers and get practical hands on experience that would be impossible to get outside a film and television school like ours. While the industry is headed towards a skills gap, we’re also seeing massive technological advances and the merging of the worlds of broadcasting and IT so this is an incredibly vibrant time for broadcast engineering and offers a highly rewarding career path.”

Production Technology students will be offered full membership of the IET enabling them to use the top class facilities when in central London. NFTS will also embark upon a work placement programme with IET’s TV Production department allowing students to get hands on experience across a number of different areas from camera work and vision mixing to production management and work flow design.

Applications are open until October 31st 2016 and the course starts in January 2017. Click here to apply.

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