TV Production Knowledge

The IPA has run this TV Production course for over 30 years, during which time it has become recognised within the industry as a valuable and important part of a producer's training. 

The course requires potential delegates who must have at least 18 months’ experience as a production assistant or junior producer to submit an application form which is assessed by the course Chair to determine their eligibility to participate.

The IPA TV Production Knowledge course is a 13-week intensive programme of weekly evening sessions held at the IPA and other London locations and a 3 day residential including 2 nights’ accommodation in a London hotel, taking delegates through the entire TV Production process. During the course, delegates are required to complete individual coursework, group work and an offline exam. This results in them being awarded the IPA Diploma in TV Production Knowledge.

Topics include:
•    The role and importance of the agency producer
•    The disciplines-contracts, copyright and legal
•    Animatics explained
•    Looking at a script in detail
•    Choosing a director
•    Business Affairs
•    Music
•    Procurement
•    Casting
•    Cinema
•    Pre-production meetings
•    The art of the editor
•    Insurance
•    Understanding a production quote
•    Post production
•    Digital media

The course is structured into weekly evening sessions which will take place at the IPA and external veneus in London plus a 3 day residential. The course culminates in a 3 hour exam which will take place at the IPA.

Applications for the 2017 intake are due to open w/c 26th September 2016 – all member agencies will be notified

Confirmed dates for the 2017 course are:

Tuesday 17 January – 6pm – 8pm
Tuesday 24 January – 6pm – 8pm
Tuesday 31 January – 6pm – 8pm
Tuesday 7 February – 6pm – 8pm
WEDNESDAY 15 February – 6pm – 8pm
Tuesday 21 February – 6pm – 8pm
Tuesday 28 February – 6pm – 8pm
Tuesday 7 March – 6pm – 8pm
Wednesday 8 – Friday 10 March Residential – M by Montcalm, Shoreditch
Tuesday 14 March – 6pm – 8pm
Tuesday 21 March – 6pm – 8pm
Tuesday 28 March – 6pm – 8pm
MONDAY10 April – morning exam at the IPA

Applicants must commit to attending ALL sessions

£2,200 +VAT

Please email for more details


TV Production Applications are now open and will close on Friday 21st October. Delegates will find out if they have been successful on Wednesday 2nd November, when we will require the CPD managers to book their respective delegates onto the course through our website (the link will be sent to them directly). 

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