TV Production Knowledge

CPD Value: 80 Hours

MIPA Accreditation: 3 stars

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 2 hour exam which will take place at the IPA.

Delegates must commit to attending ALL sessions below. 

2018 Dates 
•    Tuesday 16th January - INTRO EVENING
•    Tuesday 23rd January
•    Tuesday 30th January
•    Tuesday 6th February
•    Tuesday 13th February
•    Tuesday 20th February
•    Tuesday 27th February
•    Tuesday 6th March
•    Monday 12th March
•    Wednesday 14th March - Friday 16th March - RESIDENTIAL
•    Tuesday 20th March
•    Monday 26th March
•    Tuesday 27th March 
•    Morning of Monday 16th April - EXAM

We will also host a Graduation Ceremony and Party onThursday 24th May to celebrate our graduates success.

Member: £2,200 +VAT Non-Member: £4,400 + VAT

Please email Rosie for more information and to register your interest for the 2019 intake. Applications for 2018 are now closed. 

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You can only book onto this course if you have been contacted by the IPA and informed that your application has been accepted. 

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