Apply Now: Full-Time Video & Television Techniques Course 2018/19

Apply Now: Full-Time Video & Television Techniques Course 2018/19

The Nerve Centre is now accepting applications to its full-time Video & Television Techniques course for 2018/19.

The course is made up of four units taking in all aspects of modern digital video technology and production practices and also offers an insight into various sectors of the media industry and the regulatory bodies and laws that govern them.

The designed and desired effect of the training is to bring students to a level of proficiency in the skills necessary to produce a video. The course is divided into three integrated areas: technical, practical and theoretical.

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Core Units

- Film and Video Production (including FCPX)

- Sound for Moving Image (Location Sound Recording)

- Using Cameras and accessories for film & Video Production

- Health & Safety in the workplace (Film & Video Production)


This course will give the student an overall understanding of the production process and techniques, not only for video work, but also for many other areas of the media industry. The course is of particular interest to those looking for a low level entry into the industry, but will be equally useful for potential media degree students and community workers wanting to get professional results. Opportunities exist for learners to progress onto relevant Higher Education courses.

Previous students are now employed in many areas of the media industry or have gone on to degree level courses at the University of Ulster, Trinity College, and universities all over the UK.


Who is it for?

Anyone. Whether you’re sixteen and leaving school or fifty-five and looking for a hobby, this course will suit. Many media students return from study to get a better ‘hands on’ experience and a better technical understanding of all production aspects.

It will not suit anyone working full time due to the high level of commitment required to complete. 


Do I need qualifications to get on the course?

No. We start from scratch and the only thing you should have is plenty of enthusiasm and a desire to learn!
The course is open to all, and the Nerve Centre operates an equal opportunities policy. We particularly welcome applications from people who are under represented in the industry.


Will I get a qualification?

Yes! The National Certificate in Creative Arts & Digital Technologies is awarded at the successful completion of all Units required. It is an equivalent ‘A Level” qualification.

At the end of the course, you will be asked to undertake a written exam, which will examine the extent of your learning, both practical and theoretical.
This along with your portfolio & productions will form the basis of your final grade.

The training coordinator will also conduct an overall assessment of the students’ achievement through his/her portfolio and attendance, and on the basis of this assessment and the written exam results, students are recommended to the National Open College Network for Pass/Fail grades. But, probably the most important qualification is that you will have gained lots of hands-on experience using the best of equipment, under professional supervision.


What does it cost?

The course is free to all successful applicants. You do however need to have access to a computer and printer for research materials and provide your own flash drives for transferral of assignments and coursework. 


When does it start?

Interviews for selection begin late August and continue into September. The course normally begins in the first week of October and runs through to the end of June. Structured classes are usually from Wed – Fri (10am – 4pm) though video productions can involve filming other week days, evenings or weekends.

How can I apply?

Applications are available online or alternatively you can drop in and pick one up at our reception desk (Monday to Saturday 10am – 8pm). Telephone:  Nerve Centre - 02871 260562. Download Application Form 



”The Nerve Centre’s course was a great space to gain practical knowledge of the skills required in film & television production. I hope now to establish a career in the industry as a direct result of my training and achievements there”. PATRCK NASH 

“Brilliant course! Really enjoyed it. Very hands on. I’m far more confident now about going into the next level of education” JONATHAN PORTER 

“It was like getting hit on the head with a ‘sally rod’ full of knowledge! A great course! We did so much! Powerful!” KIERAN KELLY 

“Absolutely amazing! Learned so much technically, all the basics. Very hands on. I really enjoyed it!” JASON OGLE 


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