TV or Film Director

TV director watching actors at a scene on a computer screen

A film or TV director creates the overall visual and sound effect of a production. They use their organisational skills and technical knowledge to manage the whole production process, managing the production, technical and creative teams.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Some directors work for little or no pay but will share in any profit the film makes.

The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) website has recommended freelance rates of pay. For 2022/23 these are generally as follows:

(Rates are negotiable and exclude holiday pay).


Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland


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1 %
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4.1 %

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What Does it Take?

You need:

You should have:


Getting On

More Information

If you are aged 18 or over you may be interested in The Network through Screen Education Edinburgh. The Network is held each year alongside the TV Festival in Edinburgh. If selected you would attend for four free days of masterclasses and workshops which will provide you with the skills, knowledge and contacts to start a career in TV. You can usually apply from January to May.

There are local opportunities to take part in film competitions and workshops — like the Edinburgh and Lothian Schools Film Competition or the Glasgow Youth Film Festival.

BBC Scotland runs an apprenticeship scheme for people who are keen to get into a career in the media industry. As well as learning on the job at BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay in various departments, you will study towards a Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at a Glasgow college. Ideally applicants will have National 5 English and Maths, good IT skills and a keen interest in media. You must be at least 18 at the start date of the apprenticeship. Entry is very competitive as places are limited. For any questions and updates by following @BBCGetin on Twitter. If you would like to find out more or check on application deadline dates visit BBC Careers.

Young Scot and Creative Scotland operate the 'Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund', which aims to support young people aged 11-25 and interested in developing creative or artistic skills. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding up to £1,000. For more information see the Young Scot website.

Trainee Finder is ScreenSkills flagship new entrant programme which offers paid work placements across a range of roles in film and TV. Applications are currently closed for the 2024-25 programme. Recruitment will usually begin around September of the year before placement. Find out more and apply online by visiting the Film Trainee Finder website.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
Tel: 020 7734 0022
Twitter: @BAFTA

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme awards a small number of scholarships for postgraduate courses related to a career in film, TV or computer games.

British Film Institute
Twitter: @BFI

National Film and Television School
Tel: 01494 671234
Twitter: @NFTSFilmTV

Tel: 020 7713 9800
Twitter: @UKScreenSkills

ScreenSkills works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

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