The Masterclass was created by the APA in 2001 and is now established as the industry standard training course for people on their way to becoming producers. Each year, top people in the industry devote time to passing on their expertise via lecturing and hosting study groups. The Masterclass is hugely popular, always over subscribed.

Learning from the best in the industry

Running for nearly 20 years

…it continues to go from strength to strength, now an essential part of the training of production staff on their way to becoming producers.

One Week Intensive Course

The course is refined every year by introducing some new elements, based on feedback from tutors and students. A one week intensive programme ensures students are completely immersed in the Masterclass and allows a unique insight into every aspect of production, via the industry experts who deliver the course. It is quite a week, so if you are ambitious to develop your career in production and prepared for a week of intense learning, we look forward to receiving your application.

Each day runs from 9am – 6pm. On the final day, we hold a budgeting workshop with over 25 top producers guiding the students in an interactive, all-day session. The students will then complete the Masterclass exam in the following two weeks after the course in their own time, before receiving their certificates.

2022 Course Dates

The 2022 Masterclass will run Monday 7th – Friday 11th February 2022.


APA Members – £200 +VAT per student.

IPA Members – £500 +VAT per student.


The applicant is a Production Assistant or a Production Manager at an APA member company who believes they have the potential to produce commercials within twelve months.  Full time employees of IPA Members in the TV Department can also apply. Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years experience within the industry to be eligible for the Masterclass.

How to Apply

Applications will open from October 2021.

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