National Film and Television School
Presentation and Philosophy:
The NFTS is second to none. Producing a host of award winning students and graduates, and many of the UK's most noted contemporary auteurs as well as commercial filmmakers. It operates from its own historic studios running more specialist MA's than any other film school in the world. And you don't need a degree – you just need talent and a great portfolio!
Number of students/ full-time/ part-time workshops: +/- 244 (220 full-time + 24 part timers)
Number of students in film/animation studies: +/- 8 students/year accepted for each course. Priority is given to international students
Number of teachers: +/- 70
Degree category/length of studies:
There is no other film school in the world that offers so many individual specialist practical filmmaking courses. 13 Masters, 5 Diplomas and a wide range of short courses.
Masters courses: Cinematography; Composing for film and television; Digital effects; Directing animation; Directing documentary; Directing fiction; Editing; Games design and development; Producing; Producing design; Producing & directing television entertainment; Screenwriting; Sound design for film and television
Diploma courses: Broadcast production; Entrepreneurial producing for the creative industries; Production management for film & television; Script development; Sound recording for film & television
Programme objective and content:
NFTS Courses are based on learning and applying the crafts and skills of the medium. Students are encouraged to develop a solid understanding of how their specialist role fits into the overall process of project development, production and programme making. All practical learning is carefully integrated with seminars and other activities that place film, television and games in a historical, cultural and business context.
Courses are led by professionals with extensive and current industry experience, teaching to industry standards. Core staff are supplemented by visiting tutors, leading practitioners in their field, who conduct special workshops and exercises.
Students are encouraged to extend the boundaries of creative expression in their specialisation and to experiment with new forms and styles related to the content of their work. The school supports the development of individual approaches to the work, allowing flexibility and freedom of choice within the parameters of the curriculum. Workshops, exercises and productions provide a framework for self-expression and a context for evaluating successful growth and the maturing of talent.
Practical workshops will, wherever relevant, contain screenings and seminars that relate the skills to be learned to their application in films, programmes, published game titles and other media outputs.
The School endeavours to keep its students up-to-date with new approaches both in technology and aesthetics with particular attention to modes of production and the refinement of the language of moving image media. A major part of this is achieved by giving access to practitioners who visit the School or by arranging sessions at facilities elsewhere in London or further afield. Attendance at major festivals and symposia is built into course timetables. Thus an ongoing debate is encouraged to allow students to progress their learning under the stimulus of contact with change and development in the industry that they are preparing to enter.
Engagement with others is an essential part of every course. Students are developing their skills in order to be part of an essentially collaborative process - that of programme making. The curriculum for each specialisation is therefore designed to link with others on a number of occasions throughout the course, most significantly during productions. Here students have an opportunity to put into practice their increasing creative, interpretative and technical skills within the realistic constraints of production.
Admission and entry requirements:
(Fees, deadlines, credit requirements...)
Candidates who do not have a degree but have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification will be considered as well
Applicants are considered on the basis of their whole application and on evidence of their ability to benefit from the course and to complete it successfully. Your portfolio or other supporting materials help us to assess your application. Course descriptions outline what materials you should submit and full details are given on the materials sheet for each course (page 5 of the application form); you can download an application form from the website, or obtain a copy by email or post from the Registry.
Because our courses are designed for people with at least a little experience - even if it's just making your own DV film - most students are in their early-twenties to mid-thirties when they arrive here.
English Language Requirements:
While the School is a multilingual community, courses are taught and assessed in English. You must be fluent in written and spoken English. A TOEFL certificate of competency in English is not required.
MA: £11,300 a year (Home fees - includes all curriculum production)
£24,000 a year (Overseas Fees - includes all curriculum production)
Please note: a deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place.
BA: From £4,000 (script development) to £9,000 (Entrepreneurial Producing for the Creative Industries)
Documentary Summer School: £2950
Applications are first assessed by a panel of NFTS tutors and Industry professionals, who choose a shortlist of candidates to attend an interview. For some courses the interview may include a simple test appropriate to the specialisation, or candidates may be asked to bring additional material.
For some courses there will be a short three or five-day workshop in August, after which the final selection of students is made. Workshops - usually charged at £100 for three days or £150 for five/six days - give you the chance to experience the NFTS environment and working methods, and allow us the opportunity to see potential students in action. They are designed to be a useful learning experience for all who take part, whether or not they are eventually offered a place.
National Film and Television School
Bucks HP9 1LG
Switchboard: 01494 671234
Registry: 01494 731425
Short Courses: 01494 677903
Fax: 01494 674042