Studying at the NFTS is an exceptionally good way to develop your skills, expand your knowledge and improve your employment prospects.
There are several ways you can fund your Masters degree and give yourself a head start when it comes to progressing your career.
The School awards £600,000 for student support to UK students on the MA programme. We offer more financial support relative to the size of our student body than any other top educational institution.
All students from the UK and EU are invited to apply for an NFTS scholarship when they receive their offer of a place on the course. These applications are also means tested. Scholarships can provide some or all of the tuition fees and some also contribute to living expenses. They are provided by a named individual or institution that has some connection with the industry and school. They may have an interest in mentoring the recipient. Therefore these awards carry considerable prestige.
More information on Scholarships, please visit our Scholarships page.
Other Sources of Funding
You should investigate all potential sources of independent funding available on the World Wide Web via search engines such as Google for “scholarships”, “grants”, “funding”, “bursaries”, “educational trust”, “art trust” and any educational organisation or institution that has resources that may be available for postgraduate study. When you are offered a place you will receive some suggestions from us. We ask that you do not contact either our sponsors or donors, who are listed on page 54 of the virtual prospectus which is viewable on our website:
Some funding opportunities for UK students are detailed on the Adult Learning page of the Government information website:
Professional and Career Development Loans
A Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) is a bank loan that can be used to help pay for learning that enhances your job skills or career prospects.
You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year's relevant unpaid practical work).
The Young People's Learning Agency pays the interest on the loan while you are studying, and for one month afterwards. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs, such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries.
Because the PCDL is a commercial loan product and interest rates may be high, it is important that you only consider applying once all other student funding options have been investigated.
For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the Directgov website or contact the Next Step service on 0800 100 900.
Funding opportunities and other financial advice are available on the UCKISA website:
Many countries have scholarship programmes for students wanting to study abroad and it’s worth investigating these in your home country. Additionally there are British Government-funded scholarship schemes available through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Overseas Development Administration or United Nations. You can find out more from the British Council, Embassy or High Commission in your own country or from:
The application deadline for these scholarships may fall before our selection process is over, so you should ask if you can make an application in principle even though you may not yet have been offered a place at the School.
Students from the US: For help paying for a course that is not covered by a Federal Loan, you can apply for a private student loan from Sallie Mae.