Short course


This five day course, taught by freelance technicians and supported by Panavision, is designed to de-mystify film camera systems and to teach you how to use the equipment sensibly, knowledgeably and with respect.

The course provides you with 100% hands on practice, using the current 16mm and 35mm camera systems. 

Please bring a torch, scissors, and common sense.

You will be shown loading, lacing, maintenance and assembly of accessories for each camera system.

This course covers:

  • Testing and preparation of equipment
  • The roles of 1st and 2nd assistants
  • An overview of lens testing, collimation and camera steady test


Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Corporate Rate: £1500
Freelance Rate: £825

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

Once you have submitted your application, bursary applications should be submitted, along with a diversity monitoring form, to


NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

NFTS Scotland Diversity Monitoring Form 

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

Please register your interest now to be advised of new course dates once they become available.