Short course


Please note that in light of COVID-19 physical distancing measures, our courses are now being developed to be delivered online for as long as required, and where possible.

However, we hope that this practical course will still run on the advertised dates and therefore you can still apply now to secure a place. You will be kept informed as the situation develops.

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:

Freelance Rate: £950
Corporate Rate: £1500

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 course application, your bursary application should be submitted to

The bursary deadline for this course is Monday 31st August 2020 at 9 am

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application 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: Book Now

To apply for this course, please complete the application form and submit your CV to