“It’s a huge privilege to be one of the first participants to enrol at NFTS Scotland, which I could not have done without the support of the bursary fund provided by the Scottish Government and the BBC. Their support has helped start my journey to fulfilling my dream to be a successful documentary director and producer in Scotland.” Meray Diner, course participant
Update from NFTS Scotland with regard to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic
Since mid-March 2020, in repsonse to lockdown, we have been delivering our training in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom. We will continue to do so and introduce a blended approach to training from September 2020. Courses which benefit from being delivered in a physical environment such as technical and art department training will be prioritised for physical delivery.
If you are interested in a course which doesn't have advertised dates, you can register your interest in these courses, but please be aware that pricing and delivery model (online or face to face) may change as we announce new dates. You will be informed at the time these courses go live for applications again.
Thank you for your patience at this challenging time for everyone.
We are working to ensure we can continue to deliver the standard of world-class training the NFTS is famous for.
Since opening its doors in spring 2018, NFTS Scotland has been delivering the National Film and Television School’s world-class training and innovation for the film and television sector in Scotland. Initially delivering from our base at BBC Scotland in Glasgow's Pacific Quay, we are also now hosting online courses and sessions in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom.
With a growing portfolio of over 60 courses and online sessions, spanning creative, craft and technical skill areas in development, production and post-production, the hub is committed to supporting the development of the local industry by offering a range of bespoke courses designed to develop the creative talent and expertise of graduates and people already working in Scotland’s screen sector.
From one-day courses in Data Wrangling and DIT and week-long courses in Factual Production Management, The Art of Observational Filming and The Art of Multi-Camera Directing, to ten day courses in Working in the Assistant Director’s Department and Art Department: Three Key Crafts, our courses (many of which are bespoke training developed specifically for delivery the sector here) are gaining an established reputation within the industry in Scotland as well as nationally and internationally.
"NFTS has an incredible reputation. I never thought I’d get to go there because I am based in Scotland so when the opportunity came up to do the ‘How Stories Work in Documentaries’ course, I jumped at it…having got a commission quite quickly after I know now what I need to do to tell the stories of the people in my documentary. A lot of that groundwork came from what we learned from the NFTS.", Laura-Jane Chalmers, course participant
At NFTS Scotland, new, emerging and established practitioners can choose to spend four days learn to edit unscripted and Specialist Factual TV (Edit Producing), a week discovering how to develop their practice in editing factual content (Factual Editing), train to start work in the camera department (Camera Assisting, explore what it takes to work in the film and TV locations department (Scouting for Commercials and Introduction to Locations Management) and learn how to make amazing visual effects for film and TV (Introduction to VFX).
Working with NFTS Short Courses at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, the only film school in the UK to be awarded a BAFTA for its contribution to film and television, we are able to offer many of their courses closer to home for Scottish practitioners. These include: 16mm/35mm Camera Familiarisation, Developing and Pitching Drama, Directing the Documentary, Drama Production Management, Location Sound Recording and Writing the TV Pilot.
"Paul's knowledge and experience speaks for itself and his insight was fascinating. It has opened my eyes to the world of drama production management and I'm more eager than ever to navigate my career path towards this route." Scarlett Brockley, course participant
In partnership with Progressive Broadcast Hire Ltd, we are also able to offer the latest high-end industry standard camera equipment on our technical short courses such as Camera Assisting, Start Self-Shooting and Advanced Self-Shooting.
"The Art of Multi Camera Directing course gave me the confidence in both a creative and practical sense to step up from my usual role as a Vision Mixer to Directing a crew and studio. Less than 3 months after completing the course I directed a 2hr live music programme with 8 cameras, 2 stages, and numerous bands and musicians (BBC Scotland Hogmanay Live). I recommend NFTS Scotland to anyone, no matter what stage of their career they are in." Sam Pearce, course participant
All of our courses are taught by experienced industry professionals working in film, television and games.
NFTS Scotland is keen to encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds. Thanks to Scottish Government funding, we are able to offer discretionary bursaries for our courses to those who are eligible.
If you have a course suggestion, bursary enquiry or require further information about a course, please email us at email@example.com
"(This course gave me the confidence) to pursue work in the camera department. I came out of the course feeling it was all possible again… learning the specific disciplines required to assist camera will really stand me in good stead as I start my career." Andrew McLellan, course participant
Entry requirements for individual courses are specified on each course page. In general, for short courses, that are not of an introductory nature, we request a current CV to accompany your application and at least two professional credits to demonstrate your experience and commitment to pursuing your chosen path with the industry.
If you are a non-EEA/Swiss national, you must also have the appropriate visa prior to attending one of our courses. The rules vary for short courses and longer qualification courses. You can find out more about which visa you should apply for on the Goverment's student visa page. Most of our short courses would be covered under the short-term student visa, while certificates and diplomas would require a Tier 4 visa.
If your application is successful, we can reserve a place on a course for you, subject to you submitting your immigration paperwork. We will request a copy of your visa and ID (passport) prior to your attendance on the course to confirm your immigration status. Therefore, we advise that you make early preparation for both your course and visa applications.
"This (Art Department: Three Key Crafts) was an absolutely brilliant course – packed with practical information. I thought the supporting book from David was a great idea as it means I have guides written out that I am able to look back on... I feel confident that I now have the know-how in the three areas covered – hand drafting, model making and camera lens projections." Caroline Kane, course participant
Our main bursary fund is supported by the Scottish Government and these bursaries are available for all of our courses. 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 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the individual course details for application deadlines.
NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines (Word doc)
NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (pdf)
If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.
In 2020, some of our introductory vocational courses are also supported by the Channel 2 Bursary Fund. Details of this fund and how to apply can be found on the relevant course pages.
During the period of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are also pleased to be able to offer a Hardship Fund supported by Screen Scotland. Details of this fund and how to apply can be found our live course pages.
Head of NFTS Scotland: Alison Goring
Development Manager: Abigail Howkins
Administrator: Victoria Mackenzie-Forsyth