Welcome to the homepage of Access NFTS, the outreach programme of the National Film and Television School
Click on the tabs below to find out more about Access NFTS, it's history and aims and objectives. To keep in touch with us, you will find contact information at the bottom of the page.
What is Access NFTS?
Access NFTS is a national outreach programme designed to discover, inform and inspire a new generation of creative talent.
As the UK's national film and television school, it's our mission to seek out home grown British talent, and allow it to flourish. We want to work with the film, television and game makers of the future, whatever your background, from school leavers to adults looking for access to the industry. Whether you want to ultimately study at the NFTS, or get a junior job and work your way up, our access programme will support you to reach your full potential.
Access NFTS also enhances careers education by offering events, resources and activities that discuss routes into, and the broad range of careers, in the film, TV, and Games industry.
Access NFTS is supported by
Why run Access NFTS?
Access NFTS is predominantly an outreach programme, but also works to improve diversity and inclusion within the NFTS student body. All activity is continually evaluated to meet the following objectives:
- Increase awareness of the NFTS.
- Increase knowledge of careers, and their relevant pathways, within the Film, TV and Games industry.
- Raise aspirations of those interested in the Film, TV and Games industry.
- Improve attitudes towards the accessibility of Higher Education/Film School, as well as the inclusivity of the Film, TV and Games industry overall.
- Develop necessary skills for the Film, TV and Games industry.
- Enhance awareness of financial, mental health, disability and general student support available within the NFTS, and the wider industry.
- Widen Participation and diversity of engagement, applications, and intake at the NFTS.
Who is Access NFTS for?
Access NFTS is open to all.
We want to engage with those already interested in a career in the industry, as well as those not yet aware of the available opportunities.
We want to work with groups traditionally under-represented in both Higher Education and the Film, TV and Games industry. Our goal is to have a minimum of 50% participation from those who fall into these widening participation categories at all events, ultimately improving diversity and inclusion with our work.
You can see our full Targeting and Eligibitliy criteria by opening this document (PDF)
- Find out more about Access NFTS: In Conversation
Access NFTS is supported by Universal Pictures, with each In Conversation event sponsored by an upcoming Universal release. The sessions will be informal conversations between the Head of Outreach at the NFTS and a current or past student. The conversation will focus on the career the student is studying for or working in, their pathway to the NFTS, their experience both before, during their current study and since graduating. They will also be answering questions from the audience.
These sessions are available to all, simply click on the link below to complete a booking form and confirmation details, including the zoom link, will be sent to you in advance of each event.
We will have a different student in conversation in each session,
Future session details to be released soon
There is no charge for any of these events and they will take place via Zoom between 5pm and 6pm on the dates shown
- Find out more about Access NFTS: Discover
Once a term the NFTS opens its doors to secondary education aged pupils (11-16 years old). The aim of this session is for young people to discover the NFTS, find out what happens at the school, have a tour of the site and meet some current students. The events are designed to be mixed, therefore allowing multiple groups to attend.
Event Length 2 hours
Event times AM Session 09.30-11.30 | PM Session 13.00-15.00
Maximum Capacity 60 attendees.
Group sizes 15 per school/visiting group (more places may be offered depending on availability).
Host Access NFTS: Discover is led by the NFTS Head of Outreach and current NFTS Students
Venue NFTS Beaconsfield
Timetable Each event will follow the same timetable:Intro to NFTS and careers in the industry (30 minutes with discussion activity)Tour of NFTS with current students (30 minutes)NFTS Film screening with intro from filmmaker(s) (30 minutes)Q&A with current NFTS students (20 minutes)Summary and evaluation (10 minutes)
Dates: More dates coming soon
To book your FREE places please go to our Booking Form. You can book for multiple events if you wish
Please note: All school requests received for visits to the NFTS will be directed towards these dates. Bespoke requests are not currently available.
Go to our events page for details of all upcoming events
- Find out more about Access NFTS: Experience
Once a term the NFTS will open its doors to further education aged students. The aim of this session is for young people to experience the NFTS. These 4 hour sessions will give an insight into studying at the NFTS, include an interactive experience tour of the school and opportunity to meet staff and students. The events are designed to be mixed, therefore allowing multiple groups to attend.
Event Length 4 hours
Event Times 10.00 - 14.00
Maximum Capacity 60 attendees
Group sizes 15 per school/visiting group (more places may be offered depending on availability).
Host Access NFTS: Experience is led by Head of Outreach, NFTS Staff and current students
Venue NFTS Beaconsfield
Timetable Each event will follow the same timetable with workshops in 3 different disciplines taught at the school. Details of the workshops for each event will be confirmed nearer to the event date:Intro to NFTS (15 minutes)Tour of NFTS (30 minutes)Workshop 1 – Workshop 1 (45 minutes)Workshop 2 – Workshop 2 (45 minutes)Workshop 3 - Workshop 3 (45 minutes)Q&A with current NFTS Students (15 minutes)Summary and evaluation (10 minutes)Dates: Wednesday 15th June (PLACES STILL AVAILABLE), Monday 18th July (FULLY BOOKED), More dates coming soonTo book your FREE places please go to our Booking Form. You can book for multiple events if you wishPlease note: All college requests received for visits to the NFTS will be directed towards these dates. Bespoke requests are not currently available.Go to our events page for details of all upcoming events
- Find out more about Access NFTS: UK Tour
UK TOUR is back for 2022
From March 2022, Access NFTS will be on tour throughout the year, stopping at a new destination each month. Each event will focus on a different subject area(s)
Each stage of the tour will take place over 2 days, a Friday and a Saturday.
On the Friday we will offer masterclasses to local universities, schools, colleges or organisations interested in or affiliated with the Film, TV and Games industry. These sessions will be up to 2 hours in length and can be a mix of presentations and interactive workshops depending on the venue, subject and numbers involved. The Saturday we will be offering sessions open to all (sign up necessary).
GLASGOW & INVERNESS
23 June - We will be in Inverness with NFTS graduate Rob Szeliga. Rob will be delivering workshops in Sound Design and Life as a Freelancer. Fleur Capocci, current NFTS Student, will also be running a Producing/Production Management session.
24 June - We will be in Glasgow with Rob and Fleur delivering their sessions. We will also be joined by two NFTS department heads. Sandra Hebron runs our Film Studies, Programming and Curation MA course, and Ian Murphy leads the Visual Effects MA. Both with be offering session covering their careers and experience, along with information on the range roles in their areas of the industry and answering your questions.
25 June - We will be at BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay, Glasgow, home of NFTS Scotland. We will be running the following timetable (timings subject to change)
09:30 - 11:00 - Visual effects session with Ian Murphy
11.30 - 13:00 - Sandra Hebron in conversation with Allison Gardner
13: 30 -15:00 - Sound Design Session with Rob Szeliga
15:30- 17:00 - Producing/Production management session with Fleur Capocci
For full details and to book places go to the event home page by clicking HERE (coming soon)
If you are a college, university, school or organisation in any of the areas above and feel you would benefit from a workshop or masterclass from the NFTS, please contact us to discuss further. Alternatively if your area does not appear above and you are interested in us visiting your city/town get in touch and we can discuss the possibility of planning something for the future.
20 May - We held sessions in Production Management and Assistant Directing at The Unit and Bradford College (School of Art)
21 May - The following sessions were held at the Bradford 2025 venue.in Centenary Square, open to all
Assistant Directing Workshop with NFTS Student Ciara Gallagher, Model Making with NFTS Head of Department John Lee (credits include the Star Wars and Harry Potter franchises) and NFTS Graduate Sophie Monk Production Management with NFTS Students Sophie Esslemont and Chloe O' Donoghue
CARDIFF & ABERYSTWYH
28 April - We were at the University of Aberystwyth with Cinematographer and 2018 NFTS Alum Angela Neil.
29 April - We were at Colleg y Cymoedd and Merthyr College with NFTS Student Lisa Kenney (Directing Animation) and Richard Lingard (Assistant Directing and Floor Managing)
30 April - We were at the BBC Wales building in Cardiff running sessions open to all on Animation, Assistant Directing and Editing
We were in Birmingham in March 2022 with NFTS Head of Visual Effects Ian Murphy, Sound Tutor Guy Hake, Composing Tutor Filip Sijanic and Assistant Directing students Alex and Grace.
To see more from our our UK Tour, you can find images and details on our instagram page
- Find out more about Access NFTS: Creative Career Clinics
- Calling undergraduate students! Are you thinking about your next steps into your future career? Are you interested in the thriving film, television and games industries? Join the National Film and Television School (NFTS) for our upcoming Creative Career Clinic sessions and find out about the many different pathways to a wide range of roles available in the industry.Access NFTS runs a series of Creative Careers Clinics each term, virtually via Zoom. Sessions run from 4.30pm-5.30pm and are aimed at undergraduate students, careers advisors/leaders and anyone interested in the career being highlighted. We particularly welcome those from underrepresented groups to come along. Our next series of clinics will run in May/June 2022,We will release information about our next series shortly
Find out more about the BFI Film Academy
The BFI Film Academy Craft Residential delivered by the NFTS has places for 77 young people aged 16-19 making short films under the tuition of industry experts.
The NFTS is looking for talented filmmakers aged 16-19 years old to join our BFI Film Academy Craft Residential.
Applications open in September each year and the programme runs in the Spring.
For more information on the events available and how to apply, please visit our dedicated webpage: nfts.co.uk/bfi-film-academy
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- NFTS Google Archive
As part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations throughout 2021, The National Film and Television School (NFTS) collaborated with Google Arts & Culture to open the vaults of its extensive archive for the very first time, launching a new collection of over 200 digitised films and behind the scenes material.
After five decades training filmmakers across disciplines including fiction, documentary, animation, television and games, the NFTS Digital Archive (g.co/NFTS) features a curated selection of student films made at the NFTS, complimented by a range of multi-media resources including behind the scenes stills, trailers, original screenplays and recent interviews.
Filmmakers such as Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit), Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Rose Glass (Saint Maud) Nick Broomfield (Kurt and Courtney) and many more, share memories of making their student films and reflect on their experiences while studying at the NFTS. The incredible work NFTS graduates have created over the last 50 years has helped shape the cultural life of the UK and contributed to the worldwide success of the British film and television industry.
Check it out and be inspired, you might even discover your dream career or at least find out more about the behind the camera work and huge range of roles available.
For more information on Access NFTS please contact Head of Outreach, Joe Bradbury-Walters | email@example.com