Diploma

Overview


This unique 13-month diploma course aims to give students the skills and capabilities for a successful future career as a First, Second, Third Assistant Director and/or Floor Manager. It is delivered in partnership with the BBC and with the support of the Assistant Directors Association and the Production Guild.

Being an Assistant Director or Floor Manager is a demanding role that requires a level head, self-confidence and strong communication to ensure a production is delivered successfully. They are responsible for the operation of the shooting set/television studio. Their objective is to provide the director with everything they need to realise their vision.

Students will collaborate with those in other specialisms to make films and TV entertainment shows – with all production costs met by the School. A 10-day work experience placement is included.

All NFTS students can attend the School’s masterclasses programme, with recent guests including Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk, The Dark Knight, Interstellar), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here) and Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, Veep, The Death of Stalin).

 

What you will study

This course combines practical experience on fiction films and TV Entertainment shows with industry work experience placements and intensive training.

During the course there will be a range of other specialist workshops on a range of relevant topics, such as Working with Talent, Tracking Vehicles, Stunts, Firearms and Special FX.

Specifically students will learn about:

  • Reading a script and developing a shooting schedule
  • How to use relevant industry software (e.g Movie Magic and Final Draft)
  • The impact of budget, cast availability and script coverage on the shooting schedule
  • Supporting the hiring of locations, props and equipment
  • Leading a technical recce
  • Set and Studio Floor protocols and etiquette
  • Liaising with the production office to create call sheets, movement orders and other production paperwork
  • Managing a set or studio floor with confidence during a shoot
  • Managing talent
  • Health and Safety and First Aid

 

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Current or recent tutors

Richard Lingard

Richard Lingard

Course Leader, Assistant Directing

Credits include The Escapist, Looking for Victoria, Leon The Pig Farmer

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £8,250

This course is only open to UK and EU/EEA applicants.

The NFTS does not charge you extra for the cost of productions or materials.

A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place.

Students are expected to provide their own laptops.

At the NFTS you will get far more time learning directly from tutors, in real production facilities and on real projects, than in the vast majority of film schools or universities. The specialist nature of our courses mean that our students gain the relevant skills and experience they need to go straight into the industry.

Showcase

Every year, our students work on a number of short films.

Entry requirements

We are looking for people who are practically- minded and who have a good general education, although there are no specific educational requirements for this course. We would expect those applying to have had hands-on experience of film, television  or other related creative production activity either via their previous University or College experience or professionally.

While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification.

If you are not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course.  We are unable to accept your application if you do not.

If you are not sure whether your experience or qualifications are appropriate, please ask the Registry for advice - info@nfts.co.uk.

How to apply

Application deadline: Contact Registry

 

The application deadline has now passed, please contact registry via email stating your name, course of interest and email address if you would like to be added to a mailing list: info@nfts.co.uk

 

Applicants must supply no more than two A4 pages telling us about a production or event you have worked on how it could have been better organised and managed. Include information on whether the production had a budget etc.