The National Film and Television School (NFTS) has announced that applications are now open for courses at its new Scottish base, NFTS Scotland, which will operate from BBC Scotland’s studios in Glasgow.

The courses are specifically designed to meet the growing needs of film, television and games production companies and independent practitioners across Scotland.  The NFTS is an acknowledged global leader in the provision of postgraduate, high-level, creative and technical skills for the audio-visual industries. It was recognised with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema BAFTA at the 2018 ceremony and was the first film school to be awarded the 2018 Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

The first round of NFTS Scotland courses, now open for applicants, launches with the brand new How Stories Work in Documentary (30 April – 4 May) course which has been specifically developed for NFTS Scotland and will be led by Peter Dale, NFTS Co-head of Documentary. The extensive experience Peter brings to prospective course applicants includes 18 years producing and directing documentaries at the BBC, becoming Head of Documentaries at Channel 4 where he commissioned filmmakers including NFTS graduates, Kim Longinotto, Nick Broomfield and Molly Dineen, and conceiving and launching More4, Channel 4’s third digital channel.

Further courses include Directing The Short Film (11-12 June) and Directing The Comedy Film (13-14 June) led by award-winning director Col Spector, 16mm/35mm Familiarisation (3-7 July) and a two week intensive Writing the TV Pilot course for applicants interested in developing and writing original and challenging drama series for television.

Diversity and inclusion are key priorities for NFTS Scotland and there is a joint aspiration that a third of all places in the first two years will be bursary-supported places. To that end the BBC and the Scottish Government is making a contribution to a bursary fund which will meet the costs of these places and ensure that participants will be drawn from a broad range of backgrounds.

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon announced funding of £475,000 in her keynote speech at last year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival, to support plans for NFTS Scotland while the BBC’s contribution of premises and facilities for NFTS at Pacific Quay builds on the corporation’s additional investment of £40m a year in Scotland to provide additional and more relevant output for its audiences.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture Fiona Hyslop said: “The Scottish Government supported this project from the start and we were delighted that we were able to help secure this prestigious asset for Scotland.  We will continue to support Scotland’s screen sector which is why we also doubled funding this year for development, production and growth to £20 million.  As the industry here grows, it’s crucial we have people ready to fill employers’ needs across very specific roles. It is exciting to see the first courses from NFTS Scotland open up a new route to give people from all backgrounds an opportunity to learn essential specialist skills in film and television.”

Alison Goring, Head of NFTS Scotland said: “We are very excited to be offering NFTS’s first-class training for the screen industries in Scotland, and look forward to welcoming the first course participants. NFTS Scotland is proud to contribute to skills development here, and we are working closely with industry to develop further courses across a range of creative and technical specialisms to ensure that we meet industry needs and support the amazing talent we have here. ” 

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