Students have begun the first course at NFTS Scotland – the new hub of the UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS).
Backed with £475,000 of Scottish Government funding, this is the first time the NFTS has had a base outside the southeast of England. In partnership with the BBC, the School is offering specialist courses in all aspects of film, television and games development, based at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay and Dumbarton studios.
To improve diversity and inclusion in the screen sector, there is a joint aspiration that a third of training places in the first two years will receive bursary funding, paid for by a Scottish Government and BBC-funded scheme.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop met students and tutors at the inaugural documentary storyline course at Pacific Quay. The course is led by BAFTA-nominated Peter Dale, former head of documentaries at Channel 4 and NFTS Co-Head of Documentary.
Ms Hyslop said:
“We want to continue to support our growing screen industry, and that’s why we’re backing this venture from the National Film and Television School. These courses will give people in Scotland the opportunity to develop their careers in the sector and move up the creative ladder, while also providing the industry with a stream of well-qualified talent.
“I am particularly pleased we have been able to support the bursary scheme so that people who might otherwise not be able to access this training can either learn new skills so they are work-ready or progress their careers. This will mean people of all backgrounds can benefit from these outstanding opportunities.”
Meray Diner, a course participant, said:
“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.”
Alison Goring, Head of NFTS Scotland said:
“It’s fantastic to open the doors of NFTS Scotland and welcome our first cohort onto the inaugural course led by BAFTA- nominated documentary maker, Peter Dale. We have a packed schedule of courses coming up over the next few months and a whole host of participants enrolled from a wide range of backgrounds thanks to the support of the Scottish government and the BBC. We look forward to playing an important role in supplying a consistent pipeline of local talent to our thriving and growing industry here in Scotland.”
Donalda MacKinnon, BBC Scotland Director said:
"BBC Scotland’s plans to create more relevant content for our audiences, which include a new channel, are about to step up a notch so it's great news for our industry that we can now also welcome NFTS students into our bases at both Glasgow and Dumbarton. It's an exciting time for the creative sector here in Scotland and we're delighted to be able to play our part in helping NFTS students acquire and maintain the appropriate skills that we'll all need as the industry expands."
NFTS Scotland will offer a range of bespoke courses to develop the creative talent and expertise of graduates and people already working in Scotland’s screen sector. This will help to address skills gaps in specific areas which have been identified as priorities by employers.
The Scottish Government is providing an additional £10 million for screen sector growth, production and development this year, bringing its investment in screen to £20 million.
Contact for more information:
NFTS Head of PR and Communications – Vicky Hewlett firstname.lastname@example.org
Full list of upcoming courses can be found at www.nfts.co.uk/scotland
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