Short course


Supported by Progressive Broadcast, Glasgow


This course, especially developed for delivery in Scotland, is a largely practical course which will help you better understand where the Camera Assistant’s role fits into the wider Film and TV crew. Led by Director of Photography, Alan McSheehy, you will gain experience working with industry professionals, understanding the equipment, processes and practices involved in assisting the camera team. It is ideal for junior employees and freelancers working in the Film and TV industries and those wanting to get a foothold on the first rung of the career ladder.

The course covers: 

- An overview of the camera department and roles within it
- Industry standard camera equipment and accessories
- Identifying kit required for a project
- Checking and testing equipment
- Setting up equipment for a shoot, including practical drama exercises with actors
- Reviewing rushes
- The Camera Assistant's equipment list 

Comments from the last course include: 
"I wasn't sure how much it was possible to learn in just three days, but wow, Alan was a brilliant teacher."
"I learnt so much from this course, with exactly what is expected from camera assistants and it gave me a lot more confidence in my abilities. "
"Hands-on practical training in mirror set-ups of an industry set of a production; intensive learning by doing!"

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Corporate Rate: £1050
Freelance Rate: £545

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


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, along with a diversity monitoring form, to

The bursary deadline for this course is Friday 18th January 2019 at 5.30pm. 

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

NFTS Scotland Diversity Monitoring Form 

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to receive information about future dates.