Duration 2 Years
Next intake January 2021
Application deadline 07 May 2020
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This course provides a unique environment in which directors can find their individual style and their own distinctive voice.
"The NFTS is right at the heart of training for the industry." Graduate David Yates, director of the Harry Potter series and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The course is highly practical, giving students the opportunity to make high quality films in our in-house studios or on location. They will also have the chance to learn from top industry professionals.
Students will collaborate with those in other specialisms to make several films and practical projects, putting into practice the skills they learn along throughout the course – with all production costs met by the School. The NFTS has purpose-built film and television studios and professional standard post-production facilities.
All NFTS students can attend the School’s masterclasses programme, with recent guests including Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here, We Need to Talk About Kevin), Louis Theroux, and M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Glass).
Recent credits and successes
What you will study
This course provides two years in which directing students will be adding depth and understanding to their abilities whilst regularly producing work. This is an environment where they will be both challenged and supported by staff and fellow students.
The essence of the course is the practical experience of film-making, combined with a wide-ranging series of work-shops emphasising performance, mise-en-scène and an examination of how narrative works in cinema and in television. The tutor to student ratio is high, thus allowing the teaching to be specific to the needs of the individual director.
The course includes weekly sessions on film and television culture, both contemporary and historical, and opportunities to learn from the work of more established directors through masterclasses and set visits. It also involves interaction with other disciplines, ranging from visual art, literature and architecture to installation and performance art.
Current or recent tutors
Brian GilbertCo-Head of Fiction
Credits include Vice Versa, Wilde, The Gathering
Lesley ManningCo-Head of Fiction
Credits include Ghostwatch, Leila, Honeycombe Lodge
Ian SellarCo-Head of Fiction
Credits include Venus Peter, Prague, Home Road Movies
Every year, our students make a number of short films.
Students come from a wide range of backgrounds: you may be an independent filmmaker, you might have a degree or you may have experience of working in the industry.
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.
For international students, more information about our entry requirements, including Visa and English language requirements, can be found here.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply
Application deadline: 07 May 2020
The following items should accompany your online application:
A short film which you have solely directed. Please submit your work via a Vimeo link. The first 15 minutes will be viewed by a panel of professionals or you can specify which continuous 15 minutes should be viewed if the film is longer. The technical quality of the work submitted is not a priority in assessment. (If dialogue is not in English and the film does not have English subtitles please email a dialogue transcript in English).
A treatment for an original film or video project of no more than 2 sides of A4 paper, typed and double spaced. This should not be a treatment for the same project as submitted above. It should be a treatment for either a short film or a feature length project.
This treatment should include the basic situation, the characters and other elements, the main thrust of the story as it changes from beginning, through middle, to end. A brief logline should also be submitted on a separate page.
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