This course provides a thorough education in editing skills in a professional filmmaking environment – with every student working in their own editing suite.

Graduate Úna Ni Dhonghaíle won the 2018 Editing: Fiction BAFTA for her work on BBC drama Three Girls.

Students will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of practical projects, including animations, fiction films, documentaries, natural history programmes, and commercials.

Students are encouraged to consider their craft as part of the whole process of film and television production and not merely as the final stage. They will collaborate with those in other specialisms to put into practice the skills they learn throughout the course – with all production costs met by the School.

Editing graduates have a high rate of employment on feature films, shorts and television programmes. Many new graduates quickly become editors on independent productions or assistant editors on features or TV drama, while others gravitate to visual effects, promos and i-dents. 

All NFTS students can attend Masterclasses. Recent guests include David Fincher (Fight Club), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Ben Wheatley (Free Fire), Rapman (Blue Story), Louis Theroux, Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Denis Villeneuve (Bladerunner 2049), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Sam Mendes (1917), Asif Kapadia (Senna), Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), Russell T Davies (Doctor Who) and Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now)

The NFTS is an Avid Education Partner.

​This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

Recent credits and successes

Graduate Nick Fenton's credits include On Chesil Beach, American Animals and Submarine

Graduate Una Ni Dhonghaile won a BAFTA in 2018 for Three Girls

Graduate Clare Dodgson's credits include Despicable Me 3, The Lorax and Charlie and Lola

What you will study

The emphasis of the editing curriculum is firmly on storytelling and the relationship between editor and director. Students learn to apply their craft to the demands of fiction, documentary and animation, creating visual narratives while working with sound, music and, where appropriate, special effects. Workshops with other departments develop concepts of visual storytelling, mise-en-scène, storyboarding, sound design, music and scriptwriting.

In the final year, students will collaborate to make a digital fiction short film, and three graduation films in animation, documentary and fiction.


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Head of Department

Head of Editing is Richard Cox ACE. Richard is a BAFTA Award-winning Fiction and Documentary editor. Credits include Gentleman Jack, Trauma, Happy Valley, Doctor Foster, Last Tango in Halifax, Doctor Who.

Current or Recent Tutors

Asher Tlalim (Don't Touch My Holocaust) is a tutor on the course. Recent tutors also include Claire Ferguson (Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Eyes Wide Shut), Ewa J. Lind (The Warrior, Far North), Robin Sales (The Gruffalo, Johnny English) and Barry Vince (The Bounty, Hillsborough, Get Real).

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £14,800 per year (for January 2021 intake)

Overseas £31,000 per year (for January 2021 intake)

We also welcome EU/EEA students on the same rate as our UK students – and those enrolling onto a two-year MA in January 2021 will continue to pay home fees for the second year of their MA. 

The tuition fees for January 2022 intake will be confirmed in May/June 2021.

The NFTS has £900,000 of scholarships and bursaries available.

There is a compulsory, non-refundable £60 application fee for each MA application. A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place. As a part of our admissions selection process, successful applicants are required to attend a selection workshop for five days, which has a fee of £150. 

All production costs are included in the course fees, including the use of School facilities and equipment. The School also covers travel costs for curriculum-related off-site visits and events. For optional visits to festivals the School pays for accreditation and contributes towards travel and accommodation costs. Students are expected to provide their own laptops.

The NFTS is committed to ensuring it is open to students of genuine ability, no matter what their background or financial circumstances. We don’t want anybody to be put off applying for a place at the NFTS because of the cost, which is why we award more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of our student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK.

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 – and we won’t charge you extra for the cost of productions or materials. The specialist nature of our courses mean that our students gain the relevant skills and experience they need to go straight into the industry.


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

Entry requirements

The Editing course is part of the Post Production department, where we are looking to assemble a group of students with diverse and varied backgrounds. There is no 'typical' student or perfect candidate who conforms to a mandatory list of qualifications.

You are likely to have some industry experience or training in your chosen field. Your background may be in the arts or other media, you might be looking for a further professional qualification or wish to broaden your knowledge of film and video editing, taking you to a higher level of work.

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 on our What You Need To Know section of our Students From Abroad page. 

If you have any questions, please email

How to apply

Application deadline: 06 May 2021

Applicants must supply a creative video montage of found images (obtained from the television, the internet or another source) or existing film footage edited with a soundtrack. The montage should be between 2 and 5 minutes running time, edited by the applicant. Please submit Vimeo links.

Additionally, once we receive and review your application and creative montage, we will provide you with a link and password via email, to download selected rushes of an NFTS first year short drama student film. You will be asked to edit the film from these rushes, following the shooting script supplied. Please add music and sound effects where you feel appropriate. When the email containing the link is sent to you, you will be given a 7 day window to complete and return. Once the edit is completed, you are required to upload to Vimeo and send the link to   

Please note. You may not recieve the email containing the link as soon as you submit your application. Please bear with us and it will be sent as soon as we have reviewed your application.

Applications open 4th January 2021.

We are happy to receive applications from 4th January until the midnight of the application deadline date.

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