Duration 2 Years
Next intake January 2021
Application deadline 31 May 2020
Scholarships availableBegin your application
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 the School’s masterclasses programme, with recent guests including David Fincher (se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network, Mindhunter), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale), Stephen Fry, Denis Villeneuve (Bladerunner 2049), Krysty Wilson Cairns (1917), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), and Louis Theroux.
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
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.
Current or recent tutors
Richard Cox ACE
Richard Cox ACEHead of Editing
Credits include Gentleman Jack, Trauma, Happy Valley, Doctor Foster, Last Tango In Halifax, Doctor Who
Claire FergusonVisiting tutor
Credits include Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer and Eyes Wide Shut
Ewa J Lind
Ewa J LindVisiting tutor
Credits include The Warrior and Far North
Robin SalesVisiting tutor
Credits include The Gruffalo and Johnny English
Asher TlalimTutor, Editing
Credits include Don't Touch My Holocaust
Barrie VinceVisiting tutor
Credits include The Bounty, Hillsborough and Get Real
Every year, our students work on a number of short films.
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 here.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply
Application deadline: 31 May 2020
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 make a Quicktime of the finished film and send to email@example.com as a downloadable link via WeTransfer.
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.
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