Our credits tell the story.

We offer more bursaries and scholarships relative to the size of our student body than any other top educational institution.

NFTS MA Scholarship Programme

Funding Guide for MA Courses

All international students (non EU and non UK), once they are offered a place on the MA programme, are invited to apply for an NFTS International Student Scholarship . For more information and the full terms and conditions please download our MA Funding Guide

UK students should not be deterred from applying due to the cost of the course since the NFTS awards more than £700,000 each year to UK  MA students.

The NFTS is grateful for the generous assistance of its scholarship donors, such as the BBC and Channel 4, who between them provide £250,000 of support for students to help with their fees. Channel monies are targeted at students from diverse backgrounds including those from the regions, nations and from BAME communities.

Toledo Productions support diverse new British voices and talent. The Toledo Scholarship is an NFTS scholarship established by Duncan Kenworthy (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill) to enable talented newcomers from the UK’s ethnic minorities to fast-track their ambitions and join the British film industry.  Watch below to see how the Toledo Scholarship has helped British Black and Ethnic Minority students train at the NFTS.

Other donors include Warner Bros., Leverhulme Trust and the David Lean Foundation.

When you are offered a place on an MA course you will be invited to apply for these scholarships. We will also provide advice about other potential sources of funding.  Applications for NFTS funding are means tested. Awards to UK MA students for the academic year commencing January 2015 have ranged from £1,000 to £10,000, depending on demonstrated individual need.  

Watch below to see how the Toledo Scholarship has helped British Black and Ethnic Minority students train at the NFTS.

BAFTA Scholarship

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme assists talented individuals in need of financial support. A BAFTA scholarship can help you afford an NFTS course in 2016 or 2017. 

Recipients will receive:

  • Up to £10,000 to cover their course fees
  • An Industry mentor
  • Free access to BAFTA events around the UK

The deadline for applications is Friday 17 June 2016.  You can apply to BAFTA before you are offered an NFTS place.

Check the eligible NFTS courses:  https://www.bafta.org/sites/default/files/uploads/scholarships2015appendixi.pdf
Find out more from: scholarships@bafta.org
Frequently Asked Questions:  https://www.bafta.org/sites/default/files/uploads/scholarshipfaqs2015.pdf
More information online   http://www.bafta.org/initiatives/supporting-talent/scholarships/uk-programme

UK students who have worked in the industry for at least two years may qualify for assistance from the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.  Students with relevant experience who have been offered a place on a course should apply direct to the CTBF.   There is also an opportunity to apply early and directly for a BAFTA scholarship before your application has been completed.  UK applicants should look out for the BAFTA scholarship announcement on their website.

Some of the remaining UK Regional Screen Agencies offer scholarships to students from within their region.  Some are arranged through the School as NFTS Scholarships, while others must be applied for direct, in competition with students at other institutions. Please contact the Registry, or your local Regional Screen Agency, for more information.

European and International students on MA courses

The NFTS scholarship programme is only available to UK students.   There are British Government-funded scholarship schemes available through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Overseas Development Administration or United Nations. You can find out more from the British Council, Embassy or High Commission in your own country or from www.britishcouncil.org and www.educationuk.org.   The application deadline for these scholarships may fall before our selection process is completed, so you should ask if you can make an application in principle even though you may not yet have been offered a place at the School.

If you are offered a place on a course the School will provide advice about potential sources of independent funding.

Students on Diploma courses

Funding Guide for Diploma Courses

Candidates who are offered a place on a diploma course will be invited to apply for any diploma specific scholarships that are available.  These may change each year and will be mentioned on the individual course page.  Please check the page for the latest scholarship news.

Subsidised Rail Travel

All students can currently buy a subsidised rail pass between London Marylebone and Beaconsfield or any other station on the Chiltern Line at a significantly reduced price.

Partners

Scholarship Patrons

  • The Bertha Foundation
  • Dana and Albert R Broccoli Foundation
  • David Elstein, Warburg Pincus
  • The David Lean Foundation
  • Duncan Kenworthy OBE, Toledo Productions Ltd
  • Entente Distribution Ltd
  • Ingenious Media Investment
  • The Leverhulme Trust
  • The Lew Grade Memorial Fund
  • The McKenna Charitable Trust
  • Richard Dunn Memorial Fund
  • The UIP Charitable Trust
  • YouTube
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Scholarship Donors

  • Anonymous
  • Adobe
  • The Alan Hawkshaw Foundation
  • Andy Harries
  • BAFTA/Shell
  • BAFTA Prince William Scholarships
  • Barchester
  • BBC
  • Beaconsfield Film Society
  • British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)
  • British Cinematography Scholarship Trust
  • British Film Company
  • Budleigh Film Society
  • CBTF Lord Attenborough Scholarship
  • Christie Digital
  • Creative England
  • Creative Scotland
  • David Lean Foundation
  • David Yates
  • De Mouilpied Charity Trust
  • Discovery Networks International
  • Freddie Francis, BSC Scholarship
  • Freddie Young, OBE, BSC Scholarship
  • Independent Film Trust
  • Sir John Terry Memorial Fund
  • Kodak Entertainment Imaging
  • The Louis Malle Scholarship
  • Mark Baker
  • Mark Farley
  • Met Film School
  • Michael Samuelson Scholarship
  • Mike Frankovic/Columbia TriStar Scholarship
  • Musicians' Union
  • Northern Ireland Screen
  • Pinewood Studios Group
  • Prescience Film Finance
  • The PRS for Music Foundation
  • The Robert Gavron Charitable Trust
  • Roger King/International Productions Ltd
  • Royal Mail Special Stamps
  • Sargent Disc
  • Sky Academy Scholarships
  • Toledo Productions
  • Warner Bros.
  • The Wellcome Trust
  • The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
  • Zodiak Media Group