The NFTS is committed to ensuring it is open to students of genuine ability, no matter what their background or financial circumstances. As an institution that develops the next generation of creative talent, we feel a special responsibility to ensure our creative industries reflect the full diversity of our country.
In the last year, 8 in 10 UK students received support, with more than £950,000 given out in total.
So if you have the talent and the commitment, we want to give you the opportunity to fulfil your potential. We don’t want anybody to be put off applying for a place at the NFTS because of the cost. We will do all we can to help you make the finances work to come to the NFTS.
Details of course fees and additional costs are listed on the course pages.
There are several ways you can fund your Masters degree and give yourself a head start when it comes to progressing your career.
The NFTS awards more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of our student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK.
All MA students from the UK are invited to apply for an NFTS scholarship when they receive their offer of a place on the course. These applications are means tested and evidence is required to prove that applicants have been resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the course commencement in order to be eligible. Scholarships can provide some and in certain cases, all of tuition fee support. They are provided by a named individual or institution that has some connection with the industry and school. They may have an interest in mentoring the recipient. Therefore these awards carry considerable prestige.
More information on Scholarships, please visit our Scholarships page.
Scholarships are also now available for NFTS full time Diploma courses starting in January 2023. More than £100,000 is available to support students from the UK, with the final allocations being decided on the basis of need.
Postgraduate Loan Scheme
Postgraduate students from the UK can apply for a loan to help with their studies at any UK university including the NFTS on our MA programmes via student loans companies – which will make a big difference for many who wish to come and study at the NFTS.
For EU citizens, If you’re starting an MA course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme and have been resident in the UK/EEA for the last three years in order to be eligible to apply.
Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.
Loans are available for up to £11,836 to contribute to course and/or living costs. This is split across the two years of study, so £5,918 per year.
Students will not have to pay back their loan until they are working and (subject to your loan plan number) being paid an income over the threshold of £27,295 (for Plan 2).
If the cost of advancing your talent has been worrying you – and you think this might just make the difference, visit The Student Room Student Finance page for more information, or apply online at the GOV.UK website's Postgraduate Loan page.
PLEASE NOTE: you need to be an EU Citizen resident in the UK with settled/pre-settled status or a UK National normally resident in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to be eligible for the loan.
Other Sources of Funding
You should investigate all potential sources of independent funding available on the internet. Search for “scholarships”, “grants”, “funding”, “bursaries”, “educational trust”, “art trust” and any educational organisation or institution who have resources that may be available for postgraduate study. We ask that you do not contact either our patrons or donors.
Unfortunately there is limited funding available for Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma courses, but we do encourage you to research opportunities and potential sources of funding as per above.
There are dedicated websites to help you begin your search such as but not limited to:
The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding
The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality.
The Alternative Guide Online contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application.
The NFTS has purchased a licence to the Guide, and so it’s free for all enrolled students and staff to use! You can log-in on-site using the “Login automatically from campus right now!” Login Now!
If you are a prospective student who has applied to the NFTS, please email to get an access PIN.
Future Finance Student Loans
Prospective students have the opportunity to apply for a loan. The features of Future Finance loans are:
- they offer loans to all NFTS students with a UK domiciled address (assuming they meet appropriate credit checks and are 18 or over);
- loans are offered from £2,000 to £15,000, and can include living costs as well as tuition fees;
- loans are repayable up to 10 years and three months after graduation;
- students can apply for up to four payment breaks of 3 months each during the loan period
Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website.
Please be aware that nothing on the NFTS website is, or shall be deemed to constitute, financial advice or a recommendation or endorsement by the NFTS in respect of any Future Finance product. You should always check the suitability of the product that is of interest to you. If you are in any doubt as to its suitability we suggest that you seek independent professional advice.
European and International students
Funding opportunities and other financial advice are available on the UCKISA website: www.ukcisa.org.uk
Many countries have scholarship programmes for students wanting to study abroad and it’s worth investigating these in your home country. Additionally 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 over, 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.
Students from the US: Students studying on NFTS courses qualify for US Federal Loan support.