This new course - created due to industry demand - is designed to thoroughly train participants in becoming a key member of a Locations Department team.

Participants will learn from practical workshops and on-set location experience on drama projects and commercials. This will ensure that participants leave the course with the practical experience and contacts for starting out in the professional world.

The Locations Department consists of a variety of exciting, varied and demanding roles, requiring many skills to be an effective part of the production team. They work closely with directors, producers, cinematographers and designers, providing all the information and support necessary for a successful location shoot from initial scout to wrap and reinstatement.

What you will study

The Locations Department is a key part of the production team, finding ideal locations for the shoot, negotiating fees, terms and conditions as well as managing the location during the production and filming periods. The three primary roles are Location Manager, Assistant Location Manager and Location Scout.

This course combines practical experience on fiction film shoots with NFTS student directors with tuition and work experience through the support of Salt Films, one of London’s leading location management companies.

The curriculum delivers seminars and workshops on all aspects of the job and across different genres of film-making, guest speakers and site visits to location companies, libraries and relevant authorities. It also includes Health and Safety instruction, leading to the industry-recognised Production Safety Passport and basic First Aid training.

Course Leader

The course is run by Richard Lingard, whose credits include The Escapist and Looking For Victoria.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £3,350

This course is only open to UK and EU/EEA applicants.

A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place.

The NFTS does not charge you extra for the cost of productions or materials.


Entry requirements

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, keen to work hard as part of a team and quick to learn. You should have a good general education, but no other specific educational requirements are needed for this course.  Previous experience working in the film or television industry would be an advantage, or knowledge gained from an alternative production activity, for example, a University or College media course project.

If you are not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course.  We are unable to accept your application if you do not.

If you have any questions, please email info@nfts.co.uk.

How to apply

Application deadline: Contact Registry

The application deadline has now passed, but if you would like to discuss your interest in this course further, please email our Student Recruitment Co-ordinator here: info@nfts.co.uk

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