NFTS Cymru Wales: Introduction to Working in the Assistant Directors' Department: In Person

Short course


Very few people outside the film and TV industry understand the critical role of the Assistant Directing department in delivering a successful production on time and on budget. Working closely with the top creative talent, being an Assistant Director is one of the great undiscovered and rewarding careers of the industry.

This intensive course is a suitable introduction to the AD Department for everyone, even those with no on-set / production experience.

It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to help you pursue a successful future career in the Assistant Directors department.  The course will be taught by industry 1st AD and NFTS AD Course Leader, Richard Lingard. Richard is also Chair of the Assistant Directors' Guild UK.

This 2-day course will be delivered in person, combining classroom learning and practical exercises.

The course will cover:

-An overview of the current UK Film and HETV industry.
-The roles and responsibilities of each member of the AD's department in pre-production and during the shoot
-Where the department fits in with production and how to work collaboratively with other departments
-Paperwork used by the production, including department-specific documents
-Set protocol, etiquette and communication skills
-How to use and break down a script
-How to produce a shooting schedule
-The skills required to be a capable and successful Assistant Director
-Health & Safety from the 1st Assistant Director’s perspective and COVID-19 protocols

This course is for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the Assistant Director’s department.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £365
Corporate Rate: £565

Bursaries supported by the Welsh Government are also available for those who are eligible.


A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or if you are able to pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date.

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to

NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Guidelines (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Application Form (pdf)

I ddarllen y dogfenau yn Gymraeg:
NFTS Cymru Wales Canllawiau’r Bwrswriaeth (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Ffurflen Gais Bwrswriaeth (pdf)

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

To apply for this course, please complete the application form. You will be asked to upload a copy of your CV.

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