Short course


Supported by Progressive Broadcast Hire, Glasgow


Fully COVID-19 complaint face-to-face delivery 
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This course, especially developed for delivery in Scotland, is a largely practical course which will help you better understand where the Camera Assistant’s role fits into the wider Film and TV crew. Led by Director of Photography, Alan McSheehy, you will gain experience working with industry professionals, understanding the equipment, processes and practices involved in assisting the camera team. It is ideal for junior employees and freelancers working in the Film and TV industries and those wanting to get a foothold on the first rung of the career ladder.

The course covers: 

  • An overview of the camera department and roles within it
  • Industry standard camera equipment and accessories
  • Identifying kit required for a project
  • Checking and testing equipment
  • Setting up equipment for a shoot, including practical drama exercises with actors
  • Reviewing rushes
  • The Camera Assistant's equipment list 

Comments from the last course include: 
"I wasn't sure how much it was possible to learn in just three days, but wow, Alan was a brilliant teacher."
"I learned so much from this course, with exactly what is expected from camera assistants and it gave me a lot more confidence in my abilities. "
"Hands-on practical training in mirror set-ups of an industry set of a production; intensive learning by doing!"

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £565
Corporate Rate: £1080

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


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 are able to pay for the course. 

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

The bursary deadline for this course is 26th October 2020 at 9am

Please note that bursary funding availability from NFTS Scotland is limited and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding as well. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form




NFTS Scotland Hardship Fund 

With support from Screen Scotland, a new fund aimed at practitioners who have experienced significant work and financial loss as a direct result of the impact of COVID-19 is available for our online courses from May 2020 onwards.

This fund is available to those who are not able to evidence their eligibility for the NFTS Scotland bursary fund with the required supporting documents, but who now meet the income threshold criteria. 

It is a small, discretionary fund aimed at supporting those most in need. You should only apply if you are a Scottish resident and your finances have been directly affected by loss of work in March 2020 and beyond as a result of COVID-19.

To apply for support, please complete this application form and submit it to at the same time as making your course application.  

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply.

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