Short course


COVID-19 lockdown in Scotland Update: All face-to-face delivery is postponed in January as of 5th January 2021 in line with government guidelines. You may continue with your application to secure a place and be advised of future dates. We will re-stage this course as soon as safe and practical to do so. 

Supported by Progressive Broadcast Hire, Glasgow


Face-to-face delivery (subject to government guidelines allowing) with COVID-19 protocols in place
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This highly practical course, developed specially for delivery in Scotland, will help you better understand where the Camera Assistant’s role fits into the wider Film and TV crew, and the impact of COVID-19 on operations within the camera department.

Led by Director of Photography, Alan McSheehy, through practical exercises, you will gain experience working with actors, industry professionals and understand 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
- The impact of COVID-19 on camera department operations

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £565
Corporate Rate: £850

Price held to end of January 2021

The course fee advertised is subsidised for freelancers by ScreenSkills with support from the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of its Future Film Skills strategy; as part of work to diversify the screen industry workforce, this year there is also a further reduction in fees of up to 50% available for freelancers with disabilities and/or who are from black, Asian or minority ethnic groups. Please advise in your application statement if you are eligible and are applying for this reduction. 

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 Wednesday 6th January 2021 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:

Please complete the application form to apply. You will also be asked to upload your CV. 

Begin your application