NFTS Scotland Certificate: Location Management for Film and TV Production (Blended)



This course – created due to industry demand and delivered online primarily for those based in Scotland - is designed to thoroughly train participants in becoming a key member of a Film & TV Location Department team.

The Location Department consists of a variety of exciting, varied and demanding roles, requiring many skills to be an effective part of the production team. The three primary roles are Location Manager, Assistant Location Manager and Location Scout. Working closely with directors, producers, cinematographers, assistant directors and designers, the team provides all the information and support necessary for a successful location shoot from initial brief and scout to wrap and reinstatement.

On this course, participants will learn from a mixture of practical and theory-based virtual classroom workshops and on-set/location experience. This will ensure that participants leave the course with the relevant practical experience and skills required for establishing new networks for their start in the professional world.

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What you will study

The Location Department is a key part of the film production team, from finding ideal and safe locations for the shoot, working with locations owners, negotiating fees and managing the locations, to providing the production with the extensive location support and services required during all stages of the production.

The curriculum delivers online seminars and workshops on all aspects of the job and across different genres of film-making, guest speakers and site visits to location companies, shoots and relevant authorities. It also includes vital Health and Safety instruction, including working with the latest COVID-19 protocols, leading to the industry-recognised Production Safety Passport.

This course offers opportunities for practical experience through placements on a range of industry productions, for example, TV series, feature films, continuing drama and/or commercials.

Course Leader

This course is led by Lloret MacKenna Dunn, a freelance Supervising Location Manager, who has worked for over 25 years in Scotland's Film and TV sector. Working in Locations across film, TV and commercials, her recent credits include Netflix Eurovision, Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose, T2 Trainspotting and Only An Excuse.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £3450

This course is only open to UK applicants and EU/EEA applicants must hold an EU settlement status.

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.

Bursary Information

There is currently no NFTS Scotland funding available for this course.

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

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. While the course curriculum will be delivered online, it is intended that industry placements will take place in Scotland so applicants should be available to undertake these. 

If you have any questions, please email

How to apply

Application deadline: Last Few Places Available

You can apply online by clicking on BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION below. We are happy to receive applications at any time up until the midnight of the application deadline date.

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