Short course


Face-to-face delivery (subject to government guidelines allowing) with Virtual Classroom elements and COVID-19 protocols in place
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This course provides a general introduction to the Art Department and the role it plays within film and television productions.

This course covers:

  • An overview of entry level positions within the art department, the skills required and the industry expectations of those positions
  • The structure of an art department, the flow of information and the various departments within it
  • An introduction to script breakdowns
  • An introduction to studio and location set drawing and model-making
  • The last few weeks before filming, providing an insight into the final preparations

The course will be a mix of Virtual Classroom and face-to-face delivery. 

About the tutor:

Emer O’Sullivan is a production designer and art director based in Scotland. Her production design credits include the television dramas Shetland, Lip Service and The Small Hand. As art director she has worked on a considerable number of TV dramas including series 1-5 of Outlander, the feature films Under the Skin, Doomsday, Decoy Bride, Running Jump and as draughtsperson on Trainspotting 2. She has been fortunate to work with the directors Danny Boyle, Mike Leigh and Jonathan Glazer.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £645

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. 


The NFTS Scotland bursary fund is currently closed for this course and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding to support the cost of this course if required. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please allow yourself enough time to secure funding when considering your application.

How to apply

Application deadline:Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to apply.