NFTS Scotland: Introduction to the Film and TV Art Department In Person

Short course


In person delivery (subject to government guidelines allowing) with 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

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: £695

As part of our work to diversify the screen industry workforce, there is reduction in fees of up to 50% made available by our partnership with the BFI for freelancers with disabilities, who are ethnically diverse or from lower socio-economic backgrounds 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.


A limited number of bursaries are available for this course. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute towards 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

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be required to upload your C.V. 
Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these. 

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