Short course


Using both theory and practical work, the dynamic role the locations department plays in each production will be revealed.  By providing a guide to each stage of production, the aim is to give an understanding of how the locations team collaborates with each department on the production to ensure the success of any shoot.

The course covers:

- Locations research
- Time management
- Organising location recces
- The Unit Base
- Who gives permission to do what
- Site visits
- Location equipment; what’s needed and where to find it
- Negotiating fees
- Working with Security
- Talks from industry professionals

The 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.

The course is aimed at those interested in entering the diverse, intense and hugely rewarding world of the locations department. A mixture of those with experience including new entrants welcome. Tenacity, creativity and great people skills are vital!

Participants should bring their own camera or camera phone and laptop, as well as warm waterproof clothes for site visits. 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £455
Corporate Rate: £960

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.


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 be advised of future dates.