Short course


This course is a two-day course, taking place on the 8th and 16th February 2020. 
Please note that the second day of the course has changed from the previously advertised date of 15th February. 

A mixture of theory and practical work, the course will provide participants with the framework on which to base any scouting role within the locations department for film and TV, and with a particular focus on commercials.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of photography
  • Take photographs of a location
  • Use photo sharing sites such as Dropbox/Smugmug
  • Package and present locations
  • Understand and interpret the brief
  • Use Google Maps and Google Earth as a scouting aid
  • Understand the most common architectural styles and influences of periods of history
  • Building a back catalogue
  • Complete a script breakdown and location breakdown including identifying any potential problems/ needs
  • Research and assess locations

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 on a diverse range of productions including Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose, T2 Trainspotting and World War Z.

On day one of the course you will be set a scouting challenge to go out, find and photograph a scripted location. Day two will be presented alongside David Neilson, Producer and MD of commercials company Filming Scotland who will focus on the unique demands placed on the location scout when working on commercials.  A separate scouting challenge will be set this day and the results reviewed.

The course is ideal for those who already have some scouting experience in film and TV and are looking to understand how to organise and prepare the best scouting with a focus on commercials. The course is also a good introduction for those wanting to get started in location scouting, as the principles you will learn on day one apply to film and TV more generally as well. 

To get the most out of the course, participants should bring their own camera or camera phone and laptop. 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

This course is available as a two day course, or you may opt to attend one day only. 

Freelance Rate: £300 (Two days)
Corporate Rate: £450 (Two days)

Freelance Rate: £175 (One day)
Corporate Rate: £260 (One day)

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. 

Please note that bursary funding availability from NFTS Scotland is limited and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding as soon as possible 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.

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application should be submitted to

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

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.