Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom accessed by Zoom. 

The Script Supervisor’s role is an exciting, varied and demanding job requiring many skills for being part of the film and TV production team, working closely with directors and producers, interacting with performers, and providing accurate information on location, in the studio and for the edit suite. 

This introductory course introduces you to the role of the Script Supervisor and the skills required to be effective in the job.

The course covers: 

The relationship with Production
Reading and timing scripts, page count, script breakdown and wrap reports
On set skills: continuity, eye lines, shot descriptions, scene coverage, relationship with costume/make-up/ art departments 
Negotiating with actors
Editor’s notes and the marked up script

The course is led by Margaret Graham, a Script Supervisor with over 30 years experience working on film and television drama productions. Her credits include Outlander, Shetland, Beats and Filth. She is a strong advocate of training for newcomers to the industry.

This course is aimed at people with some experience of the industry (or on short or student films) and can demonstrate in their application that script supervision is their chosen area of specialism.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £375
Corporate Rate: £610

Online rates are valid until June 2020

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 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



NFTS Scotland Hardship Fund 

With support from Screen Scotland, a new fund aimed at practitioners who have experienced significant work and financial loss as a direct result of the impact of COVID-19 is available for our online courses from May 2020 onwards.

This fund is available to those who are not able to evidence their eligibility for the NFTS Scotland bursary fund with the required supporting documents, but who now meet the income threshold criteria. 

It is a small, discretionary fund aimed at supporting those most in need. You should only apply if you are a Scottish resident and your finances have been directly affected by loss of work in March 2020 and beyond as a result of COVID-19.

To apply for support, please complete this application form and submit it to at the same time as making your course 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.