NFTS Scotland: Set Ready: Locations Online

Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, accessed via Zoom

This three-day online course welcomes anyone wanting to discover what it takes to work on set as part of a dynamic Locations team.

With film and TV production growing in Scotland, this is an ideal time to find out if you have what’s needed to become part of this resourceful and creative department.

Using a mixture of theory and practical exercises, the course will take you through a typical production to provide an insight into the differing roles within the Locations department and how they fit together to support filming.

Created and delivered by Supervising Location Manager Lloret MacKenna Dunn, who has been working for over 25 years in Scotland's Film and TV sector including work on Eurovision, Patrick Melrose, T2 Trainspotting and World War Z, the course covers:

- How the Locations team fits into the production

- The practical and organizational skills required

- Sourcing locations

- Adapting to an evolving script

- Thinking creatively

- Taking and storing location photographs

- Managing production recces

- Working to deadlines and dealing with pressure

- Preparing locations for filming

- Negotiating with location owners

- Liaising with other departments and suppliers

- Providing the equipment needed on set and at base

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!


Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £415
Corporate Rate: £865

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 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 


How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

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