Short course

Overview

This intensive practical course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a successful future career as a Third, Second and First Assistant Director.  The course will be taught by top industry professionals. Following the two weeks of training, students will be given the opportunity to practice their training as 1st Assistant Director on a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland student 3-day film shoot.

This course combines classroom learning, practical exercises and experience as a First Assistant Director on a 2nd-year student film at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

As part of the course, students will undertake Health & Safety training.

The course will cover:

  • The roles and responsibilities of each member of the ADs’ department in pre-production and during the shoot
  • Where the department fits in with production and how to work collaboratively with other departments
  • The paperwork used by the whole of production as well as department-specific documents
  • Set protocol, etiquette and communication skills
  • How to break down a script for different purposes
  • How to develop a shooting schedule
  • The skills required to be a capable and successful Assistant Director
  • Preparing a shoot with the director and key crew of the student film and running the set during filming
  • Health & Safety training

 
This course is for anyone wishing to work in the Assistant Director’s department. 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Course Rate: £925

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.

BURSARY INFORMATION

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 applications should be submitted to scotland@nfts.co.uk.

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 as they become available.