1. The National Film and Television School is one of the best and most respected film, television and new media schools in the world. Following the School’s continued success at the Film School equivalent of the Oscars - the CILECT Awards, The Observer Newspaper described the NFTS as 'the best film school in the world’, and the NFTS was listed as the No. 1 International Film School by the Hollywood Reporter.
2. The NFTS is a multi-BAFTA and Oscar winning school. Our alumni have countless BAFTA and Oscar wins and nominations to their credits; Nick Park (Director/ Producer) has won 4 Oscars, Dario Marianelli (Composer) won an Oscar for Atonement, Roger Deakins (DoP) has been Oscar nominated 13 times and Stuart Wilson (Sound Mixing) received his fourth Oscar nomination in 2017, to name but a few. We continue to succeed at the very highest levels with over a 100 graduates working on this year’s Oscar/ BAFTA nominated films, including Fences and Hacksaw Ridge. In 2013, one of our student films was nominated for an Oscar, another won the student Oscar and we’ve had four BAFTA wins in a row for NFTS animations in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017!
3. The School delivers more specialist behind the camera production courses (from Screenwriting through to Cinematography, Animation and Composing) than any other film school in the world. In many cases these are unique at MA level, such as Television Entertainment and Creative Business for Entrepreneurs and Executives. Following our recent expansion, we have introduced a variety of exciting, new courses including; Directing & Producing Science & Natural History MA, Directing Commercials and Promos Diploma in partnership with D&AD, Graphics & Titles for Television & Film Diploma in partnership with Sky, Marketing, Distribution, Sales & Exhibition MA in partnership with the UK Cinema Association and Production Technology & Engineering MA in partnership with BT.
4. Our students secure top-level jobs very quickly after graduating. For example Lewis Arnold directed Humans and Misfits, Nick Rowland directed Ripper Street and eight recent graduates were part of the Oscar & BAFTA winning VFX Team on The Jungle Book – all getting their first big roles within six months of leaving the NFTS.
5. Our links to Industry are unparalleled. As part of the curriculum courses include set visits to major studios and work placements on UK and Hollywood productions, visits to festivals including Cannes, IDFA and FMX and mentoring by leading industry figures.
6. The NFTS is the only UK film school with its own film studios and its own television studio. After a recent £20 million investment we now have new, state-of-the-art buildings, including a second cinema, an incubation unit for fledgling businesses, editing facilities, teaching space, 4K Digital Content Production Training Studio and Hub. The NFTS has an annual production slate of around 150 films so our studios and production facilities are always busy. We also provide the budgets for films made as part of the curriculum.
7. The NFTS offers more bursaries and scholarships relative to the size of the student body than any other UK educational institution. The School awards £700,000 for student support to UK students. Scholarship funding is raised from leading media companies, foundations, guilds and private benefactors. The School’s policy is to enable the most talented UK students’ who would not otherwise be able to attend the NFTS to do so.
8. Our Heads of Department and tutors are some of the most successful and distinguished filmmakers in the UK. For example, Oliver Stapleton, our joint Head of Cinematography was Director of Photography on The Shipping News, The Cider House Rules and My Beautiful Launderette and Caroline Amies our Head of Production Design designed In the Name of the Father and Miss Julie.
9. In addition to our regular teachers the top commercial and auteur filmmakers in the world come and do masterclasses. In the last few years we have had Sir Kenneth Branagh, Sally Wainwright, Sir David Attenborough, Roger Deakins, Alice Lowe, Danny Boyle, Steve McQueen and Sir Richard Branson.
10. At the NFTS students build creative relationships with people who they will work with for the rest of their life. For example Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit) still works with the same Composer he met at the NFTS and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) the same Sound Designer.