For other NFTS masters courses
- Unique specialist course.
- Students of all key film-making disciplines work together on productions.
- Purpose-built film and television studios.
- Industry standard post- production facilities.
- The MA Course in Directing Fiction is supported by the David Lean Foundation.
- Flare Studio scholarship available. More info here.
- Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.
We welcome EU/EEA Students. Those accepted onto the course starting in 2018 and 2019 will have their fees guaranteed at the UK rate for both years of the course. Postgraduate students can apply for a loan to help with their studies via the Student Loans Company Loans. A £10,240 loan is available to contribute to course and living costs. The Postgraduate Loan is only open to EU/EEA and UK Students who normally live in England. It is not currently available to Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland Students. Find out more here.
Application Deadline: 03 May 2018
The Fiction department is led by Brian Gilbert (Wilde); Lesley Manning (Ghostwatch; Honeycombe Lodge) and Ian Sellar (Venus Peter, Prague). Many other leading directors teach on the programme, including, Stephen Frears (The Queen, Tamara Drew, and Udayan Prasad (Gabriel & Me, The Yellow Handkerchief).
Directors David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Beeban Kidron (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here, We need to talk about Kevin), Terence Davies (The House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea), Michael Radford (Il Postino), Danny Cannon (Gotham, CSI Crime Scene Investigation, Judge Dredd,), Sarah Gavron (Suffragette, Brick Lane) and Michael Caton Jones (Memphis Belle, Rob Roy) studied at the NFTS.
Students come from a wide range of backgrounds: you may be an independent filmmaker, you might have a degree or you may have experience of working in the Industry.
Your application must include a web link to a short fiction piece that you have directed - or an extract of a longer work - that you have directed recently, and a short treatment for another narrative-based project.
A short film (15 minutes max) which you have directed.
Please submit your work via Vimeo links.
If you are submitting a piece of work which is longer than 15 minutes, please note that you can specify which 15 minutes should be viewed. The technical quality of the work submitted is not a priority in assessment.
(If dialogue is not in English and the film does not have English subtitles please email a dialogue transcript in English).
A treatment for an original film or video project of no more than 5 sides of A4 paper, typed and double spaced. This should not be a treatment for the same project as submitted above. It should be a treatment for either a short film or a feature length project.
This treatment should include:
i. the basic situation,
ii. the characters and other elements
iii. the main thrust of the story as it changes from beginning, through middle, to end
How to Apply
You can apply directly to us at the NFTS by clicking on the link below:
- Apply for Directing Fiction course
- You can apply online, or download a word document of the application form to submit via email
When selecting your course, please ensure that you have read the entry requirements and details of the supporting materials that should accompany your application.
Timing your application
We are happy to receive applications 24/7 and 365 days a year up until the deadline.
- 2 Year Course
- Course runs Jan-Dec each year
- Next intake: January 2019
- NFTS Scholarships available for UK Students