We welcome applicants from a diverse range of qualifications, backgrounds and experiences. But if you are too young to come to the NFTS to study, then when we review your application form, we may redirect you to a pathway route to the NFTS.
Typical pathway routes include doing an undergraduate course at another institution and/or independently developing work in your chosen specialism for your portfolio.
Often the courses we recommend are approved through the ScreenSkills course accreditation scheme. These courses are recognised within the UK as providing exceptional standards of training. You can find a list of these courses at https://www.screenskills.com/information-and-resources/information/screenskills-select/
Have you considered the Met Film School?
One institution we do recommend is MetFilm School, particularly because it provides intensive practical programmes to prepare students for work in the industry or to continue their training at the NFTS. Since 2013, we’ve accepted over 15 graduates from MetFilm School courses on our Diploma and Post-graduate courses.
MetFilm School is a unique film school with campuses in London and Berlin. Their London campus is situated in the world famous Ealing Film Studios, home to the classic Ealing comedies and such films as Dr Strange, The Hobbit, Shaun of the Dead and TV series such as Black Mirror and Downton Abbey. They deliver four undergraduate degrees, including: Three-year and Two-year BA (Hons) in Practical Filmmaking; a BA (Hons) in Screen Acting and a new BA (Hons) in Content, Media and Film Production, in association with ScreenSpace, an innovative new educational initiative for those looking for a degree in content creation and the new screen industries. These are intensive and practical undergraduate programmes.
For many years the National Film and Television School has worked to support and advise MetFilm School. For example, many graduates of the NFTS teach at MetFilm School, the Director of the NFTS is on the advisory board, and every year their graduates apply to come to the NFTS to pursue their chosen specialism at a postgraduate level. You can find out more about MetFilm School at http://www.metfilmschool.co.uk/
But remember that it’s always worth applying to the NFTS - you just need talent and a great portfolio.