Pathways to the NFTS

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

NFTS Certificate in Filmmaking
Our blended learning Certificate in Filmmaking is a great entry route into the School. Whether you want to be a writer, director, cinematographer, VFX artist or sound recordist this course is for you. In just six months, you will graduate with an insight into practical filmmaking from one of the top film schools in the world with a much more developed and well-rounded understanding of the industry and how films are made which will help set you up for a long and successful career in the industry.

You may be a recent BA graduate wishing to further their knowledge with access to NFTS industry specialists. Perhaps you’re an up and coming filmmaker focused on your area of specialism but wish to know more about other departments involved in the filmmaking process. It could be you need to have an overview of the filmmaking process before applying to one of our specialist Diplomas or MAs.

If you complete this course and then successfully secure a place on an NFTS Diploma or MA, we will refund you half the certificate course fee on taking up your Diploma or MA place at the School.

BFI Film Academy
BFI Film Academy offers a wide range of opportunities across the UK for 16-25 year olds to learn more about film and filmmaking, including courses, residential programmes, traineeships and events. Find out more at

The BFI Film Academy Craft Residential delivered by the NFTS has places for 66 young people aged 16-19 making short films under the tuition of industry experts.

If you’re aged 16-19 and you are committed to working in the film industry, then this is the opportunity for you. We’re looking for 66 of the nation’s most promising young filmmakers to take part in a residential Film Academy academy project in which you will work with top industry professionals to make short films. You will also have masterclasses with top filmmakers and learn a craft specialism, such as directing or sound. The NFTS Film Academy is open to those who have enrolled on one of the regional film academies and to others who have the necessary talent and enthusiasm. To find out more and apply, please visit

Remember that it’s always worth applying to the NFTS - you just need talent and a great portfolio.

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