Short course


Steadicam® is now a commonly used tool within the film and television industry. However it requires training and practice in order to produce good results. More than just a stabilizer, as a shooting system it is able to provide an individual style to the production often greatly desired by producers and directors. Additionally, complex moving scenes can not only be quicker to shoot, but also more dramatic by adding pace and dimension to the shot.

Delivered in partnership with Tiffen and supported by Progressive Broadcast Hire (Glasgow) and BBC Studios, this course is a unique opportunity for working camera operators to learn the use and application of Steadicam within the film and television world.

During the course, you will use the larger rigs from the Zephyr up to the M-1. The course covers all basic Steadicam techniques and looks at blocking out shots, compositional aspects and timing.

The course is very hands-on with plenty of practical time actually wearing and using the system. Delivered at BBC Studios in Dumbarton, where the continuing drama River City is shot, course participants will have the opportunity to use the system in a variety of filming contexts.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Corporate Rate: £750
Freelance Rate: £750

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


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. 

Once you have submitted your application, bursary applications should be submitted, along with a diversity monitoring form, to

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

NFTS Scotland Diversity Monitoring Form 



How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

Please register your interest now to be advised of new course dates once they become available.