Welcome to the NFTS

歡迎來到NFTS | Bem-vindo às NFTS | NFTS 오신 것을 환영합니
NFTSへようこそ | NFTS में आपका स्वागत है | Bienvenido a los NFTS
NFTS مرحبا بكم في | به NFTS خوش آمدید | Bienvenue à la NFTS

‘The NFTS has a brilliant creative atmosphere. It actually feels like the staff and students are dedicated to being the best film school in the world.‘
Anthony Chen (Singapore) Director

This page includes fees and funding information for both EU/EEA students and international students.

The National Film and Television School would like to reassure applicants from EU/ EEA countries that if they have already applied for, or are about to apply for, one year diploma or two year MA courses starting in 2019 and 2020, we guarantee that their fees will not change for the duration of their studies and will match those of their fellow UK students. However, we are currently unable to confirm if this will remain the case for those starting their first year in 2021.

About the NFTS

For nearly half a century, the National Film and Television School (NFTS) has developed some of Britain and the world’s top creative talent – for which we were honoured to receive both the 2018 BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

Our graduates include Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins, BAFTA winner and Harry Potter director, David Yates, and‎ Oscar winning animator Nick Park, creator of Wallace & Gromit.

The NFTS runs more than 30 MA, Diploma and Certificate courses - as well as numerous short courses - across a range of film, television and games disciplines. We have more behind the camera courses than any other film school, including core craft areas such as directing and cinematography as well as specialist areas such as script supervision and production accounting.

‘The NFTS has enabled me to follow my dream into Games Development.’  Ana Ribeiro (Brazil), Games designer

The School is recognised internationally as a model of excellence in specialist higher education and one of the world’s pre-eminent institutions in film and the moving image; it is consistently the only UK film school to be listed in the Hollywood Reporter’s top international film schools list and has been described in the Guardian newspaper as the ‘World’s Best Film School’.

The NFTS is 25 minutes from Central London and an hour from historic Oxford. Surrounded by a multitude of prestigious film studios including Pinewood, (home of James Bond, Superman, and Star Wars), Leavesden (where every one of the Harry Potter films was based), Ealing (The Ladykillers, Shaun of the Dead, The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game) and Shepperton (Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, Ridley Scott's Alien, David Lynch's The Elephant Man). We have access to the very best of British cultural industries.

‘The NFTS has really helped my career. I now have a network of contacts within the industry and among my fellow students from around the world.’ Reabetswe Moeti (South Africa) Producing and Directing Television

All NFTS courses offer students a great balance of practical and theoretical studies. The courses are run by industry experts at the top of their game, ensuring that we have a world-renowned reputation for offering high level tuition and bridges into the industry. 

As an international student we understand the challenges you face in applying. To ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible we’re here to help. Our registry team can answer any questions you have at a time that’s convenient to you. For more information please email registry@nfts.co.uk or call +44 (0)1494 731351

Postgraduate Loan Scheme open to EU/EEA students

‘The NFTS is an exciting place to learn with brilliant tutors - it provided me the essential first step into the industry.' Nandita Jain (India) Directing Animation

Postgraduate students from the UK/EU/EEA can now apply for a loan to help with their studies at any UK university including the NFTS via the Student Loans Company – which will make a big difference for many who wish to come and study at the NFTS.

Loans are available up to £10,906 to contribute to course and living costs. Students will begin to pay back their loan 3 months after they graduate,  at approx. 6% of income over the threshold of £25,000

If the cost of advancing your talent has been worrying you – and you think this might just make the difference, visit www.thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance f‎or more information, or apply online at www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan.

Please note: you need to be an EU National resident in the EU, or a UK National resident in England to be eligible for the loan. Part-time students are also eligible.

International students

If you are a non-EEA/Swiss national and you do not have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, you will need to obtain a Tier 4 Student Visa before coming to the UK to start your course, otherwise you will not be allowed to enter the UK. You may also require a certificate confirming your competence in English.   You can check whether you need a visa at this Government webpage: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

‘Digital Effects is really competitive, but the NFTS has given me the best start in the industry.’ Xi Zhao (China) Digital Effects 

There is a maximum five year time limit for UK study on courses at degree level (undergraduate and masters).

After you have accepted an offer of a place at the school the NFTS Registry will prepare to issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which you will need in order to apply for a visa.  NFTS Registry will contact you about your CAS requirements and advise you through the entire process. Your CAS will be valid to use for a visa application for six months but you cannot apply for your visa until three months before the start of your course in January.

Your CAS number, which you need for your visa application, will be emailed to you in a 'CAS statement' which lists the NFTS Tier 4 Licensed Sponsor number, name and address and the information that the NFTS has sent digitally to the Home Office in the CAS which is a virtual electronic document.

‘The NFTS has inspired me to achieve great things in my career.’ A.a.v. Amasi (Zimbabwe) Directing Documentary

You should make early preparation for your visa application.  To find out how to apply for a visa in your home country please visit the UK Visas website: /www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/overview

As a result of recent changes to the UK immigration process, you will need to meet strict criteria about the amount of money that you have available to you, and the documentation you need to provide to prove this.  In order to receive your CAS and your visa you will need to show us and UK Visa and Immigration that you have enough money to pay the tuition fees and cover your living expenses.  You may also require a certificate confirming your competence in English.  You can check the money requirements and your specific English Language requirements in the General Guidance

Student visa interviews are also now required in many countries. For information, check the website belonging to the country from where you are applying for a visa.

If you are unsure about the requirements for getting a student visa, or need any other advice, please contact the NFTS Registry.

You will also find useful information at the UKCISA website.

English language requirements

‘The school is totally inspirational.’ Min Ha Kim (Korea) Directing Animation

While the School is a multilingual community, courses are taught and assessed in English. Therefore you must be fluent in written and spoken English. Whilst the school does not require you to have a certificate of competency in English you may need one if you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa in order to study in the UK.  You can check that requirement directly on the Government information webpage: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/knowledge-of-english

Funding opportunities and advice for European and international students

Funding opportunities and other financial advice for both EU/EEA and international students is available on the UCKISA website: www.ukcisa.org.uk

‘I will really miss my time at the NFTS, it was one of the most productive and rewarding experiences of my life.’ Sandra de Silva de la Torre (Mexico) Cinematography

Many countries have scholarship programmes for students wanting to study abroad and it’s worth investigating these in your home country.  Additionally there are British Government-funded scholarship schemes available through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Overseas Development Administration or United Nations. You can find out more from the British Council, Embassy or High Commission in your own country or from: www.britishcouncil.org or www.educationuk.org

The application deadline for these scholarships may fall before our selection process is over, so you should ask if you can make an application in principle even though you may not yet have been offered a place at the School.

Funding enquiries can be sent to info@nfts.co.uk and enquiries about submitted applications, workshops and interviews can be addressed to registry@nfts.co.uk

EEA member countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Students from the United States

Please see our page dedicated to Funding for American Students.

Any further funding enquiries can be sent to info@nfts.co.uk and enquiries about submitted applications, workshops and interviews can be addressed to registry@nfts.co.uk


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