Have you always wanted to make your own documentary but never had the chance, or the confidence to do it alone?

This three-month Summer School aims to gives students a solid grounding in how to make documentaries, combining industry expertise with practical, hands-on filmmaking.

All NFTS students can attend the School’s masterclasses programme, with recent guests including Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk, The Dark Knight, Interstellar), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here) and Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, Veep, The Death of Stalin).

This course is run in partnership with Channel 4.

What you will study

The ten weeks includes an introductory induction course and a fortnight of independent research

  • Introduction: 2 days in June 2019 (tbc).
    Your proposed projects will be evaluated and plans made with tutors.
  • Independent research: 1-12 July 2019. This can be done in your own time, from home.
    Tutors available for individual tutorials.
  • Main course: 15-26 July 2019.
    - documentary storytelling
    - viewing & discussing  documentary films
    - guidance in the basics of camera, sound & editing techniques
  • Shoot film: 29 July-9 August 2019.
    including a review of your rushes
  • Edit film: 12-29 August 2019.
    Edit using Avid Media Composer
    Cut your film under the supervision of editing and directing tutors
    Your goal: a short film (approx. 15 mins long)

Final screenings take place in the NFTS Cinema on Friday 30th August followed by an informal reception.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £3,150

This course is only open to UK and EU/EEA applicants.

A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place.

The NFTS does not charge you extra for the cost of productions or materials.

Entry requirements

Selection is on the basis of the quality and originality of the idea for the film you submit, and the practicality of making the film within the time available.

If you are not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course.  We are unable to accept your application if you do not.

If you have any questions, please email info@nfts.co.uk.

How to apply

Application deadline: 02 May 2019


You can apply online by clicking on BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION below. We are happy to receive applications at any time up until the midnight of the application deadline date.​


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