Value For Money

Value For Money

At the National Film and Television School we offer practical, hands-on teaching from industry professionals, using professional film and TV stages and high-quality equipment, enabling our students to make high-quality films, television shows, games and other projects. The School meets all production costs, and our students win awards and compete at festivals around the world. Our 38-week teaching year and our intensive approach to teaching and learning means MA and Diploma students get far more tuition time than the vast majority of postgraduate institutions offer.

All NFTS students have access to our Masterclasses programme of high profile speakers from across the film, television and games industries and many of our MA and Diploma courses include work placements at prominent industry companies. Our Bridges to Industry programme also gives some students the opportunity to work on extracurricular projects with commercial partners.

We are also the only UK film School that consistently appears in the global Hollywood Reporter listing of the top 20 International Film Schools.

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At the NFTS, we manage our finances carefully, led by our Directorate team and supervised by our Governing Board.  We look to focus as much of our resources as possible directly on your learning experience, through dedicated, full time tutorial staff, complemented by industry visiting tutors, practical workshops and productions, delivered using the latest specialist equipment and technical support. We are a not-for-profit organisation, but look to generate a small surplus each year to reinvest in the School and preserve its long-term sustainability.

We aim to be transparent about our expenditure and show how you derive value from the fees you pay to us, as we set out later. The direct cost of your tuition includes the full cost of all student productions, along with access to industry professionals, visiting tutors and guest speakers of the highest calibre. We help you to deliver your vision and the story you want to tell or to develop the technical skills in which you want to excel. Over the last 12 months, notable visitors have included: Writers Jack Thorne, Simon Beaufoy, Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Keith Beauchamp, Phoebe WallerBridge and Steven Moffat; Documentary filmmakers Asif Kapadia, Matthew Bauer, George Amponsah and Ella Glendining; Writer-directors Martin McDonagh, Clio Barnard, Peter Strickland, Lukas Dhont, Joachim Trier, Christopher McQuarrie and Charlotte Regan; Producers Barbara Broccoli, Hélène Sifre, Theo Barrowclough, Kurban Kassam and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly; Editors Úna Ní Dhonghaíle, Eddie Hamilton and Lesley Posso; Animation filmmakers Nora Twomey and Roy Conli; Directors Ryan Coogler, Corin Hardy, Aneil Karia, Anna Rose Holmer and Saela Davis; TV series teams Lewis Arnold & Sacha Szwarc, Philip Barantini & Grace Ofori-Attah and Junior Okoli & Chas Appeti; Composers Sarah Warne and Alastair McNamara; Cinematographer Diana Olifirova; Visual researcher Phil Clark; Motion graphics creator Adam Smith; Film and television executives Charlotte Moore, Fiona Lamptey and Tony Chambers; and Casting director Shaheen Baig, to name a few.

Our close relationship with industry ensures that you have the opportunity to work directly with prospective employers in the sector, in the booming creative industries. Our graduates are eminently employable, with over 90% of our students annually securing graduate-level jobs within 6 months of leaving the School.

Further, we are proud of the skills and ambition of our students, actively promoting their films and productions, which is reflected in our unprecedented success at student awards including BAFTAs, BIFA, RTS, CILECT and the Oscars. 

At the 2024 BAFTAs, the School won Best Short Animation for student film Crab Day and Best Short Film for student fiction film Jellyfish and Lobster. Also, Shirley O’Connor, a producing graduate, won Best Debut for Earth Mama and Tarn Willers won Best Sound for The Zone of Interest.

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