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, TV 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, TV 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 extra-curricular 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: directors and writer-directors Denis Villeneuve, Prano Bailey-Bond, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Michael Pearce, Joe Wright, Sara Sugarman, Reggie Yates, Sarah Gavron, Alice Seabright and Danny Boyle; writers Neil Gaiman, Eric Roth and Adam Kay; documentary makers Louis Theroux, Orlando von Einsiedel and Asif Kapadia; editors Maya Maffioli and Eddie Hamilton; animation writer-directors Domee Shi, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Joanna Quinn; executive and founder of The Black List, Franklin Leonard; composer Natalie Holt; cinematographers Benjamin Kracun and Diana Olifirova; science and natural history commissioner and executive Tom McDonald and actor Martin Freeman, 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 almost 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. 

10 reasons to choose the National Film and Television School