Short course


This intensive practical course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a successful future career as a Third, Second and First Assistant Director.  The course will be taught by top industry professionals and will also include certificated Health & Safety and Carbon Literacy training. Following the two weeks training students will be given the opportunity to work as 1st Assistant Director on a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland student 3-day film shoot.

This course combines classroom learning, practical exercises and experience as a First Assistant Director on a 2nd year student film at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

As part of the course students will undertake Health & Safety training as well a Carbon Literacy training day.

The course will cover:

- The roles and responsibilities of each member of the ADs’ department in pre-production and during the shoot
- Where the department fits in with production and how to work collaboratively with other departments
- The paperwork used by the whole of production as well as department-specific documents
- Set protocol, etiquette and communication skills
- How to break down a script for different purposes
- How to develop a shooting schedule
- The skills required to be a capable and successful Assistant Director
- Preparing a shoot with the director and key crew of the student film and running the set during filming
- Health & Safety training
- Carbon Literacy training
This course is for anyone wishing to work in the Assistant Director’s department. 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Course Rate: £845

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: Book Now

This course is now open for applications. 

Please apply by completing the application form and sending a copy of your CV to