Short course


Covering all aspects of the Film & TV Locations department, this three-week course can be accessed as a whole or as three individual weeks, including several stand-alone days. 

The course builds week by week and will prove invaluable, both for new entrants and for those wishing to fully understand the work of the Locations department and its pivotal role at each stage in any production.

The course also includes an NFTS Scotland Certificate of Completion and certificated Carbon Literacy training.

A mixture of theory, practical work and location visits, the course will provide participants with the framework on which to base any role within the department.

Developed and delivered specifically for NFTS Scotland, this course is led by Lloret Dunn, a freelance Supervising Location Manager, who after working for over 25 years in Scotland's Film and TV sector is still relishing the challenges and exhilaration of the industry.  Her credits cover a diverse range of productions including Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose, T2 Trainspotting and World War Z.           


WEEK ONE: 18th - 22nd February 2019

Understanding the roles within a Production
Researching locations
Breaking down the script
Architectural Styles
Time Management

* STAND ALONE DAY  -  Wednesday 20th February 2019
Digital Photography and image management: How to create a library and share location images. 

WEEK TWO: 25th - 1st March 2019

Risk Assessing
Health and Safety
Negotiating fees and the Location Contract
Working with Location Owners

* STAND ALONE DAY – Wednesday 27th February 2019
Unit Managing: An introduction to this highly practical and key role.


WEEK THREE: 4th - 8th March 2019 

Daily management of a shoot
How to deal with conflict
Team Management
Responding to changes
How to find work in the industry

* STAND ALONE DAY – Wednesday 6th March 2019
Roads, Police and Traffic Management
Understanding the liaison between these vital agencies and navigating your way around current regulations

Working with Security
Filming with Drones


Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance rate (full course): £1250
Freelance rate (stand-alone day): £125
Freelance rate (week): £495

Corporate rate (full course): £1925
Corporate rate (stand-alone day): £195
Corporate rate (week): £2695

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 course application, your bursary application should be submitted to

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form - Working in Locations

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please also read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

Screen Skills have also identified Locations Managament as a priority skill area for support so you may also be eligible for support through their bursary fund

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to be advised of future dates.