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National Film and Television School

2020/21 edition

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About National Film and Television School


Develop standout skills in the film and television industry and fast track your future with a practical, career focused course at the National Film and Television School, named by Variety as the UK’s Top Film School 2020. Generous scholarships and bursaries are available.

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) is a film, television and games school established in 1971 and based at Beaconsfield Studios in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England.

The NFTS is one of the world's leading institutions in the industry. The School offers state-of-the-art facilities with industry standard equipment.

With a graduate employment rate of 93%, the NFTS has developed some of the world’s top creative talent, offering 34 specialist postgraduate MA and diploma courses at the most advanced training facilities in the UK. We have more behind the camera courses than any other film school, including core craft areas such as directing and cinematography, as well as specialist areas such as animation, editing, script supervision, casting and production accounting. Find out more about our courses on our website.

I wouldn’t have a job in the industry if it wasn’t for the NFTS.

Jonny, 2019 MA Sports Production graduate

All courses are designed to equip students with the essential skills needed to make an impact in the film, television and games industries as soon as they graduate. The NFTS produces the people that power production.

Taught by industry professionals and supported by key industry partnerships, students benefit from world class tuition and an outstanding programme of exclusive Masterclasses.

Many of the UK’s most significant and well known creative talents developed their skills at the NFTS. Alumni have won 13 Oscars and 145 BAFTAs, with countless nominations for each. Over 50% of the biggest UK box office successes since 2015 have had at least 1 NFTS graduate in a key role and 85% of UK broadcaster spend on high end television and two thirds of all Netflix productions feature NFTS graduates. Recent hits including 1917, Normal People, Sex Education, Chernobyl, The Crown, Blue Story and JoJo Rabbit all feature NFTS alumni.

In 2018, the NFTS received the BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

I found the environment, the collaborations and one to one mentoring to be invaluable.

Rosie, 2020 MA Directing Documentary graduate

NFTS offers more bursaries and scholarships per student than most top educational institutions in the UK with more than £900,000 of funding available. We are dedicated to helping potential students of genuine ability make their finances work no matter what their background or circumstances.

At the NFTS, we are committed to equality of opportunity and building a culturally diverse student body of Film, TV and Games makers of the future. We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds.

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