University profile

National Film and Television School

2023/24 edition

About National Film and Television School

First established in 1971, the National Film and Television School (NFTS) has evolved to become a leading global institution, developing some of Britain and the world’s top creative talent. In 2018, the NFTS was awarded both the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema and the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. It is the only UK film school that is continuously recognised by The Hollywood Reporter in their top international film schools list, recognising the School for its excellence in teaching and innovation.

As one of the leading film schools in the world, the NFTS operates like a major studio, with state-of-the-art production facilities that are essential for creating outstanding content for film, TV, games, animation, design, and much more. Our wide range of courses are some of the most exciting and innovative in the world, enabling you to channel your passion into real world skills. It’s a truly exciting and transformational place to kickstart your creative career!

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 runs more behind-the-camera courses than any other film school in the world, as well as numerous short courses, including core craft areas such as directing and cinematography, as well as specialisms including script supervision, production accounting and games design and development. Find out more about our courses on our website.

Supported by key industry partnerships, students benefit from world class tuition, state-of-the-art facilities and an outstanding programme of exclusive Masterclasses. From your first day, you’ll be fully immersed in making content and benefit from mentors, guest speakers and once-in-a-lifetime talks delivered by a steady stream of acclaimed film, TV and games makers.

The School offered me a great chance to connect with industry and through two years of study, I was given the time to mature and reflect on my specialism.

Ruheng, MA Directing and Producing Television Entertainment graduate

The School has a graduate employment rate of over 90%. Graduates of the National Film and Television School go on to become key creative leaders for much of the UK’s largest and most high-profile film and television content while global franchises, breakout hits and independent films all have NFTS alumni working behind the scenes.

The collaboration, discipline and professionalism you hone whilst at the NFTS is as close as you can get to the industry.

Adam, MA Visual Effects graduate with credits including Avengers: Endgame, No Time to Die and Wonder Woman 1984

NFTS alumni have gone on to win 14 Oscars and 162 BAFTAs with graduates including cinematographer Sir Roger Deakins (Empire of Light and 1917), Noughts & Crosses writer Malorie Blackman OBE, Laurie Nunn, creator of Netflix’s Sex Education, BAFTA-winning 1917 and The Good Nurse writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, acclaimed writer/director Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), BAFTA-winning director David Yates best known for his work on the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises, animator Nick Park, creator of the beloved ‘Wallace And Gromit’ characters, director Yann Demage (Top Boy, Lovecraft Country), renowned arthouse filmmaker Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), award winning director Alrick Riley (Bridgerton and Stephen) and composers Nainita Desai (The Reason I Jump and For Sama) and Natalie Holt, the first female composer in the Star Wars universe.

Generous funding available

As an institution that develops the next generation of creative talent, we feel a special responsibility to ensure our creative industries reflect the full diversity of our country. So if you have the talent and the commitment, we want to give you the opportunity to fulfil your potential.

The NFTS awards more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of our student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK. Please visit our funding guide to find out more.

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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Contact details

01494 671234
The National Film & Television School
Beaconsfield Studios
Station Road