University profile

National Film and Television School

2022/23 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.

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. 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.

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.

Being a student at the NFTS is a transformative experience, offering creative freedom and boundless opportunities for the film, television and games makers who choose to study with us. 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.

With a graduate employment rate of over 90%, 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.

I think it is a pretty special place to come and learn every's not like anywhere else in this country, or maybe even the world. I feel really lucky to be here.

Sam, current Sound for Television Production Diploma student

NFTS graduates go on to become key creative leaders for much of the UK’s largest and most high profile film and television content.

NFTS alumni have gone on to win 13 Oscars and 146 BAFTAs with graduates including; Oscar winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (1917), Laurie Nunn, creator of global Netflix hit Sex Education, award winning writer/director Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), award-winning writer/director Shola Amoo (The Last Tree), BAFTA winning director, David Yates (Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series), BAFTA winning director Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Oscar winning animator Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit) and Oscar winning composer Dario Marianelli.

Scholarships and Bursaries

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.

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. 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