Taught course

Assistant Camera (Focus Pulling and Loading)

National Film and Television School

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Entry requirements

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, keen to work hard as part of a team and quick to learn. The course is ideally suited for those people already working as Camera Trainees or as 2nd ACs.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative new course was launched in 2017 to help equip camera trainees with the skills required for a successful career as 2nd and 1st ACs on both film and television drama.

The course is structured in way to allow people active in the film and television industry to work at their own rate and build their skills around outside work. It has three modules:

  • Working with Alexa Mini and Wireless Follow Focuses
  • Loading and working with 35mm and Alexa XT and Mini
  • Loading and working with 16mm

You can begin the course at Module 1 and you’ll have two years to complete all three modules and earn your industry recognised diploma.

This course allows you to form relationships with the current MA Cinematographers which often leads to work outside the School upon graduation.

All NFTS students can attend the School’s masterclasses programme, with recent guests including Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here, We Need to Talk About Kevin), Louis Theroux, and M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Glass).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Diploma
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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