Entry requirements

While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification. You may be an independent filmmaker already, or you may have experience of working in the industry.

Months of entry


Course content

Delivered in partnership with D&AD (the global association for creative advertising and design), our part-time Diploma aims to equip students with the knowledge required to become a Commercials Director.

"The opportunity to work with real clients really sold the course to me. The guidance and support was fantastic. I came away fully understanding how the industry works and a showreel that I couldn't have made without the NFTS." - David Graham, course graduate

Working as a director in commercials involves a unique skillset. Not only does it require you to have creative vision and technical knowledge but as a successful director you will need an understanding of how to successfully negotiate working in a commercial environment in a highly collaborative way.

This Diploma course gives you the tools to improve your career prospects by gaining an unrivalled knowledge from Industry professionals, and an invaluable list of industry contacts, alongside practical experience and your own showreel of work to leave with.

Course Facilities

You will have access to Industry standard production and post production facilities and equipment, including full-scale stages for set builds and shoots and top-of-the-range cameras.

What You Will Study

The course is based in London, where, throughout the year, you will have access to weekly talks from key speakers in the Advertising industry, including Agency Producers, Creative Directors, Producers from production companies, successful Commercials Directors and industry professionals from many areas of production.

You will also produce three commercials, including one digital content only commercial, giving you the practical experience you’ll need to jump straight into your career on graduation, with all production costs met by the School.

Information for international students

This course is open to UK applicants and EU/EEA Nationals with UK pre-settled/settled status (subject to meeting residency requirements) and applicants who are currently in the UK on a valid visa for the full duration of the course.

Fees and funding

Please visit our website for fees information. All production costs are included in the course fees, including the use of School facilities and equipment.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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