Entry requirements

It is our aim to assemble a group of students with diverse and varied backgrounds. There is no 'typical' student or perfect candidate who conforms to a mandatory list of qualifications.

You are likely to have some industry experience or training in editing. Your background may be in the arts or other media.

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.

Months of entry


Course content

Gain a thorough practical education in editing and build your skills as an editor in a professional filmmaking environment. Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to work on a wide range of practical projects, including animations, fiction films, documentaries, science and natural history programmes, and commercials - working in your own editing suite.

You will work to Industry standards using high-end facilities. You are encouraged to consider your craft as part of the whole process of film and television production and not merely as the final stage, developing your skills as a narrative and technical editor.

You will collaborate with fellow students in other specialisms on a wide range of projects, putting into practice the skills you will learn throughout the course.

Course Facilities

Throughout the course, you will have your own dedicated editing suite. We have a large number of specially equipped cutting rooms for digital and 16mm film editing. They are supported by viewing and transfer facilities, 16 NLE systems running AVID Media Composer and Adobe Premiere. In addition to individual editing suites, there are multiple suites open to all students.

What You Will Study

The emphasis of the editing curriculum is firmly on storytelling and the relationship between editor and director. You will learn to apply your craft to the demands of fiction, documentary and animation, creating visual narratives while working with sound, music and, where appropriate, special effects. Workshops with other departments develop concepts of visual storytelling, mise-en-scène, storyboarding, sound design, music and scriptwriting.

In the final year, you will collaborate to make a digital fiction short film, and three graduation films in animation, documentary and fiction.

Information for international students

This course is open to UK/EU/International students.

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.

The NFTS is committed to ensuring it is open to students of genuine ability, no matter what their background or financial circumstances, which is why we award more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of our student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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