Entry requirements

We are looking for people who:

  • Already work in development and feel they may benefit from a structured course in story theory and working practice in order to build their confidence and resources
  • Already work in the film industry and are keen to develop or hone their skills when working with scripts and writers, to get the best work from those writers
  • Are producers keen to get an edge on finding and nurturing new writing talent
  • Have experience in other creative industries and would like to explore script development and believe that they can bring new experience and ideas to the process of developing scripts and cultivating writers
  • Have a passion for film, a love of storytelling, can demonstrate initiative, and have an enthusiasm for, and a commitment to, working collaboratively

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

The most comprehensive vocational programme in script development in the UK.

This course aims to give you all the skills and expertise you need to develop highly polished scripts for film and television.

This Diploma course offers you a comprehensive contemporary overview and ongoing practical learning in an intensive professional environment, preparing you for a successful career in the Industry.

During the course, you’ll get access to new screenwriters and regular industry speakers, as well as working on a practical development project with a screenwriter.

Learning is part-time, delivered by fortnightly online evening sessions over 14 months.

What You Will Study

The course combines lectures, seminars and workshops alongside talks and panel discussions with current industry practitioners, as well as supervised practical work with a screenwriter.

There are continuous written assignments throughout the taught section of the programme which are mostly practical and designed to be useful to a career in development, as well as other areas of the film industry.

The programme consists of fortnightly online sessions held on a Monday evening from 7pm - 9pm, plus 3 intensive weekend workshops running from September to April. The Final Project element of the Diploma is a six-month supervised development project, which begins in April when students are paired with a screenwriter. The delivery of all assessed material for the Final Project is due in October.

Fees and funding

The NFTS want to encourage applications from the brightest and best talent out there, whatever your background. We are actively seeking to redress imbalances within the Industry by encouraging applications from under-represented groups, and have a limited number of bursaries on offer for UK applicants.

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
    16 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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