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Course summary

This course provides a unique environment in which directors can find their individual style and their own distinctive voice. "The NFTS is right at the heart of training for the industry." Graduate David Yates, director of the Harry Potter series and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The course is highly practical, giving students the opportunity to make high quality films in our in-house studios or on location. They will also have the chance to learn from top industry professionals. Students will collaborate with those in other specialisms to make several films and practical projects, putting into practice the skills they learn along throughout the course – with all production costs met by the School. The NFTS has purpose-built film and television studios and professional standard post-production facilities. 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). ​This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

Modules

This course provides two years in which directing students will be adding depth and understanding to their abilities whilst regularly producing work. This is an environment where they will be both challenged and supported by staff and fellow students. The essence of the course is the practical experience of film-making, combined with a wide-ranging series of work-shops emphasising performance, mise-en-scène and an examination of how narrative works in cinema and in television. The tutor to student ratio is high, thus allowing the teaching to be specific to the needs of the individual director. The course includes weekly sessions on film and television culture, both contemporary and historical, and opportunities to learn from the work of more established directors through masterclasses and set visits. It also involves interaction with other disciplines, ranging from visual art, literature and architecture to installation and performance art.

Assessment method

Assessment is based on a dissertation and a graduation film.


Entry requirements

Students come from a wide range of backgrounds: you may be an independent filmmaker, you might have a degree or you may have experience of working in the industry. 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. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £14800 Year 1
Northern Ireland £14800 Year 1
Scotland £14800 Year 1
Wales £14800 Year 1
Channel Islands £14800 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £14800 Year 1
EU £26000 Year 1
International £26000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

NFTS Scholarships available for UK Students.

Directing Fiction at National Film and Television School - UCAS