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Course summary

There is an art to casting: it is an essential and often unrecognised element of all film, television and theatre productions. It is also one of the least understood jobs in the industry, largely because it is conducted behind closed doors. This brand new Certificate course is supported by the CDG (The Casting Directors' Guild of Great Britain & Ireland). Casting Directors and their associates must have a wide range of skills at their disposal; an encyclopaedic knowledge of actors built up over years, aptitude for interpreting material and understanding how it can be brought to life, instinct about which actors best serve the script with the ability to articulate and demonstrate the reasons why, a well-developed support system within the industry and financial acumen. Keen observation and organisational skills and the ability to communicate well are paramount to becoming successful in this field. This new blended learning Certificate course is supported by the CDG (The Casting Directors' Guild of Great Britain & Ireland). From knowledge and experience to building relationships within the industry, this evening course, meeting weekly online with occasional sessions at the NFTS teaching space in London's Golden Square, will teach the elements needed to start your career in casting, with insight from influential Casting Directors and key players in the business. Masterclasses and Screenings All NFTS students can attend Masterclasses. Recent guests include David Fincher (Fight Club), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Ben Wheatley (Free Fire), Rapman (Blue Story), Louis Theroux, Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Denis Villeneuve (Bladerunner 2049), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Sam Mendes (1917), Asif Kapadia (Senna), Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), Russell T Davies (Doctor Who) and Roger Deakins (1917). The School also regularly provides access to screenings and events both in Beaconsfield and London.

Modules

This course has been carefully designed by working Casting Directors to help participants develop the skills needed to jump into a busy office as a Casting Assistant. It takes time to build knowledge of actors and to develop meaningful and supportive relationships within the industry. This course offers rigorous training and insight, arming students with the practical skills and knowledge needed to hit the ground running as an assistant. During the course, which runs over 24 weeks and across six modules with a mix of online and face-to-face sessions, students will learn the fundamentals of the entire cycle of casting. From how the role of the Casting Director evolved to the basics of how a casting office works and the differing roles within it. Students will be taught how a project is cast from start to finish: from reading scripts and pitching for a job, to finding, presenting and auditioning actors. You will learn how Casting Directors work effectively with producers and agents, navigate codes of conduct and keep a firm hold of schedules, budgets and deal negotiations, and will learn the basics of British PACT, Equity, Cinema and TV union agreements. From street casting to working with minors, down to how open call auditions are organised, no casting stone is left unturned. In addition, you will be given assistance finding a work experience placement within a Casting Director’s office. Module 1 – Casting Fundamentals Module 2 – Actors Module 3 – Union Agreements and Equal Opportunities Module 4 – Specialist Fields Module 5 – Benefits of Training Module 5 explores the skills needed to work effectively and efficiently and develop your role within a casting office. Module 6 – Final Assessment


Entry requirements

We are looking for people who are passionate about entering the world of casting. It is a tough, competitive field and to be successful it requires excellent communication and collaborative skills, a hunger to get ahead with an awareness of the discretion and sensitivity essential to the casting process. You will have strong opinions on writing you admire across film, TV, theatre and non-traditional formats and be able to articulate the reasons why. You should have a good general education, but no other specific educational requirements or casting experience are needed for this course. You need to be 18 years or over. Application to the course is competitive.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £3650 Whole course
Northern Ireland £3650 Whole course
Scotland £3650 Whole course
Wales £3650 Whole course

Additional fee information

These are the fees for September 2023 intake. 2024 fees will be confirmed soon.
Casting at National Film and Television School - UCAS