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National Film and Television School
National Film and Television School
About the NFTS
First established in 1971 and celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, the National Film and Television School (NFTS) has evolved to become a leading global institution, developing some of Britain and the world’s top creative talent. It is widely acknowledged to be the top school of its kind in the UK and one of the best internationally. In 2018, the NFTS was awarded both the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema and the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
With a graduate employment rate of over 90%, the NFTS runs more behind-the-camera courses than any other film school in the world, as well as numerous short courses, including core craft areas such as directing and cinematography, as well as specialisms including script supervision, production accounting and games design and development.
Supported by key industry partnerships, students benefit from world class tuition and an outstanding programme of exclusive Masterclasses. All courses are designed to equip students with the essential skills needed to make an impact in the film, television and games industries as soon as they graduate.
The main NFTS site is based in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire and also has regional hubs operating in London’s Golden Square, Glasgow and Leeds, with NFTS Cymru/Wales due to open in 2021.
Award Winning Alumni
NFTS graduates go on to become key creative leaders for much of the UK’s largest and most high profile film and television content.
NFTS alumni have gone on to win 13 Oscars and 145 BAFTAs with graduates including; Oscar winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (1917), Laurie Nunn, creator of global Netflix hit Sex Education, award winning writer/director Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), award winning writer/director Shola Amoo (The Last Tree), BAFTA winning director, David Yates (Harry Potter), BAFTA winning director Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Oscar winning animator Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit) and Oscar winning composer Dario Marianelli.
Over 50% of the biggest box office successes since 2015 have had at least 1 NFTS graduate in a key role, and even though the NFTS graduates just 8 Cinematographers per year, alumni shoot 25% of all high end TV in the UK.
Alumni and Industry Quotes
“We couldn’t have made 1917 without the incredible skill and craftsmanship of NFTS graduates. Cinematographer Roger Deakins, co-writer, Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and our sound recordist Stuart Wilson all won BAFTAs for their work on the film, with Roger and Stuart going on to win Oscars as well. Truly amazing!” Dame Pippa Harris, (Co-founder, Neal Street Productions, Chair of BAFTA)
“Graduating from the NFTS had had an incredible impact on my career – boosting my progression in the industry and giving me access to opportunities.” Mdhamiri A Nkemi. NFTS Editing Graduate. Editor of Blue Story | The Last Tree
“The NFTS punches well above its weight. It is hard to think of any other school which contributes so much creatively and so effectively to our industry.” Andy Harries OBE (Chief Executive, Left Bank Pictures)
“If I hadn’t been to the NFTS I don’t believe I would have had the opportunity to make it as a Cinematographer.” Suzi Lavelle - NFTS Cinematography Graduate. DOP Normal People | His Dark Materials
Scholarships and Bursaries
The NFTS awards more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of our student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK.
The NFTS is committed to ensuring it is open to students of genuine ability, no matter what their background or financial circumstances. As an institution that develops the next generation of creative talent, we feel a special responsibility to ensure our creative industries reflect the full diversity of our country. So if you have the talent and the commitment, we want to give you the opportunity to fulfil your potential. Visit our funding guide to find out more.
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