National Film and Television School

National Film and Television School


“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

About the NFTS
First established in 1971 and due to celebrate 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 93%, 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 and production accounting. 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 with two key regional hubs operating in Glasgow and Leeds. The NFTS recently confirmed its first permanent Central London teaching base will be within the newly re-developed headquarters of the Film and TV Charity in Soho’s Golden Square, London.

Graduate Impact Report
The School recently released the findings of their Graduate Impact Report which demonstrated how NFTS graduates quickly take centre stage in an industry critical to the UK economy. The report highlighted that 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.

Award Winning Alumni
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.

10 Top Reasons to Apply:

  1. NFTS courses are designed to fast-track you into the film, TV and games industries
  2. 93% graduate employment rate
  3. Generous scholarships and bursaries available
  4. Listed by Variety as the Top UK Film School 2020
  5. World-class tutors
  6. Once-in-a-lifetime Masterclasses
  7. NFTS offers cutting-edge, dedicated workspaces for all courses, unparalleled by any other UK creative institution.
  8.  NFTS graduates go on to become key creative leaders for much of the UK’s largest and most high profile film and television content
  9. NFTS graduates achieve success within a short window of time 
  10. Studying at the NFTS will give you the skills needed to stand out in the industry!  



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