There is no other film school in the world that offers so many individual specialist practical filmmaking courses. 13 Masters, 5 Diplomas and a wide range of short courses.
NFTS Courses are based on learning and applying the crafts and skills of the medium. Students are encouraged to develop a solid understanding of how their specialist role fits into the overall process of project development, production and programme making. All practical learning is carefully integrated with seminars and other activities that place film, television and games in a historical, cultural and business context.
Courses are led by professionals with extensive and current industry experience, teaching to industry standards. Core staff are supplemented by visiting tutors, leading practitioners in their field, who conduct special workshops and exercises. It is because the NFTS offers courses in all the major skills in film and television and new media that we can foster creative collaboration in shared activity, thus emphasising the crucial role that each specialist plays in the whole.
Students are encouraged to extend the boundaries of creative expression in their specialisation and to experiment with new forms and styles related to the content of their work. The school supports the development of individual approaches to the work, allowing flexibility and freedom of choice within the parameters of the curriculum. Workshops, exercises and productions provide a framework for self-expression and a context for evaluating successful growth and the maturing of talent.
Practical workshops will, wherever relevant, contain screenings and seminars that relate the skills to be learned to their application in films, programmes, published game titles and other media outputs.
Course elements are designed to ensure that students confront the demands of genres, formats and styles that are current practice in the industry. At the same time regular screenings and discussions are arranged to instil an understanding of the history and development of the media. This is designed to embrace references to the use of media across all the major cultures and traditions.
The School endeavours to keep its students up-to-date with new approaches both in technology and aesthetics with particular attention to modes of production and the refinement of the language of moving image media. A major part of this is achieved by giving access to practitioners who visit the School or by arranging sessions at facilities elsewhere in London or further afield. Attendance at major festivals and symposia is built into course timetables. Thus an ongoing debate is encouraged to allow students to progress their learning under the stimulus of contact with change and development in the industry that they are preparing to enter.
Engagement with others is an essential part of every course. Students are developing their skills in order to be part of an essentially collaborative process - that of programme making. The curriculum for each specialisation is therefore designed to link with others on a number of occasions throughout the course, most significantly during productions. Here students have an opportunity to put into practice their increasing creative, interpretative and technical skills within the realistic constraints of production.
For more detail about the specific curriculum for each specialist course please see the individual course pages.