masters_nfts_1Channel 4’s  bursary scheme is aimed at supporting diverse candidates on the NFTS’s MA courses. The bursaries are aimed at those groups currently under-represented within the industry. The bursaries aim to boost and widen the pipeline of new industry talent.  Aimed at increasing social mobility within the creative industries, the bursaries will be used to enable students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds to study at the School.

One million pounds of the Channel 4 investment will help fund a vital new expansion of the NFTS to accommodate its new Creative Industries Skills Academy – increasing the capacity of its historic Beaconsfield Studios site in Buckinghamshire. A further £500,000 will fund a Channel 4 bursary scheme at the school to run over five years – directly aimed at increasing social mobility within the creative industries. This will be used to enable 20 students a year from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly in the Nations and Regions, to study at the world famous school.

David Abraham, Chief Executive of Channel 4 said: “The NFTS is a world leader and a vital source of talent for the UK creative industries and Channel 4 has the further development of that talent at the heart of its remit. I’m extremely proud that Channel 4’s investment means the school will be able to support more students from diverse and socially disadvantaged backgrounds – which will help increase social mobility within the creative and media industries.”

Commenting on the new agreement with Channel 4, NFTS Director Nik Powell said: “We are absolutely delighted by these two gifts which signify a major strengthening of our relationship with Channel 4. The capital gift of £1 million is key to the development financing arrangements for two vitally needed new school buildings, adding to the support already received from the DCMS, BFI, Creative Skillset, HEFCE, the Broccoli Foundation and others. These new teaching facilities will enable us to maintain our position as the world’s number one film school and the leading provider of film, TV and games craft skills for the UK’s audio-visual sector.

Take a look at the courses on offer – All current MA deadlines are 05 May 2016:

  • CINEMATOGRAPHY – The NFTS is the only UK film school where you can specialise in cinematography rather than studying it as a module in a more generalist filmmaking course: Cinematography graduates are in demand in the UK, Europe and the US and go on to work in both film and television. Recent new graduates have found work as 2nd Unit DoPs on feature films, and have shot commercials, episodic television series and documentaries for Channel 4, Granada and BSkyB, as well as short films and TV programmes for a variety of independent production companies – Click here to find out more
  • COMPOSING FOR FILM & TELEVISION – The NFTS trains composers in both live and electro-acoustic music for the moving image in a production context closely modelled on Industry working practices. Composing graduates are qualified to take on all forms of work in film and television as well as productions in multimedia and interactive programming – Click here to find out more
  • DIGITAL EFFECTS – During this extremely practical modular course, you will spend a lot of time learning techniques “on set”, in addition to learning in front of a computer. You will work closely with students from all the other NFTS MA disciplines, creating 2D/3D VFX, CG 3D FX or Colour Grading and Onlining the entire production, on a diverse range of NFTS film and television projects – many of which go on to become international award-winners – Click here to find out more
  • DIRECTING ANIMATION – Over 400 animation awards have been won by NFTS students including 6 Oscar Nominations- two of these in the last three years! , the first animation to win student Oscar, 7 BAFTAs, 8 RTS Awards, 7 official Cannes Selections and the first ever Student Annie Award. It is the ONLY Animation course located in dedicated film studios – Click here to find out more
  • DIRECTING DOCUMENTARY – The goal of the course is to give NFTS graduates the tools and confidence to become successful members of the international documentary community. NFTS students have won the Grierson and Sheffield Student Awards two years running, IDFA and the Royal Television Society last year, and win prizes at the most prestigious festivals round the world: Sundance, IDFA, Hot Docs, Berlin, Sheffield and many others. The most important thing, however, is to prepare them for life as committed documentary storytellers, wherever that may lead – Click here to find out more
  • DIRECTING FICTION – 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 – Click here to find out more

*There are a number of different scholarships that support this course, including the Wellcome Trust Science Media Studentship. For more information see Scholarships and the Wellcome Trust.

  • EDITING – The emphasis of the Editing curriculum is firmly on storytelling and the relationship between editor and director. Students learn to apply their craft to the demands of fiction, documentary and animation, creating visual narratives while working with sound, music and, where appropriate, special effects. Workshops with other departments develop concepts of visual storytelling, mise-en-scène, storyboarding, sound design, music and scriptwriting – Click here to find out more
  • FILM STUDIES PROGRAMMING & CURATION – The National Film and Television School’s Film Studies Programming and Curation Masters delivered in partnership with the BFI is designed for students who wish to make a career in the wider film and media culture, whether in the fields of curation, exhibition, criticism, archives, preservation or restoration – Click here to find out more
  • GAMES DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT –  Learning and working alongside film, television and animation practitioners, the course provides a unique opportunity for future games innovators to hone their creative and technical skills, developing fluency in all the core videogames development disciplines such as games design, code, art, animation, production, audio, interface and more – Click here to find out more

*There are a number of different scholarships that support this course, including the Wellcome Trust Science Media Studentship. For more information see Scholarships and the Wellcome Trust.

  • PRODUCING – The Producing department aims to train creative, independent producers able to achieve an overall vision for their projects from script development through finance and production to sales and distribution. The course covers fiction production for both film and television and also animation, with students producing at least two short live action films and one animation in their time at the School – Click here to find out more
  • PRODUCTION DESIGN – 3D and 2D computer techniques and Concept Art are taught alongside traditional skills such as set sketching, orthographic draughting, design geometry and model-making. Design students apply their skills to live action and animation films, television programmes and commercials, in the studio and on location, using built sets and green screen. Relevant business and management skills are also taught, equipping students to manage a small art department, its budget, personnel and logistical schedules, studio procedures and set decorating – Click here to find out more
  • PRODUCING & DIRECTING TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT – This unique award-winning course, which is still the only one of its kind in the world at MA level, is continually proving itself to be a fast-track into the Industry. Students have sold not one but three Entertainment formats – to Warner Brothers Television and to ITV – in the last three years alone. Recently, two student graduation shows won prestigious awards at the New York Television Festival and the department won yet another RTS Award for best student Entertainment show – Click here to find out more
  • SCREENWRITING – The NFTS screenwriting course has produced some of the outstanding writers of our generation. The course prepares writers for work in film and television. Taught by working writers, producers and commissioners, the course addresses the main aspects of the profession of writing. Recent students’ work has been nominated for an Oscar, a Bafta, several Royal Television Society awards and countless other awards – Click here to find out more

*There are a number of different scholarships that support this course, including the Wellcome Trust Science Media Studentship. For more information see Scholarships and the Wellcome Trust.

  • SOUND DESIGN FOR FILM & TELEVISION – Graduates of this course win BAFTAs and multiple other awards every year. Our students have won the student section of the Los Angeles based Golden Reel Awards for best sound 13 times since 1996 (they won it again this year)! Sound Design students train in all aspects of audio post-production, developing the techniques and creative awareness required as dubbing editors, sound designers and dubbing mixers – Click here to find out more