Best International Film School

National School of Film and Television

National Film and Television School (NFTS) - Directing Fiction

National Film and Television School (NFTS) - Directing Fiction

The NFTS is second to none.

Consistently ranked the top film school in the United Kingdom, NFTS is divided amongst five hubs from London to its headquarters in Beaconsfield. With more than a dozen MA programs to choose from and faculty that have produced 11 Oscar winners, NFTS students are well-prepared before graduation. The university boasts a 90% employment rate for recent graduates, and many NFTS alumni find positions at Netflix, BBC, and other influential industry players.

Domestic students can participate in NFTS' one-year Diploma programs and certificate programs. The programs assist young filmmakers taking gap years, seasoned filmmakers who want to expand their skills, and everyone in between. In addition, NFTS is the only film school in the UK that offers a two-year Cinematography MA program.'s Application Database found that only 7% of our members are admitted annually to the Directing Fiction MA.

For tips on applying to NFTS and to learn more about the program, read our exclusive interview with NFTS Admissions.

Runner-up: University Of British Columbia

University of British Columbia - MFA In Writing And Theatre

University of British Columbia - MFA In Writing And Theatre

More than any other Creative Writing Program in the world. Study fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, radio drama, writing for children, lyric & libretto, graphic novel, new media writing and translation. Students work in at least three separate genres during the course of...

All international students should consider the University of British Columbia’s Bachelor of Fine Arts and MFA Diploma program in Film Production. Dubbed “the USC of the North,” UBC is ranked among the 20 best universities worldwide and offers one of the oldest film programs in Western Canada. The Vancouver campus exposes students to an exciting urban environment and a booming film industry.

Enrollment is highly competitive. Students enjoy access to computers equipped with the best editing software, high-tech equipment in editing suites, the visual resources center, and NBC studio, a convertible classroom space with a green screen and lighting grid. Both domestic and international BFA students must contribute $6,000 towards their films. Learn more about the BFA degree requirements and how it differs from the post-undergraduate Diploma program, which runs for two years.

Currently, there aren’t enough applications to provide an accurate estimated undergraduate and graduate acceptance rate. If you’ve applied, click here to add your data to’s Application Database.

Credit for photo: Paul H. Joseph / UBC Brand & Marketing