National Film and Television School (NFTS)

Degrees Offered
2 Year M.A.
Concentrations
Animation & Digital Arts, Cinematography, Directing, Documentary Filmmaking, Editing, Film & Television Production, Producing, Production Design, Sound Design, Writing and Producing for Television, Writing for Screen & Television, Screenwriting, Film Studies, Cinema Visual Effects
Tuition Range
$20k to $30k

Film School details

The NFTS is second to none. Producing a host of award winning students and graduates, and many of the UK's most noted contemporary auteurs as well as commercial filmmakers. It operates from its own historic studios running more specialist MA's than any other film school in the world. And you don't need a degree - you just need talent and a great portfolio!
School URL
https://nfts.co.uk/

Latest reviews

Reviewed by
Current Student
Pros
  • Unrivalled UK industry presence and reputation
  • The school's partners include but are not limited to Universal Pictures, Netflix, Channel 4, SKY, BBC and YouTube
  • Fantastic guest lectures from top UK directors and producers
  • More affordable than LFS and MET
  • Incredible list of alumni
  • Good scholarship opportunities
  • Small amount of students per class, incredible student/teacher ratio
  • Helpful and approachable staff, from teachers to the director
Cons
  • Very competitive admissions (depending on the course), but this is also what makes the school so great
  • Beaconsfield is easily reachable by train (25 mins from Marylebone), but it can feel like quite a bubble
I'm currently in my first year of a 2 year MA at the NFTS. I saw these relatively negative reviews about the NFTS before I applied, but I can now confidently say that applying to the NFTS is the best choice I made in a long time.

I tried to think for a long time about the cons, but I really couldn't come up with anything else than these two.

The school's reputation is just completely unrivalled by any other UK film school. When going to industry events we are often the only students there, since other schools are just not really as interesting.

The main strength is the quality and variety of courses. Some courses are unique to the NFTS and not given anywhere else in Europe. The education is excellent and leaves nothing to wish for. I'm in a class of 6 people, this makes it possible to get a very personal form of mentoring. The NFTS seems to do everything it can to provide the tools, knowledge and mentoring to make alumni successful, which is mutually beneficial.

I'm sure I forgot a lot of names, but a few of the people we met the past 6 months include Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Louis Theroux, Alex Garland, Paul Greengrass, David Yates and Paweł Pawlikowski. Having the opportunity to ask questions to these people is not only helpful but also inspiring. Since we sign NDA forms at the beginning of the year these guests feel like they are able to talk about things they would normally never share to the public, and some of these insights truly change how you look at the industry.

In terms of employment: I got a really nice part-time job offer at a UK film company in the first 3 months of my study at a networking meeting the NFTS gave us access to. I took this, and am besides this currently doing a 6 month paid internship at a major studio. This makes me very comfortable in stating that I'm not worried about getting work after I graduate.

All in all, I think the school is as good as it gets. Go there, be inspired by all the Bafta awards displayed and the alumni on the walls, and do apply. You won't regret it.
Alumni
5.00 star(s)
Campus
4.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
5.00 star(s)
Equipment
5.00 star(s)
Coursework
5.00 star(s)
Professors
5.00 star(s)
Financial Aid & Scholarships
4.00 star(s)
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ValDalMil
Hahahaha... I just check things.....

You did not even try to write it in your own word but COPY/PAST fragments from description of their courses. OMG!

This is so pathetic...
Reviewed by
Alumni
Pros
  • Film budgets provided by school.
  • Other students.
Cons
  • Its all about politics.
  • Poor quality of most workshops. Most of the year is wasted.
  • High tuition fee.
  • School doesn`t care about you after graduation.
  • Accomodation in Beaconsfield is quite expensive.
I agree with one of the comment I`ve read "In the past the only criterion to get there was talent/skills. Now the most important criterion are: gender, race, country, religion." In the last 5 years it started to be all about politics.

The only course worth apply is VFX. Tutors have connections in film industry, they do provide job opportunities after graduation, they do have useful workshops. Rest courses are expensive wasting of time. Everything looks so nice before you sign agreement with the school to pay tuition fees. After this you constantly thinking "What am I paying for?" Well... I don`t know.

People say that school is so great because of: masterclasses with big filmmakers, other students, atmosphere. But you have this in any other art school in UK. Big filmmakers have SOMETIMES masterclasses there only because the have free moment, they were asked for it, probably they got paid as well. The same big filmmakers you can meet doing masterclasses on film festivals, other film schools, film events. And every masterclass is just lecture which is exactly about the same you can find on YT or read in the interviews for free not 12 000 per year.

There are no job opportunities after school. This is illusion selling by people like Jon Wardle. (By the way, one of the most fake and bully person I`ve ever met. And this is also true what someone wrote: "How guy who has nothing to do with film industry, who has nothing to do with managing companies, no experience on higher independent position becomes director of NFTS?" It means something about the school.) About the job, before you apply to any course, try to contact alumni (those who graduated 1-5 years ago), ask them what they are doing, where they are working, how often, how do they find jobs, did they find job after course or they just came back to job they had before NFTS. And the most important are they PAID for the job. (PAID means not 20 pounds per day) Because working for free is not a job!!! Truth is that 20-30% of alumni (after year or two) work around TV, commercial not film and half of them are working not even around their craft. What about the rest? Better not mention (if they work).

Is being on a few meaningless film festivals worth this money? Where are young successful alumni? Why when we speak about NFTS alumni they always say about people like Roger Deakins? Man why started his career in different millennium. Think in those categories. Why only short animations get BAFTA? (it doesnt help much with career because no one really cares about shorts). Where are short fictions, documentaries?

Alumni are scared to talk about it because they think school is so powerful and will close industry door. Apart from alumni (and some people in companies like BBC, CH4), industry doesn`t know about NFTS. It`s just another film school in London.

There are lot more but don`t want this review to be so long.

Stop believe in nice website, good marketing speech, nice twitts or fb photos and school legend which already faded away.
Alumni
2.75 star(s)
Campus
4.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
1.50 star(s)
Equipment
4.00 star(s)
Coursework
3.00 star(s)
Professors
3.00 star(s)
Financial Aid & Scholarships
3.00 star(s)
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VDW
I'm not saying that everything you state is wrong. I'm sorry to hear that you don't have job opportunities after leaving the NFTS. But I think your reasoning is remarkably flawed since ending up with a job is at the end of the day still your own responsibility. Having experience, the name on your cv, and friends from the NFTS will never be a bad thing. How you use it in the future is up to you. But I do think this review is unfair towards new applicants who might not get a fair picture of the school.
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ValDalMil
"situated in London is not the only falsehood in your statement" - Seriously? Please kid. So your "25 mins from Marylebone" is also false. Most of trains stop on every station on the way to Beaconsfield which makes journey not 25 mins but 40 mins.

"The grads this year from my course ended up with amazing job offers"... I'd love to hear details of this illusion. Luckily I still know people. They are not able even to afford studio in London without parents support or wife/husband,etc. Not mention half of them abandoned film industry to survive.
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ValDalMil
Those "Fantastic guest lectures..." do rounds visiting all school and film festivals in London.

"Good scholarship opportunities" ??? "partners include Universal Pictures, Netflix and YouTube" ???? Do you study there? I feel like talking with guys from Curriculum Dept. How N or YT support NFTS? (they are not sponsors!!!) They pay for BFI theatre during grad show? Ohhh, I'm sorry, they don't do it in BFI any more but moved to prestigue... Picturehouse.

"class of 6 people?" Which class in 2019 has 6 people? Only composers had 6 people and then they increased to 8-10 in every main course. You sound like employee who tries to give positive review, especially looking at your "PROS" which are sooo similar to what they have in their leaflet. Coincident??? Hmm...
Reviewed by
Alumni
Pros
  • Hands-on approach in all courses
  • School equipment
  • Masterclasses (David Boyle, Christopher Nolan, Richard Branson)
  • School bar
  • Facilities (upgraded now)
Cons
  • No cheap student accomodation
  • Scholarships hard to access
I went on a 2 year long Digital effects MA course and now I'm 6 months after graduation. I already have 9 months of work experience and am working at Foundry at the moment.

First year is full of exercises (3D modelling, motion capture, motion control and so on) - working on-set with the other departments (DPs, Art, etc) is one of the best things at NFTS because you get a sense of how the industry works.

Second year is where you specialize (3D, 2D or Colour Grading) and when you start to be more responsible of your actions. You don't have classes but rather work on Graduation Films (which everyone takes very seriously) and you become the adult artist that's ready to be soon employed.

The DFX course (but I'm sure others too but to relevant locations) includes trips to FMX in Stuttgart, BFX in Bournemouth. Also some practical effects, and blowing up a couple of things (more for reference).

I'm happy with my time at NFTS and I would do it again anytime. They were quite good at teaching though so I don't need to go back.
Alumni
4.00 star(s)
Campus
3.50 star(s)
Career Assistance
5.00 star(s)
Equipment
4.50 star(s)
Coursework
4.00 star(s)
Professors
4.50 star(s)
Financial Aid & Scholarships
3.50 star(s)

Latest questions

How many applicants does the school get each year?
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For MA Screenwriting there were 165 applicants and10 places for the year commencing in January 2018

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