NFTS - Directing Fiction

Degrees Offered
2 Year M.A.
Concentrations
Directing
Tuition
£13,800 a year (Home fees) | £29,000 a year (Overseas Fees)

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May 3, 2018
This course provides an environment in which directors can find their individual style and their own distinctive voice. Supported by the David Lean Foundation, this is the UK’s premier MA course in directing.
  • Unique specialist course.
  • Students of all key film-making disciplines work together on productions.
  • Purpose-built film and television studios.
  • Industry standard post- production facilities.
  • The MA Course in Directing Fiction is supported by the David Lean Foundation.
  • Flare Studio scholarship available. More info here.
  • Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Students come from a wide range of backgrounds: you may be an independent filmmaker, you might have a degree or you may have experience of working in the Industry.

Your application must include a web link to a short fiction piece that you have directed - or an extract of a longer work - that you have directed recently, and a short treatment for another narrative-based project.


COURSE OVERVIEW
This course commences in January each year. The MA course at the NFTS provides two years in which directing students will be adding depth and understanding to their abilities whilst regularly producing work. This is an environment where they will be both challenged and supported by staff and fellow students. The tutor to student ratio is high, thus allowing the teaching to be specific to the needs of the individual director. One great advantage of having different departments within the school is not only that students gain from the practical experience of working with the other specialisations but that their thinking is informed by the various collaborative engagements that together convey an idea to the screen.

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. Engagement with students of other disciplines at the NFTS is a crucial aspect of the course. The curriculum of each specialisation is designed to link with the others throughout the course, so that students work together on projects of varying scale and complexity, increasing their understanding of the various specialist roles involved in film and television programme-making. The course includes weekly sessions on film and television culture, both contemporary and historical, and opportunities to learn from the work of more established directors through masterclasses and set visits. It also involves interaction with other disciplines, ranging from visual art, literature and architecture to installation and performance art.

*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.

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