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Directing and Producing Television Entertainment - MA


National Film and Television School    Masters Programmes

Full time January MA 2 years full-time 31 January 2023

About the course

Ready to create a hit format like Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice or Gogglebox?

This innovative course is designed to fast-track you into the TV entertainment industry. We run our course like a production company – we are either in pre-production, shooting or in post-production – where you will be pitching, producing and directing your own TV show in our multi-camera 4K TV studio.

You’ll be taught by top industry professionals on location and in our state-of-the-art studio. You’ll work with, amongst others, floor managers, vision mixers, online editors, camera and lighting crew, to give you the full sense of being on a professional set.

Scholarships and bursaries are available for this

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Entry Requirements

You must be able to demonstrate your passion, commitment and talent for developing a career in Entertainment Television.

While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record (for instance, in theatre or other arts) or an alternative qualification.


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Student Profile(s)

Abigail Dankwa

BAFTA, RTS and Edinburgh TV Festival award-winning TV director. Abigail's credits include Have I Got News For You, The Big Breakfast, Grayson's Art Club, 24 Hours in A&E, Jonathan Ross' Comedy Club and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Open and Closing Ceremonies.

Jamie Minty

Researcher for I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here, Naked Attraction, Rob Beckett's Undeniable and Edit Producer for Love Island, Britain's Got Talent and Ex on the Beach

Alex Cartlidge

Producer for Blink Industries with credits including This Time with Alan Partridge and Blind Love on First Date Island.

Lucy Smith

Head of Development at Wise Owl Films. Lucy has also worked at BBC Creative Label, betty, Firecracker Films and MultiStory Media, with credits including You Are What You Wear (BBC1) and The Big Flower Fight (Netflix).

Scholarships

The NFTS is committed to ensuring it is open to students of genuine ability, no matter what their background or financial circumstances.

In the last year, 8 in 10 UK students received support, with more than £950,000 given out in total.

As an institution that develops the next generation of creative talent we feel a special responsibility to ensure our creative industries reflect the full diversity of our country. The NFTS awards more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of our student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK.

All long term resident UK students, once they are offered a place on an MA or full time Diploma programme, are invited to apply for an NFTS funding award. Awards may consist of either a bursary or a scholarship or a combination of both.

NFTS Scholarships are donated by individuals or organisations with a direct involvement in the film, games and television industries. They often include a mentorship and an individual donor may take in interest in your work.

The NFTS funding awards contribute directly to tuition fees and may be between £1,000 and £10,000. They are not re-payable by the student.
They are only available to UK permanent residents.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000-£10,000

Eligibility

NFTS funding is only available to UK permanent residents.

Application Procedure

Students are invited to apply in both of the two years of the MA course. Some scholarships are intended to be for a particular specialisation, for female students, or awarded on ethnicity or according to the UK region of an applicant.


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The NFTS is committed to ensuring it is open to students of genuine ability, no matter what their background or financial circumstances. As an institution that develops the next generation of creative talent we feel a special responsibility to ensure our creative industries reflect the full diversity of our country.

The NFTS awards more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of our student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK.

So if you have the talent and the commitment, we want to give you the opportunity to fulfil your potential. We don’t want anybody to be put off applying for a place at the NFTS because of the cost. We will do all we can to help you make the finances work to come to the NFTS.Toledo Productions supports diverse new British voices and talent. The Toledo Scholarship was established in 2005 by one of the world’s most successful producers and NFTS governor Duncan Kenworthy (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill) to enable talented newcomers from the UK’s ethnic minorities to fast-track their ambitions and join the British film industry. Since its inception, over 30 scholars have benefitted from £300,000 of funding including writer/director Shola Amoo (The Last Tree) and producer Kurban Kassam (Ginger and Rosa).

The NFTS funding awards contribute directly to tuition fees and may be between £1,000 and £10,000. They are not re-payable by the student.
They are only available to UK permanent residents.

Value of Scholarship(s)

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Eligibility

The Toledo Scholarship is an NFTS scholarship specifically intended to enable talented newcomers from the UK’s ethnic minorities to fast-track their ambitions and join the British film industry.

Application Procedure

Application is made in the same way as all other NFTS scholarships but candidates will need to identify themselves as an UK ethnic minority candidate in order to be considered automatically.


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As part of our partnership with NFTS, the BBC offers up to 20 bursaries a year, across our 10 sponsored courses, to support exciting new talent from diverse backgrounds, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access the School’s world class teaching.

We aim to offer at least one fully funded bursary on each of our sponsored courses – although we will flex our support according to the range of applications and financial need. On MA courses we will commit to supporting new students across the two years of the course. All BBC scholars will have a commissioning or production mentor. All our courses have a lead sponsor – but other BBC departments may also contribute to the courses, mentoring or work placements.

We strongly encourage applications from candidates with backgrounds that are under-represented in the BBC or the wider production sector: Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, disabled and those from lower income backgrounds – where the candidates parents were working in a routine or manual occupation when they were 14. We also encourage applications from candidates meeting the above criteria, who currently live in the Nations and Regions, and plan to work there in the future.

Eligibility

The BBC offers up to 20 bursaries a year, across 10 sponsored National Film and Television School courses, for UK citizens.

Application Procedure

When you are offered a place on an MA course, and if you are eligible, you will be invited to apply for these scholarships. We will also provide advice about other potential sources of funding. Applications for NFTS funding are means tested. Awards to UK MA students for the academic year commencing January 2022 have ranged from £1,000 to £10,000, depending on demonstrated individual need.

Applicants wanting to be a BBC scholar should apply to the NFTS in the normal way – and state if they have a particular interest in being a BBC scholar.


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The collaboration with the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, will help support more applicants from under-represented groups to access highly sought after places on the School’s world leading MA and Diploma courses through bursaries and scholarships. Funding provided by the BFI will directly help students to train at the NFTS by generously supporting their tuition and maintenance outgoings.

The new partnership with the BFI will also financially support emerging filmmakers from under-represented groups to undertake the hugely popular entry-level NFTS Certificate in Filmmaking.

Eligibility

BFI scholarship funding is available for NFTS MA and Diploma courses.

Application Procedure

Apply for the course of your choice and if you’re successful at gaining a place, you will be contacted by our funding team with details on how to apply for a scholarship.


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