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Full time January MA 2 years full-time

About the course

This course aims to give students the tools and the confidence to become successful documentary makers. We put storytelling at the centre of the filmmaking process, while at the same time helping each student to develop their personal voice.

Head of Department Peter Dale won a 2019 BAFTA for his work on Louis Theroux: Altered States.

Our students are regularly nominated for, and win, prestigious prizes around the world. In recent years they have won at the Griersons, Sheffield DocFest, Locarno, IDFA, Royal Television Society, Sundance, Hot Docs, Berlin and many others.

Students collaborate with those in other specialisms to make several films and participate in practical projects, developing the skills they learn throughout the course – with all production costs met by the School.


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Entry Requirements

Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have usually had some previous experience of filmmaking, though this may not be at a professional level. All have a strong social awareness and a keen desire to translate that awareness into stories told with a personal voice.

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 or an alternative qualification.

Course Content

Where is National Film and Television School


Student Profile(s)

Kim Longinotto

4020.jpg 1979 graduate, and director of documentaries Rough Aunties, Sisters in Law, The Day I Will Never Forget.

Selah Hennessy

Documentary Graduate 2016, in an interview about her film The Pacemaker

"The course was awesome. The best thing about it is the collaborations with other students"

Marc Williamson

Won a 2015 BAFTA for his documentary Last Chance School based on his Graduation film


NFTS Scholarships

The Toledo Scholarship

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