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National Film and Television School

First established in 1971 and celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the National Film and Television School (NFTS) has evolved to become a leading global institution, developing some of Britain and the world’s top creative talent. It is widely acknowledged to be the top school of its kind in the UK and one of the best internationally.

In 2018, the NFTS was awarded both the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. With a graduate employment rate of 93%, the NFTS runs more behind-the-camera courses than any other film school in the world as well as numerous short courses, including core craft areas such as directing and cinematography, as well as specialisms including script supervision and production accounting. Supported by key industry partnerships, students benefit from world class tuition and an outstanding programme of exclusive Masterclasses. All courses are designed to equip students with the essential skills needed to make an impact in the film, television and games industries as soon as they graduate. 



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The NFTS leads the way in bringing forward the best film, TV and games design talent and is an essential talent pipeline for the UK’s creative industries.

Many of the UK’s most significant and well known creative talents developed their skills at the NFTS. In March 2020 the School released the findings of its Graduate Impact Report which demonstrated how graduates quickly take centre stage in an industry critical to the UK economy. The report highlighted that over 50% of the biggest box office successes since 2015 have had at least 1 NFTS graduate in a key role and even though the NFTS graduates just 8 Cinematographers per year, alumni shoot 25% of all high end TV in the UK. Recent hits including 1917, Normal People, Sex Education, Chernobyl, The Crown, Blue Story and Jo Jo Rabbit all feature NFTS alumni.

At the NFTS we develop some of Britain’s and the world’s top creative talent. We nurture and guide the industry of tomorrow; we take that honour and responsibility very seriously. Recent global events have prompted important and frank discussions among staff and students about their experiences of discrimination, and how we could do more to use our position as the leading film and television school in the UK, and as one of the top film schools in the world, to effect meaningful and lasting change. We want to ensure that the NFTS reflects the full diversity of our country and that our students and graduates are seen, heard and represented across all areas of the industry in which they work and shape.


The NFTS is committed to supporting diversity within the film, television and games industries – 48.15% of our MA students are female and 1 in 4 students are BAME. Diversity schemes include a Diverse Directors Workshop to increase the number of women and people from BAME backgrounds working in screen directing.

For us, valuing diversity means appreciating the many advantages of drawing on the talents, skills, experiences, different cultural perspectives and backgrounds of diverse students and workforce, and the benefits of everyone's contribution to the School. It means behaving in a way that promotes respect for individual differences, and the treatment of each person based on their own merit.

The NFTS is an equal opportunities employer and does not unfairly discriminate with regard to staff, students and freelancers on the basis of race, ethnicity, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, experience, opinion, belief or any other factor.

We believe that diversity helps to enable success for our employees and our students.

Benefits at National Film and Television School

List of all the benefits that National Film and Television School are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Free parking on site on a first come, first served basis
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Eligible to apply for TOTUM (formerly NUS Extra) discount card
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • Pension scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Bike to Work Scheme
  • Life Assurance at 4 x annual salary
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • 20 days holiday a year, plus Bank Holidays. Additional 11 fixed days taken at Christmas and Easter (employees receive a total of 31 days)

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