Hub of the National Film and Television School to be Launched
Following the announcement of additional funding of £475,000 by the First Minister in her keynote speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival NFTS Scotland will significantly enhance vital skills provision arising from the expected growth in film and television production in the country.
The BBC alone has committed additional investment of £40m a year in Scotland and is proposing to launch a new channel next year and will also produce more network output in future.
NFTS Scotland is expected to open in January next year with students enrolling from April. It will specifically work to address gaps in existing provision by delivering courses other providers aren’t currently offering in Scotland, such as production accounting, script editing, factual development and drama, craft and movie production accounting.
The NFTS is an acknowledged global leader in the provision of postgraduate, high-level, creative and technical skills for the audio-visual industries.
Diversity and inclusion are key priorities and there is a joint aspiration that a third of all places in the first two years will be fully funded scholarship places. The BBC and the Scottish Government are making a contribution to a bursary fund which will meet the costs of these scholarship places and ensure that students will be drawn from a broad range of backgrounds.
The hub, which has been developed in partnership with the BBC for the whole industry, received strong endorsement from broadcasters and film production companies in the Scottish screen sector including STV, Channel 4, the British Film Institute (BFI) and the producers of Outlander (David Brown), Mad Max Fury Road (Iain Smith) Sunshine On Leith and T2 Trainspotting (Andrew MacDonald).
The BBC will give significant support to start up the hub through its multi-year commitment to provide premises and operational support, in addition to its sponsorship of bursaries.
Projected annual student numbers are expected to be in the region of 450 (100 full time, 50 part-time and 250 on Continual Professional Development courses) with more than 1500 students expected to graduate from the facility within five years.