National Film and Television School to expand to Scotland

Plans agreed for Glasgow and Dumbarton

by Jennie Kermode

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon Photo: US Department of Education

For the first time in its 46-year history, the National Film and Television School is to expand beyond London, with a new branch to open at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay HQ in Glasgow and its Dumbarton Studios.

The project is supported by a £475,000 grant from the Scottish Government, which has seen good returns from its investment in the sector in recent years.

"This is an exciting development for our screen sector which is already an area of growth for Scotland," said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. "While we have excellent university and college provision for a range of screen subjects and media skills, NFTS’ plans will complement and expand the training opportunities available in Scotland."

"The NFTS has a proud history of developing Scottish talent from its base in Beaconsfield, so we are incredibly pleased to announce the expansion of the school into Scotland and look forward to making an even greater contribution to the Scottish economy through our unparalleled reputation for delivering high-calibre, job ready graduates," said NFTS Director Jon Wardle.

Places are expected to be available at the new school from April next year, with around 450 students predicted to study there each year. It will aim to provide opportunities in areas where there is currently no formal tuition available in Scotland.

Share this with others on...

Forbidden filmmaking Maysaloun Hamoud on In Between, the duty of artists, and facing a fatwa

Visualising Voyeur Gay Talese on how Josh Koury and Myles Kane's film came together

Six Harry Dean Stanton films you can't afford to miss The legacy of a remarkable actor

What makes a Martyr? Mazen Khaled on male identity, death and freedom in his Biennale College film.

Linda Hamilton to return as Sarah Connor She'll be back

Document festival announces line-up Gulȋstan, Land Of Roses is opening gala

More news and features

We're bringing you news, reviews and interviews with the stars from the San Sebastian Film Festival and the Glasgow Youth Film Festival.

We're looking forward to the New York Film Festival, the Scottish Queer International Film Festival, the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and the London East Asia Film Festival.

We've recently been covering Miskolc Cinefest, the Hebridean International Film Festival, the Deauville Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.

Read our full for recent coverage.

Visit our festivals section.


More competitions coming soon.