Film & TV Craft Courses

Film & TV Craft Courses

Applications are now closed

They will be assessed by the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and the relevant colleges for each course. NFTS will contact all successful and unsuccessful applicants on or before Friday 7th February.

Screen Yorkshire and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) are currently recruiting for six new courses that will provide students with industry-recognised UK craft certificates for film and TV.

The six new craft courses in construction, lighting, grip, hair & make-up, costume and production assistant (scripted), will be delivered by NFTS, one of the leading film schools in the world, in partnership with Leeds College of Building, University Centre Leeds, Keighley College, BECTU Grips and Crane Technicians Branch. They will be taught by industry professionals and include work placements and on-set experience.

No previous film and TV experience is necessary, but training is an investment both for the candidate and the provider, so candidates must demonstrate a clear commitment to achieving a high level of proficiency and dedication to the craft. The courses are specifically targeted towards students who want to break into film and television. We want to address under representation within the screen industries by encouraging people to apply whatever their background.

The courses have been designed by NFTS in response to increased demand for these craft skills, with each role identified by ScreenSkills as ‘in demand’ across the UK’s booming film and television industries, particularly in Yorkshire. They will provide students from any background with a clear pathway into the industry, developing their craft skills for the specific considerations of working within these industries.

Want to work in film & TV? The drama you love is made by people like you!

No previous screen experience is necessary!

With the support of the NFTS, students will also take part in two ‘boot camps’ further exploring the world of film and TV, such as their role within a department, set etiquette and the challenges of freelance life (including tax, invoicing and networking).

To apply for one of the courses you must be at least 18 years old on 28th February 2020. There are no course fees for students who are 18 on this date. Fees apply for those who are older but full and partial scholarships are available.

Applications are now closed

Applications closed at 11.59pm on Monday 13th January.

If you have any enquiries that are not addressed in the individual course page guidelines or FAQs, you may get in touch with us at

Got some questions? Read our FAQs

Who can act as my referees?

You should provide either an academic or employer reference and indicate on your application form the capacity in which you know this person.

Am I able to amend my application once it’s been submitted?

We ask that you check your application through thoroughly to make sure there are no mistakes before you submit. You cannot amend your application once it has been submitted. If you need to make changes to your telephone number, email address or living address, you can email directly and ask for these changes to be made.

Do I have to be based in Yorkshire to apply?

As long as you are resident and have the right to work in the UK you are eligible to apply for these courses, however please note each of the course locations and the fact that we are unable to contribute to accommodation, travel or subsistence costs. We particularly encourage applications from those who already live, work and/or study in Yorkshire.

I’m not yet 18, can I apply for one of the courses?

You can only apply if your 18th birthday falls on or before the 28th February 2020.

I’m over 18 but can’t afford the course fees, what can I do?

If you are over 18 but under 19 then the course is free. If you are over 19 then you may be eligible for scholarship support for all or part of your course fees. Just tick the relevant box on the application form if you would like us to send you a link to apply for a scholarship. We will not ask you to accept any offer of a place until we have confirmed the amount of scholarship support you will receive. Scholarships are not available for the Hair and Make-Up course as the only cost is to cover materials.

I am already studying/have a degree. Does that make me ineligible?

No, so long as your current course of study will be completed before 28th February 2020. To be eligible to apply for the Hair and Make-Up course you will need a related degree or other relevant qualification.

How long is the commitment to the course?

All courses run from the induction day on Friday 28th February until early September 2020. Students should note that learning commitments throughout this period are full-time (approx. 20hrs per week), and there are limited term breaks and holidays depending on placement activity.

I’m receiving benefits. If I’m on one of the courses will this put my benefits at risk?

There are various benefits that can be claimed with specific regulations and rules on what might affect your benefit claim. The best way to assess your query, would be to visit your local Department of Work and Pensions or alternatively, contact them. Details for contacting your relevant claim department by telephone, can be found here:

English isn’t my first language, can I still apply/take part?

We would suggest that you apply in English to the best of your ability. However, please note that all of the courses will be taught in English and require lots of interaction. Before applying we advise applicants to consider whether their language skills will enable them to engage with confidence and fully benefit from the learning.

The UK film & TV craft courses are part of Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire, a ground-breaking pilot delivered by Screen Yorkshire and NFTS, supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.