Entry requirements may change from year to year - please be sure to use the Application Form & the entry materials for the year in which you wish to start. Down-loadable application forms are available from the schools main site. Click here to go straight to the forms.
For intake to the course starting in 2014, you must send us the following:
1. A completed Application Form including this Material Sheet either sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or uploaded in an online application
2. your Application Payment Fee (it is automatically collected if applying on-line). If you apply via email please complete the Application Fee Payment sheet with your payment details and if appropriate enclose your cheque payment (£50 one course, £75 two courses submitted simultaneously )
The supporting material as detailed below :
Please post one copy of your DVD (3a), and your portfolio (3c) and one printed copy of this Material Sheet Please ensure when posting your supporting material that it is sent in a single package, with each item clearly marked with your name and specialisation.
Please email a single copy of the written supporting material (3b).
Please post your portfolio, ensure your posted supporting material is sent in a single package, with each item clearly marked with your name and specialisation. 3a. A single DVD with a total running time of no longer than 20 minutes. This should include more than just simple exercises. It should contain a narrative or a sequence of information (eg animatic). It may also include commissioned work. Your DVD MUST include an animated film created by you. Up to five minutes of exercise material may be included at the end of the disc, provided the total running time of the DVD does not exceed 20 minutes. If dialogue is not in English please send a dialogue transcript in English via email.
Please Note: The DVD MUST be a DVD –R. Do not send Data DVDs or Data CDs. Check Before you send the DVD that it will play in a standard domestic DVD player and not just in your computer.
3b. A proposal for a 1 minute animation project , which is not on the DVD, to include concept and synopsis.
3c. One portfolio of illustrations and drawings showing the applicants range of graphic ability, preferably including life drawing and, where appropriate, a collection of up to 10 still photographs of models and sets used in a 3D animation project which is not on the DVD.
If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact:
National Film and Television School , Beaconsfield Studios, Station Road . Beaconsfield . Bucks. HP9 1LG
Tel: 01494 731425 Fax: 01494 674042 Email: email@example.com
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - MA COURSE
We are looking for people who have basic skills in animation, a desire to tell stories, a strong visual sense and enthusiasm for film culture and history. Students come from BA courses in Animation, Graphics, Illustration or Fine Arts, some have worked in the industry in assistant grades and now want to develop their own work, others have taken intensive short animation courses. As it's a directing course, we're also looking for people who can learn to both lead and collaborate. There are 8 places each year. Application materials include a short video of completed animation films or animatics, a proposal for a new animation project and a portfolio of illustrations, drawings or photographs of animation set models. We consider applicants on the basis of their whole application and on evidence of their ability to benefit from the course and to complete it successfully. Applicants whose first language is not English must be fluent in written and spoken English.
The Selection Process
Applications are first assessed by a panel of NFTS tutors and Industry professionals, who draw up a shortlist of candidates for interview.
There will be a short workshop a few weeks after the interview, after which the final selection of students is made. Workshops give you the chance to experience the NFTS environment and working methods and us the opportunity to see potential students in action. There may be a charge for the workshop, although fees can be waived in cases of financial hardship. Workshops are designed to be a useful learning experience for all who take part, whether or not they are eventually offered a place.
The animation curriculum is built to some extent around the needs of students in each year group. This is a directing course within a film school, so a lot of the work involves learning how to build and work with a team. To encourage this process, we run collaborative workshops - with producers, writers, editors, designers, sound designers and cinematographers. There are also workshops with actors and voice artists. The first year is spent developing animation skills and using these workshops and exercises to make a series of short pieces exploring relationships between animation, storytelling and the filmmaking process so that students can develop a style and approach that is their own. Students attend the London Film Festival and key UK animation events as part of the course and an overseas animation festival once during the course.
All teaching staff are practising filmmakers currently working in industry/education. Each year there are international guests visiting the NFTS, complemented by guests in other departments.
requirements may change from year to year - please be sure
to use the Application Form & the entry materials for the
year in which you wish to start.
Down-loadable application forms are
available from the schools main site.
here to go straight to the forms.
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