All course applications are done at the main NFTS school site.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - MA Course
We are looking for people who have 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 DVD 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. Workshops are designed to be a useful learning experience for all who take part, whether or not they are eventually offered a place.
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.
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.
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