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The National Film and Television School (NFTS) is to set up a Scottish base in Glasgow.
The new NFTS facility is being established in partnership with BBC Scotland and will be based at the corporation’s Glasgow Pacific Quay headquarters and Dumbarton studios.
The plan has been announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who said the Scottish government would provide backing worth £475,000.
The BBC has committed additional investment of £40m a year in Scotland and is proposing to launch a new channel next year. It will also produce more network output in future.
In addition to the BBC, the School has secured strong support from a range of industry partners 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).
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. To that end the BBC and the Scottish Government is 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.
Specialist courses will be designed to meet the growing needs of film and television production companies in Scotland and will include three-month certificate courses; twelve month full-time and part-time diploma courses; and short courses to provide ‘Continuing Professional Development’ (CPD) in key film, television and games craft disciplines.
The School 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 and Factual Development. Projected annual student numbers are expected to be in the region of 450 (100 full time, 50 part time and 250 on CPD courses) with over 1500 students expected to graduate from the facility within five years.
NFTS is expected to open early in 2018, with students enrolling from April.
Annual student numbers are projected at 450. These will include 100 full-time students, 50 others studying part-time, and a further 250 undertaking Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses.
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