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Casting Certificate

There is an art to casting: it is an essential and often unrecognised element of all film, television and theatre productions. It is also one of the least understood jobs in the industry, largely because it is conducted behind closed doors.

This brand new Certificate course is supported by the CDG (The Casting Directors' Guild of Great Britain & Ireland).

Casting Directors and their associates must have a wide range of skills at their disposal; an encyclopaedic knowledge of actors built up over years, aptitude for interpreting material and understanding how it can be brought to life, instinct about which actors best serve the script  with the ability to articulate and demonstrate the reasons why, a well-developed support system within the industry and financial acumen. Keen observation and organisational skills and the ability to communicate well are paramount to becoming successful in this field.

This brand new Certificate course is supported by the CDG (The Casting Directors' Guild of Great Britain & Ireland). From knowledge and experience to building relationships within the industry, this evening course, meeting weekly at the NFTS teaching space in London's Golden Square, will teach the elements needed to start your career in casting, with insight from influential Casting Directors and key players in the business.

What you will study

This course has been carefully designed by working Casting Directors to help participants develop the skills needed to jump into a busy office as a Casting Assistant. It takes time to build knowledge of actors and to develop meaningful and supportive relationships within the industry. This course offers rigorous training and insight, arming students with the practical skills and knowledge needed to hit the ground running as an assistant. 

During the course, which runs over 24 weeks and across six modules, students will learn the fundamentals of the entire cycle of casting. From how the role of the Casting Director evolved to the basics of how a casting office works and the differing roles within it. Students will be taught how a project is cast from start to finish: from reading scripts and pitching for a job, to finding, presenting and auditioning actors. You will learn how Casting Directors work effectively with producers and agents, navigate codes of conduct and keep a firm hold of schedules, budgets and deal negotiations, and will learn the basics of British PACT, Equity, Cinema and TV union agreements. From street casting to working with minors, down to how open call auditions are organised, no casting stone is left unturned. In addition, you will be given assistance finding a work experience placement within a Casting Director’s office. 

Course Leader and Advisory Board

The course leader is Jane Arnell. Jane is a Casting Director whose career has spanned award winning productions across BBC and ITV to independent film and TV projects. Jane has worked with a range of directors from Terence Davies on The Deep Blue Sea to improvised ITV drama Suspects with emerging directors, enabling her to pursue her commitment to nurturing and supporting new talent both in front of and behind the camera.

The Initiative for the course came from Jina Jay (Black Mirror, Bird Box) and Shaheen Baig (Peaky Blinders, Free Fire) who will head up an advisory board with others and will deliver special master-classes.

Masterclasses and Screenings

All NFTS students can attend the School’s Masterclass programme, with recent guests including Martin McDonagh (In BrugesThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (FleabagKilling Eve), Asif Kapadia (AmySennaDiego Maradona),  Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really HereWe Need to Talk About Kevin), Louis Theroux, and M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth SenseGlass).

The School also regularly provides access to screenings and events both in Beaconsfield and London.

Fees for this course are as follows:

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £3,450

This course is only open to UK and EU/EEA applicants.

A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place.

Scholarship Information

The NFTS wants to encourage applications from the brightest and best talent out there, whatever your background. That’s why we have made scholarship funding available for this course. Six students will receive a full or partial scholarship to undertake the course. You will be invited to apply for a Scholarship should you be offered a place on the course.

Entry requirements

We are looking for people who are passionate about entering the world of casting. It is a tough, competitive field and to be successful it requires excellent communication and collaborative skills, a hunger to get ahead with an awareness of the discretion and sensitivity essential to the casting process. You will have strong opinions on writing you admire across film, TV, theatre and non-traditional formats and be able to articulate the reasons why. You should have a good general education, but no other specific educational requirements or casting experience are needed for this course. You need to be 18 years or over. Application to the course is competitive.

Application deadline: 25 Jun 2020

Casting Certificate

The National Film and Television School (NFTS)
Alternative Courses/Degrees, Professional Qualifications

Published on 25 Jun 2020