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Directing Commercials Diploma

This unique part-time diploma course, delivered in partnership with D&AD, aims to equip students with the knowledge required to become a Commercials Director. 

“NFTS' reputation and facilities should make this practical course a 'must' for anyone wanting to direct commercials” Sir Alan Parker

Based in London, students will have access to weekly talks from key speakers in the advertising industry, including Agency Producers, Creative Directors, Producers from production companies, successful Commercials Directors and industry professionals from many areas of production. This will give them the opportunity to improve their career prospects by gaining an unrivalled knowledge and an invaluable list of industry contacts. The course is supported by a wide range of commercials production companies and agencies.

Students will produce three commercials, including one viral commercial. The course takes place on one evening a week over the course of a year, with additional production activity as required.

All NFTS students can attend the School’s masterclasses 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).

What you will study

Working as a director in commercials involves a unique skillset. Not only does it require creative vision and technical knowledge but a successful director will have a good understanding of how to successfully negotiate working in a commercial environment in a highly collaborative way.

This course will facilitate students making three commercials (including one digital content only commercial) combining practical production experience with specialist training. Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the NFTS.

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £10,250 (January 2020 Intake)

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

The tuition fees for January 2021 intake will be confirmed in June 2020, and are likely to be the same, or very similar to 2020.

The NFTS does not charge you extra for the cost of productions or materials.

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

Students are expected to provide their own laptops and to pay for their travel for occasional events. 

Entry requirements

Students come from a wide range of backgrounds: you may be an independent filmmaker, you might have a degree or you may have experience of working in the industry. 

While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification.

If you are not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course.  We are unable to accept your application if you do not.

Application deadline: 10 Sep 2020

Directing Commercials Diploma

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

Published on 13 Jul 2020

Deadline 10 Sep 2020