Short course


Supported by Progressive Broadcast Hire, Glasgow


This course, especially developed for delivery in Scotland, is a largely practical course which will help you better understand where the Camera Assistant’s role fits into the wider Film and TV crew. Led by Director of Photography, Alan McSheehy, you will gain experience working with industry professionals, understanding the equipment, processes and practices involved in assisting the camera team. It is ideal for junior employees and freelancers working in the Film and TV industries and those wanting to get a foothold on the first rung of the career ladder.

The course covers: 

  • An overview of the camera department and roles within it
  • Industry standard camera equipment and accessories
  • Identifying kit required for a project
  • Checking and testing equipment
  • Setting up equipment for a shoot, including practical drama exercises with actors
  • Reviewing rushes
  • The Camera Assistant's equipment list 

Comments from the last course include: 
"I wasn't sure how much it was possible to learn in just three days, but wow, Alan was a brilliant teacher."
"I learned so much from this course, with exactly what is expected from camera assistants and it gave me a lot more confidence in my abilities. "
"Hands-on practical training in mirror set-ups of an industry set of a production; intensive learning by doing!"

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £565
Corporate Rate: £1080

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application should be submitted to

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please also read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.


Course applicants for NFTS Scotland courses listed on ScreenSkills Skills Passport are now also eligible to apply for the Skills Passport Bursary (as long as they fit the eligibility criteria of the course itself) whilst the course is featured by ScreenSkills. Please follow the links for more information and to apply. 

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to be advised of future dates.