Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, accessed via Zoom

Aimed at anyone interested in discovering how to successfully blend a film crew with an historic property, this one-day online workshop is for those either already working in the Film and TV industry, keen to start their career in the Locations department or who are simply interested in learning about what goes on behind the camera.

Based around a short script the workshop will challenge you to suggest options for suitable period locations.  It will guide you through the approach needed to secure the location and take you through all the elements required to marry the needs of a film crew with the sensitive environment of an historic property, often accommodating the property’s visitor numbers.

The day will consist of two live workshop sessions involving case studies, discussions and collaborative working periods highlighting the structure that the Locations department provides to ensure the success of any shoot. 

The aim of the workshop is to increase your knowledge of Scotland’s period locations and to show you how to identify the Architects and building styles involved and use these to help identify what works for the script. You will also be taught how to create a Location Library to store your digital photos and the tools needed to maintain it for the future as well as making a contact list of sources.

A one-to-one feedback and review session will be made available to each participant after the course.


The course is led by Lloret MacKenna Dunn, a freelance Supervising Location Manager, who has for over 25 years relished the challenges presented by Scotland's Film and TV industry. Working in Locations across film, TV and commercials, her recent credits include Netflix Eurovision, Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose, T2 Trainspotting and the BBC Scotland’s Only An Excuse.

'I am extremely pleased at the online course given by Lloret Dunn. It surpassed my expectation... The quality was excellent and the content clear, concise and enlightening. Ms. Dunn is an amazing personable instructor who brings the subject to life. Her experience and vast knowledge is appreciated. This is my second course (via NFTS Scotland) facilitated by Ms. Dunn and look forward to others she may give.' (The Location Series with Lloret MacKenna Dunn)

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £150
Corporate Rate: £240

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 read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.


NFTS Scotland Hardship Fund 

With support from Screen Scotland, a new fund aimed at practitioners who have experienced significant work and financial loss as a direct result of the impact of COVID-19 is available for our online courses from May 2020 onwards.

This fund is available to those who are not able to evidence their eligibility for the NFTS Scotland bursary fund with the required supporting documents, but who now meet the income threshold criteria. 

It is a small, discretionary fund aimed at supporting those most in need. You should only apply if you are a Scottish resident and your finances have been directly affected by loss of work in March 2020 and beyond as a result of COVID-19.

To apply for support, please complete this application form and submit it to at the same time as making your course application.  

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to apply.