Short course


Using both theory and practical work, the dynamic role the locations department plays in each production will be revealed.  By providing a guide to each stage of production, the aim is to give an understanding of how the locations team collaborates with each department on the production to ensure the success of any shoot.

The course covers:

- Locations research
- Time management
- Organising location recces
- The Unit Base
- Who gives permission to do what
- Site visits
- Location equipment; what’s needed and where to find it
- Negotiating fees
- Working with Security
- Talks from industry professionals

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

The course is aimed at those interested in entering the diverse, intense and hugely rewarding world of the locations department. A mixture of those with experience including new entrants welcome. Tenacity, creativity and great people skills are vital!

Participants should bring their own camera or camera phone and laptop, as well as warm waterproof clothes for site visits. 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £455
Corporate Rate: £960

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


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

As an entry level vocational course, this course is also part of the Channel 2 Bursary Scheme. 

The Channel 2 Bursary Scheme aims to improve access to Scotland’s Film and TV industry by helping people from low-income backgrounds access entry level training with vocational outcomes. The bursary fund is aimed at people who, without financial support, would find it difficult to access training and therefore job opportunities within the sector. 

The Channel 2 Bursary Scheme was created by individuals working within the Film & TV industry, the funds are raised by individual sponsorship from industry practitioners.

Read about the fundraising here

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

Channel 2 Bursary Guidelines 

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (Please also use this form for Channel 2 Bursary Applications)

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland or Channel 2 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.

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.