Short course


This intensive practical course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a successful future career as a Third, Second and First Assistant Director.  The course will be taught by top industry professionals. Following the two weeks of training, students will be given the opportunity to practice their training as 1st Assistant Director on a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland student 3-day film shoot.

This course combines classroom learning, practical exercises and experience as a First Assistant Director on a 2nd-year student film at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

As part of the course, students will undertake Health & Safety training.

The course will cover:

  • The roles and responsibilities of each member of the ADs’ department in pre-production and during the shoot
  • Where the department fits in with production and how to work collaboratively with other departments
  • The paperwork used by the whole of production as well as department-specific documents
  • Set protocol, etiquette and communication skills
  • How to break down a script for different purposes
  • How to develop a shooting schedule
  • The skills required to be a capable and successful Assistant Director
  • Preparing a shoot with the director and key crew of the student film and running the set during filming
  • Health & Safety training

This course is for anyone wishing to work in the Assistant Director’s department. 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Course Rate: £925

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 applications 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.

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 as they become available.