This new, tailor-made course is designed to thoroughly train participants in becoming a key member of a Locations department team.

Participants will learn from practical workshops and on-set location experience on drama projects and commercials. This will ensure that participants leave the course with the practical experience and contacts for starting out in the professional world.
The Locations Department consists of a variety of exciting, varied and demanding roles, requiring many skills to be an effective part of the production team. They work closely with directors, producers, cinematographers and designers, providing all the information and support necessary for a successful location shoot from initial scout to wrap and reinstatement.

Course Overview

The Locations Department is a key part of the production team, finding ideal locations for the shoot, negotiating fees, terms and conditions as well as managing the location during the production and filming periods. The three primary roles are Location Manager, Assistant Location Manager and Location Scout.

For this role, you will need to:

  • Have plenty of initiative;
  • Be able to visualise and find potential locations;
  • Be able to work constructively with creative talent;
  • Have excellent organisational skills;
  • Have good negotiating skills;
  • Have an understanding of location fees;
  • Be able to work within budgets;
  • Understand contracts;
  • Understand local authority processes for permits;
  • Have good problem-solving skills;
  • Have good communication skills;
  • Be reliable and enthusiastic;
  • Be flexible and able to work long hours;
  • Have a full driving licence;
  • Have a good working knowledge of health and safety requirements.


This course combines practical experience on fiction film shoots with NFTS student directors with tuition and work experience through the support of Salt Films, one of London’s leading location management companies.

The curriculum delivers seminars and workshops on all aspects of the job and across different genres of film-making, guest speakers and site visits to location companies, libraries and relevant authorities. It also includes Health & Safety instruction, leading to the industry-recognised Production Safety Passport and basic First Aid training.

The course is 12 weeks, based at the NFTS and divided into three sections:

Weeks 1 - 4   Full-time lectures & practical exercises covering all aspects of location work;

Weeks 5 - 6   Work experience and setting up the NFTS Locations Library;

Weeks 7 - 12 Full Locations experience working on at least one Summer Fiction film.

Specifically, students will learn about:

  • Interpreting the brief and working with creative talent;
  • Working with other film departments;
  • Finding locations;
  • Architectural styles and periods and where to find them;
  • How to photograph locations effectively;
  • Negotiating contracts, fees and permits
  • Understanding filming schedules and budgets:
  • Logistics planning for filming;
  • How to run an effective Locations team;
  • Providing Movement Orders, maps and signs;
  • Managing Technical Recces;
  • Dealing with Police and local government authorities;
  • Special permissions – stunts, UAV’s and action vehicles;
  • All Health & Safety requirements and responsibilities;
  • Locations Libraries and other resources.

There will be visits from professionals in the industry, talking about their experiences and giving advice on methods and best techniques.  In addition, there will be practical exercises and opportunities to work in the various roles with other student courses.


Course participants will have full access to the NFTS facilities including: Cinema Club, Screen Arts and NFTS Masterclasses.

Future Careers

  • Location Manager
  • Assistant Location Manager
  • Location Scout
  • Unit Manager
  • Other senior Production roles

Entry Requirements

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, keen to work hard as part of a team and quick to learn.  You should have a good general education, but no other specific educational requirements are needed for this course.  Previous experience working in the  film or television industry would be an advantage, or knowledge gained from an alternative production activity, for example, a University or College media course project.

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.

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Applicants must submit the course application form.

How to Apply

Please contact registry via email stating your name, course of interest and contact details:
  • 12 Week Course
  • Full-time
  • Runs May-July
  • Next intake: May 2019
  • UK and EEA applicants only