This unique diploma course delivered in partnership with the BBC and with the added support of the Assistant Directors Association and the Production Guild, will equip students with the skills and capabilities required to foster a successful future career as a First, Second, Third Assistant Director and/or Floor Manager.

  • Unique course
  • Delivered at NFTS in partnership with BBC
  • Intensely practical
  • Hands-on experience of working on a wide range of drama and entertainment productions
  • 10 day work experience placement guaranteed
  • Just 12 months long
  • Work and learn with the UK's next generation of talent
  • Access to NFTS's masterclasses led by major creative figures from film, television and games

We welcome EU/EEA Students. Course fees charged at UK rate.

Course Overview

Being an Assistant Director or Floor Manager is a demanding role that requires a level head, self-confidence and strong communication skills in order to ensure that the crew and the production meet the challenges of demanding conditions and time constraints.

Assistant Directors and Floor Managers are responsible for the daily operation of the shooting set / television studio. Their objective is to provide the Director with everything he or she needs to realise his or her vision. They are at the heart of ensuring a production stays on track and is delivered successfully.

Assistant Directors and Floor Managers, among many other things, make schedules, attend to the cast, direct extras, oversee the crew as each shot is prepared, create detailed reports of each day's events, and are looked to by cast and crew to solve the many problems that continually arise on set.

The expectation is that on this course you will learn to:

  • be a team-leader and motivator
  • be a team player
  • have organisational and time-management skills
  • plan ahead
  • trouble-shoot
  • pay close attention to detail
  • be an excellent communicator
  • have tact and diplomacy skills
  • routinely deal with problems and handle pressure well
  • prioritise tasks
  • multi-task
  • be flexible
  • have a positive approach


This course combines practical experience on Fiction films and TV Entertainment shows with industry work experience placements and intensive training.

The course has been developed to meet industry demand and NFTS students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors. Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School and productions are given cash production budgets.

The diploma course is 12 months full-time and is delivered at the NFTS:

Specifically students will learn about:

  • Reading a script and developing a shooting schedule
  • How to use relevant industry software (e.g Movie Magic and Adobe Story)
  • The impact of budget, cast availability and script coverage on the shooting schedule
  • Supporting the hiring of locations, props and equipment
  • Leading a technical recce
  • Set and Studio Floor protocols and etiquette
  • Liaising with the production office to create call sheets, movement orders, location agreements and other production paperwork
  • Managing a set or studio floor with confidence during a shoot
  • Managing talent
  • Health and Safety and First Aid


Each student will complete a minimum of 10-days work experience. This is a requirement to pass the course. Students are encouraged and supported to complete further work experience as appropriate.

Specialist Workshops

During the course there will be a range of other specialist workshops on a range of relevant topics, such as, Working with Talent, Tracking Vehicles, Stunts, Firearms & Special FX.

NFTS Benefits

Assistant Directing and Floor Managing course participants will have full access to the NFTS’ optional creative stimulus strands, including: Cinema Club, Screen Arts and NFTS Masterclasses - these strands see major creative figures from film, television and games screening their work and discussing with students in the campus cinema. Speakers have included David Fincher (Director, Seven, Gone Girl), Graham Linehan (The IT Crowd, Father Ted), Abi Morgan (Suffragette, The Hour), Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight) and Hamish Hamilton (Director, Super Bowl XLVIII).

Entry Requirements

We are looking for people who are practically- minded and who have a good general education, although there are no specific educational requirements for this course.

We would expect those applying to have had hands-on experience of film, television  or other related creative production activity either via their previous University or College experience or professionally.

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.

Apply With

  • Please tell us about a Production or Event you have worked on how it could have been better organised and managed. Include information on whether the production had a budget etc.
     No more than two pages (A4 paper)

How to Apply

The application deadline has now passed, please contact registry via email stating your name, course of interest and email address if you would like to be added to a mailing list:
  • 12 Month Course
  • Full-time
  • Course starts in September
  • Next intake: September 2018
  • UK and EEA applicants only