Digital technology has transformed the editing process, yet it has also dramatically diminished the role of the assistant editor so that opportunities to learn the art of editing as an apprentice are increasingly hard to find.
  • Unique course in UK.
  • Creative and technical skills developed.
  • Study in a collaborative, filmmaking environment.
  • Students assigned individual editing suites.
  • The NFTS is an Avid Education Partner.
  • Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.

We welcome EU/EEA Students. Those accepted onto the course starting in 2018 and 2019 will have their fees guaranteed at the UK rate for both years of the course. Postgraduate students can apply for a loan to help with their studies via the Student Loans Company Loans. A £10,609 loan is available to contribute to course and living costs. The Postgraduate Loan is only open to EU/EEA and UK Students who normally live in England.  It is not currently available to Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland Students. Find out more here.

Course Overview

This course commences in January each year. This course provides a thorough education in editing skills in a professional filmmaking environment. Editing students are encouraged to consider their craft as part of the whole process of film and television production and not merely as the final stage, making them true collaborators, not just efficient technicians.

The emphasis of the Editing curriculum is firmly on storytelling and the relationship between editor and director. Students learn to apply their craft to the demands of fiction, documentary and animation, creating visual narratives while working with sound, music and, where appropriate, special effects. Workshops with other departments develop concepts of visual storytelling, mise-en-scène, storyboarding, sound design, music and scriptwriting.

Editing graduates have a high rate of employment on feature films, shorts and television programmes. Many new graduates quickly become editors on independent productions or assistant editors on features or TV drama, while others gravitate to visual effects, promos and i-dents. One recent graduate was joint winner of the Best Young Editor Award at Broadcast Magazine's B+ Awards. Recent graduate editing credits include Florence Foster Jenkins, Our Kind of TraitorThe Queen, Hannibal Rising, Reprise at the cinema and Downton Abbey, Paul Merton in China, Holby City, Hustle, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Spooks on television.



  • With Sound Design and Composing students Abstract Film Workshop
  • Without Images - a sound-only project
  • Dramaturgy Workshop - focusing on script and script analysis, blocking and cover, and performance
  • Modules and workshops include Foundation exercises for fiction and documentary editing
  • Storyboarding workshop with Animation students Short documentary
  • Zen and Beyond - fiction workshop focusing on visual storytelling
  • Comedy Workshop - workshop using rushes from a feature film and focusing on editing for comedy and/or drama
  • Animation Project - developed and produced to a soundtrack Investigative Documentary - the major first year documentary production First Year Film - the major 1st year fiction production collaborating with all other departments


  • Fiction editing exercise focusing on drama editing and co-editing using complete rushes from a feature film
  • 2nd year fiction production, shot on a digital format
  • Graduation films in documentary, fiction and animation

Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School. In addition you will be given a cash Production Budget. NFTS students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors.

For the outline programme specification and MA course student agreement, please view the documents available on our entry requirements page for more information.


Head of Editing is Richard Cox. Richard is a BAFTA Award-winning Fiction and Documentary editor. His credits include Happy Valley, Dr. Foster, Dr. Who, Last Tango in Halifax, Hotel and The Club.


Editors Lucia Zucchetti (Our Kind of Traitor, The Queen), Alex Mackie (Downton Abbey; St Trinian's; CSI), David Freeman (The Full Monty), Peter Lambert (The Death of Stalin), Nicolas Chaudeurge (Wuthering Heights; Fish Tank), Valerio Bonelli (Florence Foster Jenkins; Philomena; Gladiator), Nick Fenton (Submarine; The Arbor), Claire Dodgson (Despicable Me 3, Minions, The Lorax) and Ewa J Lind (Far North; The Warrior) studied here.

Entry Requirements

The Editing course is part of the Post Production department, where we are looking to assemble a group of students with diverse and varied backgrounds. There is no 'typical' student or perfect candidate who conforms to a mandatory list of qualifications.

You are likely to have some Industry experience or training in your chosen field. Your background may be in the arts or other media, you might be looking for a further professional qualification or wish to broaden your knowledge of film and video editing, taking you to a higher level of work.

Apply With

  • creative video montage of found images (obtained from the television, the internet or another source) or existing film footage edited with a soundtrack.
  • The montage should be between 2 and 5 minutes running time, edited by the applicant. Please submit Vimeo links.

Application Criteria

Additionally, once we receive your application and creative montage, we will provide you with a link and password to download the selected rushes of an NFTS first year short drama student film. You will be asked to edit the film from these rushes, following the shooting script supplied. Please add music and sound effects where you feel appropriate. Once the edit is completed, you are required to make a Quicktime of the finished film and send to as a downloadable link via WeTransfer.

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:
  • 2 Year Course
  • Full-time
  • Course runs Jan-Dec each year
  • Next intake: January 2020
  • NFTS Scholarships available for UK Students