The National Film and Television School believes in creating an inclusive environment in which everyone feels valued and where the distinctive contributions of each of us are recognised.


For us, valuing diversity means appreciating the many advantages of drawing on the talents, skills, experiences, different cultural perspectives and backgrounds of diverse students and workforce, and the benefits of everyone's contribution to the School. It means behaving in a way that promotes respect for individual differences, and the treatment of each person based on their own merit.

The NFTS is an equal opportunities employer and does not unfairly discriminate with regard to staff, students and freelancers on the basis of race, ethnicity, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, experience, opinion, belief or any other factor.

We believe that diversity helps to enable success for our employees and our students.

Student selection

Students are assessed as individuals according to their relevant skills, abilities and merits and all have equal access to learning opportunities within the School. We are actively seeking to redress imbalances within the Industry by encouraging dynamic people with appropriate talents and skills to apply, whatever their ethnic or national origin, age, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, religious or political beliefs.

If you have a disability

We want to support talented people who have creative vision, imagination and new ideas, none of which has anything to do with physical ability or fitness. We encourage any disabled applicants to contact us at the earliest opportunity to discuss their requirements.

Diversity Objectives

Please read our latest diversity objectives document here (pdf)

Diversity Programmes at NFTS


The NFTS Directing Workshop, is a ground-breaking diversity initiative, which aims to increase the number of women, BAME and people with disabilities working in screen directing.

If creating film is your passion and you want to raise your craft and make a film, then this is the course for you! Find out more here


NFTS, in partnership with Channel 4, is looking for applicants from diverse backgrounds to enrol onto its Directing Fiction or Cinematograpghy MA courses. The bursaries are particularly aimed at people with disabilities, and people from BAME or socially disadvantaged backgrounds as these groups are underrepresented in television directing.

The Channel 4 bursary scheme is open to eligible applicants who are accepted onto either our Directing Fiction or Cinematograpghy MA courses. For information on how to apply for these courses, please click below:

MA Courses:


All3Media, one of the UK's largest independent television, film production and global distribution companies, and is the official course partner for our ‘TV Drama - Creating the Bible’ Certificate Course. All3Media will provide a scholarship for one student from a BAME background and will get first refusal on all scripts produced by students on the course.

All3Media BAME Scholarship is open to eligible applicants who are accepted onto the ‘TV Drama - Creating the Bible’ Certificate Course. For information on how to apply for this courses, please visit click here


Toledo Productions support diverse new British voices and talent. The Toledo Scholarship is an NFTS scholarship established by Duncan Kenworthy (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill) to enable talented newcomers from the UK’s ethnic minorities to fast-track their ambitions and join the British film industry.  Watch below to see how the Toledo Scholarship has helped British Black and Ethnic Minority students train at the NFTS.

Applications for Toledo Scholarship are made in the same way as all other NFTS scholarships but candidates will need to identify themselves as an UK ethnic minority candidate in order to be considered automatically. Download our funding guide for more information

BAME Leadership Programme with Creative Skillset

The National Film and Television School launches a six-month BAME Leadership Programme in partnership with Creative Skillset, which will run between February and August 2017 in London. The programme, which ran for the first time in 2016, has been conceived to rigorously encourage diverse representation in the film industry and to bring on the next generation of diverse talent working at executive level in production, distribution, sales and exhibition.

The NFTS is looking for six talented emerging film business executives from a BAME (Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic) background with a proven track record (at least 2-3 years’ experience of working at executive level in film production, distribution, sales or exhibition) and the potential to lead in their industry to take part. The successful applicants will undertake an intense six-month programme of individual training, coaching and mentoring allowing them to rapidly develop their career confidence in today's industry whilst also building leadership skills.

Please contact for an application pack.