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Directing CommercialsNational Film and Television School
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Location: National Film and Television School
Study mode full-time
Degree: PG Diploma
Start Date: 2020/01/01
Duration: 12 months
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This course delivered in partnership with D&AD, aims to equip students with the knowledge required to become a Commercials Director. Based in London, students will have access to weekly talks from key speakers in the advertising industry, including Agency Producers, Creative Directors, Producers from production companies, successful Commercials Directors and industry professionals from many areas of production. This will give them the opportunity to improve their career prospects by gaining an unrivalled knowledge and an invaluable list of industry contacts. The course is supported by a wide range of commercials production companies and agencies. Students will produce three commercials, including one viral commercial. The course takes place on one evening a week over the course of a year, with additional production activity as required. Working as a director in commercials involves a unique skillset. Not only does it require creative vision and technical knowledge but a successful director will have a good understanding of how to successfully negotiate working in a commercial environment in a highly collaborative way. This course will facilitate students making three commercials (including one digital content only commercial) combining practical production experience with specialist training. Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the NFTS.
Students come from a wide range of backgrounds: you may be an independent filmmaker, you might have a degree or you may have experience of working in the industry. While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification. 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.