The direction of education has always been fluid and fast changing as the film production itself. World economics hasten streamlining, optimum performance and maximum results, never more so than now. The Arts are particularly sensitive when the dollar speaks louder than the creative mind.

This higher benchmark only accentuates the need for passion and the business process to start early, in education. It’s hard to underestimate the importance of passion and the transforming power of it. Education is more than a mechanical curriculum but an organic and human one. It puts fire and creativity in the blood.

Teaching the ability to learn is a life long gift of self-progression.

F.D.I. Film Design International

FDI was set up in 2001 by Terry Ackland-Snow, to offer draughtsmanship courses for the film and television industry.

Terry teaches the courses personally, so students benefit from the vast knowledge, skills and techniques Terry has acquired throughout his illustrious career which spans 40 years in the industry working on more than 80 film and television productions.

 

FDI was set up at Pinewood Film Studios in 2001 by Terry_Ackland-Snow, to offer draughtsmanship courses for the film and television industry.

Terry teaches the courses personally, so students benefit from the vast knowledge, skills and techniques Terry has acquired throughout his illustrious career which spans 40 years in the industry working on more than 80 film and television productions.

Terry started as Junior Draughtsman in 1961, and worked his way up to Supervision Art Director and Production Designer.

Terry is passionate about the industry which he has devoted his career to, and his courses are intensely practical and designed to give comprehensive knowledge of film techniques on the drawing board.

Ideally located at Pinewood Studios, both the Art Direction  Course and the Advanced Art Direction Course promise the student a total immersion in the film and television world, and a vitally important first step towards becoming a successful Art Director and Production Designer.

FDI is Located at Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, SL0 0NH

Phone: 
+44 (0) 1753 6517000

N.F.T.S. National Film Television School

The National Film School (as it was first named) opened in 1971, the culmination of a major effort by the Industry and government to create an institution to educate and train talent for the British Film Industry.

The NFTS runs more behind the camera courses than any other film school in the world. For the past 40 years the School has run courses which produce graduates who have gone onto phenomenal success in the film, television and new media industries.

If you are a British Citizen, you can afford it! The NFTS awards more scholarships and bursaries to British students than almost any other educational institution in the UK. If you genuinely cannot afford it and you are a British citizen or long term resident, then the NFTS will help you find a way to pay your fees

Masterclasses and seminars with filmmakers give the opportunity for students to learn from and interact with established and experienced professionals as they discuss their approach to filmmaking.

The NFTS is second to none. Producing a host of award winning students and graduates, and many of the UK's most noted contemporary auteurs as well as commercial filmmakers. It operates from its own historic studios running more specialist MA's than any other film school in the world. And you don't need a degree - you just need talent and a great portfolio!

If you would like further information, or would like to discuss anything you have seen on our website, please contact:

The Registry, National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield Studios, Station Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 1LG

Phone: 
+44 (0) 1494 671234

Real change almost always happens form the ground up. Our mission is to encourage, invigorate and open up the knowledge of our industry inconjunction with the best educational facilities available. The Guild’s intentions are to incorporate existing skills, knowledge and opportunity to talented individuals looking to enter into the Art and Costume dept. and commence on a rewarding vocation.

We try to introduce graduating students in our spotlight section within Membership.

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Production Designer Michael Pickwoad from 2010 to present.

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