Access Scheme

The TFTS Access Scheme has been established to support the ongoing career aspirations and portfolio development of our alumni, and to ensure that all our recent graduates are able to sustain the momentum and creative activity needed in pursuit of their ambitions. 

Upon leaving university, our graduates sometimes find that being unable to access equipment, facilities and a collaborative environment can be an obstacle to their professional progress. With the introduction of the Access Scheme, our graduates can continue to benefit from many TFTS facilities and resources even after graduation.

Our key support areas 

The Access scheme is committed to supporting our alumni in three key ways: 

Residency - allows you to access the facilities and resources of the TFTS Research Lab as part of a short-term residency. Residencies could be anything from a few days to a couple of weeks, and are suitable for individuals or small groups who need a creative workspace to develop ideas and produce work. The residency could support the production of a short film, a show reel, the development and rehearsal of a show, or any other activity that would boost your creative portfolio and enhance your employability. 

Professional Practice – provides you with the opportunity to loan equipment from the TFTS Research Lab for short periods of time (up to one week) in order to work on independent projects on or off site. You may already be producing work and need an extra microphone, a different lens option, an audio mixer or a projector. You may need a tripod or access to specialist software. We are keen to support proactive and ambitious producers and artists taking the next steps on their career paths. 

Opportunity – throughout each year, TFTS hosts a number of special events and activities, from high-profile guest speakers to specialist masterclasses. We are always happy to see our alumni and, by registering for the Opportunity strand, you can make sure you are always kept informed of these events, which often include free tickets and other benefits for our graduates. Registering for the scheme will also allow you to receive details of relevant job opportunities, production work and more – don’t worry, we’ll only send you emails that we think could genuinely benefit your careers!  


Equipment and Facilities*

 The TFTS Research Lab is home to a wide range of high-quality production and multimedia equipment, including: 

  • Various cameras, from HD to 5K
  • Lenses and grip equipment, including tripods and gimbals
  • Sound recorders and microphones
  • High-spec edit stations with 4K monitors
  • Laptops, tablets and iPods
  • Software: Adobe Creative Cloud, Avid, Da Vinci Resolve, Isadora, QLab and Logic Pro
  • Projectors and screens
  • Meeting and Project space
  • Screening/viewing facilities
  • Celluloid filmmaking equipment, including 16mm cameras, telecine and optical printer.

*Please note that some specialist equipment will not be available under the scheme without prior training. The meeting and screening space will be available from Summer 2017. Other rehearsal and performance spaces may also be available at certain times of the year.

If you have graduated from TFTS within the last three years and are interested in becoming involved in the scheme, please download and fill in the request form (Alumni Access Scheme Application) and email your completed form to Greg Bevan ( Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to discuss a project idea prior to completing the form or to register for the Opportunity mailing list.