Directing the Actor: London

NYU Tisch is collaborating with Brian Gilbert, director of numerous films such as Wilde, Not Without My Daughter, Tom and Viv, and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in the United Kingdom for a new program to train film and television directors and screenwriters. NFTS has been a leader in film, television, and new media since its inception in 1971. It is the only U.K. film school with its own film and television studios and post-production facilities that rival those of professional companies.   

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Program Overview

Directing the Actor: London is only offered in the spring and it is open to NYU and visiting undergraduate students who meet the prerequisites.  

Core Curriculum

You are required to take the following 3-credit course. You will select courses offered through NYU London to complete the 12-18 unit program. 

Directing the Actor: London

IFMTV-UT 1069 | 3 units | Instructor: Brian Gilbert

Prerequisites: See Admissions section below.

NYU Tisch is offering the course Directing the Actor in colloboration with the prestigious National Film and Television School (NFTS) in the United Kingdom. Located at Beaconsfield Studios outside of London, NFTS  is one of the world’s premier film and television schools. Alumni include directors Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, We Need to Talk About Kevin) and David Yates (Harry Potter) and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049, Sicario, Fargo). 

Directing the Actor is a practical workshop that explores the relationship between actor, director and script. The course will focus on the methods directors use in analyzing and rehearsing scenes. Students will work with professional actors, as well as a casting director, and will be able to shoot their final scene on NFTS’ state-of-the-art sound stages. The course will be taught by NFTS faculty member Brian Gilbert, a director of numerous films including Wilde, Not Without My Daughter, and Tom & Viv.  Students will also be able to enroll in the array of courses offered by NYU London.

Note: Part of the class schedule for Directing the Actor: London includes one full weekday. One weekend is also devoted to production.

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Program Dates

Spring 2019 

Student Arrival: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (not earlier)
Student Departure: Friday, May 24, 2019

Arrival and departure dates are subject to change.


Film/TV majors: Freshman Colloquium: Performance Strategies (FMTV-UT 46) OR Performance Strategies for Transfers (FMTV-UT 146)

NYU and Visiting students: College-level Acting course or equivalent experience.


The application for spring 2019 is closed.

For more information please view our Admissions Calendar.


Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.


  • Academic Year 2018-2019 Full-time Tuition, 12-18 unit flat rate per term: $27,176

Additional Fees Include:

  • Nonrefundable Registration and Services Fee: $1,286
  • NYU Housing: Visit the NYU London website for options and costs

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Visit the Office of Global Programs for additional study abroad costs.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are opportunities for financial assistance to study abroad.

Please review the Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad page for more information.


Visit the NYU London website for housing options and descriptions.