Here at YAFTA we are committed to supporting and encouraging those passionate about creating a career in the Film & Television sector, regardless of age, disability, background or ethnicity.

We’re committed to ensuring there’s representation on screen from our diverse communities and we’re extremely proud of the success our learning disability actors have achieved, including Liam Bairstow who features in Coronation Street and James Moore in Emmerdale who has also recently been shortlisted for a National Television Award.

We want to level the playing field for all under-represented groups and have launched the You Can. YAFTA Diploma Scholarship to do just that!

You Can. Scholarship

We’re offering one lucky winner a place on either the 18 month Acting for Screen Diploma or 12 month Film and Television Production Diploma, both worth £7,700.

The Acting Diploma will commence February 2019 and the TV and Film Production Diploma in September 2019.

gain experience within the industry

Our exclusive, part-time Diploma programmes are taught by skilled, industry experts and offer full assessment and review throughout. With an educational focus on academic understanding applied through practical experience and a competency based structured syllabus, we prepare our students to start gaining work experience within the industry.

How do I enter?

To enter all you need to do is film yourself acting out a scene out of your favourite movie. No more than 2 minutes long, simply upload the video along with a paragraph why you would love to have a place on the YAFTA Diploma course, below.


Applicants must be over 16 and from an under represented, minority background.

Shortlisted candidates must be able to attend the audition date on Saturday 19th January. The Diploma will start in February 2019.

Please send any questions to [email protected] with ‘You Can Scholarship‘ as the subject.

believe and go for it

YAFTA is delighted to launch the campaign with support from award winning, and rising star within the Film and TV industry, Blockbuster Production Manager and Bradford born, Umar Hussain.

Says Umar, 25: “This scholarship from YAFTA is a fantastic chance for someone who aspires to have a career in the Film and TV industry but feel it’s not a sector open to them. I’m proof there is so much opportunity and potential out there, you’ve just got to believe and go for it!