An intensive two-year course in the heart of London, the MA Filmmaking trains to a professional level in a full range of filmmaking skills. Students leave with a portfolio of directing, cinematography, editing, producing and sound credits on at least 10 films - usually many more. The school produces around 180 films each year on this particular programme and last year these screened at over 180 festivals, winning many prizes, including the Cannes Palme d’Or for Best Short Film, the most prestigious festival accolade.
Learning is based on short film production. Each term these film exercises become more technically sophisticated, more considered and more complex in their ambitions. The school specifies the skill base for each exercise, providing the equipment and training students to new levels in each of the various craft skills. Students make all aesthetic decisions while solving problems similar to those faced by professional units, on a steeply increasing slope of difficulty. The work is constantly assessed and critiqued.
This is the core of The London Film School method. Students learn by applying themselves to aesthetic and practical problems generated by the actual process of filmmaking. This is why the school pushes through so many productions, and why students have more opportunities to work on films that they can really take up.
A Competitive Edge
All LFS students learn important filmmaking skills and practise them in a working unit. There is no film career which is not greatly enriched by an active practical knowledge of the other specialisations. This makes an LFS graduate stand out from future professional colleagues with a single specialisation, at any level.
AREAS OF STUDY Directing Cinematography Editing Sound Production design Screenwriting Producing Music Screen Studies
Applicants should normally have at least one of the following:
- A Bachelor’s degree in Honours; or
- An equivalent (international) or higher qualification; or
- An equivalent professional qualification; or
- Substantial professional experience in film or a related area.
You are welcome to apply even if you haven't made films, but feel you have the ability to and meet our minimum entry requirements.
We believe that filmmaking talent shows itself in many different ways and we are interested in applications who have a passion for film, but a background or portfolio of work in, for example, theatre, journalism, still photography, graphic design or another creative discipline.
We are looking forward to hearing why you think you are a filmmaker.
The language of teaching and assessment is English. All students must have a satisfactory knowledge of the English language, due to the need to understand the intensive course of lectures and the demands of group work. Students whose first language is not English will, therefore, need to provide proof of proficiency in English.
What you need for your application
- Completed online application form
- Personal statement (up to 750 words) – more guidance is available in the online application system
- An original script for a short film about three minutes in length
- Education certificates (degree-level qualifications only)
- Two references
- A passport-sized photo
In addition, you have the option to upload an example of your film, video, photography, art or literary work your application.
Applicants whose first language is not English may also need to provide proof of proficiency in English.
Please note that a non-refundable application fee of £50 is payable upon submission of the application.
- A high degree of commitment to studying at The London Film School and to its educational approach
- A high degree of commitment to a career in filmmaking
- Relevant artistic talent or originality and/or a grasp of the relevant skills
- Knowledge of film, film culture and the film industry
- Ability to initiate and complete complex projects
- Capacity for critical analysis
- Ability to work in a team
- Language skills (spoken, written, listening, communication skills)*
*NB: Applicants should note that this is not a substitute for an approved English language test.
An LFS education is not limited to the technical skills that produce new filmmakers. It's an education that challenges you to find your voice and make it heard
Oliver Hermanus (BEAUTY). Oliver's graduation feature SHIRLEY ADAMS won the 3 top awards at the SAFTAs.
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