An intensive two-year course in the heart of London, MA Filmmaking at LFS trains to a professional level in a full range of filmmaking skills. Students leave with a portfolio of directing, cinematography, editing, producing, production design and sound credits on at least 10 films, usually many more. Each year, LFS films screen at over 250 film festivals, winning many prizes, including the Cannes Palme d’Or for Best Short Film, the most prestigious festival accolade.
The course is fully practical. Each term film exercises become more technically sophisticated, more considered and more complex in their ambitions. Students make all aesthetic decisions while solving problems similar to those faced by professional units, on a steeply increasing slope of difficulty.
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. Each student will have the chance to choose a speciality in adition to learning all parts of the craft.
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 elsewhere.
The language of teaching and assessment is English. Students whose first language is not English will need to provide proof of proficiency in English.
'LFS has a great record of delivering exactly what the British Film Industry needs – talent. If I were going to film school, I’d go there.' Danny Boyle Director TRAINSPOTTING, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, 28 DAYS LATER
‘What I valued was the opportunity to explore many different roles, because it gives you empathy with others in the team. It also gives you more flexibility in your career – important in such a fast-evolving industry.’ Olivier Kaempfer, MA Filmmaking 2007, Producer BORROWED TIME, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST
‘I worked on 24 short films here at LFS. At any other film school, in two years, I don’t think you could achieve that.’ Jeroen Bogaert, MA Filmmaking 2012, Graduation Film EARLY BIRDS played Palm Springs, BFI London FF and San Sebastian