The School is celebrated for its commitment to film, innovation and creative freedom, and its reputation for teaching excellence and practical learning. Located in the heart of London’s Covent Garden, LFS welcomes a student cohort from every corner of the globe.
Our flagship MA Filmmaking course is an two-year course with a School located 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, production design and sound credits.
Learning is based on short film production and our students make a new film each term. 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.
MA Screenwriting focuses on the development of the individual screenwriter’s voice, embeds professional practice and enhances employability. Students will be supported and challenged throughout their one year MA as they explore that voice through screenwriting.
At LFS students will gain expertise and experience that form the foundations of their professional screenwriting practice. Students will forge relationships and develop networks that propel them into the film and television industries.
The development of a student’s feature screenplay, at the heart of the MA, is undertaken in small Feature Development Groups of three or four students, chaired by a tutor. Regular Group meetings are structured around the giving and receiving of feedback and the deep exploration of their feature project from initial idea through several draft screenplays.
The ambition and variety of students’ screenplays reflect both the depth of their creativity and the breadth and diversity of their backgrounds and interests. In addition to the feature screenplay, students will have opportunities to write short screenplays and to develop a television series idea.
MA International Film Business
MA International Film Business unites the London Film School, the world’s key postgraduate filmmaking school, with the University of Exeter’s Film department and Business School. The marriage brings together unique film production and market expertise and exceptional research and teaching on film culture and history. This MA combines high-level teaching skills with a unique practitioner-driven industry access programme, providing students with the key business tools and contacts needed to build a career in film.
Unlike existing film-related degrees, this MA Degree explores the entire film business, embracing the world and national cinema(s), non-Hollywood independent film production, financing, sales, distribution and marketing, alongside programming, exhibition and digital strategies for the future.
The ambitious team behind the MAIFB is dedicated to training a new generation of both producers and executives that will bring both excellence and innovation into the film industry beyond Hollywood. By analysing the horizontal and vertical structures that shape the film industry, in tandem with changing patterns of users and digital technology, this course explores both the existing international film industry while also embracing the current high levels of disruption and restructuring.
Phd by Practice
The University of Exeter College of Humanities is able to offer doctoral studentships to fund doctoral study in Film by Practice, as a joint degree with London Film School. These doctoral studentships are tenable for up to three years and cover full tuition fees and a maintenance allowance.
Scholarships & Funding
There are limited funding and scholarship opportunities available to Home status and International students. Home status students are eligible for external bursary programmes, such as BAFTA. Students are also encouraged to source alternative funding sources via the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Guide. International students are encouraged to investigate funding opportunities within their own country prior to accepting an offer of study. Details of these and more can be found on the website here.
There are Scholarship opportunities available to UK and International students both within and out with the school. A small example of Scholarship opportunities include;
BAFTA UK Scholarship program for UK applicants across our MA Filmmaking and MA Screenwriting courses.