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London Film School (LFS) is the oldest film school in the UK. For more than 65 years, LFS has been the place for emerging creative talent to hone their craft, find their voice and engage directly with the vibrant UK screen industries. The School offers three full-time MA programmes, a Ph.D. Film by Practice, and a full calendar of short courses. 

The School is consistently named as one of the top international film schools by The Hollywood Reporter, celebrated for its commitment to film, innovation and creative freedom, and its reputation for teaching excellence and practical learning. LFS welcomes a student cohort from every corner of the globe, LFS has always been a cultural hub where fresh voices, experiences and perspectives rub shoulders with tradition and history. A global network, once built, lasts a professional lifetime.

The School is committed to collaborative practice-based learning and produces over 180 films every year, creating a dynamic and intensive film environment. LFS nurture and respect the imagination of students, allowing them to experiment, challenge conventions and explore new modes of storytelling, and to find new ways to connect with audiences.

London Film School is a non-profit educational charity with Greg Dyke as its Chairman of the Board and Peter Holliday as its Interim Director.


Master's degree
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Media Delivery method Length Location
MA Screenwriting On campus 1 year London
Performing Arts
MA Filmmaking On campus 2 years London
Doctorate / PhD
Journalism & Communication
PhD Film by Practice On campus 4 years London

Scholarships & funding

Several Scholarship opportunities are available to UK and International students both within and out with the school. A small example of Scholarship opportunities include;

  • The Leverhulme Arts Scholarship open to UK and eligible EU applicants for each September intake of our MA Filmmaking and MA Screenwriting course.
  • BAFTA UK Scholarship program for UK applicants across our MA Filmmaking and MA Screenwriting courses.
  • Chevening Scholarships available to eligible international applicants to our MA Screenwriting program.


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Why study at London Film School

Five Reasons to Choose LFS

Recognised Globally

Named by The Hollywood Reporter (THR) as one of the top ten International Film Schools of 2021, and by Variety as a Top Film School in 2019 we are recognised on the global stage. Our reputation for teaching excellence and practical learning attracts over 60 per cent of our students from outside the UK, from all corners of the globe.

Innovative Learning

Our approach to a dedicated practical and hands-on Postgraduate education equips our students with the right skill sets to succeed. Operating as a working studio, our students are involved in the production of over 180 films each year and the development of multi-genre scripts.

Professional Teaching

Our students are taught by experienced filmmakers and screenwriters. Their expertise provides an added value in our education, allowing our students to learn from the best and put real life working scenarios into practice. Our Academics involve industry throughout our courses, and our students have the chance to benefit from Visiting Lecturers and Industry experts across teaching, external examinations, and screenings.

At the Heart of the Film Industry

Our location is unique – the school is situated in the creative hub of London, in Covent Garden. Within walking distance of the School, our students have London’s West End at their doorstep;cinemas and theatres, the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery, the British Museum, the British Film Institute Library, the BFI Southbank, the Tate Modern and, even closer, Wardour Street in Soho, the historic nerve centre of the British Film Industry.

Proven Track Record

We have a rich and diverse Alumni network. Thousands of high-profile alumni and many networking opportunities await. Members of our Alumni include Directors, Michal Mann (Public Enemies), Mike Leigh (Mr Turner), Duncan Jones (Moon), Ann Hui (A Simple Life); Cinematographers, Jo Willems (The Hunger Games), Erik Wilson (Paddington), Roger Pratt (Harry Potter), Tak Fujimoto (The Sixth Sense), Paula Huidobro (CODA); Editors, Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir (Deadpool 2), Mark Goldblatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Robert Leighton (Now You See Me); Producer, Iain Smith (Mad Max: Fury Road). 

London Film School is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad Top 10 Europe rankings 2021 Top 10 Europe rankings 2020 badge

Awards & Accreditations

Top International Film Schools

The Hollywood Reporter (2020, 2021)

The Best Film Schools

Variety (2019)

Student services & facilities

Student Services at LFS

Our Admissions and Student Support team offer an array of support during both pre-arrival and enrolment, and throughout the duration of program study. The team are on hand to help with students’ development and wellbeing needs, and typical support includes

  • Visa and Immigration Support
  • Accommodation Advice
  • Fees and Funding Support
  • Counselling and Mentoring


Located in the heart of central London, our two main buildings are based in the entertainment and creative hub of London’s West End in Covent Garden. Our facilities are split across two buildings, offering specialist teaching zones and unique learning spaces:


Two studios equipped with lightning rigs which are used for term time filming. A third studio is used as a multifunctional space to house rehearsals, auditions, and drama and script workshops.


Two in-house cinemas with projection facilities for digital and 16mm with 110 and 35 seat capacity respectively. Cinemas are used to screen term time work, Showcase screenings and Industry and Alumni events.

Design Studio

A fully equipped design studio with drawing boards, model making facilities, visual and material reference libraries, and design computer suite.

Camera Department

In-house camera department with an array of camera equipment at students’ disposal.

Editing Suites

Dedicated editing suites for post-production including an analogue film room for 16mm film formats.

Sound Suites

Dedicated sound suites for the preparation of soundtracks, commentary, recording and sound effects.

Workshop Suites

Multifunctional workshop space for collaborative and practical work, teaching and Masterclasses.


An extensive collection of films and LFS productions are stored in our School Library. Our students also have access to the BFI Reference Library which is within a ten-minute walk from the School.

Student lifestyle

Clubs and Societies

Our Student’s Union is affiliated with the NUS and LFS students are entitled to NUS Extra cards, offering a range of benefits which can be used throughout London.

LFS is a full member of CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision), the international confederation of film schools, GEECT (European Grouping of Film and Television Schools) and NAHEMI (National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image) the national association for British film schools offering an array of social and networking opportunities.


LFS is located in the heart of Covent Garden, central London, meaning student accommodation is not provided by the School. Students are encouraged to find external or private Student Accommodation options for their studies. 

Our Student Support Team will be on hand to provide information on accommodation options during your time in London.


London Film School

24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden
WC2H 9UB London
United Kingdom

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