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MA Filmmaking

London Film School
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
MA Filmmaking

About this program

MA Filmmaking


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, production design and sound credits on at least 10 films - usually many more. The school produces around 180 films each year on this 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 around 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 than they can realistically take up.


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. 

Admission requirements

Applicants should normally have at least one of the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with 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.

For detailed admission requirements, please visit the course webpage.

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Scholarships & funding

There are limited funding and scholarship opportunities available to UK/EU/EEA and International (Non-EU) students.  UK and EU students are eligible for The Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, open for each September entry and external bursary programmes, including 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.  


Total fees for two-year programme: £59,883 for UK students and £60,083 (includes £200 Visa Administration Fee) for international students.

For detailed fees breakdown, please visit course webpage.

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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...

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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). 

Contact info

London Film School

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

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