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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Filmmaking programme offered by The London Film School is 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 Filmmaking programme offered by The London Film School 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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Photo theory
  • Directing syntax
  • Producing
  • Production management
  • Production design
  • Camera practicals
  • Use of light meters
  • Editing

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    • Applicants are invited to apply beyond the stipulated deadlines; late applications are accepted until eight weeks before course commencement.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description
      6 terms
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
    • Master of Arts 180 credits
    • Postgraduate Diploma 120 credits
    • Postgraduate Certificate 60 credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic 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. 

Documents needed:

  • Completed online application form
  • CV/Resume
  • 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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28248 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56484 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    28248 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56484 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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September intake tuition fees:

  • UK/EU - £58,152 per full programme.
  • International - £58,152 per full programme.

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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