- 2 Courses
- Private Institution Type
The London Film School (LFS) is one of the oldest-established film schools in the world and was created in 1956. LFS has contributed significantly to the development of film education in Britain and across the world. Rather than try and create a national cinema, as so many government-funded schools have done, LFS is a craft-based culture of excellence with students from more than 80 countries.
The school operates as a working studio, producing around 180 films annually. Filmmakers gain credits on a minimum of ten films and graduation work. Students are taught by working filmmakers.
Films are made on built sets, shot on professional cameras, recorded on professional digital recorders, edited on Avid and given a professional dub. All film exercises on the MA are paid for including stock and equipment and a percentage of the graduation film – all incorporated into your fees. Most schools quote only tuition costs, with filmmaking budgets an extra. A school that understands the market, takes your ambitions and originality seriously. We want you to reinvent film form rather than copy what already exists.
A partnership formed by LFS and the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter provides a unique combination of strengths in all the areas covered by this PhD. College staff have the critical theoretical experience required to lead the supervision of a research degree, while LFS staff are professionals from within the creative industries with significant expertise in guiding students in film craft. More generally, the College and the University offer training in a range of research skills, and students will benefit from being a part of both the research culture of the College and the professionally-based environment of the LFS.
When an applicant has been successful, our Student Services Manager will be happy to give advice on this topic. We do not have on campus accommodation and it is therefore the responsibility of the individual to arrange their own housing for the 2 years. Quite a few of our students move into shared houses or flats with course mates. It can help to live with other filmmakers who understand that you won’t keep regular hours and/or fill the house with equipment and props. The cost of living in London is about £1,000 per month as recommended by the UKBA.
The Library is the hub of information for the School’s films. DVDs of student work is held alongside a digital archive system. Film Festival support is provided to all students with students and alumni having won every major award in the screen industries. Fostering and nurturing the next generation of filmmakers is key to the School. During 2016, films created at the school had around 200 festival entries, winning over 30 prizes. The list spanned Cannes, Venice, Tribeca, Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival, The BFI London Film Festival, Edinburgh, Encounters, Oscars, and Sundance.
LFS is two minutes walk from Soho, centre of the European entertainment industry. Key figures of the UK and European industries pass through very often. The school provides mentors and career development support after graduation.
You will finish with an MA Degree in Filmmaking, Screenwriting or International Film Business. The International Film Business course is validated by the University of Exeter, whilst the MA Filmmaking and Screenwriting are validated by the University of Warwick.
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