Placeholder image for The London Film School

The London Film School

The London Film School building was previously a warehouse, and has a rough workshop atmosphere which can be exciting, but is certainly not luxurious. We offer guided tours around the school on Thursday afternoons throughout the term which includes a chance to look at some student films.

Short Courses



For over 60 years London Film School (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. With 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.


LFS is built around a conservatoire model, providing a hothouse environment for intense creative work. Our MA programmes in Filmmaking, Screenwriting and International Film Business are recognised by Screenskills (Creative Skillset) as an industry standard and at a level of professionalism that has delivered us the status of a Film Academy. We are one of only three such academies in the UK.

At LFS we nurture and respect the imagination of our students. We believe it is important to experiment, challenge conventions and explore new modes of storytelling, and to find new ways to connect with audiences. 


  • Students are required to keep a work and research journal. This will be used to record their critical reflections on the theoretical and practical elements of the course.
  • Students should use the journal to record their thoughts about their overall aims and accomplishments. They are expected to write down their aims at the beginning of the unit and also describe how they will assess their personal development in relation to these aims. 
  • This offers students the opportunity to present their goals for the unit, formulate their own criteria for self-assessment and reflect back at the end of the unit on their progress as measured by these criteria.


We also look to the future; Our graduates have gone on to make substantial contributions to world cinema and global storytelling. Going forward we expect no less, but now the playing field is bigger. Outside of cinema, we see our storytellers and our filmmakers working in television and across new platforms. As film and television converge, as new platforms emerge, our graduates will confidently explore how to adapt their skills and expertise in filmmaking to tell compelling stories in any medium, on any platform, in any place.


Housing services

Although LFS does not provide accommodation for its students, London is home to many universities, colleges and schools that do. Some of these institutions make their rooms available as short term lets; whether you're in London for a night, a month or longer, chances are there is a room with your name on it! 

Prices for university accommodation tend to start at around £35 per person per night, making this one of the most cost effective ways to stay in the city.

Library services

The School Library keeps and documents LFS productions. LFS shows work at over 200 film festivals around the world each year, and supports sales of films to broadcasters and distributors. The library also holds an extensive collection of films for loan, plus a small collection of core books. Students have also access to the BFI Reference Library, which is within ten minutes walk.

ICT services

The LFS Uses Moodle as the Virtual Learning Environment of the LFS. Students are able to view, download and print technical manuals, syllabuses, course descriptions, forms, legal agreements, school regulations and other documents, and take part in activities set up by course tutors.

There is a production office with computers, fax, telephone and internet access. Wifi access.

Student Life

Student clubs

The Students Union is affiliated with the NUS and LFS students are entitled to NUS Extra cards, offering a range of benefits. LFS is also affiliated to International student house/UCKISA. 

Our clubs and societies include the LFS Film Society and an LFS football team, which arranges matches against other film schools. 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.


We are recognised by Creative Skillset as a Centre of Excellence Film Academy. 

London, England, United Kingdom

Other programmes from this university