BA Filmmaking


Program Description

The two-year course is delivered over 6 terms and totals 360 academic credits. The ethos of the programme is to teach creative, academic, technical and professional skills in an integrated way in an industry-standard setting. To this end, teaching initially takes place through interactive lectures, seminars, workshops and screenings and is then continued in a practical setting through shared film productions, in-company work placements and independent study.

  • Terms 1 and 2 are spent learning about key filmmaking disciplines: screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, editing, sound and production design. This phase of the course culminates in a series of collaborative projects, Film Project 1, where you experience multiple on- and off-set roles within the given filmmaking disciplines
  • During term 3, you start gaining independence and developing key skills in particular areas of filmmaking through the production of slightly-longer several collaborative film projects, Film Project 2
  • In the fourth term, you are given more control over your modules choices as you start to gain more autonomy and experience on the course. This allows you to choose between a work placement module or a collaborative special project, which explores a non-narrative fiction discipline, for example, a documentary, commercial or experimental film
  • During the fifth term, you normally write a dissertation – either a discursive dissertation or a project with academic commentary. Alternatively, you can apply for another work placement, accompanied by a presentation. During the final and sixth term of the course you work on a second, longer and more complex, collaborative film project, Film Project 3.

This unique course is designed for you to gain real-world skills in a practical setting. You will pitch to secure projects/ work placements/ head of department role and work as a team across a number of films, rotating through a variety of crew roles. You are given increasing autonomy from semester four to semester six in decision-making and management of several-thousand-pound budgets.

Crew roles have clearly defined functions and responsibilities. At LFA, you experience these industry roles in conditions emulating those of a professional film set (a director works with a writer to develop the script and with an editor to edit the film). We provide pre-production, post-production and on-set professional technical support enabling you to apply your knowledge in a supportive environment and find your creative voice.

What Type Of Students Are We Looking For?

We are looking for committed and dedicated students who a proven passion and flair for filmmaking. We want people seeking to make a professional career in the film or television industry. You must be articulate, creating and a team player, and thrive in a practical hands-on environment working collaboratively.

Entry Requirements

  • A-levels: 2 A-Levels with grade C or above (preferred subjects: Art & Design, Photography, Film & Media Production, Film & Media Studies, Drama, English).
  • GCSE: at least 3 GCSE grade C or above, subjects including English and Maths.
  • Or equivalent qualifications, such as the following: AVCEs, BTEC National Award, Certificate or Diploma, BTEC QCF, Progression Diploma, Advanced Diploma, NVQ Level 3 and upwards, Access to Higher Education Diploma, Art and Design Foundation Diploma, CACHE Diploma, Baccalaureate: International, European or Welsh and Apprenticeship Scheme qualifications.
  • Exceptions: We also consider applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements but have a strong portfolio and/or substantial relevant work/other related experience and who can demonstrate motivation and skills will enable them to succeed on the course. We also consider applicants over the age of 21.

English-language requirements:

To succeed in your studies at the LFA, it is essential that you can communicate effectively in English. You may need to provide evidence of this if English is not your first language. The only exception is EU students who have previously studied and been examined in English. For international students, we can only accept the IELTS UKVI qualification. We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

Application materials required:

  • Complete application form online,
  • 1x Reference (Letter of recommendation),
  • Personal statement,
  • Copy of Passport,
  • CV,
  • Transcript of grades/predicted grades (i.e. A-Levels).

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Last updated April 2019

About the School

Whether you’re an undergraduate, postgraduate, or professional looking for a specialised short course, London Filme Academy covers every filmmaking discipline from fiction to documentary-making. Recog ... Read More

Whether you’re an undergraduate, postgraduate, or professional looking for a specialised short course, London Filme Academy covers every filmmaking discipline from fiction to documentary-making. Recognised as a centre of excellence, we are reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, and partner with some of the most original and forward-thinking voices in the creative industry today. Read less