Take your career in film and TV to the next level. If you have an undergraduate degree or experience in the world of film, this 18-month MA course will give you intensive, practical training in all aspects of filmmaking. This will ensure you’re equipped with the versatile and adaptable skills, qualifications and lifelong support needed to excel within this incredible industry.
Gain invaluable and unique experience though combining university-based learning with an intensive hands-on film school environment. You’ll be mentored by award-winning, practising industry professionals in a variety of filmmaking roles. In addition you’ll have access to the best kit, a network of experts to support you both during and after your time at LFA, and twice as much tutor contact time as a standard university MA course.
You can rest assured that there are no hidden costs and funding is available. This highly-respected course will give you everything you need to really make your name in the movie industry.
Duration: 2 years
Intakes: Spring and Autumn each year
Hours: Year 1: 30 per week (plus additional hours, incl. evenings and weekends)
Our MA postgraduate course for filmmakers combines an intense programme that offers practical exposure to the varied crafts of filmmaking alongside an emphasis on background research and independent learning to supplement your understanding of the film industry. Once you complete a year of practical training at London Film Academy, you are required to complete additional modules at another educational institution by way of a progression agreement. You may continue your studies at either Anglia Ruskin University (for 6 months full time or 1 year part time) or University of Hertfordshire (for 1 year) in order to achieve a Master of Arts degree.
This process provides far more industry-relevant experience than traditional MA courses, ensuring that you are equipped to work within the industry upon graduation. Our MA course is open to students who already have an undergraduate degree and can evidence sufficient experience in filmmaking. Potential students should consider the entry requirements before making an application.
LFA’s Filmmaking MA is a multi-disciplinary course and students are instructed in all key filmmaking roles including Directing, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Producing, Sound and Editing. Tutors are leading industry experts, giving relevant and appropriate guidance and explanation on their crafts. The first year is a highly demanding and intense programme with over 30 hours of teaching time per week.
As an MA course, students are expected to adapt quickly to the practical roles that they undertake and demonstrate their ability in filmmaking in a more advanced way than other students who participate on the course. There are typically 8 students to each tutor. Students are expected to adapt to the high-pressure environment of filmmaking and perform each crew role at least once across a large number of film productions.
WHY DO AN MA WITH LONDON FILM ACADEMY?
Unlike other film schools, all course materials and film budgets are included in your course fees. Using both Super 16mm and high end digital cameras (such as the Arri Alexa or Sony F55) you get to create a broad range of projects and ensures that you leave LFA with an impressive showreel of work. You are supported throughout the course on career development. Tutors and staff meet with students regularly to guide and advise on their best chance of getting paid work within the film industry. Students are also asked to evidence their pursuit of any given subject through a mix of background reading, viewing films on set filmographies and making the most of online resources. LFA has an extensive film and book library to make the most out the additional research you are asked to undertake as an MA student.
The first year of the programme takes place at LFA. The schedule is as follows:
There are 8 weeks of full time classes in Directing, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Sound and Editing. You are expected to attend for 6-8 hours each day, from Monday – Friday.
Our expert tutors will guide you on the fundamentals of directing, from script to pre-production, production and editing. You gain an in-depth understanding of staging, text analysis and casting, by directing with professional actors and learning about the craft of visual storytelling. The term culminates with you directing a short film on a professional film set.
Practising screenwriers teach you to explore the narrative short film format in depth, from concept and character, through plot and story arcs and on to dialogue. You learn how to format a script properly and use Final Draft. You write and develop a short film script which will be shot by the end of the first term.
You take a number of practical classes in cinematography. You gain a thorough understanding of the nature of light, framing and the mechanics of film by working predominantly with Super 16mm film cameras. You are given instruction on the roles within a camera team, and take on the roles of Director of Photography, Camera Operator, 1st Assistant Camera (Focus Puller) and 2nd Assistant Camera (Clapper Loader) on a number of short films shot at the end of the first term.
In your sound classes you will learn about the definition of sound and the physics behind it as well as undertake physical recording of production sound on digital recorders with a range of microphones, including radio mics. You will take on the roles of sound mixing and boom operator on set on short films made at the end of the first term.
In post-production, you will take a full editing course, learning about theory and how to operate Final Cut Pro X. These practical sessions are taught alongside theory lectures on subjects including: cutting techniques; filmic time and space; editing styles and music in film among others to instill a firm grounding in the editing and post-production sound processes. You are then asked to complete the first term by editing a short film utilising the skills and knowledge that you have acquired from your editing training.
Your second term commences with an intense course in producing. You are taught extensively in the Business of Film as well as how to perform the role of a production manager or line producer, having been introduced to Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling. You are also taught about box office, contracts, copyright, distribution and the basics of financing for independent filmmakers (for both short and feature films). While this is going on, you have to write and develop another short film script. When these scripts are complete, students who want to direct get to deliver a pitch to an industry panel, outlining why they should direct that given script. Once the chosen films are selected, the focus for this term turns to production. You will work in pre production scouting locations and casting preparing for your 3 day shoot. On set, everyone takes a role and then once the films are complete you have 5 weeks to edit them using AVID software. Throughout the process you are guided by mentors and on set tutors. Previous directing mentors have included Oscar-nominated Ian Barnes, and Lewis Arnold, director of Channel 4’s ‘Humans’ and ‘Misfits’.
The model of your final term is similar to that of the second term. The focus is on the production of an 8 minute film, so once more, everyone within the class writes and develops a script, and potential directors are asked to pitch for their chosen projects. The films made in the final term have bigger budgets and more time allocated to their production. Again, you will be involved in scouting and securing locations, casting your actors and preparing for a 4 day shoot. You will take a different role on set – ensuring that you leave the course with a varied skillset and assorted film credits.
Throughout your second and third terms, you are also invited to attend masterclasses from guest speakers. These can cover a wide range of topics, including script supervising, production design, health and safety and music in film.
All the excitement of seeing your work projected on the big screen is shared by your friends, family, cast and crew, at the LFA annual showcase which take place at the BFI. A selection of your productions are showcased to industry professionals, including producers, directors, development executives and potential film investors.
Following your year with LFA, you are asked to complete further modules at our partner universities. Further details of the topics you are likely to cover at Anglia Ruskin University or University of Hertfordshire.
To complete the MA Filmmaking you study for one year on the Filmmaking Diploma at London Film Academy followed by a further 6 months – 1 year at one of our partner universities to complete your Master of the Arts qualification. Progressing onto the MA enables you to complete your studies at a reduced rate and ensures you get the best of both worlds by experiencing a year of intensive in-house film production followed by a year of traditional university study.
LFA Filmmaking Diploma: £23,000. (UK/EU & non EU students).
There are no hidden costs and entry to a leading UK screenwriter's festival is included.
There is one partial scholarship available and a number of Bursary placements available per Filmmaking Diploma intake. These positions are given on merit and at LFA's discretion. For further information please contact our Admissions Coordinator on +44 (0) 207 3867711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Hertfordshire, MA Film and Television Production: check their website for up-to-date fee information
Anglia Ruskin University, MA Film and Television Production: check their website for up-to-date fee information
Please visit the Funding Your Studies section of our website for more information on a number of funding bodies you can apply to for financial assistance to support your education.
*Cost is subject to change. Please check the university pages for further details and the latest course fees.
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