BA (Hons) Filmmaking

Our 2-year fast-track BA (Hons) Filmmaking offers film education in an industry setting.  Taught by practising film professionals, you will gain a thorough grounding in all areas of the filmmaking process, from script to screen, and become multi-skilled and adaptable. You will acquire the real-world practical skills through work-based learning, amass numerous film credits and be able to start your career in the industry.

  • Study on a 2-year, fast-track professional course with likeminded collaborators
  • Acquire the real-world practical skills through work-based learning
  • Receive in-depth, hands-on training across the key disciplines of filmmaking: Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography, Sound, Editing, Production (including Production Design) and 1st Assistant Directing
  • Access to practising film & TV industry tutors, teaching up-to-date skills and becoming potential sources of work for you when you graduate
  • Excellent tutor-to-student ratios and practical exposure to industry mentors
  • Learn using up-to-date industry standard equipment and software
  • Take part in the production of many filmmaking exercises, individual projects, commercials and graduation films, providing you with a significant body of work for inclusion in your showreel
  • Well-thought-out work placements give real-world experiences and future contacts
  • No hidden costs - course materials and film budgets are all included in the course fee; you will manage a several thousand-pound budget for film projects
  • Access industry jobs and work experience upon graduation
  • Learn to navigate the professional business of film as well as finding a creative voice
  • Attend film festivals and networking events to help develop your career
  • Validated by University of Derby ranked gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017) , the new classification of degree teaching standards. Gold is reserved for institutions where teaching, retention and graduate outcomes are consistently outstanding and are of the highest quality found in the UK.



Duration: 2 years, full-time
Intakes: September each year
Hours: 24 per week (for the first 6 months)

The BA (Hons) Filmmaking takes you through all stages of the filmmaking process from script to screen. This programme is for collaborative, articulate and creative people who can demonstrate a strong instinct for the grammar of visual storytelling and who are seeking a professional career in film or TV.

This two-year fast-track course is delivered over 6 semesters and totals 360 academic credits. The first two semesters are spent learning about key filmmaking disciplines: screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, editing, sound and production design. You develop analytical skills to examine existing work and take part in a range of hands-on workshops putting theory into practice. This phase of the course culminates in a series of collaborative projects where you experience multiple on- and off-set roles within the given filmmaking disciplines. As a result, you will be able to identify which areas you wish to develop further.

During the third semester, you start developing key skills in particular areas of filmmaking through the production of several collaborative film projects. You engage with existing work to develop your aesthetic sensibilities and strengthen your own practice. You use professional equipment and are supported throughout the creative process; you receive constructive feedback in a safe, nurturing environment.

In the fourth semester, 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 semester, you normally write a dissertation – either a discursive dissertation or a project with academic commentary. Alternatively, you can apply for another work placement, which would be accompanied by a presentation on the latest developments in the part of the industry or professional context in which you have worked.

During the final and sixth semester of the course you work on a second, longer and more complex, collaborative film project. This gives you a platform to apply your critical thinking, practical understanding and demonstrate industry experience whilst contributing to a tangible output, which will be integral to your pursuit of employment.

This unique course designed for you to gain real-world skills in a practical setting. You 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 – with your team you decide what proportion is spent on equipment, locations, actors, etc.

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.

Festival attendance provides you with the opportunity to contextualise your own work and meet like-minded future collaborators. LFA facilitates workshops and screenings at a variety of film festivals both within the UK and abroad, which you are invited to attend.

Term Dates 2018/19:

Induction Week: Mon 24 – Fri 28 September 2018

Term 1: Mon 1 October – Fri 14 December 2018

Winter Holiday: Sat 15 December 2018 – Sun 6 January 2019

Term 2: Mon 7 January – Fri 5 April 2019

Spring Holiday: Sat 6 April – Mon 22 April 2019

Term 3: Tue 23 April – Fri 26 July 2019

Summer Holiday: Sat 27 July – Sun 1 Sep 2019



The total fee for the 2-year course is £33,000 (£16,500 per year). This is inclusive of film production budgets and there are no hidden additional costs.

Please visit the Funding Your Studies section of our website for more information. 


Who is the BA programme for?
Collaborative, articulate and creative people who can demonstrate a strong instinct for the grammar of visual storytelling and who are seeking a professional career in film or TV.

Entry requirements for the BA Filmmaking

  • 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.

BA Filmmaking application materials
For consideration on BA Filmmaking all applicants must submit the supporting materials via MyLFA. The list of supporting materials required can be found here.

Admissions Process
Once an application and all materials have been submitted via MyLFA account, the applicant will be vetted by the Admissions and BA teams.  Applicants who fulfil the LFA initial requirements, will be contacted on first come-first-served basis to discuss next steps and arrange an interview.  Interviews with international applicants may be conducted over the phone or via Skype.  NB. Only applicants who have met LFA initial entry requirements will be invited to attend an interview.  Interviewed applicants will be informed of the outcome of the interview within two weeks from the date of the interview.

Successful applicants will  be issued with an offer letter. Upon acceptance of their place applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £4,500.  The balance of course fees will need to be paid in accordance to the LFA Terms and Conditions.

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