BA (Hons) Filmmaking

Programme Title BA (Hons) Filmmaking
UCAS Course Code BA01
Duration 2 years
Study mode Full time
Location London Film Academy
Validating Institution University of Derby
Fees £37,000 (£18,500 per year)

Our 2-year 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 real-world practical skills, amass numerous film credits and be able to start your career in the industry.

Key benefits

  • In-depth, hands-on training across the key disciplines of filmmaking: Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography, Sound, Editing, Production (including Production Design) and 1st Assistant Directing
  • Small class-sizes and excellent staff-to-student ratio
  • Practising film & TV industry tutors, teaching up-to-date skills using industry standard equipment and software
  • Well-thought-out work placements which give real-world experiences and future contacts
  • Access to industry jobs and work experience upon graduation
  • Learn to navigate the professional business of film as well as finding your creative voice
  • Access to film festivals and networking events to help develop your career
  • No hidden costs - course materials and film budgets are all included in the course fee
  • Validated by University of Derby (Awarded a Gold rating in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework, recognising the highest quality of Higher Education teaching in the UK).


Prospective students must firstly submit an application form via our website and email the Admissions team with supporting materials, such as a personal statement, school transcripts & a reference. Additionallly you may submit examples of visual and written work.

Once an application and all materials have been submitted, the applicant will be vetted by the Admissions and BA teams. Applicants who fulfil the LFA initial requirements will be invited to attend an interview.




This course is for ages 18 and above.

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.


Writing & Directing (40 credits)
Sound & Editing (40 credits)
Cinematography & Production Design (40 credits)
Film Project (60 credits)


Special Project (60 credits)


Work Placement (60 credits)

Dissertation (60 credits)


Work Placement (60 credits)

Film Project (60 credits)
  • 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.


Deposit: Successful applicants will then 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.

Course Fees: The total fee for the 2-year course is £37,000 (£18,500 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.

You should be aware that London Film Academy is an Independent education provider. This means that the maximum Tuition Fee Loan amount, will be approximately £6,000 per year if you study on our 2-year BA Film- making course. Please note therefore that this loan does not cover the full tuition fee.

We now offer financial assistance for our BA Filmmaking course starting in September 2019. Applicants will be advised on how to qualify for tuition fee reductions of up to £9,250 per year after submitting a UCAS application.


The BA (Hons) Filmmaking 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. The entry requirements are as follows:

  • A-levels: 3 A-Levels with at least two B grades and one C grade, 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: If you are aged 21 or above, we can also consider applicants based on a strong portfolio of work and/or substantial relevant experience.

What kind of students are we looking for?

  • Passionatecurious and open-minded individuals who love watching, discussing and making all kinds of films and TV, and are keen to learn about all aspects of filmmaking, from pre to post-production.
  • Team players: filmmaking is a collaborative process, and team work is at the heart of everything we do. We are looking for reliable, adaptable and supportive individuals who will be an asset to any production unit.  
  • Previous filmmaking experience is desirable, but not essential! If you have the motivation and determination, we’ll give you the skills and experience to get a head start in the film & TV industry. 

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.


  • Visit our Graduates page to find out more about the career destinations of LFA alumni
  • Support throughout your studies, and after you graduate: BA students will be allocated a career tutor, with whom they will meet on a termly basis to discuss their career progression; after graduation, students are invited to join the LFA Filmmakers’ Club, our alumni networking group.

To apply online please click on the course date below.

  • 21 September 2020 - 29 July 2022
    Course Fee: £ 37,000

    Application deadline: 24 August 2020

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