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

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).




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.

Term Dates: 2018/2019

Induction Week: Mon 24 – Fri 28 September 2018

Term 1: Mon 1 October – Fri 14 December 2018

Winter Holiday: Sat 17 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



  • Visit our Graduates page to find out more about the career destinations of LFA alumni
  • 95% of graduates of LFA’s Filmmaking diploma, which this course is based on, have found industry employment or gone on to further study within 3 months of finishing their course
  • 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.

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.

How to apply: Prospective students must firstly submit an application form along with supporting materials, including a personal statement, and examples of visual and written work, via your MyLFA profile. The full list of supporting materials required can be found here.

Once an application and all materials have been submitted via MyLFA, 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. Interviewed applicants will be informed of the outcome of the interview within two weeks of the interview date.


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: 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.


To apply online please click on the course date below.

  • 23 September 2019 - 23 July 2021
    Course Fee: £ 37,000.00

    £18,500 per year, 2-year course

  • 21 September 2020 - 22 July 2022
    Course Fee: £ 37,000.00