MA Filmmaking

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 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. 

  • Spring and Autumn intakes 
  • Learn from practising, award-winning TV and film industry professionals
  • Belong to a lifelong community of professionals
  • Leave with an extensive showreel 
  • Progression agreement with the University of Derby

The first year of the programme takes place at LFA. The schedule is as follows: 

Term 1

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.

Term 2

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’.

Term 3

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.


To complete the MA Filmmaking you study for one year on the Filmmaking Diploma at London Film Academy followed by a further 12 weeks at our partner university 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. 

Year 1: 12 months at London Film Academy

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


Year 2: 12 weeks at University of Derby

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.

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent, however, we may also consider students with a non-traditional background on the strength of their previous work experience and/or portfolio
  • Visual and written work submitted prior to attending an interview - we are looking for potential creative ?lmmaking ability as evidenced through visual and written material
  • All applicants must be fluent in English: English Language Level: Upper Intermediate
  • Some practical experience in film production is desirable, except in cases where student can demonstrate transferable skills in other relevant areas

Application Checklist

Please apply with:

  • One example written piece of work:  A critique of a film you have seen or a film script you have written
  • One example visual piece of work: A presentation of storytelling series of photos or a DVD/web link to a film you have made or a project you have done that reflects your interest in filmmaking
  • Bursary/Scholarship applicants only: A personal statement about why you should be awarded a bursary or scholarship.

Please see Filmmaking Diploma Application Checklist for further details

What kind of students are we looking for?

  • Committed and dedicated people with a proven passion for filmmaking, and want a professional career in film or television
  • Collaborative, articulate and creative people who can demonstrate a strong instinct for the grammar of visual storytelling
  • Those who want a practical education across several key disciplines behind the camera either because you know you want thorough grounding in all areas of the filmmaking process or you are undecided about exactly which area of the film and television industry appeals to your strengths.

There are currently no course dates set for this course.