Bursary Funding

London Film School - Creative Skillset Bursaries

The deadline for Creative Skillset bursary applications for the May 2017 intake is 10am (BST) on 18th April 2017.

Creative Skillset bursaries cover a substantial part of the MA Filmmaking Tuition Fees and are split across the two years of the course. Each bursary recipient's own contributions towards the tuition fees are set at £11,000, payable by the student in two yearly instalments of £5,500.

There is one Creative Skillset bursary available for the May 2017 intake.

In addition to contribution towards the tuition fees, the following fees are payable by the student on the first day of each term:

Description   Amount
LFS Company Membership £ 2.00
Student Union Subscription £ 20.00
Film Society Subscription £ 15.00
MA Admin and Registration Fee £ 100.00
Total per Term £ 137.00

Details about those fees can be found here: MA Filmmaking Tuition Fees.

The continuation fee for students who choose to extend their studies beyond Term 6 to complete their graduation film is also not covered by the bursary. The reduced fee for recipients of Creative Skillset bursaries has been set at a rate of £50 (instead of £300) and is payable upon commencement of the extension (Term 7).

Please note there is no support available to cover living costs for the MA Filmmaking.

To be considered for a Creative Skillset bursary, you must have been accepted on to the MA Filmmaking programme first.

Once you have been accepted and provided you meet the criteria listed below, you can request the bursary application form by emailing admissions@lfs.org.uk with the subject 'Creative Skillset Bursary Application Form'.

Please note that the application process is administered by LFS. Please do not contact Creative Skillset.

Guidelines & Policy

  • Creative Skillset Film Academy status enables the London Film School to offer MA Filmmaking bursaries for qualified UK/EU students who would not have been able to do the course for reasons of finance. It addresses the LFS's key goal of ensuring good access for the current generation of talented UK/EU graduate students so that they can participate and benefit from the school's special culture and its very full learning programme, as Mike Leigh, Horace Ove, Roger Pratt, Bill Douglas, Duncan Jones and many other UK filmmakers did before them. The MA Filmmaking degree is based on the conviction that students benefit from a professional working base in all technical departments and craft skills, and so it trains 'filmmakers' whose knowledge will cover a range of film jobs.
  • The Bursary Fund is supported by Creative Skillset (the Sector Skills Council for the Audio-Visual Industry) on a year-by-year basis, and by the London Film School itself. It is managed by the Bursary and Student Funding Committee, the Academic Registrar and the Development Executive.
  • Decision of the award of a Creative Skillset bursary are made by the committee and are based on the quality of the original application and financial need.
  • The London Film School aims to encourage greater diversity in the screen industries, and welcomes applications from under-represented groups, such as women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.
  • Creative Skillset bursaries only cover the MA Filmmaking tuition fees. For full information on additional subscription and possible continuation fees for any additional terms undertaken, please click here
  • Bursary recipients agree to be tracked and inform the London Film School of their film industry activity for a minimum of 12 months after graduating from the School. 
  • Recipients who withdraw from or fail their course will receive no further funding from the London Film School.  Applicants who withdraw may be asked to repay all or part of the monies received.


Creative Skillset bursaries are available for 'home' students only.

On the first day of the year of enrolment, students must fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • EU nationals and
  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands throughout the three year period preceding that date. Ordinarily resident means other than wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education*; and
  • be ordinarily resident in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland; and
  • be settled in the UK under the terms of the Immigration Act 1971, in other words, ordinarily resident in the UK without being subject to any restriction on the period for which they may stay.

*Please contact us if you have lived in the UK, but only or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education.

You must prove your eligibility for bursary funding by production of the relevant documentation, as outlined in the main application form.

The following categories of students are not eligible for this fund:

  • Students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man;
  • Students from outside the UK/EU.

Students must demonstrate a commitment to working in, and contributing to, the UK film industry after completing their studies.


Once you have been accepted and provided you meet the criteria listed below, you can request the bursary application form by emailing admissions@lfs.org.uk with the subject 'Creative Skillset Bursary Application Form'.

You should complete all relevant sections of the bursary application form and enclose the relevant supporting documentation. Incomplete applications will not be considered; it is the responsiblity of the applicant to check the bursary application for completeness and accuracy. Once submitted, applications cannot be amended or updated. Please ensure that the information provided is accurate (where it is judged that an applicant has made a fraudulent claim or withheld pertinent information the School reserves the right to reclaim moneys advanced).

LFS will confirm receipt of any bursary application via email. If you have not received a confirmation from us within 48 hours of the bursary application deadline, please contact us immediately on admissions@lfs.org.uk

Where necessary you may be requested to attend a short interview with the Bursaries and Student Funding Committee. Applicants experiencing difficulty completing the bursary application form should contact LFS Admissions at admissions@lfs.org.uk.

Click here for information about how to apply for the MA Filmmaking.

The school intends to inform applicants of the outcome of their application by 28th April 2017.


Applicant who are dissatisfied with the outcome of their bursary application, may appeal, in writing, to the Academic Registrar. An appeal will only be considered on the following grounds:

  • Alleged maladministration within the regulations laid down for the scheme.
  • The availability of new relevant information following the original application, with a satisfactory explanation of why it was not available at the time of the first application.

Appeals should be submitted to:

The Academic Registrar
The London Film School
24 Shelton Street