Entry Requirements

The school is in the process of moving its teaching and studio spaces. Pending the completion of building work the entry to the programme is postponed and will not be commencing in 2024. More information will be available as we have it.

Applicants should present at least one of the following: 

  • An Undergraduate / Bachelor’s Degree with Honours; or  
  • An equivalent (International) or Higher Qualification; or 
  • An equivalent professional qualification; or 
  • Substantial professional experience in film or a related area

We believe documentary filmmaking talent shows itself in many different ways. We welcome applications from a variety of academic and relevant professional backgrounds, on the merit that candidates can meet and exceed our minimum entry requirements.  

Previous study in documentary filmmaking is not a pre-requisite and you are welcome to apply if you haven't trained in or made documentary films professionally before. We are interested in creative individuals who can evidence a natural talent and passion for documentary and storytelling, even if this is outside of more conventional industry or educational routes.  


The language of teaching and assessment during the programme is entirely in English. All students must have a satisfactory knowledge of the English language in order to be able to understand the intensive course lectures, seminars, and tutorials and the demands of group work. Also, as this is a documentary course, it is essential that students can communicate effectively in their film work whilst on location - with contributors, the public and any other crew members. 

In addition to the below requirements, students who require a student visa, and their first language is not English, are required to provide proof of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Further information on our English language requirements can be found here 


All candidates must submit the following: 

  • Completed online application form 

  • CV/Resume.

  • Education certificates (degree-level qualifications only).

  • Applicants whose first language is not English may also be required to provide proof of a Secure English Language Test (SELT).
  • Two references (one referee should be a tutor or module or course leader from your 1st degree if you have graduated within the last three years).

  • A short film in which you were in a key role or extracts of your film work, up to 10 minutes in length. You may supplement these requirements with a small portfolio of photography or illustrated storytelling if you feel of relevance. 

  • Personal Statement: (up to 400 words), further details can be found below.

  • An idea for a documentary film (up to 300 words). It does not need to be a ‘pitch’ document, but you should clearly convey the idea and how you might make it in terms of its style and structure.


The personal statement should be no more than 400 words and include an account of why you think you are suitable for the course, how you meet the selection criteria below and how the course might support your aspirations and future plans. 


We are seeking candidates to demonstrate the following: 

  • A high degree of commitment to studying at London Film School and its educational approach 

  • A high degree of commitment to a career in documentary filmmaking 

  • Relevant artistic talent or originality and/or a grasp of the relevant skills 

  • Knowledge of documentary film and film culture 

  • Ability to initiate and complete complex projects 

  • Capacity for critical analysis 

  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively and be self-motivated 

  • Language skills (spoken, written, listening, communication skills) 


Please note that a non-refundable application fee of £50 is payable upon submission of your application.  


All applications must be submitted via our online application portal and only be submitted during the allotted application deadlines. You can find further information about our opening and closing deadlines here. 


Updated: 12 January 2024