Studying in London

London is a diverse and vibrant city, home to nine million people and an estimated 400,000 students from over 200 countries. With its rich mix of history, culture and entertainment - studying in London is an experience like no other.

London is at the heart of a thriving film industry, with countless production companies, film studios, cinemas and postproduction houses.  Thousands of creative jobs are generated by London’s screen industries and with this sector expanding, the demand for skilled crafts people and creative talent in the city is more necessary than ever.

London Film School is situated in Covent Garden, in the heart of London, within walking distance of West End theatres, cinemas and the production hubs of Soho and Fitzrovia. Nearby too, are the famous cultural landmarks of  the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery, the British Museum, the British Film Institute Library, the BFI Southbank, Bertha Dochouse and Tate Modern.

Central London offers LFS students’ access to many film and media groups, events and opportunities, and there are often events for students held in collaboration with like-minded film organisations (e.g. Sundance London, DocSociety and filmmakers in the capital). Social events happen each term as well as lectures and debates, parties and subsidised travel trips in the UK and overseas film festivals and markets.

MA Filmmaking in London

An essential part of the programme includes collaborating with London’s National Gallery. Students will take part in a workshop in the Gallery, learning to analyse images through a number of practical exercises in the first term. In their second term students use works from the Gallery to inspire a film exercise.

MA International Film Business in London

MA International Film Business students split their time between London and Exeter. They are based in the capital in Terms Two (mandatory) and Three (optional) and visiting London for specific events in Term One. Students will attend tradeshows including FOCUS (December) and the Media Production Show (May), where professionals in the creative screen industries from around the world, come together for meetings, networking and conference sessions. Students will attend prestigious London film festivals such as London Short Film Festival (January) and the BFI London Film Festival (October) where some of the world’s best new films are screened.

MA Documentary Filmmaking in London

Situated in the heart of London, surrounded within its history and diverse communities, the MA Documentary Filmmaking offers students the chance to capture and explore life, experiment and immerse themselves in their experiences, sharing their life and the lives of others, as documentary storytellers. Students are taught in practicals, lectures, workshops and tutorials run by industry professionals and contemporary filmmakers and students will get the opportunity to attend the prestigious International Sheffield DocFest, as well as be able to participate more locally in London Film Festivals, such as BFI Flare and London Film Festival, Open City Docs, Sundance and London Short Film Festival. Also, close by to the Film School, is Bertha Dochouse, the first cinema dedicated solely to documentary films, where students can avail of their screenings, curated seasons and Q&A’s.

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Notice: London Film School is working on plans to relocate its teaching activities to new, contemporary facilities, close by in Covent Garden over the course of the academic year 2023/24. We are committed to ensuring all students’ studies are not affected by the relocation project and we will do our best to minimise any potential impact.


Updated: 4 July 2023