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BA Filmmaking

A unique opportunity for undergraduates to complete an intensive two-year BA in Filmmaking. Our multi-disciplinary approach will equip you with the world-class skills, knowledge and ongoing support to excel in your chosen field. Learn your craft hands-on through collaboration with other filmmakers, under the expert guidance of award-winning professionals. Then complete your studies at our partner University and launch your career, experienced, fully qualified, and with the cutting edge skills and important industry contacts you need to succeed in film and TV.

“ I have acquired so many skills since I began this course, I enjoy coming to class every morning, be it scriptwriting, cinematography, or sound, and immersing and challenging myself within every department"  (Tessa Rose Van Erlach, Student)

At a glance:

  • 2 years (Year 1 at LFA: 12 months, minimum 30 hours per week)
  • Full-picture filmmaking – train, collaborate and crew on productions
  • Learn from current, award-winning TV and film industry professionals
  • Small, group tutorials offer maximum, tailored feedback and support
  • Work with both Super 16mm and high end digital cameras
  • Twice yearly intakes: Apply now for May 2017

 

COURSE OVERVIEW

Duration: 2 years, full-time
Intakes: April and September each year
Hours: 30 per week (plus additional hours, incl. evenings and weekends)

Completing a BA with London Film Academy provides you with extensive on-set experience in a production environment. Our BA pathway offers a unique opportunity for a limited number of exceptional students with previous experience and knowledge of filmmaking who wish to work along-side our Level 7 (MA equivalent) students to make films. Not only can you achieve a BA in two years, but you experience both a film school and university environment and all this has to offer in terms of networking and access to resources.

Year one, based at London Film Academy, is a highly demanding and intense programme that provides students with typically over 30 hours of teaching time per week (substantially more than most other courses). As a multi-disciplinary course, you are instructed in all key filmmaking roles including Directing, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Producing, Sound and Editing. Tutors are leading industry experts, who provide relevant and appropriate guidance and explanation on their crafts. Our low tutor-to-studio ratio (regularly 8 students to each tutor) ensures that students at LFA receive significant feedback and support tailored to their needs. Tutors and staff meet with students regularly to guide and advise on their best chance of getting paid work within the film industry.

While on the course you are expected to adapt to the high-pressure environment of filmmaking and perform each crew role at least once across a large number of film productions. Unlike other film schools, all course materials and film budgets are included in your course fees. Using both Super 16mm and high end digital cameras (such as the Arri Alexa or Sony F55) you get to create a broad range of projects which ensures that you leave LFA with an impressive showreel of work.

Year two, following successful completion of the course at LFA students then continue their studies at our collaborating university, University of Hertfordshire, to achieve their BA hons qualification.

SYLLABUS

The Filmmaking Syllabus at London Film Academy: -

Term 1

During Term 1 at LFA you recieve 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.

Directing
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.

Screenwriting
Practising screenwriters will 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.

Cinematography
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. 

Sound
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 take on the roles of sound mixing and boom operator on set on short films made at the end of the first term.

Post-production
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 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 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 that takes place at the BFI. A selection of your productions are showcased to industry professionals, including producers, directors, development executives and potential film investors.

Following your year with LFA, your second year will take place at the University of Hertfordshire. Details of the course content for this year can be found here.

FEES & FUNDING

To complete the BA Filmmaking you study for one year on the Filmmaking Diploma at London Film Academy followed by a further year at the University of Hertfordshire to complete qualification in just 2 years!  Progressing onto the BA 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
The Filmmaking Diploma (Spring 2017 intake) costs £22,000, no hidden fees.

There is one partial scholarship available and a number of Bursary placements available per Filmmaking Diploma intake. These plces are awarded on merit and at LFA's discretion. Students from outside of the EU (requiring Tier 4 visa to study in the UK) are not eligible for LFA Bursaries, however they are eligible for the partial scholarship. For further information please contact our Admissions Coordinator on +44 (0) 207 3867711 or email admissions@londonfilmacademy.com

Year 2 
University of Hertfordshire: BA in Filmmaking: Click here for Year 2 fee information

Please visit the Funding Your Studies section of our website for more information. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To book your place on this course please:
Apply online or 
Apply by post/fax, print out the application form and post to London Film Academy, 52A Walham Grove, London, SW6 1QR, email admissions@londonfilmacademy.com or fax to 0207 381 6116. As soon as we've received your application we’ll send you a confirmation email containing payment details. Please check your ‘Junk Mail’ folder if you appear to have not received this email.

ENTRY CRITERIA

BA Filmmaking applicants also need to 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

  • Visual and written work submitted prior to attending an interview - we are looking for potential creative filmmaking ability as evidenced through visual and written material
  • Fluency in English language (minimum of IELTS score 6.5 or equivalent)
  • Some practical experience in film production is desirable, except in cases where student can demonstrate transferable skills in other relevant areas

All international students outside of the EEA (non-EU countries) must obtain a Tier 4 General Student Visa to enter the UK. Please see Visa Information for more 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.

 

APPLY NOW & COURSE DATES

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