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Course Enquiries - UK
Tel: 020 7815 7815Get in touch
How would you like to develop your own original film projects and screen your final film at an internationally renowned London cinema? In Film Practice you’ll learn the foundational skills of filmmaking, then specialise in Cinematography, Writing/Directing or Editing and Post-Production, honing skills that will make you a valuable asset in the film and media industries.
You will benefit from our close partnership with The British Film Institute (BFI), the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image. Having access to a range of bespoke masterclasses delivered by BFI staff members and BFI network colleagues will allow you to start building your professional network from the start of your studies, and gain insight from the organisation that curates and presents the greatest international public programme of world cinema.
This course is accredited by ScreenSkills. ScreenSkills offers industry focused advice and quality control assurances for staff and students on filmmaking degrees; it offers 24 hour support for industry professionals, liaises with government, and it now delivers the BFI's Future Film Skills training.
For the second year in a row, Film Practice graduates have had success at the RTS London Student Awards. Current students, Robert Hill and Marcin Sehn, won the award for best Short Form for their film Hinterland. Read more about their success.
Alumnus, Simon Smith, recently won a BAFTA in the Editing: Fiction category for his work on hit HBO series Chernobyl. Find out more.
As part of Black History Month 2020, BA Film Practice students took part in a video project with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation. Read more.
A snapshot of our fantastic film students' projects
I've experimented with filmmaking in ways I never thought I would, and I can implement those newfound techniques in my freelance work. I want to make films that change the world and open people's eyes. It's all about reaching people.
Lewis Hancox, BA (Hons) Film Practice
Being so close to the media epicentre of London was a big part of the decision-making process. The British Film Institute and the artistic culture of the South Bank is just a short walk away from campus, which I thought would be a great way to complement my studies.
Nic Sanchez, BA (Hons) Film Practice
During the course, you'll learn to analyse the way films are constructed, how to express yourself through creative media practice and perform specific roles in the film production workflow according to industry standard practices. You’ll work with state of the art facilities on projects with high definition cinematography, digital editing and advanced post-production, whilst also learning how to write and pitch your own screenplays and film treatments. When you graduate, you should have a professional portfolio that meets the current demands of the industry.
Studying film in London puts you at the centre of the filmmaking business. You’ll leave the course with a showreel you can be proud of, confident in your knowledge and ready to take your first steps in a professional career in the film, television and media industries. This course is also excellent if you want to make a career change, or focus, enhance or update your current media skills.
Take a look at some potential careers, including film/video editor, in our Prospects section.
You could also apply for further study at postgraduate level. Some of our postgraduates have presented at the British Film Institute and we’ve seen our students win prizes at major festivals.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Our teaching team have contacts with key production and post-production facilities and organise masterclasses with industry professionals. Recent classes have featured Mike Coles (cinematographer), Alasdair Baines (1st AC), Richard Turley (writer/director), Josh Buckingham (Commissioner at All4), Rob Kraitt (Agent at Cassarotto), Mike Plante (Head of programming for short films at Sundance) and Rich Warren (Festival Director – Encounters Short Film Festival).
You'll undertake an official work placement. Our students have secured work experience at Channel 5, Channel 4, ITV, BBC, Arri rental, BFI, Halo Post Production, Parlophone Records, Vogue, Spun Gold TV, DMLK Video, InDigital Images and Camberwell Studios, with many of them going on to work for these same companies in the same or more senior roles. For example, two of our alumni, Lauren Holden and Alistair Holloway, currently work for the BBC, Lauren as producer at BBC Worldwide, while Alistair is camera operator and DIT technician.
With our 'Future Film Practice' module in 3rd year, and a pathway structure designed to develop specialist skills in Editing, Cinematography and Writing & Directing, LSBU's Film Practice has employability at its heart, especially where such employability is understood as a commitment to new thinking and an enterprising spirit. That's why we're accredited by ScreenSkills.
We've invested heavily in our on-campus facilities to ensure that our students and commercial partners have access to leading-edge digital technologies and fit-for-purpose spaces for creative practice.
Your practical work will be supported by a team of Technical Tutors and will utilise our resources in Elephant Studios. Here, you will have access to 4K Digital Cinema Cameras, 4K Cinema and Film Studio, along with a range of HD cameras, photographic studios, field sound recording equipment and computer labs with high-spec computers supporting cutting-edge video and multimedia software.
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As an undergraduate Arts and Creative Industries student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will help you get the most out of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least once a semester for 20-30 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional meetings or support by email.
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.
Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.
Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.
You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.
After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.
Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.
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For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.
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London South Bank University (LSBU) Film Practice students have distinguished themselves at the Royal Television Society (RTS) London Student Television Awards 2021, winning two awards for best short film and best editing.
LSBU students from BA Film Practice and BA Journalism were involved in front of and behind the camera with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, a charity set up by the renowned footballer Rio Ferdinand to support young people to achieve their potential through sports, media and creative arts.