MA Editing and Post Production (EPP)

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Our Post Graduate Editing and Post Production Course

Our course aims to produce job ready graduates who have the ambition and drive to develop a long term career in editing and post production or pursue research in this field.

Whilst on the course, you will develop storytelling skills and an individual research pathway through targeted practical exercises. You will also acquire essential skills in editing, colour grading and visual effects on industry standard platforms such as AVID Media Composer and DaVinci Resolve/Fusion.

Our graduates are currently working at some of the major post production houses like ENVY, Clear Cut Pictures, Halo, Molinare, Evolutions, or on one of the many freelance post production roles on Hight End TV for Sky, BBC, Netflix.

Why Editing and Post Production at LSBU?

Work with industry leading software such as Media Composer, Nuke and DaVinci/Fusion. Students will have the opportunity to gain accreditation in Da Vinci and Media Composer.
Regular guest lectures from professionals at all levels of the industry, including freelancer editors, colourists and compositors.
Elephant Studios: Multi-million pound studio facilities at the forefront of digital technologies and multimedia practice for creative students.
Students will be offered optional placements at post houses in London to help build up a network of contacts, which may lead to permanent roles.
Joint 2nd in UK and 1st in London for career prospects in Film Production & Photography (Guardian University Guide, 2021).
Key course information - ordered by mode
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2 years
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Southwark Campus
1 year
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Southwark Campus


Modules are taken in one year for full time study and over two years for part time study. They cover an array of topics, including the art of editing, visual effects and colour grading.

  • Role of the editor (40 credits)
    There are two aspects of this module: you will be introduced to editing using Avid’s Media Composer software, you will then also be given a detailed overview of the post production industry.
    You will receive first-hand experience of the post-production pipeline, you will be provided with pre-existing footage in order to familiarise yourself with the basics of editing visuals and mixing sound and eventually exporting. You will also be familiarised with the post production sector. You will learn how the industry operates, its future trajectory and knowledge of the key plays in order to create a successful on-going career.
  • Colour grading and finishing (20 credits)
    This technical module is designed to give you an experience of working in industry standards and according to established workflows in professional colour grading suits, using footage shot on high end digital cinema cameras. The role of the colourist in film and television is a creative role, and you will be called upon to exercise independent and creative decision-making. You will undertake the necessary research to make informed choices according to the demands of different professional, aesthetic and technological contexts.
  • The art of editing (40 credits)
    This module will introduce you to the historical, cultural, political and artistic developments of editing film and digital video. You will explore editing techniques through both theory and practice based experimentation, as well as a range of editing concepts including options of montage, dialectical approaches to film form, duration, continuity and post-continuity and what Walter Murch calls ‘the rule-of-six’.
  • Visual effects and compositing (20 credits)
    You will develop an understanding of the concepts and technical processes involved in VFX. This module will introduce you to 2D compositing software, and while working with this software, you will be exploring keying, masking and tracking. You will be introduced to the exciting and growing world of the VFX industry in London and the key contacts that will help you progress after PG study.
  • Editing and post production: Major project (60 credits)
    This module is your chance to undertake an ambitious project that will require you to bring together and test all your skills as an editor, thereby acting as a major part of your portfolio and demonstrating your readiness for employment in the industry.


We aim to produce job-ready graduates with the know-how and insight required to embark on careers in the creative industries, delivering professional practice skills around freelance work, enterprise, and new economic models. Our graduates are currently working at post production facilities, media production companies and universities media departments.

Employability Service

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:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

The course provides opportunities to engage in collaboration with industry partners. Students have completed placements at Fifty-Fifty Post Production and The Farm.

We currently provide membership to the British Film Editors, which offers exclusive member’s events and online resources as well as networking opportunities.

You'll also gain skills in AVID Media Composer and Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, with the opportunity of obtaining user accreditation.

You will benefit from LSBU’s close partnership with The British Film Institute (BFI), the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image. This includes complimentary access to the BFI Player, the BFI’s award-winning streaming platform. The player has over 700 films and is the leading platform for world and independent cinema.  Our partnership also means access to a range of bespoke masterclasses given by BFI staff members and BFI network colleagues. You will also have access to a number of benefits, discounts and offers. As the BFI is only a short walk away from LSBU, on London’s South Bank, you have ready access to the organisation that curates and presents the greatest international public programme of world cinema for audiences in cinemas, at festivals - and online.

BFI logo
The BFI is the UK's lead organisation for film, television and the moving image. It is a cultural charity that: curates and presents the greatest international public programme of world cinema for audiences – in cinemas, at festivals and online.
Avid is reshaping the entire media value chain with powerful technology for creating, managing, storing, distributing and monetizing film, television and music. Their tools and platforms empower more than a million users and thousands of media enterprises to tell powerful stories and build better businesses.
Blackmagic Design
Black Magic design is a company dedicated to quality and stability and focusing on where it's needed most; Blackmagic has created some of the most talked about products in the industry. World famous for their unbeatable codecs, Blackmagic envisioned truly affordable high-end quality editing workstations built upon Blackmagic software and hardware.
Our Film courses are approved by the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image (NAHEMI), the professional body that represents excellence in film education and all of the major film schools and film courses in the UK and Ireland. This provides you with exciting opportunities to collaborate, share best practice and increased learning possibilities with film schools and universities, nationally and internationally. It provides a high profile showcase for your work and an opportunity to be at the forefront of debate in film pedagogies, extending our influence in film education and helping our students to succeed.
Edinburgh TV Festival
Edinburgh Television Festival - Exclusive London University Partner with the UK’s most prestigious television industry event. It runs The Network Talent Scheme, an esteemed training programme that is committed to identifying and nurturing the next generation of talent from all backgrounds. The partnership enables you to gain access to bespoke mentorships, sessions, masterclasses, job opportunities and career support to help kick start your career.

Teaching and learning

You'll be taught by experienced lecturers and visiting tutors, who combine their teaching with work in the EPP industry.

Classes are taught in studios and labs in the Elephant Studios facility at LSBU. There are editing, grading suites and project rooms for independent and collaborative work.

Individual and group tutorials support our students in every module and we use Aula as our Virtual learning Environment (VLE).

During the course students may also have the opportunity to join the South Bank Collective a student-run professional creative agency based on the University campus.


As an 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 support you to get the most 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.

Your tutor will keep in touch with you throughout your course and you can contact your tutor for additional meetings or support by email.


Entry requirements

  • UK Honours degree (2:2 or higher) in a relevant subject; or
  • Equivalent qualification; or
  • Relevant work experience.

Applicants should have some basic practical experience of editing and post production and are required to supply a link to online samples of their film and video work when applying.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home applicants

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Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 516 KB).


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – 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 a postgraduate student.

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Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

Preparatory Reading List

  • Atkinson, S (2016) From Film Practice to Data Process: Production Aesthetics and Representational Practices of a Film Industry in Transition. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh.
  • Chion, M. (2019) Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen. Columbia University Press, New York.
  • Crittenden, R. (2018) Fine Cuts: Interviews on The Practice Of European Film Editing, 2nded. Routledge – Focal Press, New York – London.
  • Frierson, M. (2018) Film & Video Editing Theory: How Editing Creates Meaning. Routledge, New York.
  • Hollyn, N (2009) The Film Editing Room Handbook: How to Tame the Chaos of the Editing Room. (4th Edition) Peachpit Press: California.
  • Hullfish, S. (2017) The Art of the Cut: Conversations with Film and TV Editors. Routledge- Focal Press, New York, Oxon UK.
  • Hullfish, S (2012) The Art & Technique of Digital Color Correction. Focal Press: Oxon.
  • Ondaatje M (2002) The Conversations - Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film. New York: Random House.
  • Pearlman, K. (2015) Cutting Rhythms: Intuitive Film Editing. Focal Press
  • Purcell, J. (2013) Dialogue Editing for Motion Pictures: A Guide to the Invisible Art. Focal Press, Oxon UK
  • Reisz, K and Gavin Millar eds. (2009) The Technique of Film Editing. Focal Press.
  • Van Hurkman, A (2014) Colour Correction Handbook. (2nd Edition) Peachpit Press: California.

Fees and funding

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.



MA Editing and Post-Production - FT - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
UK fee: £10180International fee: £15400
AOS/LSBU code: 4933Session code: 1FS00

MA Editing and Post-Production - PT - Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
UK fee: £4524.44International fee: £6844.44
AOS/LSBU code: 4932Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK £10180
International £15400

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

Possible fee changes

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.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

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 individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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