Top 10 UK Film Schools

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Choosing a film school is always tough, you have to weigh up location, course choice, and fees to name a few. To help your decision I’ve compiled a list of the popular UK Film schools. I’ve broken them down into common variables that may weigh in on your decision. Click here for Top US Film Schools.

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1. National Film & Television School NFTS nfts

Location: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire UK

Accrediting Body: Royal College of Art

Choice of Courses: Excellent

One of the largest ranges of MA degrees and Diploma courses.

MA Courses – 2 Year validated by the Royal College of Art


Composing for Film & Television

Digital Effects

Directing Animation

Directing Documentary

Directing Fiction


Game Design & Development


Producing & Directing Television Entertainment

Production Design


Sound Design for Film & Television

Diploma Courses

Broadcast Production

Entrepreneurial Producing for the Creative Industries

Factual Development & Production

Producing Digital Content and Formats

Production Management for Film & Television

Script Development

Sound Recording for Film & Television

Writing & Producing Comedy

Facilities: Excellent

Only UK Film School with its own Film and Television studios equipped to industry standards.

3 large sound stages.

Television studio with a computerised lighting rig, lightweight cameras with modern pedestals, a gallery housing sound, vision and lighting equipment and six edit suites running Final Cut Pro and AVID.

Post production facilities: Editing students use Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premier (CS6).

Digital post production including Nucoda Film Master, AVID DS and Symphony, Filmlight Baselight and Autodesk Flame/Smoke systems.

Sound postproduction: Array of digital track-laying systems

2 fully equipped Dolby surround-sound dubbing theatres

1 smaller stereo theatre.

Sound editing systems include Pro Tools and Nuendo suites.

Composers are allocated their own dedicated electronic keyboards and computerised sampling systems, including Logic Audio Platinum and Sibelius Scorewriting software, sampler software and an extensive orchestral library. There are eight music suites and a music recording studio.

Fully equipped, interactive design studio uses 2D/3D computer graphics systems, an AO colour printer/plotter and digital camera.

Animation is served by a computerised 35mm rostrum camera, and five Canon stop motion model animation cameras. Software systems for image manipulation and origination include Autodesk Creative Suite and Adobe Creative Suite.

Film and digital video cameras includes Arri Alexa, Arri SRIII (S16mm), Aaton XTR Prod (S16mm), Aaton 35mm, Digital Betacam and AVCHD cameras.

Screening and preview theatres can project 35mm, DCP’s, HD and SD tape formats, AVCHD cards, DVD, Blue-Ray, and media files and are used for rushes and work-in-progress screenings, as well as for curriculum and other screenings.

DCI compliant digital cinema projectors.

Notable Alumni

The list of famous alumni is too extensive to mention, on the schools website they do a good job of listing the alumnae for which ever course you select, along with the tutors who bring a wealth of industry experience.

Roger Deakins – Cinematographer – Skyfall

Nick Park – Animation – Wallace & Gromit

Lynne Ramsay – Director – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Dario Marianelli – Composer – Atonement

Best Features

The school has some of the best production facilities out there and students will certainly get to use them for their projects. Many of the projects get entered into prestigious film festivals that act as a great calling card. Plus the school meets all production costs.


Scholarships also available.

MA Courses

£11,300 a year (Home fees – includes all curriculum production)

£24,000 a year (Overseas Fees – includes all curriculum production)

Diploma Courses

Entrepreneurial Producing for the Creative Industries 
£9,000 (fees include all curriculum production)

Broadcast Production 
£7,500 This course is only open to UK and EEA applicants
(fees include all curriculum production)

Factual Development and Production 
£5,000 This course is only open to UK and EEA applicants
(fees include all curriculum production)

Production Management for Film and Television
 £7,000 (fees include all curriculum production)
These courses are only open to UK and EEA applicants

Script Development 
£4,000 (fees include all curriculum production)
International applicants must hold a valid UK visa for the duration of the course

Sound Recording for Film and Television 
£7,000 This course is only open to UK and EEA applicants
(fees include all curriculum production)

Writing and Producing Comedy
 £7,000 This course is only open to UK and EEA applicants
(fees include all curriculum production)

2. Met Film School


Location: Ealing Studios, London

Accrediting Body: validated by the University of West London and Bournemouth University

Choice of Courses: Very Good

A good wide range of courses available (including Acting for Camera) with different lengths ranging from full time to part time and even weekend courses.

MA Programmes



Business & Producing



Facilities: Good

Met School is located within Ealing Studios, one of the oldest and most famous working film studios in the world. Due to this the school benefits from access to decent facilities and equipment.

Highlights include

A 12,000 sq ft state-of-the-art building

A separate off-site shooting block with multiple spaces for camera workshops and productions

A well equipped kit room that includes: Sony EX3 Mark II and JVC HD Cameras, 2 Sony F3 cameras and a 4K RED camera (used only for teaching demonstrations), prime lenses, HD monitors, matte box and follow focus kit and professional standard tripods and sound recording

150 Apple workstations

A large student common area

One of Ealing Studios’ original sound stages as their on-site studio space

Multi-camera Studio and Gallery

Notable Alumni

Marcus Markou Writer/Director – Papadopoulous and Sons

David Roden – Development Editor for Continuing Drama at the BBC

Best Features

There is a good range of courses here that offer a lot of flexibility in terms of time, combine this with the well-respected industry tutors and Met School becomes a great place to learn.


Vary widely depending on the course and length

BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking (Three Years, Full-Time)


BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking (Two Years, Full-Time)


Practical Filmmaking Diploma (16 months, Full-Time)


One-Year (Cert HE) Practical Filmmaking (One Year, Full-Time)


One-Year (Cert HE) Cinematography (One Year, Full-Time)


Six-Month Practical Filmmaking


Six-Month Cinematography


Six-Month Postproduction


Six-Month Screenwriting (Part Time)


Six-Month Producing and Business


Visual Effects For Film


Part-Time Editing 12 weeks


Part-Time Producing 12 weeks


Part-Time Acting for Film 12 weeks


Part-Time Filmmaking 6 months


Part-Time Documentary Filmmaking


3. London Film School


Location: Covent Garden, London

Accrediting Body:  London Metropolitan University – validates our MA Film Making and MA Screenwriting programmes. University of Exeter  – the MA International Film Business and Phd in Film Pratice are joint programmes with University of Exeter.

Choice of Courses: Good

3 MA courses to choose from plus workshops and even a Phd

MA Filmmaking is 2 years

MA in Screenwriting is 1 year

MA in International Film Business 1 year

Phd Film by Practice up to 3 years

Facilities: Very Good

The building was previously a warehouse, and by their own admission “has a rough workshop atmosphere…and certainly not luxurious”. However I would note its prime location in Soho where the bulk of UK filmmaking and entertainment is made provides an excellent opportunity for networking.

STUDIOS: Two studios equipped with lighting rigs are available for the film exercises, as well as a rehearsal studio, used also for drama and script workshops.

CINEMAS: Projection facilities for digital, 35mm and 16mm are available in two cinemas, with 110 and 35 seat capacity respectively.

CAMERA DEPARTMENT: In the first year, the equipment includes 8 Aatons with prime lenses for the two 16mm exercises and digital formats for the documentary exercises and student research projects. In the 2nd year, currently all students shoot on both 35mm film and on digital using our Alexa. Fisher dollies are provided for studio use. Lighting Equipment ranges from the standard tungsten Openface, Fresnel and HMI lamps to Kinoflo’s, dedo kits and led pads.

DESIGN STUDIO: There is a fully equipped design studio with drawing boards, model making facilities, visual reference library and materials library and design computer suite.

EDITING SUITES: The School has non-linear editing systems running Avid Media Composer. Some systems are also equipped with Final Cut Pro. The analogue film room is equipped to handle 35mm and 16mm film formats.

SOUND SUITES: There are Protools 24HD work stations for the preparation of sound tracks for Dolby digital mixes. Commentary and foley recording area, sound effects library.

PRODUCTION OFFICE: There is a production office with computers, fax, telephone and internet access. Wifi access.

LIBRARY: The School Library keeps and documents LFS productions. LFS shows work at over 150 film festivals around the world each year, and supports sales of films to broadcasters and distributors. The library also holds an extensive collection of films for loan, plus a small collection of core books. Students have access to the BFI Reference Library, which is within ten minutes walk and also the London Metropolitan University Library.

Notable Alumni

Boasting impressive alumni to rival even NFTS some examples include

Duncan Jones – Director – Moon (2009)

Mike Leigh – Writer/Director – Vera Drake (2004)

Michael Mann – Director – Heat (1995)

Iain Smith – Producer – Children of Men (2006)

Best Features

The school has good facilities and the filmmaking courses provide good training in both digital and film mediums. In addition the location is ideal, most of the production companies, talent agencies, etc. are based within the square mile. Great opportunity to invite industry figures to see your work.


MA Filmmaking

Total will be £49,632.00 for the 2 years

MA Screenwriting

Total £12,403 

MA International Film Business


4. London Film Academy

Location: Fulham Broadway, London Accrediting Body: Reviewed by QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Review for Educational Oversight)

Choice of Courses: Very good

A range of courses from Diploma, Certificate, and a number of specialized short courses. Filmmaking Diploma 1 year Screenwriting Diploma 1 year Documentary Certificate 6 weeks Filmmaking Certificate 4 weeks Young Filmmakers’ Academy (1 or 2 weeks) London Film Academy is a boutique film school based in a former church on Walham Grove, Fulham Broadway. LFA offers a broad selection of professional, undergraduate, postgraduate, short and specialised courses in all the key filmmaking disciplines. Training is hands-on and multi-disciplinary and the school is known for its one-year, professional Filmmaking Diploma, the only fully comprehensive course of its kind, which gives students the opportunity to learn industry-relevant skills, and be fully immersed in the production of their own films, under the guidance of award-winning industry professionals. Graduates leave LFA as multi-skilled, versatile filmmakers with a real ‘head for film’, an extensive showreel, a network of contacts and all the benefits of belonging to a life-long community of world-class professionals. They have the choice to continue their studies towards MA qualification or to leap straight into employment within the industry. Over 95% of graduates are working in the industry within 3 months of leaving.

Facilities: Good

All essential equipment including S16mm and digital cameras, lighting, editing equipment and film stock is provided for all workshops/exercises/short films and is included in student tuition fees:

Three Super 16mm film camera kits, one Arri 416 and two Arri SR3’s, with a wide selection of filters and lenses. We have a range of Digital Cameras from the Arri Alexa Classic, (equipped with CP2 compact Primes) to the Sony PSW-FS7 and Sony EX3, along with a range of DSLR’s (Canon 7D, Nikon D5100). We have two Tv logic onboard   monitors and a stedicam kit for Iphones. The studio houses a Chameleon dolly and a flatbed dolly complete with 50 feet of varying track. Lighting kits include a range of Arri Fresnel Lights from 300 watts to 2.5kw, standard red head and blond kits, two Kino Flo’s (2×4 and 4×4) mizers, studio soft lights, a good selection of flags, stands, C-stands and grip accessories such as magic arms, pelican clamps and polyboard holders.

Sound equipment includes a Sound Devices 664 Production Mixer, Three SQN Portable Mixers (two series IIIa and a Series IV) , and Foxtex portable stereo audio recorder. Our Microphone Kits range from two Sennheiser MKH 8050’s and two AKG300 to a Sennheiser 416. In addition, we have six Radio Mics, four Sennheister EW100 – G3’s including tram mics, and two Micron Explorer 100 series SDR116 and TX716-A’s.

The LFA Screening Room offers a high resolution – up to 130 inch – full HD projection from Blu Ray, DVD, laptop and other sources for screenings and classes. All classrooms are equipped with video, DVD and computer playback through plasma TVs and/or projectors.

There are two rehearsal and filming Studios with stage sets and a selection of props are situated at the top and basement levels of the premises for all workshops and exercises.

The editing floor houses a comprehensive variety of non-linear editing facilities including Apple editing suites with AVID Media Composer, Final Cut Pro suites and Adobe suites with Sony HDV decks, portable hard drives and CD/DVD decks available in all. All show-reel or completed work can be exported onto DVD to broadcast quality standard. We also have one fully serviced 16mm Steenbeck, cutting bench, rubber numbering machines and compeditors.

Notable Alumni


JP Gossart – Cinematographer, 2nd unit DoP Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them

Joseph Adesunloye – Writer / Director White Colour Black

Avril FurnessWriter / Director The Last Moments

Rob Hall – Editor Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Will Tennant – Head of Film The Imaginarium

Vicky Wong – Director Trivisa

Anna Kolber – Development Assistant – Bronson

Alice Caronna – First Assistant Director – Life Just Is 

Best Features

The school benefits from a London location, a collaborative, production company style environment, and good equipment/facilities. Graduates leave with extensive showreels and ‘industry-ready’ skillsets. The fees are also some of the most reasonable out of the film schools.


Filmmaking Diploma 1 year


Screenwriting Diploma 1 year


Documentary Certificate 6 weeks


Filmmaking Certificate 4 weeks


Other short, specialised courses range from £150 to £995

5. Brighton Film School


Location: Brighton, UK

Accrediting Body: BTEC Edexcel

Choice of Courses: Ok

Courses range from Diploma, HNC/HND, Certificate, Short courses, and summer schools.

Art Direction and Production Design HNC/HND 2-year full time

Cinematography and Directing Diploma 1 year

Filmmaking HNC/HND 2 year

Facilities: Very Good

The film school boasts a full working 18 x 12ft set with lighting rig and flats.
The set includes two sash cord windows, sofa, radiogram and 1960’s table and chairs.
This is a flexible working space to create any interior setting.

The edit suite has been used for interviews using the Steenbeck console as a backdrop.

extensive range of green screens,
grip equipment and edit facilities enabling you to shoot on every type of kit from Super 8 to 35mm to digital.


Arriflex Super 16 SR3 full shooting kit with prime lenses and zoom

Mitchell 35mm studio camera

Éclair Cameflex 2 perf 35mm

Éclair Cameflex 4 perf S 16 & 35mm

Arriflex M 16mm

Arriflex BL 16mm

3 x Bolex H-16 reflex 16mm

2 x Krasnogorsk-3 16mm

1 x Beaulieu R-16mm

Nizo S800 Super-8

Nizo 2056 Super-8

Canon 514 Super-8

Agfa Movexoom 10 Super-8

Bolex 450 Super-8


5 X Canon 600D with 18-135mm and 50mm lens each kit

Sony Z1 HDV

Sony A1 HDV


1 x HMI 2.5K

2 x Blond 2K

5 x 800W Redheads

3 x Arriflex Studio 1K/2 x 800W

2 X Kino Flo Diva Lite 400

2 x Sachtler 300W

2 X LED battery lights

1 x Rotolight battery operated


5 x Zoom H4n with headphones and XLR Leads

Digital Nagra ARES-BB

1/4’ Nagra

4 x Rode NTG-2

1 x Audio Technica

2 X radio mic kits Sennheiser ew 100G2


Elemack Spyder Dolly with jib arm

Oxberry Dolly

Flatbed Dolly

Skateboard Dolly

4 x 4ft metal track

Flexi track

Ronford Baker tall and short legs

MOY geared head

5 x Tripods for DSLR with Manfrotto 701 HDV heads


18 x 21.5 inch iMacs with FCPX

1 X 27inch iMac with FCP & Avid Composer

Steenbeck – 16mm & 35mm

Notable Alumni

Becki Willard – BBC

Max Goldini – X Factor

Best Features

The school offers excellent facilities and Brighton is a great location to learn and film! The school also has industry guest speakers.


Art Direction and Production Design HNC/HND 2-year full time

£5,250 per year plus £155 BTEC registration fee

Cinematography and Directing Diploma 1 year


Filmmaking HNC/HND 2 year

£5,250 per year plus £155 BTEC registration fee

6. Bournemouth Film School


Location: Various, some based at Media House, Poole, Dorset, some in Salisbury, and others Talbot Campus 2 miles from Bournemouth Centre

Accrediting Body: Bournemouth University

Choice of Courses: Very Good

The school offers a number of MA courses covering a wide range of industry specialisms.

Animation Courses

3D Computer Animation 1 year full time

Msc Computer Animation & Visual Effects 1 year full time

Digital Effects 1 year

Media Production Courses

Cinematography for Digital Film & Television 1 year full time

Directing Digital Film & Television 1 year full time

Post Production Editing 1 year full time

Producing Film & Television 1 year full time

Radio Production 1 year full time

Screenwriting 2 year distance learning

Sound Production for Film & Television 1 year full time

Scriptwriting 1 year full time

Facilities: Good

Broadcast digital video cameras, non-linear edit suites, film cameras including Arriflex and Bolex, Steenbeck film editing tables, a multi-camera broadcast TV studio, radio studio, film dubbing facilities, location lighting, dollies and tracking.

Notable Alumni

Alex Kalymnios – Director – 4 Episodes of BBC’s Eastenders

Best Features

The school encourages students to pursue work placements domestic and internationally during their degree. This could be an excellent opportunity to secure employment after graduation or at least serve as solid working experience.


Animation Courses

3D Computer Animation 1 year full time £9,000

Msc Computer Animation & Visual Effects 1 year full time £7,500

Digital Effects 1 year £7,500

Media Production Courses

Cinematography for Digital Film & Television 1 year full time £7,000

Directing Digital Film & Television 1 year full time £7,000

Post Production Editing 1 year full time £7,000

Producing Film & Television 1 year full time £7,000

Radio Production 1 year full time £7,000

Screenwriting 2 year distance learning £5,220

Sound Production for Film & Television 1 year full time £7,000

Scriptwriting 1 year full time £7,000

7. Goldsmiths, The Screen School


Location: New Cross, SE London

Accrediting Body: Goldsmiths, University of London

Choice of Courses: Good

Offers 5 Film related MA courses and one MSC in Computer Games

MSc in Computer Games & Entertainment 1 year full time or 2 years part time £7,760

MA in Film and Screen Studies 1 year full time or 2 years part time £5,860

MA in Filmmaking 1 year full time £7,760

MA in Radio 1 year full time £6,360

MA in Screen Documentary 1 year full time £7,760

MA in Script Writing 1 year full time £6,360

Facilities: Ok

Detailed information on the facilities and equipment was not readily available on the school website so I suggest requesting a prospectus for these details. We do know however that Filmmaking is housed in a new purpose-built media facility. All film projects are photographed on either Super-16mm Film or Red Epic.

Notable Alumni

A lot of the graduates are working in the industry.

Mouthanna Al-Sayegh – Award winning Editor


Best Features

Completed graduation films are premiered at BAFTA in central London, prior to being entered into worldwide film festivals. Film exercises are photographed on Super-16mm film and Red Epic. The Media and Communications department provides the facilities for all shooting exercises. They also cover filmstock & processing costs for all shooting exercises other than your graduation project. They are not able to cover budgetary items such as transport, catering, props and actors’ expenses. Goldsmiths has a solid reputation and many of the graduates find work within the industry.


MSc in Computer Games & Entertainment 1 year full time or 2 years part time £7,760

MA in Film and Screen Studies 1 year full time or 2 years part time £5,860

MA in Filmmaking 1 year full time £7,760

MA in Radio 1 year full time £6,360

MA in Screen Documentary 1 year full time £7,760

MA in Script Writing 1 year full time £6,360

8. Leeds Beckett University 

Location: Leeds

Accrediting Body: Leeds Beckett University

Choice of Courses: Very Good

There are a few courses here, one MA and a range of BA’s

Filmmakers’ MA 18 month £5,333 for a year

BA (Hons) Animation 3 years £8,750 for a year

BA (Hons) Filmmaking 3 years £8,750 for a year

BSc (Hons) Game Design 3 years £8,750 for a year

MSc (Hons) Sound Design 1 year £4,500

Facilities: Very Good 


a variety of cameras from Arri and Aaton 16mm film through to digital HD, a range of lights affording creative flexibility, and an array of gripping equipment including dolly, track, stands, reflectors and gels. The Northern Film School also has good links with production equipment hire suppliers in the area including ProVision, from which the students can hire an impressive range of camera and lighting equipment paid for from the student’s production budgets.

Studio & Workshop Facilities

2 production studios, East and West Side, within the Electric Press. The studios are of a significant size and enable the building of substantial film sets. This affords the opportunity for students to explore set design and prop building.

Production Design students have a machine and health and safety induction within the Broadcasting Place workshop facility initially and then with specialist carpentry teaching and support they are able to build the sets and props required for their films.

moving image and television production students, students specialising in animation have an animation studio with line testing facilities and a dedicated model animation studio. There are also animation specific 16mm bolex cameras, digital SLR cameras, light boxes and access to blue screen facilities and state of the art sound recording and mixing facilities through co-operation within the larger School of Film, Music and Performing Arts.

Post Production

There is an array of edit suites providing Mac based Avid. 
The school also operates a media server allowing flexible working across different edit labs and network storage of media files.


Students working with sound benefit from good quality recording equipment, appropriate for location and studio work. Northern Film School students often collaborate with music technology students from the larger School of Film, Music and Performing Arts and Leeds College of Music.

Production Offices

The Electric Press holds several production offices available for students to access throughout the academic year. The production offices come complete with PCs with internet access, access to printing facilities, telephones and whiteboards; providing an essential base for student film crews to work on producing their films from pre production to post production stages.

Props Store and the Film & Script Archive

Students have access to a small props store in the Electric Press building. The props store contains a good collection of costumes and small to medium size props.

Next door to the props store there is a film and script archive, housing over 15 years worth of the Northern Film School’s back catalogue of student films.

Teaching Space and Screening Facilities

The majority of teaching spaces and lecture rooms in the Electric Press are equipped with screening facilities enabling the projection of DVD, MiniDV, DVCAM, VHS, and computer screens. The main Screening Room has played host to many public events including the Poland Through Animation Film Festival and Leeds International Film Festival.

Notable Alumni

Fabian Wagner – Emmy nominated Cinematographer – ITV’s Mrs Biggs

Henrik Kolind – Director – Danish Feature Film Midtimellem

Ina Fischlin – Writer – Danish Feature Film Midtimellem

Matt Scatchard – Assistant Editor – MTV’s The Valleys


Best Features

The school has good facilities and its link to the other Leeds colleges will prove for invaluable networking. Many graduates have found success within the industry.


Filmmakers’ MA 18 month £5,333 for a year

BA (Hons) Animation 3 years £8,750 for a year

BA (Hons) Filmmaking 3 years £8,750 for a year

BSc (Hons) Game Design 3 years £8,750 for a year

MSc (Hons) Sound Design 1 year £4,500

9. UEA – The School of Film, Media and Television


Location: Norwich

Accrediting Body: University of East Anglia

Choice of Courses: Ok

Offers a number of undergraduate degree programmes and 2 postgraduate ones that are also available to study part time.

Sample courses


BA Film and Television Studies 3 years £9,000 per year


MA Film, Television and Creative Practice Full time/Part time £6,000

Facilities: Ok

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university based on a spacious campus. I can find little information on the facilities and equipment from the school website so it is worth requesting a brochure/prospectus to confirm this.

The School has its own screening rooms where students come together to watch a variety of films, television shows and archival materials on the big screen.

Television studio that contains an industry standard, HD, and tapeless broadcast system.

Close relationship with the East Anglian Film Archive is a unique asset which is open to students; the archive’s thousands of films and videotapes are accessible to students for use in their research projects and filmmaking. Both the University library and the School have extensive DVD holdings of film and television material.

Notable Alumni

Alex Morris – Corporate Director – Lambda Films, Norwich

Matt Smith– Actor – BBC’s Doctor Who

Best Features

The school has established industry links with former students providing consultancy work for Studio Canal UK. The opportunity to study abroad as part of the course is a bonus.



BA Film and Television Studies 3 years £9,000 per year


MA Film, Television and Creative Practice Full time/Part time £6,000



10. Raindance


Location: Charing Cross, London

Choice of Courses: Good

Wide ranges of courses are available from short weekend ones to evening certificate and diploma programmes.

Certificate Programs

Filmmakers Foundation Certificate 5 days £198

Writer’s Foundation Certificate 5 days £198

Director’s Foundation Certificate 5 days £198

Producer’s Foundation Certificate 5 days £198

Documentary Foundation Certificate 5 days £198

Technical Foundation Certificate 5 days £198

Diplomas are achieved by gaining the required points from smaller courses. Check here for details.

Postgraduate Film Degree validated by Staffordshire University 1-year full time 2 year part time

Online learning is available £7,450.00 + £500.00 Deposit

or £8,450.00 + £500.00 Deposit if payed in installments

Facilities: Ok

                     Planning and completing your films and/or scripts;

                    Getting your package documentation ‘market-ready’ with guidance from an experienced tutors.

 Negotiating access to local production resources for equipment, collaborators, finance and marketing opportunities;

                    Full access to Raindance classes, lectures and networking events;

                    Access to regular face to face seminars and meetings in a London based study group, or catch up via podcast;

                 Tutorials via Skype, email or landline with Raindance founder Elliot Grove, your Raindance industry tutor and your academic tutor from Staffordshire University;

                    Your own self-planned examination of relevant films, resources and related books, trade magazines, interviews, reviews;

Free access to the annual Raindance Film Festival (apart from Opening Night, Closing Night and Awards Ceremony).

Notable Alumni

The School Alumni is extensive many industry veterans earned their bones at Raindance somewhere along the way.

Best Features

Raindance offers fantastic flexibility in terms of the courses they offer and even the modules you select for their post graduate degree. In addition it is becoming increasingly popular in the industry and a great place to network and meet potential mentors.


Certificate Programs

Filmmaker’s Foundation Certificate 5 days £198

Writer’s Foundation Certificate 5 days £198

Director’s Foundation Certificate 5 days £198

Producer’s Foundation Certificate 5 days £198

Documentary Foundation Certificate 5 days £198

Technical Foundation Certificate 5 days £198

Postgraduate Film Degree validated by Staffordshire University 1-year full time 2 year part time

Online learning is available £7,450.00 + £500.00 Deposit

or £8,450.00 + £500.00 Deposit if payed in installments

11. University of Westminster

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Location: Harrow, Greater London

Choice of Courses: Good

The university offers an undergraduate BA 3 year course that encompasses a number of disciplines in Film/TV Production. As well as studying study film history, criticism and aesthetics, students will learn practical work such as cinematography, directing, editing, and sound.

Film & Television Production BA (Hons)

Facilities: Excellent

2 sound stages, a set construction workshop, and post production facilities that include two dubbing theatres.

Film Studio

TV Studio, gallery, sound control

Dressing rooms + Green Room

Scenery Bay & Construction Workshop

Dubbing Theatre x 2

Mastering Suite

Surround Sound; Logic + Protools

Non Linear editing: Final Cut Pro & Avid Media Composer

16mm Film editing: 4 x cutting rooms

Transfer Bays

16mm cameras

Video Cameras

Telecine; Grip

PD1 Dolly + straight and circular track

Extensive studio + location lighting equipment


Arriflex SR2 Super 16

Arriflex SR2 Standard 16

Arriflex ST

Bolex H16

Sony HDW750P

Sony DSR570

Panasonic HVX200 P2


Sony Z5


Arri Follow Focus x 2

Sound recorders and mixers

Sound Devices 302

Sound Devices Mix Pre


Fostex FR2

Sound Devices 702

Sound Devices 744

Nagra 4L

Radio facilities

4 x Radio Studios

11 x Sadie Edit Suites

20 x Radio Edit Stations

4 x Protools Tutorial Room

RC5 Automated radio System


As standard the University uses Apple based Final Cut Pro editing tools. Currently, we are running version 7.0 of FCP on the Apple Snow Leopard operating system.

Notable Alumni

The school boasts many award winning students, most recently a university film one the Student Academy Awards. “For Elsie” Directed by David Winstone from a script by Vincent Klueger won ‘Best Foreign Film’ Oscar at the 2012 Student Academy Awards. Other notable alumni include:

Seamus McGarvey, cinematographer – We Need To Talk About Kevin

Asif Kapadia, director – Senna

Paul Trijbits, producer  – Jane Eyre

Best Features

The course syllabus gives a solid grounding in filmmaking, covering all avenues. Excellent for someone that doesn’t wish to specialize too soon. The school offers opportunities for work placements for students in their final year. Recent placements include Ruby Films, Brook Lapping, Arri Media, ESPN, Olympic Broadcasting Service, RDF Television and Crowley and Poole Casting. A very high proportion (recently around 75 per cent) of our graduates go on to work in film and television.


£9,000 per academic year.

12. Arts University Bournemouth, AUB

Location: Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset, UK

Accrediting Body: Creative Skillset

Choice of Courses: Excellent

A range of BA and MA courses.

BA Courses


Animation Production

Creative Events Management

Costume and Performance Design

Film Production

Make-up for Media and Performance

Motion Graphics Design and Production

Visual Effects Design and Production

MA Courses

Animation Production

Film Production

Facilities: Excellent

The university boasts 3 film studios and 3 production offices.


Height 6M Approx | Drive on | Make-up & Dressing Rooms | Production Office | Mezzanine Prop Store | Lighting Scaffold Rig | Front Yard area 185.8 sq m | Eight on-site car parking spaces


Smooth tracking studio floor | Vehicle access | Screening/Lecture Theatre with retractable seating for 60 | Multi source Digital Projection | Epson Full HD Projector | Onkyo 5.1 AV Amplifier | Mordaunt-Short Front, Middle & Rear Speakers | BK Electronics Monolith Sub-Woofer | Air conditioned


Arri Lighting grid with dimmers and pantographs | Full Wrap-Around Black Curtains | Green Screen and Blue Screen Facility | Drive On Access | Red Light & Bell | Extraction | Water use on stage

Prop Store | Access to Movement Studios & Studio Theatres | Locations within 5 Miles: Coastal | Country | City


Large Designated Production Hub | 3 Separate spacious Production Offices | Each Equipped with 2 x Mac + 2 x PC Workstations + Phones | Large Meeting Area with 2 x Mac + 2 x PC Workstations | High Volume Colour Photocopier & Scanner | Lounge/Waiting Area Seating 15 | 40 Seat Screening Room


CAMERA | Arriflex Alexa digital cinema camera kits | Arriflex SRII Super 16mm film camera kits | Sony EX3 | Z5 | 270 | Canon 5D HD Video Cameras | Lenses include Zeiss Primes & Zooms

SOUND | Microphones; Neumann | Schoeps | Sennheiser | Mixers; Sound Divices 302 | 442 | SQN-3M | SQN-4S | Recorders; Sound Divices 702 | 744 | 4 Avid ProTools V10  Audio Editing Suites with Command 8 & Digidesign 003 audio control | 3 Sound Recording Booths | Voice Over & Foley

LIGHTING & GRIP | Arrilite | Filmgear | Fresnel | HMI | Five Dedolight DLH-4 kits | Elemack Spyder Dolly | Jib Arm | Track | Ronford/Sachtler/Vinten Tripods & Heads

POST | 5 Avid Media Composer Editing Suites | Online Avid Symphony Nitris DX Editing Suite | Avid Teaching Lab: 16 Workstations running Media Composer & ProTools | Avid Unity ISIS 32TB Server, Connected To All Edit Suites | DaVinci Resolve Digital Picture Grading Suite | HD Capable Screening Room & Lecture Theatre with 5.1 surround sound.

Notable Alumni

Simon Beaufoy – Writer – 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire

Mark Blaney – Producer – Africa United

Chris Dickens – Editor – Slumdog Millionaire, Submarine

Nick Love – Writer/Director – The Firm

Best Features

Aside from having some of the countries best facilities and a range of courses to choose from AUB offers plenty of opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their talents. Check out their website, many students have had films exhibited at festivals like the London Short Film Festival or even the BFI Future Film Festival.

Have a look at some of their projects on vimeo:


MA Courses

Film Production £12,000 (Full time 15 months Home/EU fees)

Animation £8,000 a year (Full time 1 year Home/EU fees)

BA Courses

Animation Production £9,000 a year (Full time 3 years Home/EU fees)

Creative Events Management £9,000 a year (Full time 3 years Home/EU fees)

Costume and Performance Design £9,000 a year (Full time 3 years Home/EU fees)

Film Production £9,000 a year (Full time 3 years Home/EU fees)

Make-up for Media and Performance £9,000 a year (Full time 3 years Home/EU fees)

Motion Graphics Design and Production £9,000 a year (Full time 3 years Home/EU fees)

Visual Effects Design and Production £9,000 a year (Full time 3 years Home/EU fees)

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  1. Good morning, Im looking for a good film schools. What do you think about Central Film School ?

    Thank you for your article.

    • I graduated from CFS In 2013. Did a 1 year film making diploma. Can guarantee its intense and practical. It was a very rewarding experience for me and put on a very strong path in terms of pursuing movies. I don’t know how the school is doing now but it was a life changing experience for me.

      • Dear Prathish
        My Son has an offer letter from CFS for 2 years BA Practical Film Making. He is also likely to get the clearances for admission into 3 years BA Honours Film Making Leeds Beckett University and also from EICAR Paris . We are in a dilemma as to which institute should we chose considering a definite advantage one can provide in giving good edge and learning opportunities thereby nurturing the natural film making talent he has. Which institute would give more technical and professional capacity and skill ?
        As you have done 1 yr diploma from CFS you may please think of suggesting on above .

  2. To the editors

    Please note that leeds metropolitan university is now leeds beckett university so please could you change any reference on the above articles

    Thank you

  3. Met film school is a joke. It has a flashy website and great marketing team. But when you get there you realise you are just there to give them your money. Some good tutors but the badly run school make it a waste of time and money. All you will do is argue with the school trying to get the education you have paid for.

    • Hey, did you go there? I’m getting ready to apply for schools and this info would be helpful. I was worried about the lack of notable alumni, but it’s getting traction on a few of these listicles.

  4. What about Farnham Film School (University for the Creative Arts). students constantly winning awards well respected in the industry notable alumni include Gareth Edwards.. Monsters, Godzilla and soon Star Wars

    • Leeds has the better student life, Westminster has the better facility’s (but its shit student life as its in harrow), AUB is kind of in the middle in terms of student life and equipment

  5. Hi,

    I want to study an ma cinematography and I am indecisive between some options. I would like to know how did you do this top 10, own experience? do you know people that has studied in these schools? or you just made the list based in your own opinion after checking their websites?

    thanks a lot!

  6. With the exception of the NFTS as the best school in the UK, and speaking as a lecturer in cinematography at the Northern Film School, I find this list inaccurate. The details on the Northern Film School are incorrect and incomplete. It fails to mentions we have Four studios, not two, our very extensive range of camera/lighting equipment including Arri Alexas, Drones, and hardly even scratches what our alumni has achieved (Fabien Wagner was BAFTA nominated for Game of Thrones). On top of that we are actually in the process of building a new school. Just in case that sounds like I have a bias, there is no mention of MediaCity which has state of the art hi-tech facilities, and is located next door to the BBC. As for the Met Film School, and I have studied there, being the 2nd best film school in the UK, while it is a good school, I would not rate it as highly as the author of this list. I’d be interested to know what criteria was implemented to determine the status/quality of the schools, otherwise I’m taking this list with a pinch of salt

    • Dear Sir
      I saw your comment and realised it to be a very genuine expression of factual correcting.I thank you for giving me an insight to look beyond routine ranking reviews about institutions.
      My Name is Tanmay Jha from India.I have been doing some works on Digital Film making for a couple of years without having any formal education .
      I m now seriously willing to persue a formal institutional based Course for nurturing and channelising my natural potential into making a fully bloomed carrier in the field of Film Making.
      I have already got an Offer letter from Central Film School London for 2 years BA Practical Film Making Course. But since you mentioned high about about Northern Film School of Leeds Beckett University i have applied for their 3 years BA ( Honours) Film Making Course also.
      I have a passion for Film making with special interest in Eding and Sript Writing.
      Can you candidly tell me which institute and course of the two would nurture me more as practical and competent film maker. It would greatly help me in choosing the institute as the cost investment is very high.
      Thanks and Regards. Wish you great Health and happy life sir.
      Tanmay Jha

  7. Don’t go to AUB unless you’re going for the BA. I’m currently studying MA right now and I’m the 4th student to drop out of the 15 of us. In the previous years a lot of students have dropped off from both BA and MA. Personally in my experience the course sucks and is a waste of time and money. You barely have any lectures and when you do they just repeat the same things over and over again. It’s director orientated, so don’t go especially if you’re on the other pathways (screenwriting, producing, cinematography, editing etc.) because all you’ll be doing is playing second fiddle to everyone else even though you’re paying exactly the same amount of fee.

  8. Brighton Film School definitely doesn’t belong in this list. They do not care about their students. They do not teach you EVERYTHING about filmmaking. Only their favourites will get the good roles, the rest will do nothing on set. They do not have career options, they do not help your career at all, unlike some other film schools who can promise you a job when you graduate. Also, the facilities suck. Don’t bother. Go to London.

  9. Has anyone got any experience of Raindance’s HND course? It all looks to be too good to be true. Reasonable prices and industry-led.

  10. How did Staffordshire media (film production) not make this list, brilliant facilities, great staff and the only course that forces you to make 2 films a year as well as crew in loads of others (allowing you to prepare for any role in the industry) Loads of award winners to but lacking a big Hollywood names. It’s got the skill set accreditation which means it actually prepares you for the industry it’s also the only course approved by both Creative skill set, BKSTS and nahemi

  11. Hey, I´m a German student graduating from high school this year and I want to study film and tv production in the UK. So far I have no real experience in this business. Which one or does one of these schools qualify best for me?

  12. I want to study film editing because that is want i am doing now. I want to learn more to be a professional film editor.

  13. i am planning to pursue filmmaking

    please review and guide me

    ba (hons.) filmmaking

    central film school

    goldsmiths MA fimmaking (editing)

    northern film school(leed beckett) university

    thank you

  14. HI, I hope this thread isn’t too old to be active. I’m currently looking for an MA in Cinematography. I’ve shot many, many shorts, MV’s & corporates but I dropped out of filmmaking quite a few years ago & want to get back into it at a pro level. In essence I need to update my knowledge & get hands of experience with new camera tech & workflows as well as practice my creative collaboration with directors. I’m looking at Uni’s that have very up to-date cameras (Alexa/Canon/Red/Black Magic etc), lighting gear & good studio spaces. I’m not interested in NFTS it’s too expensive as I’ve lived outside of the UK for years and I will now prob have to pay international fees which are like £30,000!

    So far I’ve narrowed it down to Bournemouth Uni, UWE for specialising in MA Cinematography both seem similar except I’ve heard Bournemouth has a couple of Alexas & they have a lot of intense workshops. Falmouth & York uni’s have MA’s that generalise in Production but hopefully specialise in Cinematography within the courses. York Uni seems to have an astounding sound stage & several smaller studios plus some really good study units on digital cinematography & post-production workflows but it’s the most expensive as an international student and Falmouth seems to have an amazing array of equipment.
    Another option would be the KINOEYE Erasmus joint MA.

    I’ve been hunting for student reviews on these places on how easy it is to book out equipment, teaching practices, industry links etc but there’s very little out there. So does anyone have any experience from any of these Uni’s and could advise one over the other for Cinematography?

    Bournemouth Uni (MA Cinematography for Film & TV)
    UWE (MA Cinematography)
    Falmouth (MA Film & TV)
    York (Digital Film & TV Production)


  15. Hi. I have received acceptance from Goldsmiths, AUB, University of Westminster and Leeds Beckket.
    I have applied for MA Filmmaking (Producing)
    Westminster course is very theoritical, so I have declined offer there.
    Leeds was just a backup option.
    Decision is now between AUB and Goldsmiths.

    Advantages of Goldsmiths
    Just 15 mins from Central London
    Good balance of practical and theory classes
    Interactive course
    Elective module options
    Excellent Faculty
    University of London has very good reputation

    Advantages of AUB
    Tuition fees is a lot less in compared to other colleges
    It decent good
    Living cost is less
    Only 2 hrs from London

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