Very good, no complaints. It has been a fresh look into the film industry that I didn't have prior. I've met plenty of new friends and contacts and I am really happy with my decision in taking part at the LFA
We receive emails weekly of opportunities that are available to us in order to get us more experience. As well as the good contacts for work placements to help us get more experience
Love the "hands-on" experience. It's really captivating. Can't think of anything that I dislike
Quite good with the given space. It's quirky but satisfies all basic needs.
Yes it is. It was tricky to find affordable accommodation given the location. but location has been a nice and central hub
Very good support. Course leaders door is always open if I have any concerns. Although tutors might not always been in (can't expect them to always be available) But their emails are readily available
The school let you quickly get into the film industry world. My first-year course study began with introducing the equipment and with some lessons about screenwriting. After that, we started to make our own short films about 2 mins using film. Following that, we continued to co-operate 4 mins to 8 mins film at the end of the first year. Second-year, there were two options for students to choose: documentary making or work placement then the next term which is we are processing right now is writing an essay or doing a work placement
The school gives lots of information about any opportunity that can work and learn from the industry, you can receive them from the email.
I like they give you options to try new things. For example, an opportunity to have experiences to do a work placement, which is a good thing for foreign students and in the second year have an option to choose to study documentary which also I have never experience before. I don't like the school is too much focus on practical skills and industry and it's kinds of giving a surface study sometimes and the school doesn't focus on any literariness study which I think it is also important for students to learn to taste the aesthetics and deeper understanding what films is about
I do like the school, where gives lots of option to students to see what areas that the students would like to do in the future. They do give us ideas of how the film industry works so which gives you good training to go through reality. I will say although the school doesn't give you too much Literature indoctrination. Lots of times you need to find out yourself but in some ways as good training and develop their spontaneous actions to develop own personality and potential. There are lots of things can be discussed. Tutors and staff are really nice people, in some ways, I do feel that they respect people in different personality, they all try to give students what they need and what is the best way for them to learn. They also provide some workshops and invite some people who work in the industry and you can face to face to ask questions and film club let students have a balance to build their interested-- film during the course.
I live really close to the school about 15 mins walk but you have to find the accommodation by your own. The school won't suggest any places for you. As a foreign student, I think especially if they are a new traveler they might need to spend times to do this research
The school invited some people from the industry to discuss with you about your future plan. I think it is really good for students that didn't really know what their career can be after graduation. I can not think about personal counseling from school because I chose to figure out by myself instead of asking too many help from school
I've been really enjoying it. It's definetly taught me a lot and it's made it clear that this is what I want to do for a career. I've felt very comfortable. I do wish we had a little more info about what is happening in the future terma of the course. But so far the classes and assessment have taught me a lot.
They send all the students employment opportunities that come through for freelance work. They also give us personal career meeting and the tutors are always available to talk.
I like the amount of contact time we get and the prctical learning of the course. I don't live that soemtimes it doesnt feep super well organised.
Great! We have fantastic equipment, two studios and well kep classrooms.
In in the heart of Fullham, a safe residential area of london. Its a 25 minute walk from my accomodation and has many resturants and supermarkets surrounding.
Great. We get personal tutor meeting and both verbal and written feedback from tutors.
So far so good, on the first term which was quite intense as we had classes pretty much every day of the week apart from the weekend. Learning all the skills in time for our first, filmmaking project which has just finished. It's been very exciting and one of the best courses I have been on to date. I am learning a lot and it's engaging which is a massive plus for me and makes me want to learn more, which is fantastic!
Too early to say, but they do forward us a lot of emails from people who are looking for us to help in their projects. Which is great networking wise and it puts our skills to the test!
I think the structure of the syllabus is very good and what we get taught, I feel is very useful. I like how we do get taught through slideshows. As well when we have questions on something in the lesson, they give interesting real-life answers to them. To break it all up, we get some practical things to do as well, which makes the whole course really interesting as a whole. I don't think I have any negative things to say. I don't really spot the sort of thing until after the course has ended. But definitely nothing serious on my mind, so that's probably a good thing.
I've never had any problems with the University's facilities, so I guess they're really good!
University is in a very good location in Fulham, I don't live too far away and I come in by bike. I guess there are no bike racks at the university, but it's a small university and it's no problem, as there are plenty around area Fulham.
Academically It's too early in my course to say. I have not been given feedback for anything major yet. But they do check up on us every term for anything personal.
Loving it. Great school. Everyone here is like a family since LFA isn't that big of a uni. Most teachers and supervisors really care and actually listen to students's requests. I've learned so much about film-making in just two years. If you want to be a filmmaker, this is where you should start.
Career meetings and masterclasses
Lectures in the first year were quite boring.
They're okay. Studios could be better. The ceiling fell once. They're not soundproof so not ideal for filming
Great support. Helpful and kind staff.
I have loved my time here and I know I will be kind of sad when I finally graduate. It has given me the confidence to know that pursuing a career in the film industry is not just some ridiculous dream. I will leave here with a lot of skills as well as a portfolio of work from the projects I have done during my time.
This is their top priority and makes the school unique compared to most other universities. As a mature student, this was one of the main reasons why I chose the school. The classes are taught by industry professionals and the school regularly host masterclasses with people who are respected in the business as well as previous graduates telling us about how their career has progressed and who can give us really helpful advice. We all had the option to a work placement for one term and mine was fantastic. I was with a production company where I really got to be part of the team, not just an intern making coffee or sorting out boring admin. I was able to participate in meetings and help them with current projects and I learnt a lot.
I love that all the teachers are working professionals with real industry experience as opposed to academic lecturers with no recent understanding of how the industry works. Small class groups and plenty of 1-1 sessions mean you never feel lost or left behind. genuinely feel that the tutors care about us and want to make sure our work is as strong as it could be. No complaints. I wish there was an easier way to gain access to the works from our reading lists. Due to the very small library, most of the reading list you need to buy yourself which gets very expensive and actually disencourages students from doing extra learning beyond the classroom
Pretty good, the cameras and lighting equipment is all industry standard. However, the equipment needed to achieve more complex shots is lacking. We can do static shots and simple dolly movements but we are lacking anything to add movement to our shots. e.g. no crane, no steadicam (which is a massive gap in the skills required on a real set and pretty basic too) and dolly can only be achieved using very creaky tram lines that take a long time to be set up without squeaking!! The access to good computers and all the relevant software you would want are available and great. As the school growns, they will need a proper studio space. There isn't really a big enough space to students to hang out in and the library is tiny! I end up always going to the BFI but its very pricey there to photocopy anything and you are not allowed to borrow anything
Yes, it's in the middle of Fulham Broadway station and West Brompton overground. There are plenty of bus routes and all the shops, restaurants and pubs you want. Stationery store, banks, places to grab a bite to eat, also, crucially for a film school, there is a cinema at the Fulham Broadway station which is great
Brilliant! I feel that our course director (Alice) is like a second mother to all of us. For every module there is always 1-1 support meetings scheduled and Alice really takes the time to remind us about the importance and ways to take care of our mental health. We have had quite a few sessions about this, e.g. ho to deal with stress, how to manage our time and even a session on breathing and practical techniques to stay calm under pressure.
This experience is a lot better than my last one. Nothing more to say, It’s been a great start to the BA and there isn’t a lot I could say to improve the course.
The lfa provides a practical based course which is perfect for those who want to enter the industry after studies. At a later stage we also have the opportunity for work placements in industry. These aspects combined are very attractive for future employers and we are happy to be on a course that provides them.
I very much enjoy the intensity of the course and the practicality; I think that the practicality could even be increased more but I understand there has to be time for theory. I do think that sound design could have more emphasis placed onto it, I would like more practical classes on this.
Good! Some things could do with being modernised in terms of kit, this has been mentioned a few times by numerous people. On the whole very good.
The situation of lfa is great, however I do not live close to the building so I have a long commute. This is not problematic however.
Very very good. If there is anything we need then the tutors are very welcoming and approachable. Our course leaders are great and will also take the time to speak to you, this is some of the best support I have come across in education. Like we have the termly 1-2-1 meetings with joe or Alice I would like to maybe have these with the tutors as well so we can see how we are doing in each specific subject? Also receiving technical feedback on how we are doing with certain technical skills would be great to here in these 1-2-1s.
Its a good school which knows what they teach. But its too expensive and messy. Schedule is all over the place without clear structure. Practicals are excellent but theres not enough information or help from the academy. With all the money being paid, I would expect us students to only focus on the work and not anything besides, but they haven't provided any amenities to help that be. Some teachers are passionate and you can see that, while others are clearly there to make extra hours and it shows in they're teaching. They should be allowed more freedom for the ones that truly love teaching the art. Not enough communications between students. Its like they live countries apart. There should be more collaboration and a big family. At least for me, I feel that I'm completely isolated while working. That being said, facilities are mostly good and most teachers know what they are doing. Hopefully the rest of this year will show the full capacity of the academy as we reach Project 2 which seems more independent
I dont know yet. They promised help for the next year.
Lots of practical. Not enough information. Schedule is messy. Could be more development.
Very good. Modern and updated. Maybe a tiny bit small
No. Its quite far actually
Academic I dont think is very clear. I havent recieved any counselling apart from my tutors once very 4 months
I’ve absolutely loved it. It’s much, much more intense than other courses (which takes away some of the drinking yourself silly experience other people have!), but we’re aiming to be professionals, with the right attitudes and discipline to make it in a harsh, competitive industry. This uni really recognises the importance of developing our maturity and work ethic, and it’s a wonderful environment.
The whole idea of the course is to get us prepped for the industry, and there are many additional masterclasses to attend and networking opportunities. There is also a huge focus on work placements in the second year.
I love how hands-on it is. From the start, we were doing exercises to make films. The emphasis is on building up actual practice and learning the rhythms of the industry. It’s the reason I chose the course and I’m not disappointed. It’s been full-on, but I would actually say, I would like a bigger workload. Exercises, homework, and projects. Sometimes we work on theory and get a lot of information without putting it into practice properly. I would like to get more done.
The building itself is quite small, but there’s a lot packed in. There are two studios to shoot in, one with building flats so you can create your own spaces. And the school has links to other studios, as well. It has everything you need for the courses it provides.
It’s in London and right next to Fulham Broadway station, so there is a lot around. It’s central enough that it’s easy to get to, but west enough to have a little bit of quiet. It’s in a very good location.
It’s a very close-knit community, so the coordinators and tutors feel more like friends. They can actually get to know you, and are very helpful. The feedback I’ve gotten as well has been very helpful, though I think they could go harsher. The tutor’s feedback is to help us gain confidence, but we also communicate amongst ourselves and get casual peer feedback which is usually more brutally honest!
It has been really good. I was looking for a course that was the perfect balance between theoretical and practical, and that's exactly what this is. I studied film theory in Amsterdam before this and I've also done short courses in filmmaking in the past, but this is by far the best film school that I've gone to.
A big part of the course is work placement, and they offer a lot of Q&A's with successful filmmakers. Their goal is to help you get work.
Our tutors are professionals that are actually working in the film industry - they're not full time tutors. This means they know a lot about what it's actually like to be a filmmaker, rather than just having the theory.
Very good. All classes, events and film screenings are great. They listen to suggestions and always try to improve.
Yes, there is student housing in the area, it's a 5 min walk from a tube station and there's lots of shops within a few min from the school.
Both tutors and counsellors are always incredibly open and helpful, and will ask how you're doing or if you need more guidance quite often.