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About Film by Practice at London Film School

The University of Exeter College of Humanities is able to offer doctoral studentships to fund doctoral study in Film by Practice, as a joint degree with the London Film School. These doctoral studentships are tenable for up to three years and cover full tuition fees and a maintenance allowance.

This unique and exciting new programme provides students with the best of both worlds - belonging to an internationally recognised University and College with highest quality research, and immersion into the professional world of film creation instruction offered by LFS. This programme is designed for students wishing to take their filmmaking practice beyond an MA and to integrate their technical and practical skills into a more advanced cultural, aesthetic and critical context.

Increasingly, independent film practitioners feel the need not only to develop their skills and thinking beyond the received concepts of mainstream or, indeed, art cinema but also to bring greater critical, aesthetic and theoretical rigour into their practice. A new aesthetic is required if film is to move beyond its present parameters, one that acknowledges the historical imperatives of its culture.

The partnership formed by LFS and the College of Humanities provides a unique combination of strengths in all the areas covered by this PhD. College staff have the critical theoretical experience required to lead the supervision of a research degree, while LFS staff are professionals from within the creative industries with significant expertise in guiding students in filmcraft. More generally, the College and the University offer training in a range of research skills, and students will benefit from being a part of both the research culture of the College and the professionally-based environment of the LFS.

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Entry requirements

If English is not your native language then you will also need to satisfy the English language entry requirements.

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    Olivier Kaempfer, 2007 Graduate, Producer

    Testimonial from Olivier Kaempfer, 2007 Graduate, Producer, student at London Film School

    What I valued was the opportunity to explore many different roles, because it gives you empathy with others in the team. It also gives you more flexibility in your career – important in such a fast-evolving industry.


    Duncan Jones (LFS Graduate 2001), Director

    Testimonial from Duncan Jones (LFS Graduate 2001), Director, student at London Film School

    The beauty of a good film school is that it invites you to make mistakes, but never dampens your enthusiasm. At LFS I made plenty, and ignited a passion.


    Simón Mesa Soto (MA Filmmaking 2014), Director

    Testimonial from Simón Mesa Soto (MA Filmmaking 2014), Director, student at London Film School

    Two years of constant exploration helps you understand your place in cinema.

    Graduation film LEIDI won the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film, Cannes Film Festival 2014

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