Apply directly

If you are applying to us directly (for undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses), you can click the button below to fill out the online application form. The application can be saved and returned to later if you need to get together your supporting documents.

Supporting documents:

  • 1-2 page personal statement(500 words minimum) explaining why you want to apply for the course, giving us an idea of the kind of films, genres, writers or directors that you have been inspired by.

  • A scan of your Passport photo page

  • (Mandatory) Showreel of work - either a download link for a file sharing service (eg. Dropbox, SendSpace) or a link to your video online (eg. Vimeo, YouTube).

  • A scan of your Visa (if you require a visa to study in the UK)

  • IELTS English language certificate (if applicable, minimum score 6.0 for undergraduate or postgraduate course)

We will get back to you within 24 hours if application is made directly. Please review our policies before applying.

Apply through UCAS

If you are applying through UCAS you can find these courses faster using the UCAS course codes below:

Practical Filmmaking BA (Hons)
Institution code: C34
Course code: 0G78

Screenwriting BA (Hons)
Institution code: C34
Course code: 5N25

UCAS and showreels

We appreciate that many UCAS applicants may not be able to send us a dedicated filmmaking or screenwriting showreel to support your application, and that your experience may develop after you finalise your UCAS profile. You can send us supporting material either with a download link for a file sharing service like SendSpace or a link to your on a video-sharing service like Vimeo.

Queries or Questions

If you have any queries, please drop us an email at

Academic Programme Process

Once we have received your application it will be evaluated by the admissions department and a member of our team will be in touch with you. Our Selection Criteria and Admissions Policy and Procedures are downloadable here for Undergraduate (BA) degrees, and Postgraduate (MA) degrees.

If you meet the minimum requirement for the course you are applying for, you will receive an email or a call inviting you to attend an interview at Central Film School. During the interview you will also have a private tour of the school as well as the opportunity to meet our tutors and/or current students. Click here to download an information sheet about interviewing at Central Film School.

Click here to download our Admissions Representation Policy, which covers the options available to you if you wish to appeal or complain about any part of the application process.

Academic Programme Validation

The Undergraduate courses in Practical Filmmaking and Screenwriting lead to an award from University of Gloucestershire. They are validated courses which means that Central Film School designed the course and is responsible for students' teaching, support and assessment. Following a rigorous process the University approved Central Film School to offer courses that lead to a University of Gloucestershire award; these courses have been carefully scrutinised by the University and validated, meaning that the University considers it to be equivalent in level and standards to similar awards offered by the University and at other higher education institutions in the UK.

The University is responsible for the standards and quality of your learning opportunities and making sure that your course meets the high standards of the University and the expectations of the higher education sector.

Your contact will be with Central Film School and they are responsible for your teaching and most aspects of your student experience.

For more information about the University of Gloucestershire, visit

Financing Your Studies

If you are considering studying at Central Film School, or any other institute, you should think about how you are going to pay for the following:

• tuition fees

• any other costs of your ‘learning’, such as production budgets, materials etc

• Accommodation costs

• transportation costs

• food and other living costs

• Immigration/Visa costs, if applicable

It is important you know how you will pay for these things when you apply to study at an institution.

Local and international students can access several funding options to finance their BA or MA studies at Central Film School - below is a non- exhaustive list of possible funding options.

UK Government Loans for UK and EU/EEA Students

Central Film School London is on the Office for Students Register of approved higher education providers in England. This means that, amongst other things, students on our approved programmes may be able to access government loans and funding to support their studies. Eligibility is determined by a number of factors, including:

• If you are a UK or EU/EEA citizen

• If you reside in England

• If you have accessed student financing previously

Central Film School’s current status as an ‘Approved’ provider means that students may be able to access the following (correct at time of publishing):

• For undergraduate study (BA programmes)

• £7,200 per year for tuition - please note this does not cover the full tuition fees, students must top up this loan to pay their fees

• For the academic year 2019/20, up to £11,672 in a maintenance loan - please note this is means tested

• For postgraduate study

• For academic year 2020/21, a loan of £11,222 to go toward the total cost of study

Students may also be able to access additional funding if they have a disability.

To learn more about eligibility, loans, funding, and how to apply, visit To apply for a loan go to

CFS Merit Scholarship

Central Film School is pleased to reward academic excellence. We have 10 partial scholarships of up to 50% of tuition fees for high-achieving students entering our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in 2020: If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please inform the school at the time of application. Please note scholarships have limited availability. It should be noted that these scholarships cannot be combined with any other the Central Film School scholarship or offer. Deadline for scholarship application for Autumn intake is April each year.

Chevening Scholarship

Chevening is the UK government’s international awards programme aimed at developing global leaders since 1983. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world. It is a scheme set up to help International students studying in the UK with a view to using the skills they have learnt to benefit their country on return. It is available in over 100 countries.

BAFTA UK Scholarship Programme

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme assists talented UK nationals in need of financial support to study a postgraduate course in film, television or games in the UK. Each BAFTA Scholar will receive up to £10,000 towards their course fees for a year, mentoring support from BAFTA members, and free access to BAFTA events around the UK. In return, the scholarship recipients will share their learning experiences on BAFTA Guru, BAFTA’s online learning channel, and participate in future BAFTA outreach to young people.

UK Council for International Student Affairs

An informative site for UK and International students, with guidance on living in the UK, visas, funding your studies. This site does not provide funding directly.

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund

Charity that provides financial support to those working in all areas of film, cinema and television, through cash grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 and also provides sponsorship under the John Brabourne Awards scheme.

Swedish Loan and Grant programme

Grants available for Swedish students to cover course fees and living costs for studies in the UK.

• Tuition Fees

• Accommodation costs

• Travel costs

• Food Costs

• Entertainment/socialising costs

Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales, Spain

This is a useful government website for Spanish students, covering such information as studying, employment and emigration, with details of grants available to Spanish students.

Charles Wallace Trust, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma

Funding available to students from the countries listed above to help with living costs and educational development in the UK.

Funds For Women Graduates

Various grants to help women graduates with their living expenses while registered for Postgraduate study.

The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust

Awards grants to help meet tuition costs, but only in respect of the last year of the course. They will consider applications from Postgraduate students, whether from overseas or from the UK. Grant cheques will not be paid to the applicant but to the institution at which they are studying.

The Gilchrist Education

Considers applications from Postgraduate students who have made proper financial provision to fund their studies but find themselves facing unexpected financial difficulties which may prevent completion of it. Applicants will normally be in the last year of their course.

The Helena Kennedy Foundation

For students who have completed a further education course and wish to progress to higher education. For students starting their first year, single bursaries of £1,500 are available.

The Leathersellers Company

Offers small grants of up to £4,000 to students, with priority going to students from Greater London.