Financing Your Studies


When you are considering studying in London, you need to considerthe following costs, and how you will finance them:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Accommodation costs
  • Travel costs
  • Food Costs
  • Entertainment/socialising costs

Local and international students can access several funding optionsto finance their BA or MA studies at Central Film School.


CFS Merit Scholarship

Central Film School is pleased to reward academic excellence. We have a number of up to 50% merit scholarships for high-achievingstudents entering the following courses in 2019:

  • BA(Hons) Practical Filmmaking

  • MA Directing Fiction

  • MA Social Impact Documentary Filmmaking

No application for scholarship is required - students will be automatically considered for the merit scholarship upon receivingan offer for the above courses and will be notified by the admissions team if successful. However, if you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please inform the school at the time of application


Successful students will then have 28 days in order to pay 20% of thetuition fee payment to secure the award. Please note scholarshipshave limited availability and are issued on a first come, first served basis. It should be noted that this discount applies to new studentsonly and cannot be cumulated with any other the Central Film School scholarship.


Other Sources of Funding

NB. Please check the below websites for up-to-date details as fundingterms and conditions may have changed since publishing.


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 Scholarshipsand 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 studentsstudying 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.

Application process is as follows:

Stage One

Applications open from August to November 2018

Stage Two

Applicants are shortlisted for interviews by the British Embassies/ High Commissions in-country from January to February 2019

Stage Three

Global Interview Period from March to May 2019

Stage Four

Announcement of interview results in June 2019

Stage Five

September/October 2019 Chevening Scholars commence their studies in the UK


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 notprovide 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 livingcosts for studies in the UK.