Full-Time Study

Content Creation Course – How to Become a Youtuber

Are you interested in a dynamic career as a video content creator, influencer, or filmmaker? In our cost-effective course, you will explore all aspects of audiovisual production and learn essential filmmaking techniques. You’ll learn how to shoot videos and commercials for social media, master the essentials of post-production, and grasp the basics of storytelling—a critical element for successful video and filmmaking.

After the course you will be equipped to start working as a video maker or influencer, shoot your own videos and commercials for social media, create promotional videos for websites, and even cover events.

Did you know that the average monthly income for a content creator is about €3,000? If this sounds interesting to you, enrol in our course, and in just one month, you’ll be able to write a script on your own, shoot commercial, and understand the basics of customer communication. You’ll be ready to embark on a new career path in this rapidly growing field.

 

course highlights

Why take the course?

For Beginners

Structured curriculum designed for individuals new to video production and filmmaking. Learn foundational concepts and techniques in a supportive learning environment.

Affordable

This is our most cost-effective course, making it accessible to all aspiring creators. Learn valuable skills without breaking the bank.

Career-oriented

Acquire skills directly applicable to careers in video content creation, filmmaking, and related fields. Develop a versatile skill set suitable for various industry roles.

what will you learn?

You will explore the fundamentals of each key audiovisual element and culminate your course by collaborating with your peers on a final project. Your film will be shot using a range of cameras, including the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and action cameras like the GoPro Hero 6 or similar models. For editing, you will use the professional standard software DaVinci Resolve.

The total course duration is 103 hours, with 33 hours specifically allocated to the production of your final project.

Introduction to Video Content Creation

  • Understanding the basics of video content: types, formats and platforms
  • Planing your video content strategy and setting goals
  • Basic communication skills for interacting with clients

Scriptwriting

  • Story structure
  • Writing to theme
  • Writing to character
  • From concept to final draft – a screenwriter’s workflow
  • Supervision of scripts by teachers

Directing

  • Formats
  • Blocking, continuity, pacing, and rhythm
  • How to get the most out of actors’ performances; rehearsal techniques
  • Shooting exercise

Cinematography

  • Basic principals of cameras and lenses
  • Operation of equipment 
  • Training on HD cameras
  • Lighting types and techniques

Production Design

  • Basics of design
  • Colours theory
  • Production design budgeting with limited sources
  • Moodboard
  • Make-up
  • Costumes 

Production

  • Basic elements of producing films (from pre-production to post-production)
  • Project planning and development
  • Budgeting
  • Scheduling (script breakdowns, call sheets, production schedules, etc.)
  • Location management
  • How to make a casting call
  • Talent management
  • Pitching of final film 
  • Final film consultation

Editing

  • Basics of editing software
  • Continuity
  • Montage and rhythm
  • Basic editing techniques
  • Final project consultation

Sound Recording

  • Essential elements of sound
  • Using sound recording equipment 
  • Basics of sound postproduction
  • Final project consultation

Shooting of Final Project

During the course you will shoot a final project (a video, short film, commercial etc.) together with your course mates. The length of the project will be up to 4 minutes.

Weekly Schedule

Your lessons will take place from Monday to Friday, lasting approximately 5 hours each day. After the lessons, you should allocate time to work on homework assigned by tutors and to plan shooting of your final project. This schedule means that your studies will occupy you full-time. 

We teach in the historical heart of Prague in small class sizes of 5-17 people, coming from a variety of educational and career backgrounds, in English or in Czech, depending on the course date.

Week 1 + Week 2

  • Theory & practice-based lessons covering content creation, screenwriting, production, directing, camera, lighting and sound

Week 3

  • Theory & practice-based lessons covering content creation, screenwriting, production, directing, camera, lighting and sound
  • Pre-production for your final project
  • Shooting of the final project

Week 4

  • Postproduction of the final project with tutor’s guidance

Week 5

  • Postproduction of the final project with tutor’s guidance
  • Screening of the final project and evaluation

program details

What To Bring?

We recommend that all new Prague Film Institute students purchase their own:

  • Portable external drive with minimum storage 2 TB
  • Laptop for self guided learning and post-production practice. Our goal is to teach students how to use their own computer for high quality results. Make sure that you choose a laptop which meets the minimum recommended specification. However, for tasks which requires specialist software tools, you will be also allowed to use Prague Film Institute’s computer equipment. 
ComponentMinimum RequirementRecommended Requirement
CPUIntel COre i7 or AMD Ryzen 7Intel Core i9 or AMD Ryzen 9
RAM16 GB32 GB+
GPU4 GB VRAM8 GB+ VRAM
Media StorageSSD or RAIDSSD, Direct Attached RAID or NAD RAID (10 GbE)

 

  • Budget for your film – our school emphasizes the importance of practical learning by making films. Unlike standard classroom education, the cost of practical filmmaking can vary a lot depending on your script and the vision of the director and cinematographer. For teacher-led workshops the school will cover all or most production costs. However, for shooting of your final film, you and your classmates must pay yourselves. As part of our curriculum we will teach you how to be resourceful when it comes to production expenses. The school will provide for you a bundle of filmmaking equipment and a transportation van, but all other production costs will be your responsibility. We encourage you to plan carefully about the budget of your short film. Write or choose a script that matches the funds you have available to produce it.

What is Included

We understand that by choosing to study with us you are making a big financial commitment. We want to make sure you understand exactly what your tuition fee will cover when you decide to become a Prague Film Institute student.

  • Lectures, workshops & master classes
  • Teaching materials
  • Filmmaking equipment (see more here), in this course you will primarily work with the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k
  • Licences to Premiere Pro/Da Vinci/AVID Pro Tools
  • School van for student projects
  • Green-screen and cinema room on-site
  • Discounts at our industry partners
  • Certificate after successful completion of the course

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Visa fees & health insurance
  • Living expenses (housing, food, transportation)
  • Production cost for your final project (such as locations, props, actors, fuel) 

However, Prague is still cheaper than many European cities. The capital offers very safe living environment with high rating in housing and healthcare.

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