1 Year Filmmaking Course

Directing Specialisation

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1 Year Directing Course

Our 1 Year Directing Course is practical, full-time, suitable also for beginners with no experience and taught on our campus in Prague, the Czech Republic. The program ends with qualification BTEC Level 4 HNC in Creative Media Industry (Film) which is equivalent to the first year of bachelor’s study. This study program consists of two semesters and will teach you all you need to know to direct festival-worthy films of high production value. It includes internship on a film set, taking part in shooting up to 40 short films and scenes of different styles, as well as directing your own 2 festival-quality short films shot on high-quality filmmaking equipment (RED Gemini, RED Dragon, Alexa Amira or Sony F55). You will be required to learn all the basics of general filmmaking to make you understand the entire process from pre-production to post-production, which is crucial for kick starting your career in the film industry. The emphasis on directing specialisation is given mostly during practical workshops and shootings.

You will internship on a film set and learn all you need to know to direct high-production value films.


Type: Hands-On Training

5 Feb 2024 – 5 Jan 2025
Only for EU applicants: 4 Sep 2023 – 30 Jun 2024

Application Deadline:
30 Sep 2023
Only for EU applicants: 15 Aug 2023

Timetable: Mon – Fri (9AM – 5PM) 

Qualification: BTEC Level 4 HNC in Creative Media Industry (Film)

Study Mode: Full Time

Tuition: see Price List

Language: English

Students: Small Group (10-15 people)

our value proposition

course highlights

Film Shooting Every Week

During the course, you will practice your directing skills on up to 40 short films of different styles, create industry- standard showreel and present it to the panel of film professionals in a public cinema.

Festival-worthy Films

During the study you will direct at least 2 festival-worthy films shot on the most popular cinema cameras such as RED Gemini, RED Dragon, Alexa Amira or Sony f55.

Internship on a Film Set

You will get a chance to take part in filmmaking internship on a professional film set. The internship will grow your network of all-important contacts and set yourself apart in a very competitive career field. 

festival-worthy films

Your main focus during the year will be to direct at least 2 festival-worthy short films. You will invest most of your free time developing your final films, which will have higher production value compared to average school films. Through guidance of your tutors, you will prepare your film on the same level as a professional film production. Your movies will be shot with the professional filmmaking equipment at the value of more than 90 000 USD.

what you will study

directing specialisation

Below you can see the basic topics which you will complete on the course. You will turn into practice all knowledge acquired in the classroom. During practical exercises, you will create industry-standard showreel and equip yourself with key skills for directing festival-worthy films of high production value. The curriculum of the 1 Year Directing Course is identical to the first year of the 2 Years Filmmaking Degree Course.

Mise-en-Scene Studies

Learn about everything that appears before the camera and the arrangement of composition, sets, props, actors and lighting.

Working with Cinematographers

Experience first hand the process of filmmaking as a director and closely collaborate with cinematographers through the entire process from pre production to post-production.

Directing Actors

Explore the processes on how to get the best possible performances from actors for your film.

Film Theory

Learn how to analyse films and get a deeper understanding of how to direct your own film.

Film History

Go through the basics of film history and understand how the pioneers of cinema created films.

Mood Boards

Create your own style in order to differentiate yourself in the competitive environment of filmmaking.

Master Classes

Learn directly from professionals from the film industry by listening to their personal experiences as filmmakers.

Consultations with Teachers

You will have consultations with your teachers in order to get best possible guidance for your final film.

Every Week Shooting

During the course you will be constantly improving your directing skills by directing up to 40 short films of different styles. You will be also allowed to use the video content for creating your high-quality showreel.

Directing of Festival-worthy Film

You will direct your own festival-worthy film m in which you  will go through all the phases of the film production from director’s point of view as follows:

  • Location Scouting
  • Casting
  • Production Design
  • Cooperation with Cinematographers
  • Directing on the Film Set
  • Post-production



  • Principles of Camera and Lens Use in Cinematography
  • Basics of Safe Setup, Operation and Control of Cameras and Lenses
  • Roles & responsibilities in Camera Department
  • Combining Equipment 
  • Compositional Theory of Cinematography
  • Consultations with Teachers for the Final Film


  • Features of Lighting in Cinematography in Creating a Visual language
  • Safe Setup, Operation and Control of Lighting Equipment
  • Presentation of Dailies/Rushes Demonstrating Different Approaches to Lighting


  • Writing to Theme
  • Writing Characters
  • Utilizing the Story Framce 
  • Dramatic Dialogue
  • Classic Narrative
  • Alternative Story Structures
  • Working with Genre
  • From Concept to Final Draft 
  • Consultations with Tutors for the Final Film 


Assistant Director

  • Movie Magic Software
  • Script Breakdown
  • Create Shooting Schedule According to Shot List
  • Call Sheets
  • Communication Between Departments
  • Problem Solving
  • Track Daily Progress Against Production Schedule

Color Grading

  • Data Management
  • Post-Production Workflow
  • DaVinci Resolve 1
  • Colour Theory
  • DaVinci Resolve 2
  • Practical Exercise

Production Design

  • Introduction to Production Design
  • Visualization Basics
  • Narrative and Décor
  • Shot Design, Style and Atmosphere
  • Mise-en-scene Project
  • Color Theory
  • Visual Language
  • Design Style
  • Props
  • Locations
  • Mood Boards
  • Story Boards
  • Set Design
  • Set Construction

Documentary Filmmaking

  • Research in Documentary Filmmaking
  • Still photos, footage newspapers, online articles
  • Letters, Journals, diaries
  • Archival Research
  • Government Documents
  • Production process
  • Observational Documentary
  • Character-Driven Documentary
  • Interview Style Documentary

Drone Cinematography


  • Film Crew: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Basics of Line Producing
  • Introduction to the Business of Film
  • Film Financing
  • Project Planning
  • Line Producing
  • Project Development
  • Location Management
  • Business Development
  • Talent Management
  • Marketing & Distribution


  • Usage of Editing Techniques for Different Production Contexts
  • Terminology and Different Movie Parts
  • Types of Shots
  • Continuity Editing
  • Parallel Editing
  • Montage/Jump Cut
  • Emotional Curve of the Scene
  • Timing and Pace
  • Bridging Scenes with Music
  • Cut by Color and Contrast
  • Cutting Dialogues
  • Editing for Different Genres
  • Color Grading in DaVinci Resolve Software
  • Sound Post-production
  • Basics of Visual Effects
  • Consultations with Teachers for the Final Film

Action Scenes

  • Security of action scenes
  • Specifics of shooting preparation
  • Stunt coordination
  • Directing shooting
  • Editing
  • Special Effects (SFX)

Czech Language Course

Underwater Filmmaking

  • Theory of Underwater Filmmaking
  • Underwater Filmmaking equipment
  • Shooting in a Swimming pool
  • Editing and Colorgrading of Underwater Footage


After finishing 1 Year Filmmaking Course with directing specialisation, you will receive qualification BTEC Level 4 HNC in Film. You can decide to start working in the film industry or continue your studies to the second year.

coure details

Entry Requirements
What to Bring?
What’s Included
Not Included

Entry Requirements

AgeMinimum age to enter the course is 18 years.
EducationNo prior filmmaking experience is required.
EnglishCommunicative level.
DocumentsCopy of passport, curriculum vitae (CV), example of creative work / motivational letter.

What to Bring

We recommend that all new Prague Film Institute students purchase their own personal laptops 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+
Media StorageSSD or RAIDSSD, Direct Attached RAID or NAD RAID (10 GbE)

What is Included

We understand that by choosing to study with us you are making a big financial commitment. The tuition fee of this course is 20  250 USD. We want to make sure you understand exactly what your tuition fee will cover when you decide to become a Prague Film Institute student.

  • At least 2 own films of high production value
  • Internship on a film set 
  • Lectures, workshops & master classes
  • BTEC Level 4 HNC in Creative Media Industry (Pathway Film)
  • Field trips to industry partners
  • Access to editing room
  • Teaching materials
  • Showreel
  • Filmmaking equipment 
  • Discounts at our industry partners
    • 50% discount in Fundus of Barrandov Studios
    • up to 2 000 USD free rental of weapons & props at Three Brothers production company 
    • up to 70% discount of filmmaking equipment at LS Lumination Pictures

What is Not Included

  • Air fare
  • Visa fee & health insurance
  • Living expenses (housing, food, transportation)

Hovewer 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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our facilities

Our film school is situated in a building with award-winning directors, film equipment rental-house and professional post-production facilities. You will be surrounded by film professionals and have a chance to peek in the production workflow of the real film industry.


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