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Filmmaking Degree Course (Europe)

Prague Film Institute > Filmmaking Degree Course (Europe)
2 years full-time

FILMMAKING DEGREE COURSE (EUROPE)

This full-time filmmaking degree course at Prague Film Institute is available only for applicants with citizenship in EU, EEA or Switzerland. The course is taught in English on our campus in Prague. The basic main structure of the course is similar to 2 years filmmaking degree course. The difference is that this course includes lessons about film industry in the Czech republic and excludes free optional workshops, master classes and visa support services. You can choose one of the following specialisations which give direction to your whole study: production, directing, camera, scriptwriting or editing

During the first year you will be studying together with students of the 1-year filmmaking course, learn filmmaking basics and shoot a short festival-worthy film. You will end the first year with BTEC Higher Nationals Certificate (HNC). The second year, when you have more experience and knowledge, you will focus on enhancing the quality of your diploma film and strengthening connections in the filmmaking industry thanks to internship opportunities. You will get a chance to tighten connections with school partners, which can lead to serious job placements in the future. Second year of filmmaking degree course ends with BTEC HND.

The BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) is equivalent to a foundation degree, i.e. first 2 years of Honours Bachelor’s Degree. You can easily progress to Bachelor’s degree by joining the final year of other three-year Bachelor programs at different institutions worldwide. 

WHAT WE OFFER

Film Internship

Industry Networking

Graduation Film

The aim of this filmmaking degree course is to deepen your filmmaking skills in your chosen specialisation, shoot festival-worthy films, strengthen connections in the industry and receive foundation degree BTEC HND.

During the second year you will continue with mastering your practical filmmaking knowledge. You will shoot a minimum of 3 short festival-worthy films and be part of professional productions on more advanced positions according to your level and skill set. 

Film equipment, essential production cost and professional post-production facilities are included. For shooting of the films, you will be provided with filmmaking gear in the price of more than 90 000 USD. Available equipment includes following cinema cameras Alexa Amira, RED Monstro, Sony F55 and many more.

COURSE FEATURES

Available for: EU, EEA and Swiss Applicants

Type: Hands-On Training

Dates: 5 Sep 2022 – 28 Jun 2024

Duration: 24 Months (summer breaks July – August)

Qualification: BTEC HND in Creative Media Industry (Pathway Film)

Study Mode: Full Time

Tuition: 11 800 USD/anually

Language: English

Students: Small Group (5-15 people)

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definition of study

choose your specialisation

During 2 years filmmaking degree course at Prague Film Institute you may opt to specialise in 5 different areas according to your interest.

  • Production
  • Directing
  • Cinematography
  • Scriptwriting
  • Editing

The emphasis on the chosen specialisation is given mostly during practical classes and also internships, where you will have tasks assigned according to your focus and department of interest. At the second year you will study various mandatory modules which are necessary for more advanced knowledge of filmmaking industry and at the same time you will continue to deepen your knowledge according to your specialisation chosen in the first year.

FREE AND EASY ACCESS

PROFESSIONAL FILMMAKING EQUIPMENT

On our campus is full-service public rental house with cinema cameras, lenses, grips, lighting equipment and many more tools. 

During Prague Film Institute’s cinematography classes you will have access to all available filmmaking equipment of our in-house partner LS Lumination Pictures including cinema cameras Alexa Mini and Red Monstro. For editing you may use professional editing room with Da Vinci software.

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

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 and practical workshops 
  • BTEC HND in Creative Media Industry (Pathway Film)
  • Field trips to industry partners
  • Access to editing room
  • Teaching materials
  • Filmmaking equipment
  • Essential production cost for your final film
  • Filmmaking gear for shooting of your final film (see list of available equipment)
  • Work experience – film internship
  • Building your own professional network

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Optional workshops
  • Air fare
  • 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.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

CitizenshipEU, EEA or Switzerland.
AgeMinimum age to enter the course is 18 years.
EducationCompleted secondary education or Level 3 qualification.
EnglishYour English must be at least at a B1 level.

Not met the entry requirements?

Don’t worry, you can still study this filmmaking course but without BTEC Higher National Diploma. At the end of the course you will receive Prague Film Institute Diploma instead.

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+
GPU4 GB VRAM8 GB+ VRAM
Media StorageSSD or RAIDSSD, Direct Attached RAID or NAD RAID (10 GbE)
BTEC higher nationals diploma

foundation bachelor’s degree

The course ends with BTEC Higher Nationals Diploma. It is equivalent to the first two years of standard European Bachelors degrees. While the practical skills gained from course lead directly to the workplace, some students ‘top up’ this qualification to a full Bachelors degree. If you choose top-up program with similar content, you should be able to enrol in the final year of a Bachelors degree at another university abroad with your HND from Prague Film Institute.

STUDY MODULES

The first year of filmmaking degree course you will study the same modules as students from the 1-year filmmaking course. The second year you will study advanced modules according to your course specialisation. Read more below.

Screenwriting Course Specialisation

Drama

  • Narrative Structure
  • Techniques
  • Diegetic and non-diegetic elements
  • Abbreviation
  • Fabula
  • Flashback and forward
  • Voice over and narration
  • Backstory
  • Foreshadowing
  • Mirroring
  • Anticipation
  • Suspense
  • Point of no return
  • Coincidence
  • Symbols and representations
  • Mise en scéne
  • Audience empathy
  • 3 act structures
  • Freytag’s analysis (Exposition, rise, climax, fall and denouement)
  • Equilibrium
  • Protagonist
  • Genre and hybrid genre

Narrative

  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Setting
  • Atmosphere
  • Pace
  • Characters
  • Point of view
  • Concept
  • Treatment
  • Synopsis
  • Pitch
  • Literary devices
  • Narrative Theories
  • Narrative Structures
  • Levels of Narrative
  • Audience Considerations
  • Product Considerations
  • Client Needs
  • Media Product Requirements

Shooting of Film

  • Workflow in Film Production
  • Project Management related to Film Production
  • Shooting a short film as a collaborative project
  • Pitching of short film
  • Marketing and Promotion strategy of short film

Personal Professional Development

  • Career aspirations
  • Mapping own skills to specific job roles
  • Career Options
  • Creating Portfolio/CV/Motivational Letter
  • Professional Networking
  • Small Business Models
  • Grants/Residencies/Internships
  • Tax liabilities
  • Legalities/Record keeping/Contracts/Intellectual Property
  • Preparing for Interview
  • Each student will be given an opportunity to have an interview for Production Companies according to skill set

Advanced Film Production Studies

  • In-depth group and individual meetings with tutors developing scripts
  • Concept
  • Genre
  • Treatment
  • Script
  • Pitching
  • Pre-production
  • Shooting of Film
  • Post-Production
  • Equipment
  • Camera Set-up
  • Lighting & Rigging
  • Sound Set-up
  • Editing
  • Final Cut

Internship

  • Industry roles and responsibilities
  • People and interpersonal skills
  • Work culture and employment expectations
  • Self-evaluation, development and career planning
  • Future development opportunities

Branding & Identity

  • The Function of Branding and Identity
  • Developing a Unique Brand Identity
  • Company Identity
  • Brand
  • Branding Guidelines
  • Visual Identity Strategy
  • Output and Platforms
  • Testing
  • Presentation and Justification of Strategy Using Industry Conventions
  • Development Opportunities

History and Development of Czech Filmmaking

  • History of Czech Cinematography
  • Development Situation of Czech Film and Media Industry 
  • Televisions, VOD and DVD Market
  • Czech Filmmaking Facilities and Professionals
  • Popular Czech Locations for Filming
  • Projects shot in the Czech Republic

Directing Course Specialisation

Narrative

  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Setting
  • Atmosphere
  • Pace
  • Characters
  • Point of view
  • Concept
  • Treatment
  • Synopsis
  • Pitch
  • Literary devices
  • Narrative Theories
  • Narrative Structures
  • Levels of Narrative
  • Audience Considerations
  • Product Considerations
  • Client Needs
  • Media Product Requirements

Art Direction and Production Design

  • Evaluating a film treatment
  • Genre
  • Narrative structure
  • Time period
  • Visual language
  • Motif
  • Colors
  • Colour and mood
  • Design style
  • Historic/ Contemporary/ Futuristic
  • Design sketches
  • Sets
  • Props (Built/made vs rented/purchased)
  • Scenes
  • Location vs studio/soundstage
  • Visual effects shots
  • Location Scouting
  • Mood Boards
  • Story Boards
  • Computer Models
  • Samples

Shooting of Film

  • Workflow in Film Production
  • Project Management related to Film Production
  • Shooting a short film as a collaborative project
  • Pitching of short film
  • Marketing and Promotion strategy of short film

Personal Professional Development

  • Career aspirations
  • Mapping own skills to specific job roles
  • Career Options
  • Creating Portfolio/CV/Motivational Letter
  • Professional Networking
  • Small Business Models
  • Grants/Residencies/Internships
  • Tax liabilities
  • Legalities/Record keeping/Contracts/Intellectual Property
  • Preparing for Interview
  • Each student will be given an opportunity to have an interview for Production Companies according to skill set

Advanced Film Production Studies

  • In-depth group and individual meetings with tutors developing short films
  • Concept
  • Genre
  • Treatment
  • Script
  • Pitching
  • Pre-production
  • Shooting of Film
  • Post-Production
  • Equipment
  • Camera Set-up
  • Lighting & Rigging
  • Sound Set-up
  • Editing
  • Final Cut

Internship

  • Industry roles and responsibilities
  • People and interpersonal skills
  • Work culture and employment expectations
  • Self-evaluation, development and career planning
  • Future development opportunities

Branding & Identity

  • The Function of Branding and Identity
  • Developing a Unique Brand Identity
  • Company Identity
  • Brand
  • Branding Guidelines
  • Visual Identity Strategy
  • Output and Platforms
  • Testing
  • Presentation and Justification of Strategy Using Industry Conventions
  • Development Opportunities

History and Development of Czech Filmmaking

  • History of Czech Cinematography
  • Development Situation of Czech Film and Media Industry 
  • Televisions, VOD and DVD Market
  • Czech Filmmaking Facilities and Professionals
  • Popular Czech Locations for Filming
  • Projects shot in the Czech Republic

Cinematography Course Specialisation

Storyboarding

  • Visual Expression of ideas
  • Images
  • Camera Movements
  • Camera Angles
  • Sound Direction
  • Transition
  • Edits
  • Storyboard Layout
  • Storyboard for different sectors
  • Drawing and Design Techniques
  • Point of View
  • Shot/View Types
  • Movements
  • Angles and Framing

Art Direction and Production Design

  • Evaluating a film treatment
  • Genre
  • Narrative structure
  • Time period
  • Visual language
  • Motif
  • Colors
  • Colour and mood
  • Design style
  • Historic/ Contemporary/ Futuristic
  • Design sketches
  • Sets
  • Props (Built/made vs rented/purchased)
  • Scenes
  • Location vs studio/soundstage
  • Visual effects shots
  • Location Scouting
  • Mood Boards
  • Story Boards
  • Computer Models
  • Samples

Shooting of Film

  • Workflow in Film Production
  • Project Management related to Film Production
  • Shooting a short film as a collaborative project
  • Pitching of short film
  • Marketing and Promotion strategy of short film

Personal Professional Development

  • Career aspirations
  • Mapping own skills to specific job roles
  • Career Options
  • Creating Portfolio/CV/Motivational Letter
  • Professional Networking
  • Small Business Models
  • Grants/Residencies/Internships
  • Tax liabilities
  • Legalities/Record keeping/Contracts/Intellectual Property
  • Preparing for Interview
  • Each student will be given an opportunity to have an interview for Production Companies according to skill set

Advanced Film Production Studies

  • In-depth group and individual meetings with tutors developing short films
  • Concept
  • Genre
  • Treatment
  • Script
  • Pitching
  • Pre-production
  • Shooting of Film
  • Post-Production
  • Equipment
  • Camera Set-up
  • Lighting & Rigging
  • Sound Set-up
  • Editing
  • Final Cut

Internship

  • Industry roles and responsibilities
  • People and interpersonal skills
  • Work culture and employment expectations
  • Self-evaluation, development and career planning
  • Future development opportunities

Branding & Identity

  • The Function of Branding and Identity
  • Developing a Unique Brand Identity
  • Company Identity
  • Brand
  • Branding Guidelines
  • Visual Identity Strategy
  • Output and Platforms
  • Testing
  • Presentation and Justification of Strategy Using Industry Conventions
  • Development Opportunities

History and Development of Czech Filmmaking

  • History of Czech Cinematography
  • Development Situation of Czech Film and Media Industry 
  • Televisions, VOD and DVD Market
  • Czech Filmmaking Facilities and Professionals
  • Popular Czech Locations for Filming
  • Projects shot in the Czech Republic

Editing Course Specialisation

Advanced Editing for Film and TV

  • Rhythm and Pacing
  • Identification of Cutting Points
  • Rhythmic Repetition of Action in Narrative
  • The Dramatic Effects of Different Pacing in Cutting
  • Avoiding Flat Pace
  • Selecting Music for Dramatic Purpose
  • Source and Score Music
  • Rhythm and Cutting with Music
  • Color Grading
  • Tracklaying
  • Mixing of Sound
  • Technical Suitability
  • Sound Quality
  • Dialogue
  • Background Sound
  • Atmos
  • Transitions
  • Motion Effects
  • Layered Video Effects
  • Illusion Effects

Visual Effects Practices

  • Roles within VFX
  • VFX Design
  • Shot identification
  • Shot requirements
  • Style
  • Genre
  • Storyboarding
  • Animatics
  • Filming
  • Codecs
  • Still Photography
  • CGI Supervision
  • Green Screen
  • Virtual Sets
  • Light Matching
  • HDRI
  • Matchmoving
  • Photogrammetry
  • VFX paint
  • Motion/performance capture
  • Miniatures
  • Forced perspective
  • 3D modelling
  • Compositing

Shooting of Film

  • Workflow in Film Production
  • Project Management related to Film Production
  • Shooting a short film as a collaborative project
  • Pitching of short film
  • Marketing and Promotion strategy of short film

Personal Professional Development

  • Career aspirations
  • Mapping own skills to specific job roles
  • Career Options
  • Creating Portfolio/CV/Motivational Letter
  • Professional Networking
  • Small Business Models
  • Grants/Residencies/Internships
  • Tax liabilities
  • Legalities/Record keeping/Contracts/Intellectual Property
  • Preparing for Interview
  • Each student will be given an opportunity to have an interview for Production Companies according to skill set

Advanced Film Production Studies

  • In-depth group and individual meetings with tutors developing short films
  • Concept
  • Genre
  • Treatment
  • Script
  • Pitching
  • Pre-production
  • Shooting of Film
  • Post-Production
  • Equipment
  • Camera Set-up
  • Lighting & Rigging
  • Sound Set-up
  • Editing
  • Final Cut

Internship

  • Industry roles and responsibilities
  • People and interpersonal skills
  • Work culture and employment expectations
  • Self-evaluation, development and career planning
  • Future development opportunities

Branding & Identity

  • The Function of Branding and Identity
  • Developing a Unique Brand Identity
  • Company Identity
  • Brand
  • Branding Guidelines
  • Visual Identity Strategy
  • Output and Platforms
  • Testing
  • Presentation and Justification of Strategy Using Industry Conventions
  • Development Opportunities

History and Development of Czech Filmmaking

  • History of Czech Cinematography
  • Development Situation of Czech Film and Media Industry 
  • Televisions, VOD and DVD Market
  • Czech Filmmaking Facilities and Professionals
  • Popular Czech Locations for Filming
  • Projects shot in the Czech Republic

optional workshops

You will have chance to join number of optional and discovery workshops which will further evolve your knowledge in the field. Please note that the cost is not included in this course fee. The price of each optional module will be available in the beginning of the academic year. 

Assistant Director (AD)

  • 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

Grip

  • Unpacking camera and rigging equipment
  • Laying dolly tracks
  • Assembling camera rigging including dollies, jibs, static rigs, cranes and tracks
  • Testing the strength and safety of contracted rigs
  • Moving light fixtures
  • Maintaining and repairing rigging equipment

Sound Recording

  • Recording Sound on Location
  • Microphones
  • Timecode
  • First Line Maintenance
  • Location Mixers

Color Grading 

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

Underwater Filmmaking 

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

Drone Cinematography  

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

Action Scenes 

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