2 Years

Filmmaking Degree Course

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

FILMMAKING DEGREE COURSE

Filmmaking degree course at Prague Film Institute is 2 years intensive hands-on program designed to master knowledge of your chosen filmmaking specialisation. Over the course of your studies you will have the opportunity to participate in the set up to 40 short films and scenes of different styles (20 per academic year), including 4 festival-worthy final films of your own. When you finish you will have culminated a vast portfolio of works to be used for your personal showreel.  The curriculum of the first year of study is identical to curriculum of 1 Year Filmmaking Courses, the second year you will focus on enhancing the quality of your films and studying advanced filmmaking modules. Our best students will get a chance to have a filmmaking internship on a professional film set. The course ends with British Diploma BTEC HND (Level 5) in Creative Media Production, pathway Film.

The BTEC Level 5 HND is equivalent to a foundation degree, i.e. first 2 years of Honours Bachelor’s Degree. You can easily top-up to Bachelor’s degree by joining the final year of other three-year Bachelor programs at different institutions worldwide

The aim of the course is to learn all you need to start working in filmmaking industry, shoot up to 4 festival-worthy final films, internship on a film set and gain British Diploma BTEC HND.

COURSE FEATURES

Study Mode: Full Time

Type: Hands-On Course

Dates and Tuition: see Price List & Dates

Application Deadline:
Non-EU Applicants: 30 Sep 2023
EU applicants: 15 Dec 2023

Duration: 2 Years
(Summer Breaks Jul – Aug)

Qualification: Diploma BTEC HND in Film

Language: English

Students: Small Groups (10-15 people)

definition of study

choose your specialisation

  • Production
  • Directing
  • Cinematography
  • Scriptwriting
  • Post-production
  • Documentary

Choose to specialise in the field according to your interest (choose in the application form). The emphasis on the chosen specialisation is given mostly during practical classes. 

festival-worthy films

filmmaking facilities

At this course you will shoot up to 40 short films and minimum of 4 festival-worthy short films. Through guidance of your tutors, you will have access to on-site located green screen and lighting studio and high-end filmmaking equipment available for you to use free of charge both during the classes and on your own final film projects.

our value proposition

course highlights

Up to 40 short films per study

During study you will turn all knowledge acquired in the classroom into practice. During the course you will shoot up to 40 short films and scenes of different styles which you can use for a high-quality showreel.

Be Mentored by Film Practicioners

Small class sizes means more time with tutors and individual guidance on your projects. Our teachers are actively involved in the film industry and can offer tips on the latest trends in filmmaking. 

Internship on a Film Set

Our best students will get a chance to have a filmmaking internship on a professional film set. The internship will grow your network of all-important contacts and set yourself apart in this very competitive career field. 

Festival-worthy Films

During the study you will shoot at least 4 festival-worthy films for which you will have access to locations on our premises including a green screen and light studio and professional equipment, including RED cameras. 

Key programe information

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 films – 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 own films 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. Even with clever budgeting, we estimate that you will need approximately 5 – 10 000 CZK per semester for shooting your projects and on top of it a budget for your final films at the end of each semester. 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
  • Qualification BTEC HND in Creative Media Industry (Pathway Film)
  • Equipment (see more here)
    • Industry standard cinema cameras & equipment
    • Full editing suite with post-production software
    • Individual licence to Premiere Pro/Da Vinci/AVID Pro Tool
    • School car for student projects
  • Green-screen and cinema room on-site
  • Professional film internship for high-achieving students
  • Field trips to industry partners
  • Discounts at our industry partners

Not Included

  • Air fare
  • Visa fee & health insurance
  • Living expenses (housing, food, transportation)
  • Production cost for your films (such as locations, actors, fuel) 

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

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

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

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

Post-production 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

optional workshops

These optional subjects will further evolve your knowledge in the field of filmmaking. Class sizes are limited, though. Students can sign up on a first come, first served bases in the beginning of each academic year.

Action Scenes 

  • Types of action scenes
  • Security and specifics of shooting preparation
  • Stunt coordination
  • Directing of the action scenes 
  • Practical 1-day shooting workshop of action scene (script given by teacher)
  • Post-production of action scene footage from the workshop 

Underwater Cinematography  

  • Diving course PADI® Open Water Diver (OWD)
    • OWD Certification fees
    • Study materials
    • 8 hours of diving theory classes and diving in pit  
    • Open Water Dive
    • Rental of diving equipment, including filling of bottles
  • Lessons of Underwater Cinematography 
    • Theory classes of Underwater Filmmaking (1 Day)
    • Diving & shooting with camera with tutor and camera assistant in deep swimming pool (min. 2 Days)
    • Rental of underwater Filmmaking equipment
      • Underwater housing Amphibico
      • Camera Red EpicC
      • Underwater lights
      • Hydrophone for underwater communication
      • Display monitor
  • Editing and Colorgrading of Underwater Footage 
    •  

This optional module is not included in the course tuition fee. The cost is usually around 1 600 USD (currently valid price is announced in the beginning of each academic year).

Drone Cinematography  

  • Duration: 20 hours
  • Drone cinematography theory classes
  • Practical classes of drone operation
  • Possibility to get EU drone licence at the end of the course (the exam fee is not included in the tuition fee)

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
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