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Filmmaking Course (Europe)

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1 year hands-on program

Film course (Europe)

This full-time study program 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 other one year filmmaking courses. 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

The course is taught in English in small groups between 5-15 people and accredited by international work-related qualification BTEC Higher Nationals (HNC) in Creative Media Production, pathwayFilm.


Film Internship

Industry Networking

Graduation Film

The aim of the course is to shoot 1 your own festival-worthy graduation film and be part of the crew for the shooting of other 2-3 graduation films of your classmates.  

Your goal is to make at least 1 festival-worthy film with minimum length 7 minutes at the end of the program. You will be also part of the crew for the shooting of graduation films of your classmates. The number of other graduation films you will connect depends on your free time availability and interest but it should be minimum 2-3 festival-worthy films per each year. Above that, you will also make number of video shootings and short films during your classes and workshops.


Available for: EU, EEA and Swiss Applicants

Type: Hands-On Training

Dates: 5 Sep 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Duration: 10 Months 

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

Study Mode: Full Time

Tuition: 11 800 USD

Language: English

Students: Small Group (5-15 people)


Mon – Fri 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.(CET)

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definition of study

choose your specialisation

During the filmmaking 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.

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Professional Filmmaking Equipment

For shooting of the film, which could take up to 5 days, you will be provided with filmmaking gear to the value of more than 90 000 USD. Available equipment includes following cinema cameras Alexa Amira, RED Monstro, Sony F55 and many more. For editing you may use professional editing room with Da Vinci software. Film equipment, essential production cost and professional post-production facilities are included. 

Program details

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


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.
DocumentsCopy of passport, curriculum vitae, example of creative work / motivational letter.
Not met the entry requirements?

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


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)


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 HNC 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


  • 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.



This hands-on course is awarded by Pearson BTEC HNC in Creative Media Production (Film).


Individual Project

  • Research into a Selected Topic
  • Develop Individual Creative Solutions
  • Make Final Graduation Film


  • Writing to Theme
  • Writing Characters
  • Utilizing the Story Framce (setting)
  • Dramatic Dialogue
  • Set-up/Pay-off, Casuality and Cosmology
  • Twin Tools of Drama: Intrique and Suspense
  • Classic Narrative
  • Alternative Story Structures
  • Episodic Narratives for TV and Webisodes
  • Short Film Storytelling
  • Working with Genre
  • From Concept to Final Draft – a Screenwriter;s Workflow


  • Time in Cinema
  • Aesthetics of Sound Design
  • Mise-en-Scene Studies
  • Screenwriting Studies
  • Cinematography Basics
  • Directing Actors
  • Tools from the Masters
  • Film Theory


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

Cinematography - Camera

  • Principles of Camera and Lens Use in Cinematography
  • Safe Setup, Operation and Control of Cameras and Lenses
  • Activities and Responsabilities Associated with Different Roles in Camera Department
  • Presentation of Dailes/Rushes Demostrating the Use of Different Camera and Lens Combinations
  • Compositional Theory of CInematography

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 - Lighting

  • 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 and Cinematography


  • 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

Creative Media Industry

  • Relationship Between Creative Media Production and Creative Industries
  • Different Forms of Company and Employment in the Creative Industries
  • Roles and Relationships within a Specific Area of Creative Media Production

Film Studies

  • Growth of Film Industry and Audience Through Time
  • History and Development of Narrative Film
  • Theoretical Framewrok Within Film Studies

Professional Practice

  • Creative Media Production Professions
  • Personal Career Goals in the Creative Industry
  • Personal Development Plans
  • Introduction to Effects Animation CGI Lighting for VFX
  • CV/Porfolio/Showreel


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

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


  • Unpacking Camera and Rigging Equipment
  • Laying Dolly Tracks
  • Assembling Camera Rigging Including Dollies, Jibs, Static Rigs, Cranes and Tracks
  • Testing the Strength and Aafety of Contracted Rigs
  • Moving Light Fixtures
  • Maintaining and Repairing Rigging Equipment

Sound Recording

  • Introduction to Sound Equipment
  • Recording at Exteriors
  • Recording in Interiors
  • Dialogue Recording
  • Action Scene Recording
  • Recording Folley
  • 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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