5 Months Program

Semester Cinematography Course

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Semester Cinematography Course

Semester cinematography course is practical, full-time, suitable for beginners and taught on our campus in Prague, the Czech Republic. This study program will teach you the basics of cinematography and includes the shooting of up to 20 short films as well as a high production value film at the end of the course. You will also be required to learn the basic principles of 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 cinematography specialisation is given mostly during practical classes

You will learn the basics of cinematography and shoot your own high production value film.


Type: Hands-On Training

5 Feb 2024 – 30 Jun 2024
Only for EU applicants: 4 Sep 2023 – 27 Jan 2024 

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

Study Mode: Full Time

Timetable: Mon – Fri (9am – 5pm) 

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 shooting skills on up to 20 short films of different styles.

High Production Value Film

You will shoot a high-quality production film on the most popular cinema cameras such as Red Monstro, Alexa Amira or Sony f55.


From all the materials shot you will make an industry-standard showreel and present it to the panel of film professionals in a public cinema.

High production value film

Your main focus during the semester will be to shoot your final film at the end of the course. During the semester you will invest most of the time developing a film, which will have higher production value compared to average school films. Through guidance of your tutors, you will shoot your film with the professional filmmaking equipment at the value of more than 90 000 USD and on the same level as a professional film production. 

what you will study

cinematography module

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 equip yourself with key skills needed to shoot your final film and industry-standard showreel. The curriculum of the Semester Cinematography Course is identical to the first semester of the 1 Year Filmmaking Program.

Basic Principles of Camera & Lens

Principles of Camera and Lens Use in Cinematography

Operation of Equipment

Essentials of Safe Setup, Operation and Control of filmmaking equipment.

Roles in Camera Department

Activities and Responsibilities Associated with Different Roles in Camera Department.

Essentials of Working with Directors

Fundamentals of Combining Equipment

Presentation of Dailes/Rushes Demostrating the Use of Different Camera, Lens and Lighting Combinations.

Basics of Operating Lights

Safe Setup, Operation and Control of Lighting Equipment

Master Classes

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

Compositional Theory

Basics of Compositional Theory of Cinematography.

Basic Features of Lighting

Features of Lighting in Cinematography in Creating a Visual language

Consultations with Teachers

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

Practical Workshop

During the course you will be constantly improving your cinematography skills by shooting up to 20 short films of different styles. You will be also allowed to use the video content for creating your high-quality showreel.

Shooting of High Production Value Film

You will shoot your own high production value final film in which you will go through all the phases of the film production from cinematographer’s point of view as follows:

  • Location Scouting
  • Casting
  • Production Design
  • Cooperation with Director
  • Shootingon the Film Set
  • Editing in Software DaVinci Resolve
  • Color Grading in Software DaVinci Resolve

Basics of Color Grading

Basics of Color Grading in Software DaVinci Resolve



  • Basics of Mise-en-Scene Studies
  • Directing Actors
  • Film Theory
  • Basics of Film History
  • Mood Boards


From Concept to Final Draft


  • Film Crew: Roles and Responsabilities
  • Introduction to the Business of Film
  • Basics of Line Producing
  • Project Planning
  • Pitching
  • Casting
  • Basics of Movie Magic Scheduling Software


  • Usage of Editing Techniques for Different Production Contexts
  • Types of Shots
  • Emotional Curve of the Scene
  • Timing and Pace
  • Editing for Different Genres
  • Editing in Da Vinci Resolve Software
  • Color grading in Da Vinci Resolve Software
  • Postproduction of Sound


After finishing the Semester Cinematography Course, you can choose to continue to 1 Year Filmmaking Course and become eligible for the BTEC Level 4 HNC in Film.

course 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 11  200 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.

  • Lectures, workshops & master classes
  • Access to editing room
  • Teaching materials
  • High production value final film
  • 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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