5 Months Program

Semester Production Course

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Semester film production Course

Semester production 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 film production and includes the production management of high-quality short films. 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.

You will learn the basics of film production and produce high-quality short films.


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

Industry Standard Practises

Develop the production of film projects from the script breakdown till completed film. Explore industry standard softwares and tools, i.e. Movie Magic and learn how to produce films professionally.

High Production Value Films

Produce high-quality final films shot on the most popular cinema cameras such as Red Monstro, Alexa Amira or Sony f55.

Create a Competitive CV/Portfolio

At the end of the course you will be a production manager of a number of high production value short films which can give you a competitive edge while searching for work in the filmmaking industry.

High production value film

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

what you will study

production 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. You will manage all departments of the film projects from script breakdown to screening of the film and organise all necessary aspects of filmmaking. At the end of the semester you will get a credit as production manager by organising projects by professional film industry standards. The curriculum of the Semester Production Course is identical to the first semester of the 1 Year Filmmaking Program.

Film Crew

Film Crew: Roles and Responsibilities

Basics of Line Producing

Introduction to Business of Film

Introduction to the Business of Film

Basics of Film Financing

Essentials of Project Planning

Introduction to Pitching

Basics of Project Development

Location Management

Principles of Business Development

Foundations of Talent Management

Basics of Marketing & Distribution

Production Management of High-Quality Films

 You will produce final films of your classmates in which you will go through all the phases of the film production as follows.

  • Location Scouting
  • Casting
  • Production Design
  • Cooperation with Director
  • Cooperation with Cinematographer
  • Shooting on the Film Set
  • Editing in Software DaVinci Resolve
  • 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


  • Principles of Camera and Lens Use in Cinematography
  • Basics of Safe Setup, Operation and Control of Cameras and Lenses
  • Practical workshop with Students of Cinematography
  • Compositional Theory of Cinematography
  • Features of Lighting in Cinematography in Creating a Visual Language
  • Different Approaches to Lighting


  • 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 Production 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.


about us

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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