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Liberal arts courses cover many areas of study. While some can be taken as a one-time course, many are part of a course of study that spans weeks or years.

What is a course in filmmaking? Whether watching a film at home, on the go or in a theatre, the scenes that simply unfold are actually quite complicated. Filmmaking begins with an idea that turns into a story. Students taking these courses learn how to transform their written stories into visual art. Initial courses delve into the fundamentals of filmmaking, such as screenwriting, directing, production and cinematography. As students advance in courses, they will learn film theory and the technical and business aspects of the process. Many programs end with a student creating their own film.

Organization is a key component to many facets of life and imbedded in the craft of filmmaking. Since the process of making a film involves many people, students will also hone their communication and listening skills.

Since there are many options available for these types of courses, such as a six-week or two-year program, costs will depend on the length of the courses. Different programs means different schools, so costs also differ between institutions.

The production of a film requires significant planning, production time, post-production efforts and people. Screenwriters are needed to write the screenplay, casting directors find the right actors and directors bring it all together. During filming, the director of photography and sound mixers are a few sought-after careers. Once filming is completed, editors work to ensure the flow and quality of the scenes. For students with a head for business, filmmaking offers numerous career paths such as a post-production coordinator, public relations or events manager, and distributor.

Most filmmaking courses require on-site learning. In the current digital age, there are some programs available online. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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20 Results in Filmmaking

Escola Britânica de Artes Criativas

The course program aims to form true editors, not just edit software operators. Ideal for professionals already working in the audiovisual sector and need to deepen their ... [+]

AboutNEXT TURKS WITH BEGINNING IN AUGUST 2018.

The course program aims to form true editors, not just edit software operators. Ideal for professionals already working in the audiovisual sector and need to deepen their knowledge and skills, or for students interested in a high quality training and who are finishing a graduation in correlata area.

The students study intensely the main foundations of cinema, such as script, dramaturgy, cinematographic language, genres, sound and post-production, developing sensitivity and critical sense through repertoire formation and film analysis. In the practical part, the students work with raw footage, made available by partner producers, which gives them a closer experience of the editors' daily life, as well as creating a portfolio of real works. As a result, the course forms narrative-minded professionals, who are able to contribute creatively to the director on the editing island, reinforcing the publisher's profession as a true storyteller.... [-]

Brazil Pinheiros
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Full-time
1 year
Campus
CPA Online

The camera operator plays a vital role in any recording process. Therefore, the image quality is essential for exceptional audiovisual product. Looking for the best cours ... [+]

Course camera operator

The camera operator plays a vital role in any recording process. Therefore, the image quality is essential for exceptional audiovisual product. Looking for the best course of camera operator? You've already found. In CPA Online we have it!

One feature that makes our course camera operator is the most complete, is also formed you in the technical and artistic management of professional video camera principles, receive training in structuring scripts in grading editing plus theory of image, video, sound and lighting: essential content in a recording, to be a real professional camera operator.

Opt for a technical and practical training with high labor demand. This course operator online camera features not limit their job opportunities only to film and TV, and you can work on all kinds of features, documentaries, corporate videos, events, shows ... In the final practice you can work with professional equipment only available to qualified experts. Need more incentive to become a professional?... [-]

Spain Zaragoza
September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
300 hours
Online
European Film College

The 8½-month programme at the European Film College is a place of opportunity. Opportunity to explore and develop your ideas, your talent and yourself. Opportunity to tak ... [+]

THE 8,5-MONTH PROGRAMME : FIND YOUR SKILLS - DISCOVER YOUR VOICE

The 8½-month programme at the European Film College is a place of opportunity. Opportunity to explore and develop your ideas, your talent and yourself. Opportunity to take chances and make mistakes and to do it in a safe, encouraging and inspiring environment. Join the programme and get the chance to produce, live and breathe film for almost a year. Work and live in a place where your fellow students, your teachers, the films you see and the professional filmmakers you meet will come from all corners of the world.

During the 8½-month film foundation programme you get the opportunity to:

Immerse yourself in hands-on filmmaking Develop your special creative skills under the guidance of professionals from the film industry, working in the Danish folk high school tradition Get massive hands-on experience combined with common lectures and screenings Be part of an intense film environment where you and your fellow students will produce over 170 films in 34 weeks, using state of the art film equipment Learn about all aspects of the film world, including how to work in real film crews Start an international network with fellow students and filmmakers from all over the world The next 8 1/2 months programme starts 28 August 2017. Elements in the programme ... [-]
Denmark Ebeltoft
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Full-time
8 - 9 months
Campus
Oxford Royale Academy

Take your film idea from "script to screen" in just 10 weeks under the personal supervision of award-winning film producer Bruce Windwood. ... [+]

Fuel your passion for Film

Oxford Royale Academy’s Future Filmmakers Programme is a dynamic and creative course, designed to take students from “concept to screen” over a period of ten weeks.

An immersive introduction to the practicalities of Filmmaking, this course is a suitable for students keen to take their first steps in the business, as well as those looking to build or expand an existing portfolio.

In general, the course suits students who demonstrate a strong desire to work in the industry through their personal portfolio, film-related education or previous employment. However, no prior Film experience is required.

The Future Filmmakers Programme is a 10-week residential course centred around the production of a short film. Yarnton Manor is a ready-made film set teeming with creative inspiration: ORA students have the unique opportunity to live and shoot their film in the historic Jacobean Estate.... [-]

United Kingdom Yarnton
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Full-time
10 - 10 weeks
Campus
European School of Economics

With all its lights and shadows, the film industry remains one of the strongest sectors worldwide, and it is arguably the most influential. Not only by means of its compl ... [+]

With all its lights and shadows, the film industry remains one of the strongest sectors worldwide, and it is arguably the most influential. Not only by means of its complex ramifications, but also because of something much more important: it has a direct effect upon the consciousness of people; that is, on the way they feel, think and dream.

The film industry employs all sorts of professionals. No other sector includes such a variety of personal profiles: from scientists to athletes, from persons who work in isolation to the most social and talkative ones, from artists to business people. You only have to read the credits of some movies to get proof.

Along the course, you will learn the fundaments of filmmaking and will accomplish a solid foundation upon which you may grow in any direction. Once there, the course will help you choose your area of interest and will provide you with the proper tools to specialize. But, most important, this course is about who you are, what you truly want and how to achieve it. In short, it is about creating, facing and fulfilling your dream. Because, both, the film industry and yourself can be rightly seen as that: factories of dreams. And this course is about helping these factories work for good.... [-]

Italy Rome United Kingdom London Milan Florence Spain Madrid  + 4 More
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Part-time
3 months
Campus
Central Film School

This one-year MA in documentary practice engages in creating social impact through film. It recognizes the unique role that documentaries play in society and the power of ... [+]

This one-year MA in documentary practice engages in creating social impact through film. It recognizes the unique role that documentaries play in society and the power of high quality storytelling. The goal is to provide graduates with the tools and the confidence to become effective members of the social impact community.

The curriculum is practice led and focuses on diverse films with the potential to connect with audiences on a global level. Built around a series of distinct modules, students develop and create a major project, devise impact and engagement campaigns and pitch to an industry panel.

The course draws on an extensive network of organisations and individuals within the documentary arena due to the school’s close partnership with the Bertha Foundation, DocHouse and BritDoc.... [-]

United Kingdom London
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Full-time
1 year
Campus
Moscow Film School

This 1-year practice-oriented program focuses on the montage workflow within the production chain and different stages of postproduction. ... [+]

The language of instruction: RUSSIAN

This 1-year practice-oriented program focuses on the montage workflow within the production chain and different stages of postproduction. The objective of the program is to help students acquire technical skills, as well as aesthetic competence and thus providing them with all the means for a confident start in the working world. Students work with real film footage during education. A constantly updated resource base allows students to create a diversified portfolio. Tutors of the course are well-known practitioners.

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Russia Moscow
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Part-time
2 years
Campus
IES Abroad

You will directly enroll in the University of Auckland's four-week practical program for emerging filmmakers. Discover first-hand what draws the global film industry to N ... [+]

Why Auckland?

The 2015 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland third in the world for quality of life. With beautiful volcanoes and lava flows, a dynamic mixture of European, Asian, and Pacific influences, friendly residents, and breathtaking coastal views, you’ll fall for Auckland’s unique charm. With Auckland as your home, you’re in the perfect place from which to experience both the cultural and natural wonders of New Zealand.

What You'll Study

You will directly enroll in the University of Auckland's four-week practical program for emerging filmmakers. Discover first-hand what draws the global film industry to New Zealand and create your own short drama episode. Structured around a practical production process based on professional television industry practice, this program is a hands-on experience designed to set you up with the tools you need to launch your career in film, television and digital media industries. Due to the small size and intensive nature of the program, admission is highly selective.... [-]

New Zealand Auckland
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Full-time
1 month
Campus
London Film Academy

This Easter, join us for a five-day filmmaking course to learn the essential skills of visual storytelling. Shoot, direct and edit your first short film working with sea ... [+]

Best Courses in Filmmaking 2019/2020.

Young Filmmakers’ Academy is aimed at 13 to 17-year olds and is the perfect way to introduce young people to practical filmmaking.

These exciting one- and two-week courses are held during school holidays (Easter programme & Summer programmes) and are designed to give young filmmakers hands-on experience of making a film.

They experience a variety of filmmaking roles, from scriptwriting and visual storytelling to directing actors and using professional editing software and everything in-between.

This is an intensive but fun-filled introduction to the realities of working in film and TV and provides students with the grounding they need to start working on their own films and making informed decisions about further training or even a future career.... [-]

United Kingdom London
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Full-time
1 - 2 weeks
Campus
Prague Film School

The semester program at Prague Film School is a highly-intensive, hands-on course with a steep learning curve. The objective of the program is to instruct concrete craft ... [+]

Spring Semester 2020: Jan. 10 - May 9, 2020

The semester program at Prague Film School is a highly-intensive, praxis-oriented course with a steep learning curve. The objective of the program is to instruct concrete craft skills through substantial production and course work. By the program's end, students will have developed a certain fluency in both the technical aspects of filmmaking and in film language in general.

Semester Program Review

Students enrolled in the semester program are required to follow courses in each of the core modules of screenwriting, editing, cinematography and directing. Students attend classes in sound, camera-related workshops and two elective courses from a menu of courses listed below. Within the first semester, each student directs four film productions while working on an additional 16 - 20 film sets.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
Open Enrollment
Full-time
1 semester
Campus
Prague Film School

The advanced directing / second-year program aims to refine and broaden filmmaking skills through master classes and full-time work on professional film sets. The second- ... [+]

Sept. 2020 - May 2021

The advanced directing / second-year program aims to refine and broaden filmmaking skills through master classes and full-time work on film sets. The second-year program is also oriented towards training talented students for the production of longer format projects using more advanced technologies (Arri Alexa, RED Epic).

The first semester of the second year program is driven by master class workshops with visiting filmmakers, coursework, consultations and film projects. The semester also incorporates preproduction and preparation for the films which will be shot and edited the second semester.

Visiting filmmakers will lead 3-day to 3-week practical workshops covering directing the drama, working with actors, shooting mood and atmosphere, art direction, visualization, script analysis, managing the production process, casting, rehearsals and more.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
Open Enrollment
Full-time
2 semesters
Campus
FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

Are you detail-oriented? As an editor, you will have an unquestionable impact on how the final results will look like. You will learn the basics of storytelling and how t ... [+]

The One-year Program offers an intensive hands-on experience and academic disciplines with mentorship enabling the student to complete several artworks by the end of the academic year. The program works well to prepare students for studies in a particular discipline.

The course gives you intensive experience without the need for a longer commitment. The course helps you improve your skillset and portfolio to apply confidently for degree studies at the top institutions in the field (including degree programs at FAMU).

The production of all scheduled practical exercises and the final film is included in the price of tuition.

The One-year Intensive Course (originally Academy Preparation Program - APP) at FAMU aims to provide its participants the opportunity to explore and become acquainted with the broad range of crafts, professions, arts and skills that comprise the artistic endeavor on both a practical and theoretical level.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
September 2020
Full-time
1 - 1 year
Campus
FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

In our cinematography course in one year, you will learn how to operate digital cameras as well as film ones, and your final film will be shot on a 35mm ARRI. What is the ... [+]

In our cinematography course in one year, you will learn how to operate digital cameras as well as film ones, and your final film will be shot on a 35mm ARRI. What is there not to love?

The One-year Program offers an intensive hands-on experience and academic disciplines with mentorship enabling the student to complete several artworks by the end of the academic year. The program works well to prepare students for studies in a particular discipline.

The course gives you intensive experience without the need for a longer commitment. The course helps you improve your skill set and portfolio to apply confidently for degree studies at the top institutions in the field (including degree programs at FAMU).... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
September 2020
Full-time
1 - 1 year
Campus
FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

The documentary and non-fiction directing course are built on the system of mentor-led workshops providing small groups of students (six or less) intensive guidance on ho ... [+]

The One-year Program offers an intensive hands-on experience and academic disciplines with mentorship enabling the student to complete several artworks by the end of the academic year. The program works well to prepare students for studies in a particular discipline.

The course gives you intensive experience without the need for a longer commitment. The course helps you improve your skillset and portfolio to apply confidently for degree studies at the top institutions in the field (including degree programs at FAMU).

The production of all scheduled practical exercises and the final film is included in the price of tuition.

The One-year Intensive Course (originally Academy Preparation Program - APP) at FAMU aims to provide its participants the opportunity to explore and become acquainted with the broad range of crafts, professions, arts and skills that comprise the artistic endeavor on both a practical and theoretical level.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
September 2020
Full-time
1 - 1 find your juris doctor
Campus
FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

The directing course is built on the system of mentor-led workshops providing small groups of students (six or less) intensive guidance on how to transform a creative ide ... [+]

Best Courses in Filmmaking 2019/2020.

The directing course is built on the system of mentor-led workshops providing small groups of students (six or less) intensive guidance on how to transform a creative idea into a fully realized short film.

The One-year Program offers an intensive hands-on experience and academic disciplines with mentorship enabling the student to complete several artworks by the end of the academic year. The program works well to prepare students for studies in a particular discipline.

The directing course gives you intensive experience without the need for a longer commitment. The course helps you improve your skill set and portfolio to apply confidently for degree studies at the top institutions in the field (including degree programs at FAMU).... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
September 2020
Full-time
1 - 1 year
Campus