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Courses in Filmmaking

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 lear… Read more

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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London Film Academy
London, United Kingdom

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 seasoned ... +

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 seasoned actors and guided by industry professionals. -
Courses
Full-time
English
Campus
 
FutureLearn

Learn from award-winning filmmakers how films go from script to screen with this film production course from the BFI Film Academy.

Learn from award-winning filmmakers how films go from script to screen with this film production course from the BFI Film Academy. -
Courses
Part-time
6 weeks
English
Online
 
ESRA - École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle
Paris, France

During this year, the students are taught the fundamental aspects of the aesthetic and technical parameters of frame, sound and new media with more than 1 110 hours of instruc ... +

During this year, the students are taught the fundamental aspects of the aesthetic and technical parameters of frame, sound and new media with more than 1 110 hours of instruction, including eight weeks of internship. -
Courses
Full-time
English
Campus
 

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Prague Film Institute
Prague, Czech Republic

At this full-time one-year filmmaking course you will learn practically to develop your filmmaking skills. We will teach you everything to kick off your career in the professi ... +

At this full-time one-year filmmaking course you will learn practically to develop your filmmaking skills. We will teach you everything to kick off your career in the professional film industry. The aim of this filmmaking course is to evolve your filmmaking skills in the chosen specialisation to make a festival-worthy graduation film. Students may opt to specialise in 5 different areas according to their interest: Production, Directing, Cinematography (Camera), Scriptwriting or Editing. -
Courses
Full-time
10 months
English
10 Jan 2022
15 Nov 2021
Campus
 
EICAR
Paris, France

The One-year Filmmaking program is an introduction to the essentials of filmmaking. Students are introduced to the fundamentals – directing, production, cinematography, ... +

The One-year Filmmaking program is an introduction to the essentials of filmmaking. Students are introduced to the fundamentals – directing, production, cinematography, screenwriting or editing – of the art and craft of film production in a predominately hands-on-film curriculum with complimentary theoretical and film culture classes. In addition to the workshops and one-on-one tutoring, One year... -
Courses
Full-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Prague Film School
Prague, Czech Republic

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-year ... +

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-year program is also oriented towards training talented students for the production of more substantial film projects. -
Courses
Full-time
2 semesters
English
Campus
 
FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
Prague, Czech Republic

For people interested to step into film sound practices, any filmmakers wishing to gather theoretical and technical skills in the sound recording and sound postproduction, or ... +

For people interested to step into film sound practices, any filmmakers wishing to gather theoretical and technical skills in the sound recording and sound postproduction, or just anybody wishing to know more about creative potential of sound in audiovisual media. -
Courses
Full-time
10 months
Campus
 
Escola Britânica de Artes Criativas
Pinheiros, Brazil

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 know ... +

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. -
Courses
Full-time
Portuguese (Brazil), English
Campus
 
International Film Institute
New York, USA

This new 8-week program will focus on storytelling and developing the skill sets necessary to translate the written page onto the screen.

This new 8-week program will focus on storytelling and developing the skill sets necessary to translate the written page onto the screen. -
Courses
English
Online
 
F.I.R.S.T. Institute
Orlando, USA

The Digital Filmmaking and Video Production program is designed to teach students all aspects of high-definition cinema, video development, live video production, and post-pro ... +

The Digital Filmmaking and Video Production program is designed to teach students all aspects of high-definition cinema, video development, live video production, and post-production. From basic introductory classes to advanced, students will receive hands-on education using up-to-date technology found in the field and used by professionals for any product type. -
Courses
English
Campus
Online
 
Moscow Film School
Moscow, Russia

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

This 1-year practice-oriented program focuses on the montage workflow within the production chain and different stages of postproduction. -
Courses
Part-time
2 years
Campus
 
Central Film School
London, United Kingdom

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 ... +

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. -
Courses
Full-time
English
Campus
 
European School of Economics
London, United Kingdom +4 More

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 ra ... +

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. -
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Full-time
Part-time
3 months
English
Campus
 
The Pennsylvania State University Penn State Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
State College, USA

The joint minor in Film Studies sponsored by the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications and the College of the Liberal Arts offers students in a variety of disciplines ... +

The joint minor in Film Studies sponsored by the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications and the College of the Liberal Arts offers students in a variety of disciplines an opportunity to learn more about a visual medium that relates in many ways to other fields such as theatre, literature, history, and art. -
Courses
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Prague Film School
Prague, Czech Republic

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 skill ... +

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 skills through substantial production and coursework. 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. -
Courses
Full-time
English
Campus