NFI’s Signature Filmmaking Diploma
Our Cinema Production Program totally immerses you in the filmmaking process. For nine months NFI students live, eat, and breathe film and how films get made.
Our philosophy is to have students learn all the stages and roles involved in making a film. The best way to achieve that is by actually making films. Throughout this diploma program, students collaborate on various projects to create their own films. By the end of the program, students gain the necessary skills, invaluable connections, and the content for their very own professional demo reel.
During our nine-month program, our course consists of four modules. Each module runs for 9 weeks and includes key production deliverables. Each student receives their grades at the conclusion of each module.
Each week of classes runs Monday through Thursday (with variation for federal holidays). Fridays are unstructured so that students may work on their productions.
Each week is devoted to a specific course. For the week, our students are taught by industry professionals who actively work in their respective areas of expertise. This fast-paced format provides the structure that enables our students to build the production skill set.
A typical class day may start at 10 a.m. at the NFI. Students begin with instruction regarding the week’s topics and then put their knowledge into practice through hands-on exercises and demonstrations. Formal instruction usually runs for 3.5 hours, followed by 3 hours of active lab studies. Lab studies allow our students the flexibility to work on the week’s relevant skills and their ongoing projects.
What you'll learn
NFI’s Cinema Production Program is designed to teach all of the major skills needed for film production. Prior experience is not necessary to be successful in the program – all you need to bring is a passion for filmmaking.
Whether your interest is feature films, documentaries, wedding videos, commercials, or anything in between, the courses and topics taught in this filmmaking program will sharpen your skills and challenge you to become a true professional in the film industry.
High school graduation or equivalent, 18 years old. Full-time students are expected to complete 16 hours per week of class lecture time, and 10 hours per week hands-on time. Classes are Monday-Thursday on the NFI campus. Hands-on time and location depend on the project.
About the School
Nashville Film Institute was founded in 2006 right here in Middle Tennessee. We’re proud to have always been part of the Nashville community. Our city is deeply rooted in the arts and entertainment, a ... Read More