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).

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.

This filmmaking hands-on program includes a large variety of practical student projects and exercises in formats from DSLR to 16mm and 35mm. There is also practical work within a TV studio environment (lighting exercises).

The course is based on a mentor workshop (up to 6 students). In the workshop, students work under the one-on-one tutorship and develop their practical assignments.


  • Filming exercises digital and 16mm with given creative limits
  • Documentary portrait on digital
  • A final short film on 16mm


All students will receive a transcript of completed courses in accordance with the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). These credits are accepted by and transferable to universities, academies and advanced institutions of higher learning throughout the world.

All students who successfully fulfill the requirements of their study plan will receive a Certificate from FAMU.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 14, 2019
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