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Diploma in Film Making

Duration 1 Year
Total Hours 1020
Total working days 204
Total working hours in a day 5

Films made in the course of the year program reflect a gradual progression from the basics of filmmaking to the successful completion of a well-crafted film. Each stage of the process is developed under the supervision of the faculty whose courses cover theoretical and technical topics aimed at deepening knowledge and honing technical skills.

The year program is divided into two semesters. First semester, each student completes foundation courses in screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing. Students also enroll in two elective courses while receiving additional training in sound, lighting, camera movement and grip.

Practical exercises are integrated into the curriculum and each student directs 4 films while working on another 16 to 20 productions in some crew capacity.

During the second semester, students specialize in one or two areas of their choice. Each specialization has its own curriculum. As part of the specializations, each student writes and directs 2 to 3 films and works on another 12 to 14 productions in various crew positions.

The great emphasis of the second semester is placed on the Diploma Film, which should be of film festival quality.

Diploma in Film Making

Educational Content


First Semester duration: 15 weeks

The first semester curriculum of narrative film-making program covers foundation courses including

(1) screenwriting, (2) directing, (3) cinematography, and (4) editing, in addition to a number of other subjects which can be taken as electives (see below).

1. Foundation Courses (obligatory)

  • Screenwriting Course
  • Directing Course
  • Cinematography Course
  • Editing Course

2. Production Workflow (obligatory)

  • Operation of film-making equipment (camera, lighting and sound systems)
  • Crew production protocol
  • Sound production (recording, mixing, design)
  • Grip equipment (camera support systems)

3. Elective/Specialization Courses (each student takes 2 courses)

  • Aesthetics of the Film Shot as a Component of Film Language
  • Acting Styles
  • Arri & RED Cameras
  • Central and East European Cinema
  • Directing Actors
  • Directing the Camera
  • Documentary Theory and History
  • Film Industry
  • Film Comedy
  • Film Analysis
  • Lighting
  • Photography for Cinematography
  • Post-production effects
  • Post-production workflow
  • Screenwriting Adaptations
  • Screenwriting Across Genres
  • Screenwriting Feature Film
  • Visualization

4. Studio Work: End of Semester Film

64 hours of studio work.

Film and practical exercises play an extremely important role in the program. Classroom-based courses are supplemented with a number of practical exercises in the studio and at different locations. In the first semester, each student completes four film projects (two exercises and two short films) of his/her own, performing the functions of screenwriter, director, cinematographer and editor on all of them. Each student works on another sixteen to twenty projects shot by other students.


Second semester, students are encouraged to specialize in one or two of the core disciplines covered the first semester. Each specialization entails a group or courses which must be taken in order to successfully complete the course.

Second Semester duration: 19 weeks

The specializations and the required classes are as follows:

1. Screenwriting Specialization

  • Screenwriting Feature
  • Screenwriting Diploma Films
  • Screenwriting Across Genres
  • Screenwriting Adaptations
  • Film Industry Business
  • Film Analysis
  • Diploma Film, Script

2. Directing Specialization

  • Directing Workshop
  • Directing Music Videos and Commercials
  • Directing Actors
  • Documentary and Fiction Film Practicum
  • Screenwriting Diploma Films
  • Editing Workshop
  • Diploma Film, Directing

3. Cinematography Specialization

  • Cinematography Workshop
  • Camera for Cinematographers
  • Cinematography Advanced
  • Film Analysis
  • Editing Workshop
  • Diploma Film, Cinematography

4. Editing Specialization

  • Editing Workshop
  • Editing Techniques: Commercials / Music Videos / Movie Trailers
  • Advanced Editing Theory
  • Post-Production Workflow
  • Computer Animation
  • Diploma Film, Editing


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