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4 short courses in film-studies you must check out

Fancy yourself a film maker but not sure you should go in for a degree? Here are 4 short-term courses that will give you a taste of the experience without burning a major hole in your pocket.
BY Skendha Singh |   26-09-2019

short courses in film-studies

Are you an avid film buff who wants to try your hand at learning all aspects of film making – from writing a script to directing to filming? We have a list of 4 great programs you can do over a few weeks or a semester. These programs will give you exposure not only to the latest creative practices in the field but also critiques and feedback from professionals. Each of these programs is also offered in a cultural hotspot whether New York or Prague or Amsterdam – ensuring you have enough inspiration to frame.

  1. NYU Tisch School of the Arts

    Spring at Tisch: Sight and Sound: Filmmaking
    (Or Sight and Sound: Documentary)

    The semester-long course is delivered through lectures, labs, critiques, technical seminars, and screenings. All feedback for student work is given in class. During the course, students must conceive, direct and edit 5 short films (3 silent and 2 with sound).

    The full-time tuition is $25,342 (and there will be additional fees like registration fees, student insurance, etc.). Students have the option to live on or off-campus.

    Spring at Tisch is open to full-time undergraduates (currently in their 2nd, 3rdor 4th years) from other universities.

    Find out more here.

  2. Prague Film School

    Art & Craft of Film Making

    The school offers summer workshops as well as semester and year-long programs. Each participant is expected to shoot his or her own film. The four weeks, covering fundamentals like screenwriting, editing, and other film-making essentials, lead a student from concept to film.

    In the end, all student films are screened at a public cinema and receive feedback from the faculty.

    The tuition fee is 2960 EUR.

    You will find more information here.

  3. London Film Academy

    Filmmaking Certificate

    This four-week course covers filmmaking basics like directing, producing, casting, screenwriting, cinematography, and editing. The course will also include practical exercises for lighting, handling cameras and other digital equipment, and auditioning.

    The students collaborate on films which are showcased in the London Film Academy cinema. On completion, they get a certificate of completion and a YouTube showreel link.

    To be eligible, students must be above the age of 18 and fluent in English.

    The course fee is 2200 GBP, however, the program offers early bird discounts.

    Find out more here.

  4. DAFP: Dutch Academy for Film and Photography

    Film Studies in Amsterdam

    In this two-week course at one of Europe’s cultural capitals, students will learn film making from expert faculty, handle professional grade film making equipment (Canon XF100 Pro HD and Canon XF100), learn how to edit on Adobe Premiere Pro and make their own film.

    On graduation, students will receive a certificate of completion.

    To be eligible, applicants must be 18 and above. They also need proof of secondary school education, and of proficiency in English.

    The fee for the program is 3500 EUR. It includes airport transfers, accommodation, group activities etc. However, the fee does not include costs such as insurance and visa.

    Find out more here.



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