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International Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts
in Filmmaking

European Bachelor of Fine Arts
Programs taught in English
Programs taught in English
50 years of EICAR
50 years of EICAR
Alumni awarded <br>at Cannes Film Festival
Alumni awarded
at Cannes Film Festival


电影制作艺术学士学位 — 招生手册

The entire program is taught in English

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking is a three-year comprehensive degree in the art and craft of filmmaking, with the emphasis on hands-on instruction coupled with practical exercises in all the essentials of film and television production including directing, production, editing, cinematography and screenwriting.

The first year is oriented towards learning the fundamentals of film and television production with the emphasis on documentary and other non-fiction forms in film and television production. Second year, the emphasis is on fiction and the mastering of the technical and artistic aspects of film and television production.

In the third and final year of study, while taking the required core courses comprising the basis of their degree, the student chooses from five possible options: directing, production, editing, cinematography and screenwriting and prepares a project related to their selected option. This, in addition to selective workshops offered in the BFA curriculum, forms the basis of the program. Consequently, the student is trained to become a well-rounded and polyvalent filmmaker with additional practice in the area of their chosen option.

  • Type of formation:
    Academic education
  • Length of program:
    3 years
  • First year entry:
    High School diploma or completion of secondary school
  • Second year entry:
    If prior credits earned in a filmmaking related program
  • Diploma:
    European Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Options:
    Directing, production, editing, cinematography and screenwriting

BFA Particulars


The Bachelor’s program includes:

  • Intense specialized workshops
  • Industry professionals faculty members
  • Exclusive membership at the Cinémathèque Française
  • Small class sizes
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Weekly master classes to meet professionals and share their experience


formation métier du cinéma

Five BFA options


This option gives the opportunity to direct a film project, either based on their own script or an alternative screenplay. Students also have priority in all directing workshops.


Students will have the opportunity to produce three films during their final year of studies. They also have priority in all producing, financing and production workshops during their 2nd and 3rd years.


During their final year of studies, students will edit three approved film projects. They also have priority in all editing workshops during their 2nd and 3rd years.


Students will write a pitch, treatment, and sample scenes for a feature length script supervised by their screenwriting instructor. They also have priority access in all screenwriting workshops during 2nd and 3rd years, as well as the opportunity to work on a TV series bible.


This option gives priority access in all camera and lighting workshops during 2nd and 3rd years. Students with a Cinematography option will photograph at least two film projects in their final year of studies.


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Credits validation

After successfully completing all core classes, required workshops, and final year project, amounting to 180 ECTS the student is awarded an European Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema and Audiovisual degree issued by schools credits.

formation métier du cinéma


The emphasis of the first year program is on developing the craft of fictional narrative in visual storytelling and the student’s visual vocabulary through theoretical courses and practical exercises.

  • Directing: fundamentals of visual storytelling, scene coverage, staging, basic film structure
  • Screenwriting: introduction to basic structure from concept to character, scriptwriting rules and format
  • Production: basic production management, assistant director skills, location management, continuity
  • Cinematography: basic framing and lighting principals, digital workflow on set, introduction to a wide array of digital cameras including Panavision DVX 200 4K, Blackmagic Ursa 4K, etc., as well as16mm film
  • Editing: narrative editing skills, the basics of cutting and continuity, mastering editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Sound: basics of sound recording and writing with sound

While continuing to develop their polyvalent skills in the disciplines outlined in the first year, students will have the opportunity to discover and develop the craft of documentary and non-fiction filmmaking.

  • Directing: staging, shot listing, communicating with crew, actors or protagonists and interpretation of the script
  • Directing actors: fundamentals of casting and rehearsal techniques
  • Screenwriting: dramaturgy, character development, structure, base of a TV series bible
  • Production: budgeting, scheduling, location scouting and permits, running a film set
  • Cinematography: camera movement, lenses and perspective, axes and shooting rules, basic grip and lighting techniques, introduction of new equipment and technology including Sony PMW-F5 et PMW-FS7
  • Editing: dialogue editing, sound integration, sophisticated postproduction techniques
  • Sound : intermedate level of sound recording and postproduction

Additionally, students have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge through a series of specialized intensive workshops covering a wide array of film, television and (multi)media topics.

  • In addition to completing the core curriculum and required workshops, students will devote significant time to the development of their final year project supported by extensive one-on-one tutoring.
  • Directing: preparation and execution of final year film
  • Screenwriting: pitching and writing of the final year film and developing the TV series bible
  • Production: fundamentals of creative producing
  • Editing: art and craft of creative editing and postproduction techniques (Avid, advanced techniques of Adobe Premiere)
  • Cinematography: advanced lighting, composition and camera techniques, introduction to the high-end digital cameras such a Arri Alexa Plus, RED cameras, aesthetics of light
  • Production design: establishing the correlation between the various artistic disciplines – music, theatre, dance, art – and the relationship to cinema and the moving image
  • Curiosity : various facets of life in Paris
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Further studies

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to know French in order to go to the international programs?

No. Our BFA, MFA, One Year Filmmaking programs and our summer workshops, “Making a Short” and “Writing a Short” are taught in English. The school nevertheless provides French classes as part of the degree programs to help you to immerge into French culture.

Do you offer scholarships?

In accordance with the school’s official policy, scholarships are not offered in the first year. However, in the degree programs, we do sometimes offer tuition reductions to exceptional students who demonstrate financial need in order for them to complete their studies with us.

When is the admissions period?

Admissions begins in late October and is rolling but usually goes until early summer depending on places that remain.

Master your art!

EICAR prepares you for careers in the film and creative industries. Give yourself every chance to succeed!

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