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Exchange Program

Particulars of Exchange Program

  • Type of program: Academic education
  • Programs offered: Program in English
  • Length of program: One year
  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma
  • Option: Complete a degree at EICAR
  • Prerequisite to apply into 2nd year of BFA: 1 year of credit in a filmmaking institution

Students in our exchange program are permitted to transfer into the second year of our Bachelor program if they have successfully completed credits in a similar, production oriented, practical film school prior to come studying with us. The second year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in filmmaking is a key year oriented toward the preparation of the final film projects as well as the introduction of key screenwriting classes. The student also has the opportunity, if successfully completing the second year, to continue studies with us to complete his or her degree.

Validation of credits

After successfully completing year, the student is awarded 60 ECTS by through passing all core classes in conjunction with EABHES (European Board of Higher Education Schools).


In the Year Abroad program, students are integrated into the second year of EICAR’s three year hands-on program – directing, production, cinematography, screenwriting or editing. During the second term, students have additional required courses in their major as well as workshops, and one-to-one tutoring.

The ten month program (October – 30th July) includes the following classes:

Second yearECTS credits
Æsthetics of light3
Directing actors3
Camera lightning4,5
Contemporary cinema3
Non-fictional Film-making3
Production Design2

The student can choose up to 4 several intense week-long Practical Workshops:

  • Assistant Directing,
  • Screenwriting A to Z,
  • Short Film Production,
  • Producing Commercials,
  • Esthetics of Sound (Sound Design),
  • Creating from Character (creenwriting for television series),
  • Mastering DaVinci (software),
  • Final Cut Pro 10,
  • Location Managing,
  • Steadycam Operating,
  • How to Cast your Film.

Because of the evolving nature of film and new media technology, EICAR, to meet to the needs of the audio-visual industry, reserves the right to modify its curriculum.

Master Class Lecture Series

Master Class Lecture Series is a weekly program where guest speakers, internationally renowned film, television and media professionals, all celebrated in their specific fields, give a two-hour lecture on the subject of their expertise. Throughout the year, students from BFA, MFA and One Year Filmmaking programs attend to the Master Class Lectures with subjects ranging from the role of the talent agent to how to work with a film composer.

Some of our Master Class Guests :

Jacques Arnaud created and ran for 40 years La Franco American Films, one of the most successful French production companies in history, which has made more than 2000 commercials. In 1985, he received the only César Award which has been given for a commercial, for “Les Vautours” directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. He has also collaborated with masters like Ridley Scott and Orson Welles.

Keren Ben Rafael is a filmmaker and screenwriter who graduated from La Fémis film school in 2009. Many of her documentaries and films have been awarded in international film festivals in France, Brazil, Germany and the USA.

Caroline Bonmarchand started to work as a Development Manager for the American production company Gotham Entertainment Group. In 1997, she founded her own company Avenue B and has developed over the past years a network of co-producers, broadcasters, and distributors on the international market.

Eric du Faure is a musician and performer known under his stage name Private Pepper. He has held many roles in the music industry, such as a producer, record executive, manager, composer and music video director. He released is first six-track EP in 2013 and his fisrt studio album QIU in April 2015 for which he shot two music videos in Rio de Janeiro and the Isle of Ré.

Julie Gavras started her career in the film industry as a first and second AD, before moving into directing documentaries. In 2007, director Costa-Gavras’s daughter wrote and directed her first feature film “Blame it on Fidel” which was selected at Sundance Festival and received the Michel d’Ornano Award at the Deauville American Film Festival. Her second feature film “Late Bloomers” was selected at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival.

Charles Jodoin-Keaton is a Script Supervisor in film and television and has worked with directors Julie Delpy, Laurent Firode, Carine Tardieu, Frédéric Fonteyne, Franck Mancuso, Jan Peter.He has been the script supervisor on network television series such as “Hannibal”, “Covert Affairs” and “Royal Pains”.

Ivan Lebeau has been working in the video game industry for more than 22 years. In 2009, he founded the media consulting company Prodeo Consulting. Ivan is also the General Manager in France for the worldwide cloud gaming leaderGamefly Streaming, as well as the President of Gamestream, a new player in the gaming industry which offers cloud gaming services.

Jean-Charles Lévy is an accomplished producer who started as a financial consultant for Arthur Andersen, before joining and presiding TF1 USA in Los Angeles. In 2003, he created his company Forecast Pictures, which has financed and produced several films directed by Stephen Hopkins, Todd Haynes and Elie Chouraqui.

Dezso Magyar is a prize winning filmmaker. Born in Hungary, he has written and directed very controversial films which were recognized and awarded at international film festivals (Cannes, Oberhausen, Locarno), before immigrating to the USA. For the last two decades, he has been teaching and leading in one of the best film schools in the world such as the American Film Institute, the Canadian Film Center and Chapman University.

Philippe Ros spent 11 years working as a Camera Assistant before he started his career as a Director of Photography on the Tour de France. Shoulder-held camera work became his area of specialization and he started to work on live concerts, music documentaries and commercial as a Lighting Director. Interested in digital camera, he has become a reference on 4K digital intermediate and has worked on major documentary films such asYann Arthus Bertrand’s “Home” and Jacques Perrin’s “Oceans” and “Les Saisons”.

Judy Shrewsbury is a Costume Designer who has worked with some of the most prestigious actors and directors such as Manoel de Oliveira, Wim Wenders, Claire Denis, Sean Connery, Catherine Deneuve and Robert De Niro.

Adrian Smith has been an Artist and Designer in the creative industries for the last 40 years. He has worked both as an Art Director and a Production Designer for television (“Shameless”, “The History of Mr. Polly”) and cinema with major directors such as Stanley Kubrick (“Full Metal Jacket”, 1987), Asif Kapadia (“The Warrior”, 2001), Nicholas Winding Refn (“Bronson”, 2009) and Omer Fast (“Remainder”, 2015).


Every year EICAR, the International School of Film and Television invests and updates its inventory of equipment and the school’s production and post – production facilities to keep on the cutting edge of the industry …

Camera Gear

For exercise work and final film projects, students in our Master programs have access to a diverse range of camera, both digital and film :

  • SONY PMW-F5 et PMW-FS7
  • Blackmagic URSA 4K
  • Super 16 mm with lenses
  • Panasonic DVX200 4K
  • Panasonic AF101, HPX 250, P2 HPX 500, P2 HVX 200, HMC 151, HMC 41
  • HD playback and monitor
  • Numerous prosumer cameras for quick practical work : SONY, JVC, CANON

Sound Equipment

The production teams have access to various microphones depending on the shooting situation as well as mixers and digital recorders to record pro sound.

  • Directional mics, lav and shotgun mics (Sennheiser, Røde…)
  • Sound mixers (Sound devices)
  • Digital recorders

Lighting Equipment

As far as lighting, kits can include (according to level and production needs – HMI, LED, Tungsten, Fresnel… and are regularly dedicated to serving actual practical production classes like cinematography and lab directing:

  • 575 up to 1,2kWatt HMI lighting units
  • 200 W LED lights equipped with fresnel lenses
  • LED PANEL lights
  • Tungsten units ranging from 750W to 2kW
  • 300 watt to 5K Lighting units with Fresnel lenses
  • Kino fluos

Post-production materials

In post-production, student filmmakers can work on editing and sound in 85 post production work stations equipped with the latest software including :

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Avid Media Composer
  • Adobe CC, After Effects, Premiere


A number of shooting accessories are available to help students in shooting their exercises and final film projects :

  • Dolly and rail
  • Flags and nets
  • Lightweight grip gear : clamps, arms, stands