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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.


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 year ECTS credits
Æsthetics of light 3
Directing actors 3
Scriptwriting 4,5
Camera lighting 4,5
Editing 3
Contemporary cinema 3
Non-fictional Film-making 3
Production 3
Production Design 2
Tutoring 1
Workshops 6
Productions 24

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 (screenwriting for television series),
  • Mastering color grading in DaVinci Resolve,
  • 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.

You will meet directors, producers, actors, editors, authors, musicians, costume designers, directors of photography, sound designers and more. Our guests come to share their work, their stories and their experience. Films and film clips will be shown to illustrate their work.

Film School - EICAR Master Class Lecture Series

Guests we have welcomed in the past include:

  • Jan Harlan  – Kubrick’s producer
  • Richard Leacock – Founder of the modern documentary
  • Gloria Katz & Willard Huyck – Screenwriters (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, American Graffiti’s)
  • Douglas Kennedy – Screenwriter & novelist
  • Matthew Robbins – Writer / Producer (Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Guillermo Del Toro, Walter Murch)
  • Charlotte Rampling – Actress (Oscar nominee Best Actress)
  • Adrian Smith – Production designer (Full Metal Jacket)
  • Stephen M. Katz – Director of Photography (Blues Brothers)
  • Agnès Godard – Director of photography (Best Photo César for Claire Denis’s film Beau Travail)
  • Olivier Megaton  – Director (Transporter 3, Colombiana, Taken 2)
  • Randa Haines   – Director (Children of a Lesser God nominated for Golden Globes, BAFTA & Academy Awards)
  • Hervé Schneid – Editor (Alien: Resurrection, Delicatessen, Amelie, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet)

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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 class work and final film projects, students in our Bachelor, Master and One-Year Filmmaking programs have access to a wide range of cameras, 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