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International Programs

Master of Fine Arts
in Filmmaking

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


电影制作艺术硕士学位 — 招生手册

The entire program is taught in English

The Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking is a two-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.

In the second 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 an end of year project related to the field of choice. This, in addition to selective workshops offered in the MFA curriculum forms the basis of the program. Consequently, the student is trained to become a well-rounded and polyvalent filmmaker with additional practice in their chosen option.

  • Type of formation:
    Academic education
  • Length of program:
    2 years
  • Diploma:
    European Master of Fine Arts
  • Options:
    Directing, production, editing, cinematography and screenwriting

MFA Particulars

The Master’s program includes:

  • Intense specialized workshops
  • Industry professionals faculty members
  • Exclusive membership at the Cinémathèque Française
  • Small class sizes
  • One-on-one tutoring
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Five options


This option gives the opportunity to direct a film project, either based on their own script or an alternative screenplay (music video /commercial). 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 years.


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


This option gives priority access in all camera and lighting workshops during 2nd years. Students with a Cinematography option will photograph three advanced 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 120 ECTS.

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The first year consists in courses in the key disciplines of filmmaking and an introduction to the latest digital technology accompanied by hands-on-film exercises and production of short films.

  • Directing: fundamental film grammar, shot motivation, point of view, camera movement, narrative visual storytelling, coverage and continuity
  • Screenwriting: introduction to basic structure from concept to character, scriptwriting rules and format, story development, character, visual strategies, understanding dramatic structure
  • Directing Actors: fundamentals of casting and rehearsal techniques
  • Production: budgeting, scheduling, location scouting and permits, running a film set
  • Cinematography: theoretical and practical exercises covering the fundamentals – 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, Blackmagic URSA 4K
  • Editing: fundamentals of picture and sound editing, introduction and mastering of standard editing software including Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, AVID
  • Sound : introduction of sound recording and writing with sound

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

In addition to completing the core curriculum and required workshops, students will devote time to the development of fiction projets and documentary projects and their final year project supported by extensive one-on-one tutoring.

  • Directing: extensive hands-on directorial exercises, multiple cameras, use of cinemascope, mastering the sequence shot, etc., preparation and execution of final year film
  • Screenwriting: pitching story, short film vs feature, structure of the short screenplay, character vs plot and writing of the final year film, the importance of visual language
  • Production: line producing skills, demands of the modern creative producer, film distribution, financing and shepherding a project from pre-production to release
  • Editing: mastering the art and craft of creative editing and postproduction techniques (Avid, advanced techniques of Adobe Premiere), extensive hands-on exercises
  • Cinematography: advanced lighting, composition and camera techniques, introduction to the high-end digital cameras such as Arri Alexa Plus, RED cameras
  • 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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