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One Year Advanced Cinematography Program

Particulars of One Year Advanced Cinematography Program

  • Type of program: Academic education
  • Programs offered: Program in English
  • Length of program: One year
  • Prerequisite: Bachelors or Masters in film or the passing of a cinematography level entrance exam
  • Diploma: Certificate stating the completion of the program

EICAR offers a One Year Filmmaking program in Advanced Cinematography. This program is designed to offer a year featuring lighting and camera oriented courses and workshops, together with supplementary discipline classes to round out the year. It culminates in a full production period offering experience in the camera department on various upper level shoots to experiment and diversify.

It is intended for future Directors of Photography or Assistant Camera technicians and Lighting Professionals who wish to spend a year perfecting these skill sets.   

The One Year Advanced Cinematography student is expected to already have a basic level of cinematography knowledge that will allow access to advanced courses and workshops on offer. This is not for beginners as the courses offered will be at an advanced BFA 3rd year or MFA 2nd year level.

The One Year advanced Cinematography program follows the philosophy of “hands-on” practical exercises in classes, workshops and a third term devoted to working on the production of student films as a Cinematographer, Operator, AC, Gaffer, or Key Grip. It is designed to work on advanced cameras and workflow technologies to equip and train cinematographers for the rigors of the industry.


After successfully passing all core classes, the One Year Certificate is issued by EICAR. The One Year is a non-degree, non ECTS program.


Students in this program follow both workshops and classes tailored to this specialization in advanced work in camera lighting but also are expected to round out the experience by some key core classes in the various disciplines. One-on-one tutoring and mentorship with a cinematography professor is also a key component of the curriculum.

The program serves as a place to shoot and gather camera and lighting experience with upper classmen and women from the BFA and MFA who also looking to work with these students as key crew members of their final year shoots.

English language Hands-On-Film program in the cinema capital of the world

  • Complete “learning by doing” curriculum
  • Extensive one-on-one tutoring with film professionals
  • Faculty and tutors – A-list film professionals
  • Membership at La Cinémathèque Française (French National Film Archives)
  • This is a non-degree, non ECTS program. Students who successfully complete the program have the opportunity to enter the EICAR Bachelor program in second year (or the Master program in first year if they have a prior degree).

For more information please contact John McNulty.

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 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