The International Film & Television School Paris
50 years of EICAR
Over 500 productions
at Cannes Film Festival
The school of creative industries in Paris
EICAR The International Film and Television School Paris, was founded in 1972. The International Department, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, was founded in 2000.
The EICAR international Department prepares the filmmakers of tomorrow with a comprehensive practical degree program incorporating the following disciplines:
- Filmmaking and Audiovisual
- Sound and Music
- Acting and Stage
A Training Ground for Excellency
Our degree programs and one year programs have been designed by professionals in the field. Our philosophy of « learning by doing » forms the core of our pedagogical approach to prepare students in all the aspects of production in an exercise based approach to classes where students master adapting technologies and learn by their mistakes.
Our partnerships with local companies also give students the chance to pursue internships for credit and our international network of alumni and teachers make taking that next vital step to starting a career, a little more accessible.
The objective of our programs is to prepare students for the challenging but thrilling film industry workplace by making them polyvalent filmmakers capable of accepting any challenge.
Build Your Professional Network
Fostering your contacts begins at school: our teachers are also professionals, our master class lecturers are working pros in the industry and the range of our visiting professors coming from the four corners of the globe to give workshops in their chosen field represents a valued opportunity to build one’s contact base.
This together with the international student alumni, who often make successful careers in different countries, means that our international department students are in a far more advantageous position to adapt to an industry that, by nature, is becoming more and more international: from financing and pre-production to crewing up.
Students take on different positions during the production period term, giving them valuable experience in a variety of different roles contributing to the most vital part of the education: lots of practical experience.
At EICAR, we are first and foremost an international crossroads where not only French aesthetics and production techniques are explored, but also those of the world over.
Our student body represents over 60 nationalities. This enriching atmosphere makes for more comprehensive training, but an interesting and diverse point of view that ultimately makes for richer films. Our Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking allow you to pursue your studies in universities worldwide, should you wish to further your worldwide education.
EICAR is a member of the government student service Campus France that can be helpful in securing student visas, the only filmschool with the “Welcome in France” label.
EICAR is also a member of CILECT, the international association of film and audiovisual schools.
Launch your career
EICAR is a launching pad to give a real foundation for your passion.
Our one on one instruction with professors help nurture and guide you in your projects and can provide real insight into possible career choices long after your studies have finished in the international department.
85 percent of our alumni stay in the industry and manage to thrive worldwide in a variety of different career paths in the vast film and television industry !
Study filmmaking in France,
cradle of cinema
We are the only Continental European film school with a full English language curriculum that offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema and a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema degrees.
The English language curriculum of the International Department is specifically conceived to meet the demands of the global audio-visual, film and television industries. In the tradition of the Anglo-Saxon method of film education, a combination of theoretical classes, “hands-on-film” workshops and production, along with extensive personal one-on-one tutoring are the foundation of the program. Additionally, International students have a membership to the French Cinémathèque, the world’s first and foremost film museum, with free access to the screenings, library and cultural events.
Our International students, as well as the professors, come from the four corners of the globe creating a potential network of employment opportunities. The multinational nature of the faculty and student body is also one of the things that make the “EICAR experience” one of the most unique and productive in film education with the majority of our students finding employment in the audio-visual industries after graduation.
Unlike the degree programs, the summer workshops are designed to be a brief and fun introduction to all aspects of the craft. Students make their own 5 minute short as part of “Making a Short” and write their own short script and feature treatment as part of the two week “Writing a Short” workshop. It is a designed as a fun, practical introduction to the craft of filmmaking.
The one year is a great fundamentals program that allows students to take core courses from the BFA first year range of core classes. The average student for this program is not looking for a degree but is looking to spend a year learning the basics. IE: someone on his or her “gap year”. The flexibility of the one year allows students to take as many or few classes from these options as the student wishes. Occasionally, students can also take a workshop or advanced class per their qualifying for it. Successfully completing the one year program provides an excellent basis for continued study with us, or a perspective of what a career in film will look like.
Although there is no age limit for the programs, the BFA tends to attract high school age students of 20 years of age, looking to start their undergraduate work. But we have had mature students in the programs before.
Students under the age of 18 must have completed their high school education and have a note from their guardian in France.
The MFA average age is the candidate who has already completed their undergraduate work, the average age being 25.
Eicar International’s degree programs, the BFA and MFA are officially recognized by the U.S. veteran’s administration. United States armed services candidates should take this into account.
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.
Orientation Day in the international department is usually scheduled on the last Friday of September. Courses continue until the end of July.
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.
Admissions begins in late October and is rolling but usually goes until early summer depending on places that remain.
There is no fee to apply to our programs and application is simple and can be done online. The application criteria that we ask for is a letter of motivation and a letter of recommendation.
A portfolio sample is obligatory for the Masters application but not for the undergraduate programs or one year.
We also require a copy of your passport and your last year of grades.
Candidates submit a copy of your high school or secondary school equivalent for application to the BFA and one year programs.
A copy of your undergraduate degree (it can be in any subject) is required for application to the MFA.
Documents must be in either English or French.
We also schedule a skype interview as part of the process.
Master your art!
EICAR prepares you for careers in the film and creative industries. Give yourself every chance to succeed!