Film and Television

Master of Fine Arts

is an advanced dynamic and streamlined two year study arc.

With a class size of 15 students, we favor direct studio workand small-group practical exercises where lessons can sink in. Classes and workshops in the MFA take into account the students’ levels and allow them to develop and streamline their study toward the professional film industry integration.

EICAR MFA program also integrates a direct understanding of professional responsibilities such as the Producing for a Client class where students are expected to produce a commercial on deadline as a team.


The International Department’s MFA is an intensive two-year program concentrating on single camera fiction filmmaking with supplementary workshops.
Although we encourage specialization in later year of the MFA degree programs, we believe that students must have a well-rounded understanding of all aspects of the filmmaking process.

First year: Mastering the fundamentals & New horizons of the digital era

The first year consists of 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: Narrative visual storytelling, Coverage and Continuity basics. Shot Listing and Storyboarding.
  • Screenwriting: Dramaturgy in the short form, basics of screenwriting.
  • Directing Actors: Developing the language to communicate with actors. Casting fundamentals and rehearsing techniques. 
  • Production: Production Management, AD skills, budgeting and scheduling Financing and distribution. Producing for a Client.
  • Cinematography: Mastering Composition and Lighting, Color Temperature, Mood Lighting for indoor and exterior lighting, Location Lighting. Cameras include: RED, Sony FS7, Blackmagic URSA 4K, 16mm and 35mm.
  • Editing: Creative Editing, Mastering Final Cut Pro X Software. Subsequent workshops: Adobe Premiere and AVID.
  • Production Design: Art Direction and its implications on opening up a director’s choices.

Access to workshops include Recording Production Sound and Documentary Filmmaking Bootcamp.
Additionally, students have the opportunity attend to a series of specialized intense workshops covering a wide array of film, television and media subjects including such varied topics as Aesthetics of Sound in the Cinema, Lighting for Mood, Preparing the Film Canvas, Painting with Light, How to Make a TeaseThe Large Sensor (R)evolution, DaVinci Resolve, etc.

Second year: Specializing toward the third term project

While continuing to develop their polyvalent skills in the disciplines outlined in the first year, students complete the cycle with a second year of specialization where concentration is placed toward the third term project which can be oriented toward one of the five majors:

  • Directing
    Personal visual and narrative style. Developing a working language with actors.
    End-of-year film with one on one tutoring with head professor.
  • Screenwriting
    Short form, feature form and series writing and new media.
    Developing a short and a feature film treatment, and key scenes for third term project with one on one consultation with head writing professor.
  • Producing
    Furthering line producing skills, branching out into the demands of the modern creative producer in familiarizing with distribution. Financing and sheparding a project from pre production to release.
    Students produce three key third term projects.
  • Editing
    Familiarizing with both creative editing and logistics of software to respond to demands of modern post production deadlines.
    Students edit three key third term projects.
  • Cinematography
    Developing signature style and working relationship with director. Advanced techniques in modern cinematography and working on a deadline.
    Students shoot three key third term projects.

During this second and final year the students prepare their third term project / end-of-year film through a series of specialized workshops, one-on-one tutoring and a program of independent study. The third term (May through July) is dedicated exclusively to the production of student’s project.

Additionally, students have the opportunity attend to a series of specialized intense workshops outside their major covering a wide array of film, television and media subjects including such varied topics as Aesthetics of Sound in the Cinema, Lighting for Mood, Preparing the Film Canvas, Painting with Light, The Large Sensor (R)evolution, DaVinci Resolve, How to Make a Tease, etc.

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The European Master of Fine Arts is a degree-level diploma

which is accredited by EABHES, the European Accreditation Board of Higher Education Schools.
The Master’s degree is recognized in affiliated Universities and Higher Education Schools and gives students a high level of geographical mobility, in terms both of their studies and their professional activities. They are a genuine European passport for the world of work.

Between 60 to 120 ECTS credits are required for the MFA degree. These credits include classes, personal study and internships.
A compulsory Foreign Language test is also required for the degree qualifications.

Focus on working after graduation

Although internships are not required for a degree in our Department, international students who have graduated from EICAR MFA program may apply for a one-time and nonrenewable temporary residency authorization valid for 12 months beyond the date of expiration of the student’s residency permit.
The authorization enables the student to work at any job and internship up to the limit of 60% of the official workweek.

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