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Diploma Program in Filmmaking

The International Academy of Film and Television is not considered a top LA film school for no reason.  Studios recognize that those who complete the Diploma Program in Filmmaking from IAFT are a cut above the rest when it comes to experience and understanding of film and production.   The program is designed to allow the graduate to fit easily into a career in film, television, or video production.



Screenwriting 101 »

• Basics of professional screenplay formatting and 3-act structure.
• Brainstorm ideas for stories and scripts.
• Create story conflict, as well as memorable characters, relationships, and dialogue.
• Learn successful storytelling by examining character, structure and genre.
• Develop, write and workshop one short script.


Cinematography 101 »

• Learn the roles in the camera department.
• Learn basics of lighting, camera placement, coverage and continuity in hands-on sessions.


Sound 101 »

• Fundamentals of studio and location sound recording.
• Teaching the vital importance sound plays in creating an engaging and convincing scene.


Directing 101 »

• The role of the director / what makes a good director.
• Story development and script breakdown / shaping a story.
• Basic directing skills / shooting for editing / visual story-telling.
• Working with actors and writers.


Producing 101 »

• Role of the producer, from studio to independent filmmaking to television.
• Creating a production book, including script breakdowns, budgets and schedules.
• Producing the short film.


Class Film 101 »

• In Screenwriting 101, class members will each write one short script (about 3-5 pages) with no dialogue. • Each student will shoot his/her script as a project during the first term.


Editing 101 »

• Learn basic principles and rules of both technical and creative film editing.
• Learn Final Cut Pro for basic editing.
• Learn how to edit for emotion, pace, timing, smoothness and continuity.
• Edit a short film with no dialogue, music and effects.

Classroom hrs total 140
Lab Hours 85

Screenwriting 202 »

• Learn story structure in-depth, including the relation to genre.
• Learn to write inciting incidents, progressive complications, crisis, climax and resolution.
• Study principles from Robert McKee’s Story.
• Develop, write and workshop one short script.


Cinematography 202 »

• Learn to tell a story visually using camera movement, shot/lens selection and lighting
• Learn advanced lighting packages to ensure quality and continuity of light


Sound 202 »

• Digital nonlinear audio layout utilizing Pro Tools.
• Basics of ADR, foley and mixing.
• Importing, layering, and timeline editing.


Directing 202 »

• Managing cast and crew, and interacting with other departments.
• Directing actors and other directing skills / casting, rehearsals, and working one-on-one with actors.
• Using dialogue and sound to tell an audio-visual story.
• Overall theme and story resonance.


Producing 202 »

• Breakdown, produce a budget, and prepare a production schedule for a feature film..
• Casting, locations, staying on schedule and budget.
• Film financing, contracts, copyrights and other legal issues.
• Looking for funds to make films / the business of international film production.


Class Film 202 »

• In Screenwriting 201, class members will each write one short script (about 5-7 pages).
• One script will be selected for production by the class as a team during the second term.


Editing 202 »

• Edit a short film with synchronized audio and video using Final Cut Pro.
• Learn basic Photoshop skills.
• Learn basic motion and color correction skills.
• Export projects to DVD using DVD Studio Pro, and compression for internet streaming.

Classroom hrs total 140
Lab Hours 85

Cinematography 303 »

• Advanced shooting situations and lighting set-ups.
• Color correction and filtration, shooting with multiple cameras, professional set etiquette.


Editing 303 »

• The editor’s power to enhance the story through creative cutting and professional know-how.


Screenwriting 303 »

• Pitching projects to producers and studios.
• Writing adaptations and TV shows / Rewrite jobs.
• Learn how scripts are covered by studio executives and how to write coverage.
• Develop and write the first draft of the student’s thesis film.


Sound 303 »

• Creative sound design, pre-mix, final mix.
• Delivery of the soundtrack to the producer and the viewer.


Directing 303 »

• Directorial styles and techniques of international film directors.
• How to secure the best cast for your movie / working with a Casting Director.
• How the screenplay evolves into the finished feature film.
• What works with actors and how to get the most out of a performance.


Production Design 301 »

• Introduction to Production Design, including how the director and producer interact with the designer


Location 301 »

• Scouting and Securing Film Locations


PSA 301 »

• The class will conceive, prepare, and shoot at least one Public Service Announcement in the third term


Documentary 301 »

• How to conceive, prepare, produce and shoot a Short Documentary Film
• The class will shoot at least one documentary in the third term


Non-Scripted Television 301 »

• Reality TV / concept, organization and execution

Classroom hrs total 140
Lab Hours 85

Pre Production »

• Finalize concepts and pre-production for each student’s thesis film.
• Students work one-on-one with a faculty mentor to plan the thesis project from script breakdown, casting and rehearsals to location scouting.


Production »

• Each student will complete all production on a ten-minute project.
• Under supervision of faculty mentors, students use this time to shoot, edit, and finalize their project to fulfill requirements for the program.


Post Production »

• Each student will complete all post-production on a ten-minute project.
• Under supervision of faculty mentors, students use this time to shoot, edit, and finalize their project to fulfill requirements for the program.


Financing, Marketing & Distribution »

• Before you make your movie, how do you get a deal?  And after you finish it, what do you do with it?
• How to finance, market and distribute your product


Career Development »

• Portfolio and Reel Marketing

Classroom hrs total 140
Lab Hours 85



The Diploma Program in Filmmaking is an intensive program, but not without reason.  The film industry is one of the most competitive industries out there with droves of would be writers, actors, cinematographers, and all the rest vying for the same positions, so anyone can be replaced in a heartbeat. That is why the International Academy of Film and Television strives to ensure that by the time you have finished the program and received your Diploma, you will not only be prepared for anything you may encounter, but also be able to excel when faced with adversity.  Those who are able to conquer the Diploma Program in Filmmaking are recognizable on set by their talent and ability.  IAFT students receive the skills and training necessary to be knowledgeable in the essential subjects of filmmaking from pre to post-production, which is more than many in the film industry can claim.

Unlike other schools for film, IAFT pushes to a higher standard.  Our Diploma of Filmmaking is for those who have a real and genuine passion for the film industry, those who are not content to hang at the bottom as a PA or a grip, but want to be genuinely involved in the production process.  If you have the drive to hone and polish your skills until you reach the top, and to put in the hours to get the project done no matter what, then the Diploma of Filmmaking program is where you need to be.  Apply today and get started on the path to your dream career.