Programs

Certificate Program in Filmmaking

The International Academy of Film and Television’s Certificate Program in Filmmaking is the perfect course for novice filmmakers looking to hone their skills and take their film and production craftwork to the next level. This immersive, hands-on course teaches every step of filmmaking from pre-production to post; how to approach each step both technically and artistically.

During the 20 week program (two 10-week terms), you’ll not only learn the ins and outs of crafting a compelling screenplay, but also the essential skills required to direct, produce, edit, and more.

We recognize how important it is to build a body of work for yourself as you make your way in the film industry. By the end of the course you will have a completed an individual film as well as a group film to add to your portfolio. These completed films can be your entrée into your career and our programs guide you to producing them as part of your coursework.

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Certificate program is a concentrated exploration into the processes of filmmaking conducted over two 10-week terms. Students learn to write, direct, shoot and edit a group short film/video project and an individual short film/video project. There are four main concentrations of studies: Screenwriting, Pre-Production, Production, and Editing. Students attend class 4 days or evenings a week with an additional 8 1⁄2 hour on-campus lab period per week. The maximum number of students-to-teacher ratio in a classroom or lab session is 12:1.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

The educational objective of the Certificate Program in Filmmaking is to train people for entry-level work in the film and video industry as camera operators, videographers, grips, screenwriters, producers, directors, production assistants, assistant editors, lighting assistants, assistant directors, dolly grips, video editors, lighting technicians, director’s assistants, and audio recorders.

Students will learn to:

  • Understand the fundamental principles of storytelling
  • Write and edit screenplays for short films
  • Set up and operate professional level cameras and lenses
  • Set up a range of lighting equipment
  • Produce and direct a short film
  • Supervise production crew and actors
  • Light indoor and outdoor scenes and compose shots to effectively communicate a script’s 
message or theme
  • Work with camera support and movement systems, such as tripods, dollies, jibs, cranes 
and others
  • Record and mix sound
  • Organize and edit raw video and sound footage to reflect the story detailed in a script
  • Incorporate video and sound effects into edited material
  • Add text and graphics to a film and video presentation
  • Communicate and work effectively with other film crewmembers
  • Plan and coordinate the crew and production components necessary to produce a short 
film
  • Distribute a completed film through a variety of platforms
  • Follow professional etiquette to facilitate successful and effective overall crew performance.

CLOCK HOURS:

450 HOURS – 280 hours of the program are classroom hours consisting of theory or new principles. The remaining 170 hours are on-campus laboratory hours consisting of supervised student practice of a previously introduced theory/principle during which practical skills and knowledge are developed and reinforced.

CEBU - 584 HOURS - Due to our TESDA accreditation, our program differs slightly from other campuses.  336 hours of the program are classroom hours consisting of theory or new principles. The remaining 248 hours are on-campus/off-campus laboratory hours consisting of supervised student practice of a previously introduced theory/principle during which practical skills and knowledge are developed and reinforced.

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Term 1 Hours

Cinematography 101 »

(24.5 hours classroom, 15 hours lab) (CEBU – 24 hours classroom, 8 hours lab)

Ushering students into the world of the cinematographer through hands-on sessions with the camera operator’s essential tools in telling a visual story, including who’s who on set and what they do. It’s an exploration of fundamental camera principles, types, formats and operations, shot selection and rules for continuity and screen direction, plus that most crucial element, the basics of lighting—the nature and quality of light itself and how to sculpt it. (Prerequisite: None)

39.5

Editing 101 »

(14 hours classroom, 8.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 32 hours lecture, 8 hours lab)

The basic principles and aesthetics of cutting film. The course will open the doors on nonlinear digital editing as a storytelling tool and teach the fundamentals of structure from an editor’s viewpoint. Students will edit their own projects using Avid Media Composer or Premier Pro software (depending on the campus) – and also understand and be able to apply basic edit techniques to any video media—as well as develop an eye for recognizing effective in-and-out points and the know-how to organize media storage efficiently…and then be able to export footage when the work is done. (Prerequisite: Screenwriting 101)

22.5

Directing 101 »

(14 hours classroom, 8.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 16 hours classroom, 8 hours lab)

A first look at the role of the film director and the necessary skills in the art and craft of directing, with an emphasis on visual storytelling and working with actors, by examining in detail what a director does in shaping a story. Vital touchstones in determining what makes a good director include character and story analysis, coverage and how to get it, practical tips and tricks for directors, and what actors need from a director. (Prerequisite: Screenwriting 101)

22.5

Screenwriting 101 »

(21 hours classroom, 12.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 24 hours classroom, 8 hours lab)

An introductory course critical for writers, directors, producers and other creative practitioners involved in the interpretive process, covering the fundamentals of form, structure, character development and dialogue in both feature-length and short scripts, along with proper screenplay formatting, the Final Draft program, idea-generating techniques, and writing for visuals, not just words. Projects include writing a 3-5 page no-dialogue script for a student-produced short film. (Prerequisite: None)

33.5

Producing 101 »

(14 hours classroom, 8.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 16 hours classroom, 8 hours lab)

From studio to independent filmmaking, we provide a comprehensive overview of what it takes to produce a movie. Students get exposed to a wide spectrum of production management techniques by learning script breakdowns, budgets and schedules within the context of the production process, allowing them to get first-hand the connection between what’s on the screen and what’s on the page of a script, a schedule, or a line item in a budget. (Prerequisite: Screenwriting 101)

22.5

Sound 101 »

(14 hours classroom, 8.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 16 hours classroom, 8 hours lab)

Introducing students to the powerful storytelling tools available in the soundtrack and showing how to use them. Sound 101 concentrates on a practical and useful approach to production sound. Students develop skills and gain understanding through demonstrations of the professional acquisition of quality audio tracks and examining and practicing recording strategies and techniques. The emphasis is on providing the highest level of excellence and superiority in production audio. (Prerequisite: None)

22.5

Digital Film Production 101 »

(24.5 hour classroom, 15 hours lab) (CEBU – 24 hours classroom, 8 hours lab)

Selecting, preparing, and shooting a film, with each student producing a 1-3 minute, no-dialogue film as a final term project. Sessions are devoted to finalizing student-written scripts, delegating crew positions, extensive pre-production, a mock shoot in preparation for the actual shoot, and creating a production schedule for each film. Final postproduction work will be done in Editing 102 and in regular lab hours. After this project, students should enter the next term prepared to make a longer and more complicated film. (Prerequisite: Screenwriting 101)

39.5

Editing 102 »

(14 hours classroom, 8.5 hours lab)

Students expand on the editing fundamentals learned in Editing 101 and apply them to editing their own footage shot in Digital Filmmaking Production 101. Mentors provide instruction and guidance on practical and efficient editing practices. Students will complete their Term 1 film project in this course. (Prerequisite: Editing 101)

22.5

Acting 101 - Cebu Only »

(24 hours classroom, 8 hours lab)

The course is an introduction to the fundamentals of acting. Through lecture and various exercises, students will gain a practical understanding of the basic techniques or acting. Emphasis is placed on listening and responding, which form the foundation of the craft. (Prerequisite: None)

32
Classroom Hours 140
Lab Hours 85
Term 2 Hours

Screenwriting 202 »

(21 hours classroom, 12.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 24 hours classroom)

Screenwriting 202 is an absolute essential for any creative specialist, embracing the lifeblood of storytelling for feature films and going into more intimate detail about structure, character development, plot vs. character, three-act breakdown and composing effective dialogue, while introducing students to pitching and writing for television. Classes include writing a 5-8 page synch-dialogue script for a student-produced short film. (Prerequisite: Screenwriting 101)

33.5

Producing 202 »

(14 hours classroom, 8.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 16 hours classroom)

An in-depth look at the role of the producer, building upon the methods and procedures acquired in the first term. Students will learn about the variety of emerging hybrid producer positions and more traditional producer roles as well as in-class discussions on real life situations involving decision making and problem solving. Projects will include breakdowns, budgets, and production schedules. (Prerequisite: Producing 101)

22.5

Directing 202 »

(14 hours classroom, 8.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 16 hours classroom)

Continuing the development of the director’s craft, encompassing concepts of rehearsal, overall theme and story resonance, and staging scenes with multiple actors, plus managing a cast and crew. The material also provides students with informed techniques for casting, rehearsals, and working one-on-one with actors. The integration of mis-en-scene and coverage with other elements like dialogue and sound enable students to find any weakness and turn it into an advantage, and thereby gain a firmer foundation in visual and emotional storytelling. (Prerequisite: Directing 101)

22.5

Cinematography 202 »

(21 hours classroom, 12.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 24 hours classroom)

Exploring more difficult shooting situations and lighting set ups, students will build on their first- term experience and gain a better understanding of the ways a cinematographer tells a visual story through framing and lens selection, color correction, and lighting for mood and tone with a more advanced lighting package. Not overlooked are issues of set safety and continuity, along with intermediate camera principles and a review of basics. (Prerequisite: Cinematography 101)

33.5

Sound 202 »

(14 hours classroom, 8.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 16 hours classroom, 8 hours lab)

Continuing the exploration of the audio impact on visual images. Second-term Sound concentrates on the foundation and principles of post-production sound and the effective manipulation of dialogue, music, and sound effects to create a unified soundtrack. Spotting and fixing dialogue is covered, as well as Automatic Dialogue Replacement, and a wealth of additional indispensible details. (Prerequisite: Sound 101)

22.5

Digital Film Production 202 »

(21 hour lecture, 12.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 24 hours classroom)

Selecting, prepping, and shooting the Term 2 film, with a group effort to produce a 3-7 minute, synch-dialogue film as a final term project. Sessions concentrate on finalizing a choice among student-written scripts and delegating crew positions, followed by pre-production and creating the production schedule. Students work closely together to plan the project, in a teambuilding, cooperative spirit. Final post-production work will be done in Editing 204 and in regular lab hours. (Prerequisite: Screenwriting 202)

33.5

Editing 203 »

(14 hours classroom, 8.5 hours lab)

The aim is to add to the student’s proficiency by unveiling new techniques in Avid Media Composer or Premier Pro (depending on the campus), not only for editing in a narrative film structure, but also for cutting projects in the new media entertainment industry. Other benefits include alternative editing styles, utilizing effective visual transitions, pacing and rhythm, plus basic color correction skills, and finally compressing finished edits for Internet streaming. (Prerequisite: Editing 203)

22.5

Editing 204 »

(14 hours classroom, 8.5 hours lab)

Students expand on the editing fundamentals learned in Editing 203 and apply them to editing their own footage from the group project shot in Digital Filmmaking Production 202. Mentors provide instruction and guidance on practical and efficient editing practices. Students will complete their Term 2 film project in this course. (Prerequisite: Editing 203)

22.5

Career Development 201 »

(7 hours classroom, 5 hours lab) (CEBU – 8 hours classroom)

This course introduces students to the fundamentals for planning, organizing and implementing job search strategies. Emphasis is placed on careers in the film, TV and new media production industries. Students learn of the basic tools and strategies for finding their first film industry job. Students will engage in preliminary skills assessment and prepare a resume. (Prerequisite: None.)

12

Editing 202 - Cebu Only »

(32 hours classroom, 8 hours lab)

Students expand on the editing fundamentals learned in Editing 101 and apply them to editing their own footage shot in Digital Filmmaking Production 101. Mentors provide instruction and guidance on practical and efficient editing practices. Students will complete their Term 1 film project in this course. (Prerequisite: Editing 101)

40
Classroom Hours 140
Lab Hours 85