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3 Year Filmmaking Program, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Paris, France
The 3 Year Filmmaking Program at ESRA International Film School offers students a chance to perfect their skills through two more years of study, as they prepare to enter the professional world of film and television, and students must choose a specialization the third year, in one of five branches: Fiction Filmmaking, TV Production, Cinematography, Editing / Visual Effects, and Production.
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ESRA International Film School is launching a  3 Year Filmmaking Program in Paris composed of lectures, workshops, short film projects and professional internships. 


The goal of workshops is to develop students’ ‘hands-on’ practical filmmaking skills. There is a variety of workshops: from technical photography, camera operating, lighting, and sound recording, to writing, video editing, sound editing, color editing, and directing actors. Depending on students’ orientations, specialized technical workshops, such as steadicam use or advanced editing, are offered the third year of study.

Student Projects

Student projects are essential to putting into practice of what is learned in lectures and workshops. Students work in pairs and groups on various types of audio-visual and short film projects (fiction, documentary, advertising). While the first year’s projects can be important exercises, second and third year projects must show mastery and reach professional standards of production. Students can also borrow equipment to film their own extracurricular projects and can ask teachers for guidance and feedback.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The main goal of lecture classes is to provide students with a solid understanding of narrative storytelling, technical notions, and film production. 
  • Students gain essential knowledge about audio-visual production and the technical aspects of photography, video, and sound. 
  • They also study the history of cinema and analyse films to develop their critical sense, and better understand the dynamics of ‘mise en scène’ and stage directing.


Students wishing to pursue a career in Film and television. 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Applicants must provide a valid proof of identity (passport, EU national identity card)
  • Applicants must fill the form on the website to receive the application and brochure. They must then read the guidelines and complete the ESRA International programs application, providing all the listed required supporting documents.
  • Applicants for the 1 Year and 3 Year programs should have at least a high-school diploma or higher.
  • You must be open-minded and tolerant towards different cultures and faiths. ESRA International programs are for applicants from all parts of the world and you must be ready to share in an intercultural experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    11000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Paris

  • 1195 - 1780 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


ESRA International Filmmaking scholarships – If an ESRA International program is fully enrolled (20 to 30 students per class), a few scholarships will be offered to students to cover part or all of their tuition fees, on the basis of merit and of financial need. For every 10 students enrolled, the value of one full tuition scholarship will be provided to one student or divided as partial scholarships for up to three students. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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