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his department offers a diverse, challenging curriculum in directing and producing for film, television and other media. During two years of study you'll explore the main roles and functions of both professions through a number of practical exercises, including short films, commercials, music videos, documentaries and various television formats. You'll also receive training in screenwriting, film grammar, the directing of actors, as well as in the equipment and technical aspects used in contemporary filmmaking.

The goal of the curriculum is to provide students with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of filmmaking and the skills required in constructing visual narratives. You'll learn how to break down a script, stage it for the camera, and communicate with and block actors. You'll learn what's involved in producing for film and television and about the nature and structure of both industries. You'll learn how a film set is run, and the importance of cooperation, discipline and professional working methods. At the same time, we'll encourage you all the while to take risks, be creative and develop your unique voice as a storyteller.

At the end of two years, you'll have acquired not only a new set of skills but a rich portfolio of your own work, which will serve as your calling card as you enter into the challenging but exciting world of filmmaking.

Preview of Films

Department 1 prepares you for the following jobs

  • Assistant location manager (ALM)
  • Assistant Production Coordinator
  • Associate Producer
  • Casting Director
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • First Assistant Director (first AD)
  • Line Producer
  • Location Manager
  • Producer
  • Producer Assistant
  • Production Coordinator
  • Producton Manager
  • Script Supervisor (aka continuity)
  • Second Assistant Director

Courses
Direction 1 | LST 103
Production 1 | FRL 103
Screenwriting 1 | HAN 101
Film grammar 1 | MFA 102
Music videos | TÓN 103
Commercials | AUG 103
1st semester thesis project | LOK 106
Equipment and technique 1 | TÆK 106
Collab. btw departments | SAM 101
Film history 1 | KMS 102
Direction 2 | LST 205
Production 2 | FRL 203
Screenwriting 2 | HAN 203
Film Grammar 2 | MFA 202
History of Art 1 | LIS 102
TV programs | SJÓ 103
Dramatic TV Pilot | LSJ 105
Equipment and technique 2 | TÆK 204
Collab. btw departments | SAM 201
Film history 2 | KMS 202
Directing 3 | LST 303
Production 3 | FRL 302
Screenwriting 3 | HAN 302
Experimentation | TIL 102
History of Art 2 | LIS 202
Multi-Camera TV Production | FJÖ 106
Short films | STU 106
Visual language and its use | MYN 104
Collab. btw departments | SAM 301
Film history 3 | KMS 302
Directing 4 | LST 404
Production 4 | FRL 402
Screenwriting 4 | HAN 402
Supplementary course | STO 103
Documentaries | HEM 104
4th semester final project | LOK 208
Contemporary filmmaking | SAT 102
Collab. btw departments | SAM 401
Film history 4 | KMS 402
Contracts and rates | VER 102
“Professionals from all directions make sure you constantly broaden your horizon and learn new things with each project”
Atli Þór Einarsson, Graduated spring 2015
“The two years I studied at The Icelandic Film were fantastic. This is where I first realized what I wanted to do for the rest of my life”

Þórður K. Pálsson, Graduated spring 2012