CET Florence: Film Production

NYFA Filmmaking Instruction +
Italian Language

Learn essential Italian during your first three weeks, then delve into filmmaking.
  • Open to students of all majors, no filmmaking experience required
  • Filmmaking classes provided by NYFA
  • Italian language classes provided by CET
  • Film courses taught in English
  • Courses in all aspects of film production
  • Five film projects

NYFA Filmmaking Courses

Make movies at the New York Film Academy in Florence. Learn from experts in their field as you take classes in directing, screenwriting, lighting, acting, and editing. Use Canon 5D Mark III digital cameras and other professional equipment as you work on five short film projects. Collaborate with other international students. Derive inspiration from the history and art around you, and incorporate it into your work.

Italian Language Classes

You’ll take three weeks of intensive Italian language classes at the beginning of the semester. CET-taught classes will provide you with the foundation to book locations, find local actors, and navigate the city with ease. And no need to worry—before you have to do it on your own, your classes will have you practicing in real-life settings such as a market, coffee shop, or store.

Create a Portfolio of Experience

By the end of the program, you’ll have a portfolio composed of the unique projects you’ve created. So whether you’re looking to have material to showcase for the first time, or new editions to enhance your current body of work, you’ll come away with proof of all you learned.

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Curriculum & Syllabi

Italian Language

You are placed into one of these courses according to a placement test taken before arrival:

FL100 Beginning Italian
3 credits

FL150 Advanced Beginning Italian
3 credits

FL200 Intermediate Italian
3 credits

FL300 Intermediate High Italian
3 credits

Filmmaking Courses

You take these courses:

  • FILM100 Director’s Craft
    3 credits
  • FILM110 Camera & Lighting
    2 credits
  • FILM120 Digital Editing
    2 credits
  • FILM130 Production Workshop
    3 credits
  • FILM140 Acting for Directors
    1 credit
  • FILM150 Screenwriting
    2 credits

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Faculty Advisory Committee

CET maintains a faculty advisory committee of US-based scholars that provides guidance and expertise, and helps shape program development.

Andrea Mirabile

Vanderbilt University

Assistant Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies, French & Italian Department

Robert Mode

Vanderbilt University

Associate Professor, History of Art Department

Sheri Shaneyfelt

Vanderbilt University

Senior Lecturer; Director of Undergraduate Studies, History of Art Department

Mel Ziegler

Vanderbilt University

Professor of Art, Chair, Department of Art

Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every single course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in any one particular course, please contact us! We’ll try our best to get you the course you need.