ESCAC’s 240-credit, four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Cinematography offers an official university education (University of Barcelona) in line with the new European standards. The degree is pending approval by the Council of Universities.
With its own methodology based on 5 axes (learning by doing, challenge-based learning, project-based work, author-spectator and academic learning), students will learn the technique and narrative of filmmaking in order to be able to apply it to any audiovisual medium.
From the third year onwards and through optional subjects, students specialise in one of the eight disciplines taught at the school: Production, Directing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Screenwriting, Editing, Sound). In the fourth year, students develop their specialisation through the TFGs.
Until the 2022-2023 academic year, ESCAC has offered the 180-credit, three-year Bachelor’s Degree in Cinematography, which was positively verified by the Council of Universities on 11 July 2017. The last graduating class of this degree will complete their studies in the academic year 2024-2025. See the academic information of this degree in extinction.
Objectives of the degree
To provide students with the ability to express themselves through audiovisual language thanks to the mastery of its narrative mechanisms, as well as to provide them with the knowledge and skills to know and be able to creatively exercise their different professions (production, screenwriting, direction, art direction, photography direction, editing and sound), having a solid knowledge in the field of film studies that will allow them to analyse and evaluate all types of audiovisual discourse.
Depending on your previous studies, there are different ways to access the UB’s bachelor’s degree courses. This information, which is constantly updated, can be consulted at: Admission to UB bachelor’s degree courses.
In order to access the first year of a university course at any of the seven public universities in Catalonia, students who have completed the PAU, vocational training courses and the exam for students over 25 years of age must complete university pre-enrolment. We recommend that you visit the website of the Generalitat de Catalunya where you will find permanently updated information on university pre-enrolment: University pre-enrolment.
The assessment of the values and abilities required of prospective students will be carried out through a Personal Aptitude Test (PAP), the passing of which will be necessary to gain access to the Degree in Cinematography. The elements that make up the PAP are:
Candidates will deliver their portfolio and videopitch on the established dates. The audiovisual creation test will take place on a specific day and on the basis of certain premises.
The dates of the PAP will be established each academic year in accordance with the indications of the University Admissions Office. The result of the PAP will be pass or fail.
See calendar and specifics of access to the Degree for the academic year 2023-2024.
ESCAC is governed by UB transfer regulations.
Enrolment takes place once places have been allocated by the University Access Office and during the month of July. The centre will contact each student to give them the date and time of enrolment.
Every academic year, the ESCAC offers ordinary scholarships for training for the Degree in Cinematography, on a competitive basis.
See the specificities and the calendar of the 2023-2024 call for scholarships.
In addition, the student can also apply for:
First semester: 12/09/22 to 03/02/23
Second semester: 13/02/23 to 30/06/23
First semester: 12/09/22 to 3/2/23
Second semester: 13/02/23 to 30/06/23
First semester: 09/01/23 to 03/02/23
Second semester: 01/06/23 to 30/06/23
First semester: 26/06/23 to 7/07/23
Second semester: 10/07/23 to 20/07/23
Public holidays: 12 October, 31 October, 1 November, 6 and 8 December 2022, 1 May 2023 and 1 May 2023
2022, 1 May 2023
Christmas Holidays: 26 December 2022 to 8 January 2023
Easter holidays: from 3 to 10 April 2023
Title of degree course: Degree in Filmmaking
Degree in passing the Bachelor’s Degree: Graduate in Filmmaking from the Universitat de Barcelona
Minimum duration of studies and ECTS credits: Four academic years and 240 ECTS credits
There are two types of Final Degree Project: collective and individual.
The collective TFG is an audiovisual work created by groups of students, each of whom acts as team leader in one of the technical and creative tasks or functions that have formed part of their learning, depending on their interests and aptitudes and the elective taken. The positions held by the students in the working groups will be: screenwriter, producer, director, art director, director of photography, editor and sound designer.
The TFGs are complete audiovisual productions (generally short films) that are developed in all their phases: pre-production, production and post-production, using the material and facilities of the centre, and under the supervision of the school’s production company, Escac Films. Each student is tutored in a way that is specific to the profession he or she is involved in the creation of the audiovisual work.
The centre has a TFG Committee, the members of which are appointed by the Board of the Centre, which has the following functions:
The individual TFG is a research project, a study or report that involves an exercise that integrates the training received throughout the degree. It involves students applying the knowledge, skills, attitudes and competences acquired throughout the degree. The work can be presented in two different modalities:
1) written work on one of the subjects on the programme;
2) an audiovisual piece that develops any subject of the programme, accompanied by a report.
The TFG proposals submitted by students will be evaluated by the TFG Commission. Once accepted, the Commission will assign each student a tutor. The tutor is responsible for the guidance and supervision of the TFG. The appointment as tutor will initially entail the task of helping the student to define the TFG proposal that will have to be approved by the TFG Committee.
Subsequently, the tutor’s guidance and supervision will be directed to:
It is the responsibility of the TFG Committee:
The external internships are professional internship activities in companies and public institutions that the students of the centre carry out during their university training. Students will carry out functions related to their learning in companies in the audiovisual sector, mainly audiovisual production companies, with which the centre has collaboration agreements.
The work placement coordinator is in charge of reviewing and updating the agreements, incorporating new centres, monitoring the development of the work placement projects in each entity and collecting the evaluation made by the centre.
The academic tutor is in charge of informing the student about the characteristics of the work placement and monitoring the activity, meeting periodically to assess the development.
The professional tutor is in charge of guiding and training the student at the work centre during the work placement period. He/she also draws up an assessment of how the student has developed his/her skills, attitudes and knowledge during the work placement.
At the end of the work placement, the student submits a report.
The quality system of the centre takes as a reference the standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area developed by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and adopted by the European Ministers of Education in Bergen (2005), follows the guidelines established by the quality agencies Agency for the Quality of the University System of Catalonia (AQU Catalonia), the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) and the Agency for the Quality of University Studies of Galicia (AGSUG) in the AUDIT programme and meets the requirements of the regulations established in the official university education regulations of the Ministry of Education and Science.
The centre’s quality system integrates all the activities related to the quality assurance of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees and deploys the Internal Quality Assurance System (SAIQU) as the instrument to be used both in the design phase of the courses and in the continuous monitoring of these to ensure the achievement of the objectives associated with the training, their modification, if necessary, and their accreditation (VSMA).
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This procedure is exclusively for graduates who have already completed their academic transcript and passed all the necessary credits.
At this point, we will be able to issue the student with the certificate of completion and process its issuance.
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