Core Courses

Core

The Fundamentals of Filmmaking

Core is the name we give to the group of courses that all of our students, regardless of their department, take part in. In these courses you'll learn the fundamentals of filmmaking. You'll also learn how to read and analyze films as you watch classic and important work from the history of cinema. You'll become familiar with the basics of handling filmmaking equipment. You'll become acquainted with how the school operates and how the curriculum works. And last but not least, you'll get to know your fellow students from other departments and build lasting personal and professional relationships with them.

Core courses will not only provide you with the strong practical and theoretical foundation you'll need for your future but will broaden your perspective and leave you with a more complete understanding of what filmmaking is all about.

First Semester

  1. This is a first-semester beginners’ course and the goal is to teach students the basics of film production and the use and application of filmmaking equipment. Furthermore the fundamentals of visual language are reviewed.

  2. Each semester students from all departments must earn one credit in collaboration with other departments. The goals is that each department is ensured access to the other departments and to establish a thriving relationship between the departments.

  3. Some of the greatest works of film history are introduced, screened and discussed. Ten movies are shown each semester, a total of 40 movies. Each semester represents a section of film history. The movies are screened mostly in a chronological order from the silent era well into the late twentieth century.

Second Semester

  1. This course is in continuation of TÆK 106. The goal is to further strengthen the basic technical knowledge of the students in the main fields of filmmaking. Each student then makes a film showcasing a personal style and the student’s skill in his or her field of interest. The film should be able to serve as a promotional calling card for the student.

  2. Each semester students from all departments must earn one credit in collaboration with other departments. The goals is that each department is ensured access to the other departments and to establish a thriving relationship between the departments.

  3. Some of the greatest works of film history are introduced, screened and discussed. Ten movies are shown each semester, a total of 40 movies. Each semester represents a section of film history. The movies are screened mostly in a chronological order from the silent era well into the late twentieth century.

Third Semester

  1. A look at visual language and composition by viewing and analyzing film scenes from various periods. The students stage a film scene in consultation with instructors and examine the visual language impacts narrative progression and the audience’s experience of the film.

  2. Each semester students from all departments must earn one credit in collaboration with other departments. The goals is that each department is ensured access to the other departments and to establish a thriving relationship between the departments.

  3. Some of the greatest works of film history are introduced, screened and discussed. Ten movies are shown each semester, a total of 40 movies. Each semester represents a section of film history. The movies are screened mostly in a chronological order from the silent era well into the late twentieth century.

Fourth Semester

  1. This course covers contemporary filmmaking What trends and vogues have been prevalent during the last decade? What is happening right now and what does the near future hold in store? The course emphasizes student participation in finding answers to these questions. Each student makes a presentation with film samples where he or she discusses contemporary influences and artists

  2. Each semester students from all departments must earn one credit in collaboration with other departments. The goals is that each department is ensured access to the other departments and to establish a thriving relationship between the departments.

  3. Some of the greatest works of film history are introduced, screened and discussed. Ten movies are shown each semester, a total of 40 movies. Each semester represents a section of film history. The movies are screened mostly in a chronological order from the silent era well into the late twentieth century.

  4. This course is intended to prepare students for entering the work force. The establishment of companies, the most common types of job contracts are examined as well as the responsibilities they entail for contractors and clients or employees and employers. Fees and taxes which have to be accounted for are studied, such as VAT, pension funds, union memberships, etc. The students work in groups and develop their own business plans. The course also covers project management, project planning and applications to competitive funds. Examples from the Icelandic audio/visual industry will be considered specifically.

Margrét Ósk Buhl

Student Speak

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Student Speak

“The program helped me bring out and nurture my best skills and the highly-qualified instructors gave me confidence and basis to pursue work in the film industry”

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