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Ateliers Varan

Ateliers Varan法国国家电影纪录片学院

Foundation year:1981

French requirement: TCF or E-TEF B2 or higher 

(otherwise need to take language preparatory courses) 

English requirement: IELTS 5.5 or higher or equivalent

Application deadline: If the semester starts from autumn, then 

deadline is May the same year.


Ateliers Varan is the best documentary filmmaking school in France, and one of the most prestigious filmmaking schools in the world, in cooperation with official institutions such as UN, UNESCO, CIECT and French Ministry of Culture, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Located in the center of Paris, the project offered by Varan is part of the worldwide experiments which diversify forms of expression and communication through images. The very place you can find the most professional equipements and faculty. Our students are able to apply the internship in UNESCO.

Location Language Foundation year Amount of students International cooperation Employment rate National ranking
Paris French 1981

UN, UNESCO, French Ministry of Culture, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, CILECT

First documentary fimmaking school

Programme introduction

3 months documentary filmmaking workshop(RNCP):the best programmes that Ateliers Varan offers, All the steps of documentary filmmaking are reviewed, from initial conception to editing (assisted by professional editors) to the moral, intellectual, aesthetical issues brought up through the act of filming.At the end of the programme every group would finish a complete documentary.

1-year Master Double Diploma programme:Cooperate with University of Paul Valery, Montpellier, professinal and intensive courses  about filmmaking are offered.

Other short-term training courses:
1)hands-on documentary filmmaking (7 weeks
2)hands-on documentary editing(7 weeks
3developing a web-documentary project(5.5 weeks
4)creating sound for films(2 weeks
5)writing/developing a documentary project(6 weeks
6)cinema documentary filmmaking(2 weeks
7)process-filming of a creation(2 weeks

Total Fee(EUR):

3 months documentary filmmaking workshop(RNCP):15600 EUR
hands-on documentary filmmaking (7 weeks):8640 EUR
hands-on documentary editing(7 weeks):8640 EUR
developing a web-documentary project(5.5 weeks):7560 EUR
creating sound for films(2 weeks):3780 EUR
writing/developing a documentary project(6 weeks):7560 EUR
cinema documentary filmmaking(2 weeks):3240 EUR
process-filming of a creation(2 weeks):3828 EUR

The fee may change with the exchange rate.


Application conditions

Adult. Healthy. At least senior high school graduation with Gaokao result.

Application documents:

Copy of identity card

Resume and motivation letter

Highest personal education certificate

Graduation grade list and university performance certificate

Personal demo material

Those who attend courses in French, please furnish French learning certificate and TCF or E-TEF B2 or higher (otherwise need to take language preparatory courses).

Those who attend courses in English, please furnish English test certificate (IELTS 6 or higher or equivalent)

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