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Course Curriculum

KEM - Kino Eyes Master is a four semester master degree awarding 120 ECTS. Each semester has 30 ECTS.

KEM's academic structure follows the workflow of an actual film production and is aligned with the needs of todays' professionals and organizations scattered along the film production and distribution value chain.

KEM' students must already have with prior knowledge in the area and applicants will be selected in accordance with areas of interest, a fact that will later determine their mobility. 

These students will benefit both from geographical mobility by having the opportunity to circulate between the three countries involved in the program, but also curricular mobility since the program is designed in order to allow students to have contact throughout the course with the different fields of expertise covered in the pentagonal educational model that presides to KEM's structure.

KEM core teaching modules run for an entire semester and have the following structure:

Academic programme

KEM offers one single joint curriculum that involves lecturing and specific project development in the different partner schools facilities.

KEM’s main academic topic is film and moving image media. The programme particularly focuses on fiction film, either short or feature formats. The programme also deals with the broader competences of film literacy, namely the ability to critically understand the medium and its forms of expression and manipulate the associated language and technical features.

Related academic topics are arts education and creativity. KEM’s curriculum integrates theoretical and practical oriented subjects, mostly based on a training through projects in development methodology, amidst a mix of analytical, critical and experimental didactic approaches that will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of fiction film development while allowing them to explore their creativity and specialise in those aspects of fiction films that correspond to their personal preferences, artistic ambitions, and needed professional skills. KEM focuses on a pentagon shaped educational model covering five core skills: writing, directing, producing, technical execution (cinematography, editing and sound) and creative programming, a transversal competence that includes parts of all others, and points to the need to integrate film literacy as a nuclear aspect of film education.

The Thesis

The learning outcomes of the program were envisioned following the value chain of film production and in particular the co-production model that nowadays characterizes the international film scene.

The core outcomes of KEM are the students' final projects which they develop for their thesis:

  • One individual written thesis in the form of a report that can either be a research or a technical Report and described on the syllabus for the individual thesis subject;
  • One collective project called “Fiction film Package” that includes the development of a complete production package for a feature film proposal;
  • One collective project – “The short Film” – consisting of a finished fiction short film and production package.

The fact that along the last two semesters of the program the curriculum of the course is completely project oriented, implies the students’ progress must not only follow the project’s own development, but also that this mimics an actual production development in an international context, a unique feature of mobility that KEM design makes possible.

The two core subjects on the third semester - Research and development for final project production and Advance Short fiction development and production- mark the beginning of each team development of its final project.

At least one team will be allocated per school for the second year of the Master, where they will be developing their Thesis . During the last semester of the final year the students will continue on developing both the collective projects and the individual thesis and then meet again in the end of the course for one common public evaluation session that includes projects screening and discussion in front of an internal and external evaluation board.

Mobility Scheme

The mobility scheme offered by KEM is mandatory, during the first semester the students all work together in Lisbon. This first semester will consist of a leveraging period during which collaboration and team building capacities will be reinforced.

Given that the 2nd semester emphasizes specialisation; both Tallinn and Edinburgh have been chosen for the second venue. Students will be divided between the two schools in accordance with their areas of expertise already defined before application.

ENU will take writers, directors and producers and BFM the cinematographers, editors and sound designers.

After the end of the second semester all students will come together in Tallinn for a Summer school during which they will present their progress on projects to be further developed.

Writers, directors and producers will spend one or two weeks in IADT before going to the summer school.

In the 3rd and 4th semesters the students’ are once again divided among the four partner schools, for the thesis development.

Diploma Awarded

KEM Consortium will award successful students with a joint degree diploma (including diploma supplements).

KEM will grant from the beginning a joint degree and attached diplomas supplement based on the already existing and locally accredited master courses (second cycle degrees) in the area of fiction film offered by each one of the schools in the consortium.