The Roma Film Academy is an academic structure dedicated to culture and training in the arts, audiovisual communication, and entertainment. In particular, it is proposed as a reference point at European level for all those interested in pursuing a professional career in the world of cinema and television.
Our goal is to transform the passion of our students into a profession: this result is achieved only through a study plan built in every detail and designed to provide each student with the necessary tools to learn the technical and theoretical bases of the subjects and the other departments of the set. As such a professional is able to communicate and work in tune with their departmental colleagues.
The founding principles
Commitment, versatility, and motivation must be the watchwords of each student both during the studies and once inserted in the world of work. The teaching model of our Academy is strongly based on the mutual exchange between teachers and students and above all on the practical teaching of the subject of studies that the student has chosen. In this way, the student not only learns the theoretical foundations but begins to master the technical tools enriching their own experience in the field, acquiring security and awareness of their abilities.
Our "mission" is to train professionals who are, after completing their educational path, able to work independently within the sector that they have been trained for and establish the knowledge learned during their experience in our institute. The aim of our work is to create a new generation of professionals specialized in the entire audiovisual field.
Cinema, first of all, is passion and discipline. Without these two factors, the whole industry that moves the gears of this complex world would not exist. Passion is something that can not be taught but needs to be channeled to the right direction.
The Academy adheres to behaviors based on moral integrity, transparency and the values of honesty, fairness and good faith. Consequently, it condemns any form of discrimination that is based on any diversity, like gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national and social origin, language, faith, religion, political or philosophical opinions, age, the state of health, physical and mental differences, the proximity to political associations and unions, except as expressly established by the regulations in force.
The academic courses are two-year professional courses with compulsory attendance and a specific number of students. There are currently eight subjects of specialization: Screenplay, Production, Direction, Direction of Photography, Sound, Editing, Acting and Cinematic Costume. Each course is followed by established professionals, who live and work in the cinema every day, making all their experience and the innate passion for their craft available for students.
The aim of the Rome Film Academy is to direct its students to the world of work in the film and television industry, regulating them through a varied training program that can stimulate and enrich them both professionally and personally, in order to prepare them and make them suitable for living the set in all its many facets, without reverential fears, with humility but, at the same time, with awareness of their abilities.
The courses are entrusted entirely to professionals who live and work in cinema and television. Established figures that will follow the students throughout the training, putting at their disposal all the experience gained on the sets in which they worked and continue to work. At the end of the year, students of the first year will be engaged in the production of a maximum 6-minute test, while those of the second year in the production of a 12-minute film max.
Each course is divided into modules, each of which is linked to a specific subject. The modules are then subdivided into teaching units that, within that subject, exhaust a specific topic. Each teaching unit can request one or more lessons and/or exercises. A lesson or exercise can go from an hour to an entire day, as in the case of an outdoor shooting on weekends. Attendance is mandatory and the number is closed.
The teaching staff
The RFA teaching staff is absolutely unique and prestigious: they are not part of the "professors", they are the real professionals who are lent to teaching. They are divided between teachers course holders, coordinators, ordinary teachers, adjunct teachers and technical assistants, for a total of over 60 professionals among all the courses.
The added value of RFA is precisely the selection of the teaching staff: it ranges from the most technical as Stefano Salemme (operator and steadycam operator) to former students recently graduated and already included on the largest Italian sets as chief electricians and machinists, by the Master of sound Tullio Morganti, award-winning to the David di Donatello Italians, to the editor Paola Freddi, present on all the European and international scene thanks to his latest film works.
A large number of teachers allows RFA to record a teacher/student ratio of 2: 3, or three teachers every two students, improving the teaching experience of each student enrolled.
The courses are in Italian, with the exception of some specific modules in English. Currently, the acting, production, and direction courses are those that have more total hours in English, but from 2014 to today we have recorded an increase in the hours in the language of 5% annually.
It is, therefore, necessary to have a medium/high level knowledge of the Italian language to be easily entered into the national reality; however, our foreign students can quickly master Italian and work both on the national and international front with excellent results.
71% of our students are employed one year after the RFA diploma.
STRUCTURES AND EQUIPMENT
The Academy is located inside the Cinecittà Studios, where it has three locations, one with classrooms and an educational secretariat, one with the stage theater and sets, and one with the administrative offices and the management. The stage is the strength of the Academy, with sets where students practice indoor shooting, while for those outdoors, students have at their disposal one of the most prestigious natural theaters in Europe, the city of Rome.
The Academy, in addition to having at its disposal a certain number of equipment for each specific department, has established fruitful collaborations with leading professionals and service sector, which according to the teaching program support the work of teachers by providing means of recovery advanced (e.g. RED, Alexa, Canon, Black Magic, Steadicam), projectors, sound systems and much more. Students also take targeted lessons at the same services that will be their professional references outside the school environment, thus preparing themselves for the main tools they will encounter on the labor market.
The Roma Film Academy is always very attentive to the needs of students and to this end has activated a series of conventions of various kinds, both in relation to hospitality and other aspects of life in the capital.
In fact, the student is supported by the HR department from the moment of enrollment: find a room or a house to be shared with other students, request the general practitioner, request the tax code for foreigners, are all activities for which the student offsite receives the support of the Secretariat.
In addition, by presenting the official RFA card you are entitled to discounts for services of various kinds: from the discounted rate for the internal canteen of Cinecittà, to discounts for cinema tickets, from bookstores to theater performances, from B&B to accommodating friends or family in the capital, or discounts for professional equipment rental at the Academy's suppliers.
Our students can rent free DVD movie from over 600 titles in the RFA private collection.
The Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics establishes the founding principles to which all those who work, collaborate or study at the Academy must abide by. Failure to comply with the ethics included in the code may result in immediate removal from the Academy.
The Academy Rules
The Regulations of the Academy groups together the rules that guarantee the correct functioning of the training structure and of the processes inherent to it. Compliance with the regulation is a necessary but not sufficient condition for operating in any capacity within the Academy.
The Scholastic Handbook
The Scholastic Handbook represents the set of rules implementing the Regulation and includes numbers, data, prices, times, costs, dates and other quantitative information. It is informative and non-normative, it always refers to the Regulation.
The Quality Manual
The Quality Manual provides an overview of how the Academy is constituted and how it works both to establish reference criteria for internal use and to illustrate the system outside (third parties or certification bodies): it is the basic reference to verify the application of the system and its compliance with the reference standards.
Cinecittà Film Studios are located 9 km from the center of Rome, on an area of 400,000 square meters.
Cinecittà today is the fulcrum of the European film industry for the production of complete cycle movies, fiction, TV, commercials and video clips: from production to edition, or the realization of special effects.
At Cinecittà, the productions work using large spaces and cutting-edge technology and have the rental supply complete with modern and up-to-date technical means of recovery.
All this allows you to build impressive and fantastic sets and bring the greatest professionals in the industry, meeting even the most demanding requests.
Needless to say, for RFA students to form within the Studios is a great fortune and represents an immense opportunity: for many of them, in fact, the transition from the didactic set to the professional and paid jobs happens without great efforts within the productions that cyclically turn to Cinecittà.
Rome, in addition to being an expression of the historical, artistic and cultural heritage of the Western European world, is a capital rich in ideas and activities for a student who intends to deal with the seventh art.
The most beautiful and ancient cinemas of cinemas, the countless film festivals, the Rome Film Festival and the prestigious theatrical programs ensure that living in the capital is an artistic experience, as well as human, more stimulating than ever.
We can provide courses in Italian with modules in English. However, we do not offer courses completely in English.