Undergraduate Program

Media and Communications

We create the future with and for art

Our program is for people who have the passion to plunge into full-time filmmaking, and to commit themselves to a focused and demanding curriculum.

As in all ATAFOM  Media & Communications Faculty programs, the one-year course emphasises hands-on learning. Film directing classes are not theoretical explorations; they are practical workshops designed to put students in the director’s chair as quickly as possible. ATAFOM Media & Communications Faculty encourages students to take creative risks and find their own voices as visual artists.

Students complete the year in filmmaking with skills in all the filmmaking crafts, an enormous amount of production experience, eight films of their own, a one-year diploma, and an expanded awareness of themselves and others. Students’ final films are celebrated in a school screening open to cast, crew, friends, family, and invited guests.

  • 4 Years
  • 8 Semesters
  • 240 ECTS Points
  • Educational Language - English

Courses Pilot Academic Year 2021/22

Film & Cinema

No previous Filmmaking experience is required.

However, students must work with self-discipline, energy and mutual respect and have own notebook with internet access for online lectures in the ATAFOM Online Campus, lecture notes and theory tests.

Learn and study
Basics of Filmmaking
Real World Preparation
About Us

Why Choose ATAFOM Bachelor's degree program Media and Communication (B.A.)

The educational objectives for the Pilot Academic Year 2021/22 are to teach students the art and craft of filmmaking and to instruct students through a strict regimen of online lectures, online seminars, and total immersion online workshops to help them excel in the creative art of Filmmaking.

Course content - excerpts from the curriculum

The following modules of Media and Communications
are offered in the 1th Semester Pilot Academic Year 2021/22 at the ATAFOM University International:

  1. Cinema History
  2. Filmmaking and Direction
  3. Video Editing
  4. Post-Production: Color Grading
  5. Camera and Lighting Techniques
  6. English Language I.

Make ideas come true

Regardless of where students choose to attend the ATAFOM University, they will learn under an exceptional faculty with professional experience and who have worked on professional productions and film sets. Through our set of courses that place students straight onto a variety of film sets while learning the fundamentals and history of film, students will be prepared to enter the world of filmmaking upon completion.

Professors and Lecturers of Media and Communications

With every production, be it at work on the set or in the ATAFOM Online Campus, every member of the “Education Crew” of ATAFOM Media and Communications is motivated, passionate and, with absolute mastery of professional workflows, convinced of the high quality and topicality of the teaching content and work processes to be conveyed to offer students thanks to their own knowledge, skills and experience.

Graduation Requirements

The One-Year Filmmaking Program requires successful completion of creative projects in partial fulfilment of the graduation requirements. These creative projects may include:

• Project 1 – Mise-en-scène Film
• Project 2 – Continuity Film
• Project 3 – Music Film
• Project 4 – Short Film
• Project 5 – Subtext Film
• Project 6 – POV Film
• Project 7 – Mid-Year Film
• Project 8 – One Year Final Film

To graduate and receive a Certificate of Completion, students must also successfully complete every course of study with a passing grade or better and adhere to the ATAFOM Media & Communications Faculty Attendance Policy and Code of Conduct.

ATAFOM Media & Communications Faculty One-Year Filmmaking Program is an accelerated full-time study program and does not provide for multiple tracks of study. All classes are mandatory.
This is a highly specialized program, and there are no majors or minors. Classes are lecture, seminar, and/or studio based. Lab and practicum instructional hours are treated as studio hours. The program may not be completed in less than two terms.

ATAFOM Media & Communications Office ensures that the student has fulfilled all academic requirements for the entire program, as well as all financial obligations to the school.
Student transcripts showing the awarding of the One-Year Certificate of Completion will be withheld until the student meets all academic and financial obligations.


Director’s Craft

Production Workshop

Hands-on Camera and Lighting


Budgeting and Scheduling

Sound Editing and Design

Sound Design

The Lighting Package

Hands-on Camera and
Lighting – Digital Video

Special Lectures

The Camera Package

Documentary Filmmaking


Advanced Directing

Advanced Hands-on Camera


Feature Screenwriting

Location Sound Recording


Sync-Sound Filmmaking

Advanced Production Workshop

35mm Filmmaking

Feature Film Directing

Pre-Production, Production &

New Media

Advanced Post Production

Sound Stage Scene Workshop

Screenwriting I

Screenwriting II

Advanced Line Producing Workshop

Production Design

Applied Film Studies

The Business of Filmmaking

Interactive Media and Communications


Foundations in Graduate Studies



Writing for Interactive Media



Master’s Capstone


Electives (pick seven – 21 credits):



Visual Design



Motion Across Media



Web Technologies



Audio and Video Design



Principles of User Experience Design



Content Strategy



Understanding Your Audience



Ideation, Prototyping and Testing



Visual Storytelling



Social Media Practice and Techniques



Social Media Analytics



Content Creation



Data Visualization



Independent Study



Graduate Internship


Expected Learning Outcomes

Skills learned as a result of successful completion of this program may include:

• The ability to work independently and collaboratively in a high-pressure creative environment.
• An in-depth knowledge of digital video cameras and motion picture production.
• A working knowledge of 16mm and 35mm cameras and film production.
• The ability to write and pre-visualize a screenplay.
• In-depth experience working as a director, producer, assistant director, director of photography,
   assistant cameraperson, gaffer, grip and sound mixer on student productions.
• Mastery of Avid Media Composer digital editing software.
• Knowledge of film history and film studies.
• Knowledge of aesthetic film theory and experience with practical application of the same.
• Put into practice the fundamentals of directing and visual storytelling.
• Explore the foundations of High Definition video production and digital editing.
• Experience full immersion in the craft of screenwriting
• Serve as an actor, as well as a director, cinematographer, or assistant director on at least one production
   workshop overseen by instructors.
• Acquire an introductory knowledge of the history of motion pictures.
• Write direct and edit short projects including the end of semester digital dialogue film.
• Crew as cinematographer, gaffer, and/or assistant camera on approximately 15 additional projects.
• Write a complete short film screenplay with dialogue.
• Collaborate with classmates and instructors in Production Workshop exercises filmed on HD.
• Develop a professional comprehension of directing, screenwriting, producing, sync-sound production,
   digital and film cinematography, and digital editing study and exercises.
• Continued use of collaborative strategies and techniques, while on-set, and in constructive classroom screen and critique sessions.
• Explore the role of the producer and implement advanced production tasks.
• Serve as director, cinematographer, or assistant director on at least one production workshop overseen
   by instructors and shot on HD or 16mm film.
• Shoot exercises on 35mm film as part of Camera and Lighting II.
• Begin pre-production and develop a story and visual design for the Final One Year Film.
• Demonstrate a competency of pre- production, shooting, and editing a short narrative film.
• Apply the fundamentals of sound design.
• Explore the fundamental elements of visual effects and feature film story development.
• Create professional quality producing and directing production books.
• Direct and edit a film of up to 15 minutes (shot on 16mm film, 35mm film, or High Definition Video).
• Participate as a principal crew-member on fellow students’ films.

The ATAFOM University’s Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication was specially designed for students, the curriculum is developed in collaboration with the artists and leading art experts in order to meet the requirements and trends for this particular subject.




Course of study

Media and Communications






4 Years






Scope of services

240 ECTS – Credits





Academic degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Type of study

Full-time study



Language of study



Registration &

English level test fee


320 USD – one time


Tuition fee

8,640 USD– Total Payable in

·       48 Monthly Installments of 200 USD or

·       16 Quarterly Installments of 600 USD, or

·       8 Half-Yearly Installments of 1,200 USD, or

·       4 Yearly Installments of 2,160 USD.


Semester exam fee

250 USD – per exam



ATAFOM is system accredited by Ministry of Education of the Central African Republic. This course is also accredited.



B.A. Media and Communications at ATAFOM University is a 4-year undergraduate program.



Each B.A. Media and Communications course is normally assigned one credit per lecture per week and one credit for two periods of tutorials or part thereof for laboratory or practical/internship per week. Each semester curriculum shall normally have a blend of theory and practical courses.

The credits are calculated from the estimated time and the estimated workload that is required on average for the completion of individual courses, modules, etc. The workload is made up of all learning activities that are part of a degree and are checked by means of a performance assessment. In addition to participating in courses such as lectures, tutorials, and seminars, self-study (library work or term paper), exam preparation, final theses, and final exams also contribute to the acquisition of credits. Credits are only awarded if the course has been completed and all course achievements and examinations have been passed in accordance with the examination regulations.

1 credit corresponds to a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 30 real hours of 60 minutes each of the student’s actual workload. In each year the total number of credits is 60. This corresponds to an actual workload of at least 1,500 (45 weeks for 33.33 hours per week or 25 hours per credit) or a maximum of 1,800 hours (45 weeks for 40 hours per week or 30 hours per credit).

240 credits must be earned in order to be awarded the degree.



A student is normally expected to complete a B.A. Media and Communications program in four years but in any case not more than seven years from the time of admission otherwise the student would be considered not fit for technical education (NFTE).



A newly admitted student will automatically be registered for all the courses prescribed for the first year, without any option. Every other student shall submit a completed registration form indicating the list of courses intended to be credited during the next semester. This registration will be done ten days before the last working day of the current semester. Late registration with the approval of the Dean’s office on the recommendation of the head of the department along with a late fee will be done, up to the last working day.

Registration for the project work shall be done only for the final semester. 



The attendance will be calculated semester-wise. To be eligible to appear for the examination in a particular course, a student must put in a minimum of 80% of attendance in the course. The attendance should be considered which is logged in the university portal by the teachers. However, if the attendance is 70% or above but less than 80% in any course, the Dean’s office can permit the student to appear for the examination in the course on payment of the prescribed condonation fee. A student who withdraws from or does not meet the minimum attendance requirement in the course must re-register for and repeat the respective semester.



All assessments of all the courses on the absolute mark basis will be considered and passed by the result passing board in accordance with the rules of the university. Thereafter, the controller of examinations shall convert the marks for each course to the corresponding letter grade as follows, compute the grade point average and cumulative grade point average, and prepare the grade cards.




90 to 100 marks

Grade ‘A+’

80 to 89 marks

Grade ‘A’

70 to 79 marks

Grade ‘B’

60 to 69 marks 

Grade ‘C’

55 to 59 marks

Grade ‘D’

50 to 54 marks

Grade ‘E’

less than 50 marks

Grade ‘F’

Insufficient attendance

Grade ‘I’

Withdrawn from the course

Grade ‘W’


  • A student who obtains less than 50 marks out of 100 in a particular subject or less than 20 out of 50 in an external exam or is absent for the examination will be awarded Grade ‘F’.
  • A student who earns a grade of A+, A, B, C, D, or E for a course is declared to have successfully completed that course and earned the credits for that course. Such a course cannot be repeated by the student.
  • A student who obtains a letter grade F in a course has to reappear for the examination in that particular course.
  • A student who obtains letter grade I or W in a course has to re-register for and repeat the course.
  • The following grade points are associated with each letter grade for calculating the grade point average. A+–10; A–9; B–8; C–7; D–6; E–5; F–0
  • Courses with grades I and W are not considered for the calculation of grade point average or cumulative grade point average. F Grade will be considered for computing GPA and CGPA. 
  • A student can apply for a re-total of one or more of his examination answer papers within a week from the date of issue of the grade sheet to the student on payment of the prescribed fee per paper. The application must be made to the controller of examinations with the recommendation of the head of the department.
  • After results are declared, grade cards will be issued to the students. The grade card will contain the list of courses registered during the year/semester, the grades scored, and the grade point average(GPA) for the year/semester.
  • GPA is the sum of the products of the number of credits of a course with the grade point scored in that course, taken over all the courses for the Year/Semester, divided by the sum of the number of credits for all courses taken in that year/semester. CGPA is similarly calculated considering all the courses taken from the time of admission.
  • After successful completion of the program, the degree will be awarded the following classification based on CGPA.
    • For the student to be conferred First Class with Distinction the student must earn a minimum of 240 ECTs within four years from the time of admission, pass all the courses in the first attempt, and obtain a CGPA of 8.25 or above. (Or)
    • To be conferred First Class the student must earn a minimum of 240 ECTs within five years from the time of admission and obtain a CGPA of 6.5 or above. (Or)
    • For Second Class the student must earn a minimum of 240 ECTs within seven years from the time of admission. 

We look forward to counting you among our first students!