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Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti

actualización 16/02/2021

Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti

About us

Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti is one of Milan’s longest standing schools and one of Italy’s best known audiovisual institutions.

The School is part of Fondazione Milano - Scuole Civiche, a higher education institution established and supported by the Municipality of Milan and sponsored by the Department of Culture.

Active since the early 1960s, the School meets demand for artistic and professional training for all the creative and technical audiovisual professions in Italy and abroad. At the same time, it serves the community in its role as a "civic school" offering basic training and lifelong learning.

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Its mission is to support, develop and enhance the artistic, creative and entrepreneurial skills of young students to help shape the next generation of directors, filmmakers, artists, producers and, in general, professionals along the entire film and audiovisual chain.

A focus on combining theoretical training with laboratory and production research constitutes the strength of a teaching approach in step with developments in the industry and its languages. The production of content provides students with the opportunity to experiment, so they can put themselves to the test in the main genres and formats: drama, advertising, documentaries, TV formats and multimedia products.

The instructors are all highly qualified professionals with years of experience in their fields and create a deep connection between the students and professional world.

The School is an active member of CILECT, the International Association of Film and Television Schools, and participates in and promotes activities that encourage mobility and the international and national exchange of teachers and students.

Since 1 September 2014, the School has been based at the former tobacco factory Manifattura Tabacchi at Viale Fulvio Testi, 121.

The new location features, among other things:

  • five sound stages
  • one production vehicle equipped for multi-camera shoots
  • one television studio with adjoining control and voice-over room
  • one main hall with 99 seats for lessons, conferences and video projections
  • one warehouse for technical equipment, HD digital video cameras, lighting, professional recorders and microphones
  • 80 editing and post-production workstations
  • 20 digital animation workstations
  • classrooms for multimedia, colour grading, stop motion and video projections;
  • one multimedia resource library with a reading room and viewing stations

In recognition of the importance it has gained over the years as a training institution at national and international level, the School was named after Luchino Visconti on 17 March 2016, forty years after the great Milanese director’s death and in homage to one of the most important masters of Italian cinema.

Students who began the “Film and Audiovisual Arts and Technology” program in or after the 2018/2019 academic year earn a diploma that is the equivalent of a 1st-level degree for three-year university courses (class L-03 for the figurative arts, music, performing arts and fashion).

Erminia (Minnie) Ferrara is the School’s current director.

Teaching Methodology

The School has developed a methodology based first and foremost on the idea that creativity can be expressed through practice, in short courses and specialized training programs alike.

Without neglecting basic preparation in general and specific aspects related to grammar, aesthetics and the history of film and television, teaching is largely designed in the form of productive learning modules that allow for constant interaction between the various specialisations.

The artistic and technical departments collaborate with each other and with the students to make about 40 productions, many of which in collaboration with third-party organisations, and about 60 exercises (including TV shows).

During the two-year course, working in teams, each in their respective role, students create works of drama, documentaries, TV series and animated films. Planning, leading and accompanying them in these courses are the School’s instructors and staff with a proven track record and excellent professional qualifications.

The School offers professional-standard equipment and up-to-date software, teaching spaces and sound stages, as well as support services for teaching, such as the production office, which helps students organize shoots, or the multimedia resource library, with 5,000 titles to enrich the School's programs and the film culture of each member of the community.

Additionally, the School offers a guidance service to support and accompany students and graduates in their professional growth through internships and job placement. It also launches a number of partnerships with third-party organizations each year for individual productions.

Equivalent qualification to three-year undergraduate degree

Number of students: Three yrs Course: 269/280 of which Animation Students: 20 – Evening Courses: 58/60
Number of teachers: Full time professors: 31 – Part-time professors and lecturers: 150
Full time workshops: 105
Part-time workshops: 12 


Three years Course in Film and Audiovisual Arts and Technology

DURATION 3 years
ADMISSION PROCEDURE Entrance exam (written and interview)

The Three-Year Course prepares students with audiovisual knowledge and professional training. The first year is the same for all students and is followed by two years of specialization in one of the eight professional areas covered: Directing, Screenwriting, Production, Animation, Cinematography, Editing, Sound and Multimedia Production.

In addition to the general and specific training for each specialization, students are assigned to work groups (genuine film and television crews) that make, particularly during the two years of specialization, a wide range of all the most common types of audiovisual productions: drama, entertainment, information, advertising, video clips and video art.

In this way, students encounter the typical problems of real production and gain experience in different media (film, television, the web and multimedia) including short films, documentaries, commercials, filming of events, mobile direction, installations, videogames, audiovisuals for live performances and more.

The School also promotes special projects in collaboration with organizations, festivals and institutions, as well as interdisciplinary courses involving other artistic forms (literature, theatre, music and the visual arts). Thanks to this intense training and production, the School trains students from both a screenwriting/artistic perspective and a technical/operational standpoint.

At the same time, students - constantly working as a team - are encouraged to experiment with continuous technological and linguistic developments in the industry, considering the transversal nature of media.

Because of its extraordinarily dynamic production, the School has gained the reputation of being a unique place where 'you learn by doing', a quality that sets it apart from other film schools.

This educational approach is possible thanks to instructors with years of teaching experience who are still active in their professions and the substantial, constantly updated technical equipment that constitutes a true asset of the School in the service of education. Students are admitted to the three-year program following a selection process.

The entrance exams consist of an initial written test (multiple-choice), followed by an interview if the test is passed. At the end of the three-year program, students must have a B1 English language certificate.

First year

In the first year, students gain an understanding of the various audiovisual forms, both in terms of their creative conception and from a technical/productive standpoint.

The program covers the various disciplines (directing, screenwriting, production, cinematography, editing, animation, multimedia and sound) not according to theoretical/critical criteria, but from the perspective of the professionals who actually work in audiovisual production, and provides a complete overview of the professional characteristics and skills required for the different roles. This enables students - at the end of the year - to make a knowledgeable, well-reasoned choice of their field of specialization for the next two years.

The first year consists of classroom lessons and workshops in the various fields so each student gains hands-on experience with the characteristics of the various specialisations and the specific qualities that each field requires of those who choose to make it their future profession.

Numerous meetings are held throughout the year with screenwriters, professionals, actors and influential names in the entertainment world.


  • Directing

    Today, directing serves an ever growing and increasingly varied range of areas of audiovisual productions: film, TV series, advertising, documentaries, field production, 360° videos and multimedia productions.

    The Directing course trains professionals capable of working in all of the above areas, developing both organizational and creative skills, exploring and refining their personal vision.

    The project preparation and realization processes are fast-paced and demanding, thus making the experience extremely similar to what students will one day encounter when they enter the workforce.

  • Screenwriting

    Writing is the foundation of any audiovisual product. Behind every great film is an excellent script. A successful television show is written by teams of brilliant screenwriters. A commercial hits the mark thanks to the insights of a group of effective creatives.

    The Screenwriting course offers students the chance to grapple with all the aspects of writing for the silver screen, television and advertisements. The goal is to train a flexible writer who is also capable of becoming a creator and imaginative producer and of seizing the opportunities offered by a diversified job market. By learning the language of images and studying the process from the initial idea to writing the story, students will see their creativity translated into films, formats and television series, products for the web, advertising, video games, documentaries and news reports.

  • Production

    Production is the role that oversees the organisation, the technical and administrative logistics of each set, and foster the cohesion of the crew, making it possible to produce any audiovisual project.

    Production has always played such a fundamental role in filmmaking that producers are the ones to accept the Oscar for Best Picture.

    The main production roles on a set (assistant director, production secretary, production manager, location manager and casting director) are studied in workshops in which a wide variety of content is created, including short films, documentaries, pilot episodes of television series, commercials, field production and multimedia projects.

    In addition, students are taught to take a "creative" vision of production, such as the editorial and economic development of works. They also learn to prepare the film budget and about the current global content industry.

    The Production course is designed to train both young professionals to work in production and future Oscar-winning producers.

  • Animation

    This course is based on the study and practice of the main animation techniques, from classic frame-by-frame approaches to computer graphics. In addition to learning technique with the use of specific software, students are taught about the gaze, composition, the use of colour and storytelling.

    The Animation course takes an across-the-board approach. Students try their hand at character and set design, storyboard and layout, animation and post production. The aim is to train professionals capable of working in the main fields of animation: feature films, shorts, TV series, advertising and online and TV content.

  • Editing

    The editing room is where the final form of the film is composed.

    The Editing course provides a comprehensive understanding of the technical, aesthetic and linguistic aspects of editing for film and television. The course offers high-level training in both the standard workflows of the profession and the collateral aspects of editing, such as motion graphics and the fundamentals of colour correction.

    Students learn to collaborate technically and creatively with directors and other post production departments, and by the end of the course they will have many different productions to their name: short films, documentaries, filming of shows and concerts, commercials and modern formats like 360° videos.

    The study of the theory and linguistic analysis of film and audiovisual content are constantly accompanied by practice and technical training in software and hardware for an education that reflects the diversification of the professional editing world in the era of digital images.

  • Shooting and Photography

    The course is based on the study of the technical, aesthetic and language principles of film, television and multimedia cinematography.

    Classroom lessons, workshops and productions are designed to prepare students technically and culturally with a focus on colour, composition and camera movement. The course takes a transversal approach, teaching students how to use digital camcorders, cameras, DSLRs, optics, luminaires and different filming equipment. They try various roles and experiment with the dynamics of film and television sets. They perform exercises in both film and television, making dramas, documentaries, TV series, commercials, multimedia installations and multi-camera shots. The aim is to train professionals capable of working at different levels in the main fields of cinematography.

  • Sound

    The sound of a film is a technical and narrative construction as important as the visuals.

    The Sound course prepares students for the live sound engineering and sound design professions. The high-level training covers an extensive range of practical and theoretical skills related to the sound of motion images.

    From the analysis of the script to the planning and realisation of the sound recordings up to the post-production of the soundtrack, students learn to collaborate technically and creatively with directors and other departments, and by the end of the course they will have many different productions to their name: short films, documentaries, filming of shows and concerts, commercials and 360° videos with binaural recordings.

    The workshop and production activities are accompanied by in-depth study of film theory and language with regard to sound and the development of the ability to listen, to train professionals capable of dealing with both technical and aesthetic problems in the contemporary world of audiovisual content, new media, film and television.

  • Multimedia Production

    The Multimedia Production course is structured to give students comprehensive knowledge of contemporary media and the related professions. It delves into the theories and practices of multimedia production, the history of media, contemporary case studies in the fields of communications, the arts and entertainment, and the study of digital languages and technologies. The objective is to train professionals with the multidisciplinary skills needed to conceive, design and create multimedia content and experiences.

    The course is geared towards the production of audiovisual narratives that harness a wide range of media (video, images, text, audio, animation, etc.), post production (photo editing, video compositing, video editing, sound design), the design of interactive and 360° experiences (video installations, live media performance, video mapping, virtual reality) and their applications on different media platforms (online, mobile applications, exhibitions and museums, events).

One-year evening courses

  • Documentary

    DURATION 16 months
    ADMISSION PROCEDURE Entrance exam (interview)
    ATTENDANCE Mandatory

    Documentaries, i.e., all films and audiovisual content that narrate, reflect and interpret reality, are attracting renewed interest from production companies, broadcasters and the public as the ways in which they can be viewed have multiplied and contemporary filmmakers and directors have radically innovated their language and themes.

    The documentary is emerging as a prestigious "art" product, garnering space at festivals and exhibitions and media attention and increasingly becoming a style to use to shoot audiovisual content, including series. Making documentaries often requires working autonomously and with small crews: filmmakers and documentary filmmakers therefore need additional knowledge and skills, including for the use of continuously evolving high-tech equipment.

    This is why the Documentary course is aimed at developing both creative abilities - research, writing, producing and directing a project - and technical skills, through the study and practice of digital shooting, direct sound recording and editing.

    Students complete the course with the production of a finalised documentary.

  • Film Production

    DURATION 1 year
    ADMISSION PROCEDURE Entrance exam (interview)
    ATTENDANCE Mandatory

    Managing financial and human resources is one of the greatest challenges of the entire audiovisual industry. The evening course in Film Production equips students with the basic tools they will need to gradually approach a world unknown to many, even as a potential job.

    It is meant for those who want to put their organisational skills, studies and previous experience in film and television to use or those who simply need to understand the entire audiovisual production process.

    Starting with the key professionals on a set (assistant director, production manager, editing secretary), students study the organisation of shoots, the management of a set and the supervision of a film’s continuity.

    The course then introduces other more technical roles to train producers who understand the needs of every single aspect of the production chain. Filming and editing equipment, new digital canons, television direction and casting are also explored.

    The training is completed with an analysis of the economic aspects of the profession of producer: fundraising to produce and manage projects, all within an intense workshop.

  • Screenwriting

    DURATION 1 year
    ADMISSION PROCEDURE Entrance exam (interview)
    ATTENDANCE Mandatory

    Writing for film - and increasingly more often in recent years for series - takes creative writing beyond literature or poetry for a story that can become a cinematic narrative.

    The course is designed to provide students with the tools to transform their passion and aptitude for writing into the ability to write for moving images. Students explore the main aspects of the creative process in the different textual formats and, finally, in their pitch to production.

    The purpose of the course is to develop their sensitivity and imagination, writing skills and understanding of financial feasibility, with a workshop also offered as part of the Production course that leads to the creation of a portfolio of original writing projects developed during the course.

  • Social Videomaker

    DURATION 1 year
    ADMISSION PROCEDURE Entrance exam (interview)
    ATTENDANCE Mandatory

    Communications and marketing in particular are increasingly dependent on visual content. Images, graphics, photographs and, above all, video: aware of the power of the web, companies continue to invest considerable capital in this field.

    This has resulted in the need to train new professionals to adapt to the changing world of modern communications and sweeping transformations in recent decades.

    The evening course in Social Videomaking trains videomakers for these new, unexplored professions. Basic technical training (audio and video shooting, editing and graphics) is integrated with knowledge of new digital communications: the web and social media, storytelling techniques for marketing and online content management.

    Writing a post, taking a picture, managing a live Facebook stream, creating and updating a website or blog, developing specific content for different social networks, pitching a communications plan to companies: these are just some of the areas and contexts in which students will be trained.

Milano Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti

Viale Fulvio Testi, 121 – 20162 Milano
Tel +39-02971522

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