Program Details

Icelandic Film School

  • Start Date 2017-02-20
  • End Date: 2018-02-23

  • Location: Reykjavík

The Icelandic Film School operates with an accreditation from The Ministry of Culture and Education as a specialized school at college level. The school is now striving towards elevating the school to university status and the school has adopted a new set of rules based on the university law code.

The Icelandic Film School serves to support and reinforce both the Icelandic and global film and television industries. The objectives of the school are to offer interested and talented people, regardless of nationality, race or religion, an exciting educational alternative in Iceland. To discover talented people and provide them with a solid theoretical and practical education which prepares them to either enter directly into the workplace or to pursue continued studies in filmmaking abroad. It is also important for the school to keep a close eye on emerging trends and innovations in the production and distribution of visual media and make sure the curriculum evolves to meet the new challenges and employment opportunities that arise.

The main building houses classrooms, a large lecture hall/screening room, a cafeteria and three computer labs stocked with the most up-to-date equipment and postproduction software. Across the street, in the old printing factory of Iceland's largest newspaper, we're planning a state-of-the-art studio and equipment room. Our primary screening facility is the Bío Paradís, Reykjavík's home for independent cinema.


The volunteer will live in a flat in Reykjavík with other AUS (ICYE Iceland) volunteers, and possibly share a room with another volunteer. It‘s also possible that the volunteer will live with a Icelandic host family. The volunteer will have lunch in the project, and get in addition to that food money for the meals he/she does not get in the project.


There are four departments at the Icelandic Film School and all departments offer a program for foreign students where the classes are conducted in English.

Department 1: Directing and Producing: The main focus of this department is on instructing students in the techniques of directing and producing narrative films. Students also receive training in the making of commercials, music videos, documentaries, TV and news productions.
Department 2: Technical: This department is responsible for the education of our next generation of cinematographers, editors, sound designers and set designers.
Department 3: Screenwriting and Directing: This department is for those who wish to both write and direct their own screenplays.
Department 4: Drama/Acting: This department is for those who wish to become screen actors or actresses.

Each department forms an independent academic unit and the chairman of the department supervises its operation. All the departments offer a two-year program, 120 units towards a diploma degree and an additional 60 units towards a BA degree. The school reserves the right to make the additional study subject to special entrance prerequisites.


It is important that the volunteer has interest in media and has some knowledge of the technical side of the industry. It is not necessary that the volunteer is educated in this field but rather that because of his/her interest and/or background can become independent in assisting staff and teachers at the college.

How to get there?
International Airport: Keflavik Airport
Domestic Airport:


6 months - 2,900.00 EUR

12 months - 4,000.00 EUR