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Diploma in Filmmaking

Diploma Programs

For almost 20 years, the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI), has been the leader in providing seminars, workshops and training courses for digital creatives, developers and photographers.

What are the diploma programs?

Diploma programs allow you to take many PCCI training courses that correspond to your chosen field, plus some elements, such as special classes and projects unique to diploma program takers.

Diploma vs Degree Program »

Diploma vs Degree Program

Diploma programs are not equivalent to degree programs. The differences between diploma programs and degree programs are:

  1. The time it takes to complete the program. Degree programs, such as Bachelor of Arts / Science, typically take four years. A diploma program takes less time to complete, less than a year.
  2. The courses required to graduate. A degree program includes general education subjects such as English, Math, Philosophy, History, Biology. Courses in a diploma program immediately focus on the subjects specific to the field of study; for example, photography or graphic arts.
  3. The places of study. Degree programs are taken at universities and colleges. Diploma programs are awarded by technical schools or centers.

Overview of the Program | What to Expect »

Overview of the Program | What to Expect

If you have a knack for telling stories, logically and compellingly, you can be a filmmaker. Using a combination of classroom instruction and intensive field work, our instructors will dispel the air of mystery from the field and profession.

Students are immersed in workshops on screenwriting, directing, camera technique, lighting, all the way to digital editing. At every step students are encouraged to think visually and tell the story visually, taking turns as director of photography, director and assistant director, camera operator, gaffer, etc.

Students work on actual film projects throughout the program, from "script to screen." Along the way, a student will find his or her strengths in each field of specialization.

Learn from industry professional tutors and award-winning guest speakers, including famous directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, video and sound editors, production designers, producers and other screen specialists.

Instructors: Emir Khan Bautista (program director), Emmanuel Dela Cruz, Dale Custodio, Valentin Naguit, Pao Pangan, Emman Pascual, Sheela Alcasid, Armi Cacanindin, Dennis Lucero, Yves Patron, Robert Quilao, Henry Lopez.

What to Expect

Besides a strong theoretical background on film, the program provides extensive hands-on training and workshops in the various disciplines. Participants will get to experience the entire filmmaking process.

At the end of the program, the students are expected to submit a high quality short film project.

Courses & Schedule »

Courses and Schedule
  • The program is designed to be completed in 3-4 months (following the regular schedule of classes) including film production and film showing. With our intensive hands-on format and creative training techniques, you can learn much more in much less time.
  • On rare occasions, a listed instructor is unable to teach a class due to an unscheduled professional assignment. If this happens, we will replace the instructor with someone of equivalent credentials. In the event we cannot secure a substitute, the class may be rescheduled but still within the duration fo the program.

Note: You also have the option of enrolling only in the subject(s) that you want under the program.

Schedule: April to July 2018 Date Class Hours
Opening | Orientation April 9 (Mon) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Film 101: Introduction to Filmmaking Apr 10 (Tue) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Screenwriting Apr 17 (Tue) 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Apr 19 (Thu) 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
May 1 (Tue) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
May 1 (Tue) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
May 31 (Thu) 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Basic Photography Apr 13-15 (Fri to Sun) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Basic Film Production Apr 20-21 (Fri to Sat) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Producing a Film Apr 25 (Mon) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Apr 26 (Tue) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jun 11 (Mon) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Directing 101: Basic Directing Apr 26 (Thu) 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cinematography 101 Apr 28-29 (Sat to Sun) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cinematography 102 May 5 (Sat) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
May 6 (Sun) 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Digital Video Fundamentals May 8 (Tue) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Adobe After Effects: Beginner to Intermediate May 11-13 (Fri to Sun) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Film Editing 101 May 17-18 & 21 (Thu, Fri & Mon) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Production Management May 19-20 (Sat to Sun) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Storyboarding May 26 (Sat) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Pitch: How to Sell Your Film to a Producer May 30 (Wed) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Directing 102: Directing the Actors Jun 4 (Mon) 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Jun 4 (Mon) 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Jun 5 (Tue) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Adobe Audition CC: Audio Editing & Post Production Jun 6-8 (Wed to Fri) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sound: Recording, Design and Editing Jun 13–15 (Wed to Fri) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Film Editing 102 Jul 6-8 (Fri to Sun) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Intellectual Property Rights TBA TBA
Film Showing: July 28, 2018

Program Benefits »

Program Benefits

Certificate of Achievement – Armed with the PCCI Certificate of Achievement, the participant would have surely gained a decisive edge in the job market.

Great Savings – Save money and precious time because the program is designed to be completed in only a few months.

Moreover, you can learn faster and more effectively with our intensive hands-on format, as well as the creative training techniques which our instructors have use to train thousands of creatives and photographers for nearly 20 years.

Career Opportunities: What can I do after completing the program? Where can I work? - The diploma programs comprise the necessary courses (others may be added or changed over the years) that will prepare you for a career in your chosen field, whether in a corporate setting or as a freelance artist.

For the filmmaking graduates, your opportunities are not limited to the television stations and movie studios. There are third-party suppliers that provide production services of photography, editing, directing, and lighting servicing the television, movie, corporate, and advertising industries.

What is important, whether you are planning to go freelance or seek employment, is to prepare and update regularly your portfolio to show prospective employees or clients your best work.

Admission Requirements | How to Register »

Admission Requirements | How to Register

Step 1. Fill out and submit the online registration form (found at the right side of this program description page).

Step 2. We will send you an email acknowledgment the next business day, to inform you if there is still space available. A wait list will be established for classes that are fully booked.

If you don’t receive an email acknowledgment, please call us immediately.

Step 3. Once you’re sure a seat is available, pay.


  • For photography courses, each student is required to bring his own camera, one suitable for the subject or field of study.
  • For computer-based courses, all students will be provided one computer each during the class.

Payment Terms | Inclusions »

Payment Terms & Conditions | Inclusions

- Registration alone does not guarantee you a seat in class. To secure your place, your registration must be followed by a 30% down payment.

- Downpayment is not refundable but transferable to other people, as long as the original registrant has not taken yet any of the course under the program.

- The balance can be paid in installments within 2 months from date of enrollment (cash, PDCs or credit card).

- Seats are limited, so register and pay as early as possible to ensure your place. Seats will be allocated on a first-pay, first-serve basis.

Fee Inclusions
  • Course fees are inclusive of VAT.
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Course materials (writing materials, handout/manual/book/references)
  • Transportation cost for location shoot that are part of some courses
  • Use of lab computers to work on class assignments, practice lessons, and prepare projects
  • PCCI T-shirt


  • Any costs to be incurred in connection to the development of the final project is for the account of the students.
  • For photography and videography classes, each student is required to bring his own camera or camcorder, one suitable for the field of study.
  • For computer-based classes, student will be provided one computer each during the class.

How to Pay »

How to Pay

There are several ways to pay:

Direct payment

  • Deliver the payment (cash, check or credit card) to our office. Check is payable to Philippine Center for Creative Imaging, Inc.

Bank deposit

Deposit the payment to

  • any Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) branch, in favor of Philippine Center for Creative Imaging Inc, S/A 1-249-91545-5; or
  • any Banco de Oro (BDO) branch, in favor of Philippine Center for Creative Imaging Inc, S/A 429-0078357.

Registrants from other countries may pay in US dollars. Please see below dollar account details.

  • Payee Name: Philippine Center for Creative Imaging, Inc.
  • Bank Name: Banco De Oro (BDO)
  • Vendor/payee account number: 536-0039680
  • Bank Branch: Makati Cinema Square, Makati City
  • Bank Address: Ground Floor Makati Cinema Square, Pasong Tamo, Makati City
  • Bank Code: BNORPHMM
  • Bank Branch Code: 429

Then email (or fax) us the copy of the deposit slip / payment transfer slip with your name and course(s) written legibly on it.

  • Email address: info@pcci.com.ph
  • Fax number: +63 (2) 892-5281


Online payment via PayPal. (Please click here)

Note: To avoid losing your seat to another registrant, we advise you pay as early as possible.

Rules on Attendance »

Rules on Attendance

The student must not have missed more than 20% of the course duration. Certificate of Attendance or Completion are awarded based on the assessment of the instructor and attendance of at least 80% of the course duration.

Certificate »


When the student completes the final film project, the student will be awarded the program Certificate of Achievement.

For more questions and inquiries, please EMAIL:

Disclaimer: PCCI reserves the right to change, amend or modify program policies and guidelines, schedule and details at any time without notice. Current enrollees, however, will be promptly notified of any such changes.


  • To request for complete program details and updated program calendar, please EMAIL:


Class hours are generally from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm & 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.


PhP 85,000 (USD 2,125)

Includes manuals/handout, lunch and snacks.

Note: You also have the option of enrolling only in the subject(s) that you want under the program.

Be sure to read the Registration Info before registering.


Note: Your seat is not confirmed until we receive a 50 percent down payment.

Course Date(s)

Deposit payment at your nearest Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) branch, in the name of Philippine Center for Creative Imaging, S/A 1-249-91545-5. Fax deposit slip to 892-5281 with your name and class details. Surrender deposit slip on first day of class to get official receipt.

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