Year founded: more than 15 years ago
Number of students: Approx. 450
Areas of teaching: Audiovisual studies – including editing, production, sound, camera and lighting techniques – and graphic design: web and print design, multimedia and artistic direction
Locations: Headquarters/main campus in Montreuil, France
CIFACOM, based in the Paris suburb of Montreuil, is an audiovisual studies and graphic design school offering degrees at the Bac + 3 and Bac + 4 levels as well as one-year preparation and two-year masters programs. Courses offered include 2-year Audiovisual BTS courses in production management and lighting techniques, 2-year BTS courses in Graphic Design specializing in communication and a 2-year master in artistic direction.
The school’s mission is to develop students individually to ensure they can find employment in their chosen field. The programs’ emphasis is on developing skills that match the needs of employers and fit with the processes companies use to evaluate technical skills. Students are guided through the showcasing of their particular talents and are exposed to the workplace though internships and sandwich courses where they can build their network and their confidence.
Both schools offer a highly technical environment where students interact daily with the various tools of their trade, including film sets, sound studios, radio studios, desktop publishing and multimedia rooms, editing suites, steady cams and other professional audiovisual equipment.
CIFACOM is a is a “non-contractual” private school meaning it does not necessarily limit itself to National Education regulations in terms of the organization of the courses and the recruiting of teachers and speakers. The school does, however, follow the National Educational guidelines and obligations regarding content, program design and duration.