Sapir's School of Audio and Visual Arts is an artistic hub, equipped with the best teachers and filmmakers in Israel, who offer a dynamic and vibrant environment. Located in the Western Negev, rich in its inspiring landscapes, people, stories and historical encounters. The School offers a undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Students join a passionate creative community in the most comprehensive and diverse film school in Israel. A high-quality academic institution, the School has national and international reputation for cinematic excellence. It provides the broadest range of audio and screen arts studies in Israel, including: filmmaking, screen acting, TV, animation, music composition and soundtrack design. Inspired to reflect the narratives of Israel's southern periphery, students develop their own voice and vision. They become artists active in all the components of filmmaking, creating multiple award-winning productions. This imaginative ecosystem has transformed into a cultural center in the Negev.
The School offers students a competitive edge via practical experiences and collaborations together with workshops with leading Israeli and global cinematic auteurs. Our faculty is comprised of respected innovative industry professionals. They offer personal mentoring and industry wide contacts that enable graduates to connect to various productions.
The School in collaboration with the Sderot Cinematheque operates the annual Cinema South International Film Festival. An important international cultural event which exposes the students to the national and international film industry. The Festival offers students and alumni a platform to premier their films at a public screening before a panel of judges made up of industry leaders. Cinema South is also a significant practical training opportunity for hundreds of our students.
International Programs: The School of Audio and Visual Arts operates joint animation workshops with the The Lodz Film School, one of the leading institutions in Europe. The encounters explore Polish and Jewish culture and the deep impact that both had on each other.
The School of Audio & Visual Arts four-year BFA degree programs offer specializations in five dedicated tracks.
Director, Film Track
We provide a creative hub for people with a passion for making films, who are curious and seek an impactful mode of expression. Sapir's Film Track offers outstanding academic studies, a sensitive social awareness and practical filmmaking experience in a unique location in Israel's southern periphery. Students learn the language of film to express their individual creativity and imagination, mentored by the top filmmakers and lecturers in the country. They gain professional expertise to design and manage the complex elements of filmmaking, from script writing, directing and producing to filming and editing. Operating sophisticated equipment from their first day on campus, students acquire the skills to create feature films, documentaries and experimental cinema. Final student films premier in a competitive setting, at the Cinema South Film Festival, followed by national and global distribution and screenings.
Dr. Itai Harlap,
Director, Television Track
Television is experiencing unprecedented boom in Israel and globally, many consider it as one of the best and most influential cultural mediums today. Sapir's Television track is the only Television BFA degree in Israel that provides high-level academic courses together with comprehensive and marketable skills in screenwriting, directing, editing, filming and production−specifically for television. Students join a creative and contemporary track, taught by the best lecturers and TV industry experts. Our program, equips students to become innovative, creative and influential creators for television and new platforms. Collaborating with broadcasters, production companies and creators, students connect to key players during their studies .They design a professional show-reel, premier their work at the Cinema South Film Festival, followed by promotion to broadcasters and festivals in Israel and around the world.
Director, Animation Track
Sapir's Animation Track designed for imaginative storytellers who love to create characters in a world where nothing is predetermined and are passionate about animation. Our program enables specialization in three major animation techniques: Classic, Computerized 3D and Stop Motion. Students work on various formats including, development of TV and internet series; Docu-Animation; public space animation and designing computer games. Our program offers guest artists workshops and collaborations with international animation schools abroad. Students have round the clock access to fully equipped studios and advanced computer labs. They screen their final projects at the Cinema South Film Festival.
Director, Soundtrack, Music and Sound
The film and television industry in Israel is booming; dozens of Israeli films have won prestigious awards, along with six Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film. They all need great sound and music professionals. Sapir's Soundtrack, Music and Sound teachers are among the top artists in Israel. Students gain high-level academic education and practical skills that includes advanced studio technology. From their first year and throughout their studies students collaborate cross tracks. They experience all channels that utilize sound for the screen: recording, creating effects, dialogue and atmosphere, composing, and producing original music-- in hundreds of productions each a year. We offer the only academic degree in Israel that combines sound studies for movies with music composition for a picture to create the atmosphere of a fully realized cinematic experience. Graduates work in the field of sound and music composition for film and television as well as sound work for images (art, computer games, interfaces, etc.).
Director, Screen Acting & Creating Track
Most acting schools utilize theater techniques that are not always suitable for film. Sapir's innovative Screen Acting & Creating Track is a unique BFA degree, devoted to the art of cinema acting together with filmmaking. The only program in Israel and perhaps in the world to equip screen actors with an academic degree in cinema. Students who love acting join demanding workshops, academic studies and acquire practical skills. Throughout their studies, they are in contact with various casting agencies, TV and film producers, directors, writers and more. From their first year of studies, participants gain practical experience acting in their friends' productions. This provides them with a rich and varied show-reel, a great advantage on entering the acting market. The students graduate as actors/ filmmakers equipped with a toolbox ranging from acting to editing, screenwriting, directing and cinematography, which offer a range of job opportunities upon graduation.
Graduates are equipped with invaluable in-depth knowledge, skills and connections in the industry. Over 2,000 graduates work in the film and TV, throughout Israel, in the Negev and abroad. Our recent 2019 Alumni Survey found that: 88% of graduates work in Film & TV industries and that 80% of graduates who live in the south work in Film & TV.
Some alumni choose to pursue graduate degrees such as Sapir's School of Audio and Visual Arts MFA programs. Others pursue graduate studies at leading Israeli and international institutions.
Sapir's Center for Practical Engineers established in 1984 is one of Israel's largest professional training centers in the field of media, film and communications. Sapir's Film and Television Practical Engineer Program enjoys the academic and professional support of the School of Audio & Visual Arts in film and television studies.
Our program trains a skilled and professional workforce in all aspects of production and creation for film and TV. The innovative curriculum combines theoretical and practical studies in a variety of technical and artistic subjects; together with production workshops in television and filmmaking: documentaries, dramas, studio productions, video clips and more. Sapir's School of Audio & Visual Arts is equipped with the most up-to-date professional filming and editing systems; a sophisticated TV studio, animation studio, 30 editing studios, sound studios; lighting systems; film and video cameras; stills and multimedia labs. This high-quality equipment enables program participants to work with and experience high-standard professional productions from their first year.
Joint BFA Program
Students can choose to study in an integrated program with the College and earn academic credits for their Audio & Visual Arts BFA degrees. The joint Film and Television Practical Engineer Program diploma with the BFA academic degree offers a wide variety of job options.
Hundreds of graduates of the program work in film and television industry in Israel and around the world.
Sapir's School of Audio & Visual Arts not only teaches and trains filmmakers of the future; it initiates and promotes filmmaking in the south, now! Through local Negev based labs and initiatives, we connect our first rate faculty together with filmmakers from the south, throughout Israel and internationally to our graduates who plan to create film in the south. These include:
A yearlong incubator for graduates together with our first-rate faculty who work on their next project both plot based features and documentaries.
Studio Darom (South)
"Studio Darom" is a five-day international Workshop that serves as a platform for young creators' cinematic projects in Israel and globally, as well as an entry to the co-production market. Designed for new producers and directors who are interested in promoting their first or second feature-length project to Europe. Israeli and European cinema professionals provide workshops. The Workshop culminates in a pitching event in which participants present their projects to film industry experts. The sixth Studio South Workshop operates via Sapir's School of Audio and Visual Arts and its Cinema South Film Festival, in collaboration with the Produire au Sud of the Three Continents Festival in Nantes, France, the French Institute in Israel and the Israeli Film Project -The Rabinowitz Foundation for the Arts.
Lab for Developing Television Content & Formats
Lab for Developing Television Content & Formats
The School of Audio & Visual Arts specializes in the development and production of quality and innovative content and is one the best school in Israel in its field. The School operates this initiative in Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This unique lab collaborates with television professionals and broadcasting companies. Students focus on developing submissions and ideas for TV formats and series suitable for a variety of platforms.