Cinema and audiovisual media diploma

Master of Film, Radio and Television Diploma

ENS Paris-Saclay / INA

The Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay and the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel are renewing, for the academic year 2022-2023, an inter-institutional diploma at Bac+5 level entitled "Documentary Designer-Director. Historical and contemporary documentaries" (subject to validation by the institutions).
This training replaces and extends the master 2 organised between 2011 and 2020 by the Ecole nationale des chartes, the Ecole normale supérieure de Cachan and the Institut national de l'audiovisuel entitled "Audiovisual designer: multimedia representations of history, society and science".

Presentation of the diploma


The objective is to train documentary designers and directors in the audiovisual sector (cinema, television, radio, web).
The aim of this training is professional: this diploma is not intended for research and teaching.

Over the past ten years, graduates have entered the labour market either as assistant directors or directors for radio or television documentaries, or in executive positions in production companies, cultural institutions or television channels.

In partnership with

L'institut national de l'audiovisuel (INA)

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The contacts

INAsup (educational coordination)
Anna Percival
+33 1 49 83 38 54
apercival [at] (Contact by mail.)

INAsup (information on vocational training funding)
Sandrine Brein
+33 1 49 83 27 63
sbrein [at] (Contact by mail.)

ENS Paris-Saclay (information and validation of personal and professional experience - VAPP)
Madeleine Santos
+33 1 81 87 48 90
madeleine.santos [at] (Contact by mail.)


This diploma is open to candidates aged 27 years or less in the year of registration and in continuing education after the age of 27.

The following may apply

  • Holders of at least a Master's degree in literature (history, literature, economics, philosophy, sociology, info-com, cinema and audiovisual, etc.) or in science (physics, mathematics, medicine, biology, etc.);
  • holders of a diploma from a business school, an engineering school, an institute of political studies, or a higher education establishment of the Ministry of Culture;
  • For foreign students: holders of a degree corresponding to the M1 (four years of higher education);
  • Professionals (directors, cinematographers, editors, etc.) wishing to complete their training.
  • Salaried and casual workers in the entertainment industry can apply for personal and professional validation (VAPP). The equivalence of diplomas or professional experience with the M1 will be validated by an ad hoc commission.

The M1 (or its equivalent) is assumed to be acquired at the beginning of the academic year 2022 and not at the time of application.Level of English required: equivalent to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Trades prepared

  • Documentary film and television producers and directors (cinema, television, radio, web)
  • Sectors of activity: film, television and web radio


Modules, teachers and duration

This high-level course offers theoretical and practical teaching in the form of courses and workshops (approximately 390 hours) that can be completed by internships. The schooling takes place over two semesters (from the beginning of October to the end of September of the following year).

Theoretical courses include several modules: history and aesthetics of the genre, audiovisual law, knowledge of collections and document research, audiovisual production and documentary markets, methodology of the oral interview, etc.

Practical courses and workshops (image and sound capture and editing, design and production of documentaries for the digital environment) enable students to produce linear or interactive documentaries.

The courses are complemented by master classes at SCAM (documentary screenings followed by meetings with the director) and professional meetings (broadcasting day, documentary festivals such as Fipadoc or Cinéma du réel).

The courses and workshops take place from October to June. They are held at the INA in Bry-sur-Marne, which allows students to work with professional equipment and to take advantage of synergies with students from other courses offered by INAsup (editing, production, etc.).

Schooling is incompatible with other commitments. Students are therefore expected to follow the programme full-time.


Tuition fees

  • 3,500 euros for initial training (must be 27 years old or younger in the year of registration);
  • 7,500 for professional training.

For information on funding for professional training, please contact
Sandrine Brein
+331 49 83 27 63
sbrein [at] (Contact by mail.)

Daily life

Students benefit from the INA's company restaurant and its educational resource centre.