The "Action 3i" project represents 30 months of work between higher education schools of initial training to audiovisual professions, to transfer the "pedagogy of the project" to the ISMA in Benin and the INPTIC in Gabon, with the expertise of the IAD in Belgium.

As explained by Natalie Degimbe, Project Manager of Action 3i, the method of learning the pedagogy of the project "is based in the first year of study on the training of students through the" manufacture" of audiovisual products which involve the synthesis of theoretical notions and technical and practical skills learned through teamwork".

The financial support of the European Union and the ongoing investment and involvement of the professors, directions and administrations of the three schools enabled Action 3i to achieve the objectives and expected results at the start of the project.


Opening of an audiovisual Department at the INPTIC

One of the most indicative results was the fact that the selection of Action 3i under the ACPCultures+ programme set the stage for the Gabonese authorities to invest in the creation of a department of training to the audiovisual sector within the INPTIC in Gabon.

Training programs focused on the pedagogy of the project

Action 3i allowed the elaboration of the programs of the two years of Master's degree in realization at the ISMA and of the three years of Licenses in audiovisual professions at the INPTIC while respecting the pedagogy of the project. In addition, the ISMA License Program gradually adapted itself to the program developed under Action 3i.

The long-term work between the three institutions made it possible to conclude a collaboration agreement between ISMA and INPTIC in order to promote the mobility of intra-ACP students.

Necessary material and sufficient enough to supervise students

The financial support of ACPCultures+ has enabled Action3I to acquire the necessary audiovisual material for students and professors:

  • From ISMA to produce short films at the end of the cursus;
  • From INPTIC to ensure the execution of the program for the first semester of the License 1.

Programs execution and continuing education

On the basis of the programs developed, ISMA and INPTIC called on the professors of the IAD for the courses and workshops for which they wanted their professors to benefit from training. Several courses and modules were thus supervised by binomial IAD/ISMA teachers or trinomials IAD/ISMA/INPTIC teachers.

At the ISMA, five modules of 15 days per academic year were taught by IAD/ISMA/INPTIC professors. These modules have framed the entire production chain of a film creation: writing scenario / production dossier and putting into production / filming / post-production.

Four modules of 15 days and five courses of 6 days per academic year were supervised at INPTIC by professors from IAD/ISMA/INPTIC. These courses and modules allowed students to acquire the basis of the theory, techniques, tools and languages ​​specific to shooting, taking sounds and processing images and sounds, and to synthesize these learning through the creation of simple audiovisual products.


Several awards have marked the work of the students: 2016 - Prize for the best short film at the international festival of cinematographic creation of Conakry awarded to Ibrahima BAH, for the movie Living together when you’re a painter, shot on the occasion of his TFE at the ISMA in 2015. At the same festival ISMA was also elected best school of cinema of Africa.

In the wake of the creation of the Audiovisual Department at INPTIC, Gabon created the first Central African Festival entirely devoted to amateur cinema: Quifilma, a festival in which the short film Á mon père by Sonia ANGUE, student filmmaker of 1st year in the License at INPTIC received the prize for the best documentary.

Initial training of the students

In 30 months, 76 students (22 girls and 54 boys) of Master and Bachelor 3 have been trained at the ISMA to perform the various positions related to their future job through the realization of a short film as synthesis of the essential notions learned. Ten short films were produced by the students of the Realization, Image, Sound, Editing/Scripting/Post-Production and Production Management options. All worked as a team, on several shoots supervised by professors of the IAD, ISMA and INPTIC. An average of 75% of graduate students found employment after graduation.

In 30 months, 82 students (34 girls and 48 boys) from Bachelor 1 and Bachelor 2 have been trained at INPTIC to perform various jobs related to their future profession through the production of audiovisual products, practicing the theoretical and technical achievements, the correct manipulation of the audiovisual material taught and the ability to work in a team. In Bachelor 1, 48 students made a mini-film and they all occupied at least the position of cameraman and sound recorder on the films of their fellow students.

Action 3i also revealed the existence of a request for training in audiovisual professions in Gabon: 193 students took part in the admission test in 2014 at the opening of the Audiovisual Department within the INPTIC (48 of them were selected), 170 in 2015 (of which 37 were selected).

Sustainability of the results of Action 3i

A partnership of three recognized schools already established in their respective countries is in itself a factor of the sustainability of the results achieved by Action 3i during the 30 months of the project. The IAD, created in 1959, is rich in experience that has made the school's reputation. For 12 years the international policy of the IAD privileges notably the transfer of its know-how, the pedagogy of the project, in the countries of the Francophonie. Action 3i is based on solid execution expertise.

The ISMA, created in 2006, is a private school whose diplomas are recognized by the State of Benin. ISMA entrusted the IAD in 2011 with the task of integrating the pedagogy of the project in the creation of the two years program of Master in Design.

The INPTIC, created in 2010, is a public school which entrusted the IAD in 2013, while also relying on ISMA's first experiences in this field, to create an audiovisual department within it and to develop the program of the three years Bachelor by integrating the pedagogy of the project.

Thus was born Action 3i which worked for 30 months to instill both the ISMA and the INPTIC the methods of management, organization, programming and evaluation specific to the pedagogy of the project, by implementing the programs developed together at the beginning of the project. These methods have been acquired by the management, the administration and some of the teachers of ISMA and INPTIC. Their implementation has been supervised and accompanied by the IAD and the sustainability of these methods depends today mainly on the human and material pedagogical means available to ISMA and INPTIC to pursue their momentum.

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December 13, 2016
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