FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

Introduction

Film and TV School (FAMU)


Film and TV School (FAMU) is an integral part of The Academy of Performing Arts, which was founded after World War II, in 1947. It is the fifth oldest film school in the world. Its graduates include many influential filmmakers and scriptwriters, many known within international contexts such as Oscar winners or laureates of international film festivals. In addition, most people working in the Czech Republic’s film and TV industry in artistic or production positions, as well as still-photographers in various media are graduates from FAMU.

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The 1960s was perhaps the most brilliant period in the history of both Czech cinema and FAMU. The students and professors offered the most progressive and challenging ideas to the overall social discourse of the time. After the occupation of Czechoslovakia in August 1968 several FAMU professors and graduates had to leave the country. Some of them contributed to the development of film art and industry in the world and played significant roles in the development of film education. After the fall of communism in Europe, FAMU maintained its status as the national film school but at the same time opened its gates for international students from all over the World.
FAMU is a founding member of CILECT (World association of film schools), of the European League of Institutes of Arts (ELIA), and of the European Association of Cinema and Television Schools GEECT. Works by its graduates have received many awards at international festivals and have often been co-produced with domestic television networks and broadcast over the nation.

STUDIES AT FAMU = FILMMAKING + WRITING + ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES
FAMU International has various programs in English, from one to six week summer workshops to one semester programs organized abroad to one year programs to full master degree programs. Generally speaking, each program consists of a varying proportion of practical filmmaking with assistance, writing skills connected to practical processes and academic disciplines related to the audiovisual field with their reflections and methodologies. Each program has different conditions for admission. Some shorter programs (usually the one semester or summer workshop programs) are based on contracts with particular universities or academic agencies. These programs are run by FAMU regarding curricular matters, but admissions are administered by the particular university or academic agency (CIEE or CET) with whom FAMU is contracted.

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This section of our website gives complete information on the characteristic of each program and links to section for applicants, where you can find information on admissions.

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Studying at FAMU means also spending your lifetime in the heart one of the most beautiful cities in the world.Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of twentieth century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall, and Petřín hill. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. On the other hand, Prague has also many different faces, former industrial parts, many suburbs with a variety of styles including huge urban spaces with panel houses from the communist time, civic architecture from whole range of 19th and 20th century, many parks etc.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Czech

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Programs

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Master

Course in Academy Preparation Program (APP)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Czech Republic Prague

The Academy Preparation Program offers one year of intensive filmmaking/photography and academic disciplines with mentorship enabling the student to complete several art works by the end of the academic year. [+]

Would you like to become a filmmaker, but you are still not definitively decided in what capacity? Would you like become a photographer? The Academy Preparation Program offers one year of intensive filmmaking/photography and academic disciplines with mentorship enabling the student to complete several art works by the end of the academic year. The program works well to prepare students for MA studies in a particular discipline. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The one-year Academy Preparation Program (APP) at FAMU International aims to provide its participants the opportunity to explore and become acquainted with the broad range of crafts, professions, arts and skills that comprise the cinematic/photographic endeavour on both a practical and theoretical level. Filmmaking hands-on program includes a large variety of practical student projects and exercises in formats from HDV, HDSLR to 16mm and 35mm. There is also practical work within a TV studio environment. Shooting is designed for locations as well as in studios. Photography students gain the skills within Photography department. Projects are specifically designed for the program curriculum and are supervised by FAMU faculty and mentors. The production of all mandatory practical exercises and final film is included in the price of tuition. Students enrolled in the one year Academy Program create their own study plan based on a combination of required – compulsory – courses, optional courses, electives, workshops and projects within their selected Major Concentrations. All courses, seminars and workshops award credits under the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Teachers and mentors in the program include full-time faculty from the eleven degree-granting departments of FAMU, as well as other artists, academics and film professionals as part-time faculty. As an entry-level course, the Academy Preparation Program is best suited for students interested in attaining a thorough background in audio-visual or photographic media before pursuing more in-depth studies in filmmaking and related media. While the program is designed as a general filmmaking/photographic course, it is nevertheless focused through MAJOR CONCENTRATIONS. Core courses taken by the student, mentor workshops and practical works completed will vary depending on each concentration. MAJOR CONCENTRATIONS (newly extended) for 2015/2016 are: 1. Screenwriting 2. Directing Fiction 3. Directing Documentary and Non-fiction 4. Cinematography 5. Editing and Creative Post-production 6. Photography Each Major Concentration includes a small workshop (up to 6 students) led by a mentor. In the workshop students work under one-on-one tutorship and develop their practical assignments. Mandatory seminars and courses provide theoretical background for creative part of the study program. Core courses provide a broader education into both local and film/photography culture, and include classes and seminars in: 
1. Film History, Photography History, Theory and Criticism, 2. Arts and Culture. 
FAMU International also provides a wide range of short and intense Friday or weekend workshops (we call them Modules) that comprise a vital aspect of each student’s educational experience. 
The program starts in the middle of September and ends in the middle of May. Precise dates are given specifically for each year. Core courses of each concentration leads to different creative outputs and participation of individual or collaborative work: 1. Screenwriting: small assignments during the year, TV series, a script for short film and its realization, a first draft of a full-length script 2. Directing Fiction: filming exercises digital and 16mm with given creative limits, a portrait on digital, a final short film on 16mm 3. Directing Documentary and non-fiction: filming exercises digital and 16mm with given creative limits, a portrait on digital, a final film on 16mm or digital 4. Cinematography: filming exercises digital and 16mm with given creative limits, lighting exercises, DOP of directing student´s work, 35mm final etude 5. Editing and Creative-Postproduction: filming exercises digital and 16mm with given creative limits, technical editor´s exercises, editors of directing student´s works 6. Photography: digital and film exercises, studio and outdoor photography, darkroom process as well as digital postproduction, range of creative workshops to attend CERTIFICATION AFTER COMPLETION All students will receive a transcript of completed courses in accordance with the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). These credits are accepted by and transferable to universities, academies and advanced institutions of higher learning throughout the world. All students who successfully fulfill the requirements of their study plan will receive a Certificate from FAMU International. 
 Please note that acceptance into the FAMU International one year Academy Preparation Program does not guarantee admission into further studies at FAMU, however the portfolio of main works completed within each concentration provides application material expected for most advanced studies of the discipline. [-]

Master of Photography

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2016 Czech Republic Prague

The Department of Photography</strong> offers a Master`s Program and a Short term Study program in Photography in the English language. Students studying in the English language have also the opportunity to participate in the lectures in the English language in the FAMU International Program. | The students also have the possibility to work in the studios led by renowned teachers. These studios include the <strong>Studio of Documentary Photography, Studio of Staged Photography, Studio of Post-conceptional Photography, and the Studio of Multi-media. [+]

ABOUT US PROFILE | FAMU is the fifth oldest film school in the world. Its graduates include many influential filmmakers and scriptwriters, many of whom are known internationally as Oscar winners and laureates of international film festivals. | The Department of Photography was founded in 1975 which makes it one of the oldest institutions of its kind in Europe. The school is located right in the historical centre of Prague. Our unique specialization is the interconnection of classical photography techniques with contemporary multi-media trends. STUDY | The Department of Photography offers a Master`s Program and a Short term Study program in Photography in the English language. Students studying in the English language have also the opportunity to participate in the lectures in the English language in the FAMU International Program. | The students also have the possibility to work in the studios led by renowned teachers. These studios include the Studio of Documentary Photography, Studio of Staged Photography, Studio of Post-conceptional Photography, and the Studio of Multi-media. LECTURES, WORKSHOPS | At the Department of Photography we put an emphasis on individual development of the artists. The study includes art and photography history courses, philosophical seminars, practical seminars and workshops with renowned artists. Students also gain experience in the graphical workshop and silk screen print studio. They also learn the art of bookbinding and production of photographic publications. Multimedia instruction is an integral part of our teaching. CULTURE LIFE | An integral part of the school character is the interconnection with the dynamic cultural life in Prague. The school has its own gallery in the centre of Prague. The gallery has a rich program of student exhibitions. We assist international students in the integration into the regular gallery activities in Prague, which means they often participate in exhibitions in renowned galleries. | A unique benefit is our interconnection with the FAMU film department in areas such as direction, camera and editing. Together with our students, we regularly participate in important European festivals of photography. Within the scope of our programs we cooperate with photography and film schools all over the world. FACILITIES | Studio Tabletop is equipped with Sinar type large-format cameras with a film format of up to 18 x 24 cm, including digital alternatives. | Studio for life photography has a flash lighting system with above standard power of 12 000 Ws; it has a Hasselblad camera with a digital back, and an analogue camera Mamiya RB 67 with a set of interchangeable lenses. | Studio Portrait and Figure offers similar equipment as above and the possibility to create an endless background. |Computer room and a room for scanning films (negatives and positives) are available in the school. For more demanding work there is the scanner Hasselblad Flextight x5. | The out of Prague studio in Beroun enables students to focus on their work for several days, providing on-site accommodation facilities. It offers studios equipped for large and medium formats and two darkrooms. We are also preparing a classical studio with daylight, which will have an 18 x 24 cm camera. FACTS Start: September 2016 Language: English Application deadline: April 1st, 2016 Portfolio deadline: April 1st, 2016 Entrance exam: last week in April, 2016 All applications must include a portfolio MASTERS PROGRAM IN ENGLISH CONDITIONS FOR ADMISSION TO STUDY IN THE SCHOOL YEAR 2016/2017 The MA Program is designated for students with completed bachelor’s studies. Bachelor’s studies in the field of photography or visual arts is an advantage but not a prerequisite. All applicants should have a deep interest in photography in general, as well as in own original work in this media. The program offers an extension and intensification of the understanding of photography in practical, as well as theoretical areas of study and it prepares the students for a career of a professional photographer. Length of study – 2 years (4 semesters). All applicants for the Masters Program must submit a printed application form, project and art works to the FAMU Department of Photography (Smetanovo nábřeží 2, Praha 1, 116 65, Czech Republic) according to the following rules. FOR THE ENTRANCE EXAMS IN APRIL you have to submit the application form by April 1st. Your portfolio has to be sent in a printed form by April 1st 2016. FOR THE ENTRANCE EXAMS IN SEPTEMBER you have to submit the application form by August 10th and your project and art works must be submitted by August 20th. PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM TO THE RIGHT AND WE WILL EMAIL YOU AN APPLICATION FORM ADMISSION PROCEDURE FOR THE MASTERS PROGRAM The following is to be submitted by the applicants to the Department of Photography for the Masters Program Admission Procedure: 1 Exhibition series of 8–12 photographs. 2 Dummy of a photographic publication designed by the applicant. 3 Series of 8–20 photographs or inter-medial works on a selected theme. 4 Masters Project Proposal which includes: A biography and information about the student’s activities and studies; A choice of the studio where the applicant wants to study – Studio of Staged Photography, Studio of Post-conceptual photography, Studio of Multimedia and Studio of Documentary Photography); Applicant’s letter of intent to study Photography Applicant’s basic idea about their Final Masters Program Work (both photographic and theoretical). All the works will be discussed during the admission interview held in May or in September. ADDITIONAL INFO RETURNING OF WORKS PRESENTED | Applicants who have not been admitted may collect their works in 2 months after the admission procedure. After this date the Department does not store the works. Applicants admitted to the Department leave their works available at the Department of Photography for exhibition and study purposes for one academic year. TERMS OF ACADEMIC YEAR 2016/2017 | Fall semester: September 2016 – December 2016 | Spring semester: February 2017 – May 2017. ACCOMMODATION, HEALTH INSURANCE AND VISA | 
Not provided by FAMU. These are the responsibility of the student. FAMU provides accepted students with an Acceptance letter, which serves as one of the required visa application documents. TUITION FEE |The tuition fee for the first academic year is 8.700,- € (the mandatory VAT tax is included). Starting the second year, the fee is 7.400,- € provided that the students fulfill their curriculum responsibilities in a timely manner. This tuition fee is based on merit or artistic performance, and on a timely fulfillment of the student´s academic responsibilities. FEE STRUCTURE | First year: 8.700,- €, second year: 7.400,- €* *Under the condition that all academic responsibilities are fulfilled. [-]

MA

Master Degree in Cinema and Digital Media

Campus Full time 3 years September 2016 Czech Republic Prague

The three-year follow-up Master´s degree program is an intensive hands-on and theoretical preparation from the very beginning. [+]

Have you received a BA in cinema? or a BA in another field and you are able to prove your filmmaking talents are on a par with a BA cinema level? Here you are – a 3 year master’s degree program. This natural evolution of FAMU International gained specific contours in the fall of 2008 when the first, carefully selected students enrolled for their three-year course.. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The three-year follow-up Master´s degree program is an intensive hands-on and theoretical preparation from the very beginning. Students work with a HDV, HDSLR and other digital formats while adopting a professional approach to the 16mm and 35mm film formats both on location and in the studio. At the same time, students take a number of compulsory courses based on their specialization, complemented with suitable elective courses, workshops, and a number of modules – short intensive courses taught by guest professional artists, theorists, and visiting professors, mostly on fridays or weekends. The program is divided into two specializations: screenwriting and directing (cinematography used to be part of this program, but is now accredited separately – see the note bellow). Each discipline follows a specific curriculum. During the admission procedure, we closely evaluate the applicant’s talents and abilities for the chosen specialization. Please pay careful attention to the requirements for the procedure, which are mandatory for all applicants and can be obtained here. The intentionally low number of CDM students and the profile of the offered specialization subjects guarantee a personalized approach to every single student. At the beginning, every student is assigned a mentor to help them with their studies and with the creation of their theoretical and practical work. How to apply to the Cinema and Digital Media (CDM) Have you received a BA in cinema or any other field and you are able to proof your talents on BA cinema level? Here you are! Have you received a BA in cinema or any other field and are you able to prove your talents on the BA cinema level? You have come to the right place! Cinema and Digital Media is a three-year Master’s follow-up program focusing on Screenwriting and Directing open to anyone who has completed a Bachelor’s degree. The instruction is in English and the applicants must demonstrate their knowledge of English at the B2 level based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) during the admission procedure. The application includes The Europass Language Passport, which can be completed here. Applications should be submitted before or on application deadline April 1, 2016. The admission committee selects the applicants to be invited for the second round of the admission procedure, which will be held via Skype. Skype admission interviews will take place approximately in the middle of April. The applicants who are selected for the second round will be informed about the technical details of the connection in a timely manner. However, it is certain at this point that an Internet connection with a minimum transmission rate of 8 MBPS will be necessary for successful data transmissions. [-]

Contact

FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

Address Smetanovo nábřeží
116 65 Czech Republic
Phone +420 234 244 311