The Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies at ELTE is currently the only higher institution of education in Hungary to offer an English-language MA degree in Film Studies.
The MA program runs with two specializations.
The Film Theory specialization offers a general overview of the history and theory of film, as well as a critical understanding of the mechanisms and genres of popular film culture, with an emphasis on academic and critical writing. Students become familiar with the different periods of Hungarian and world film history, the different theoretical approaches of film studies and filmic genres, and develop their skills of reading theoretical texts and interpreting films.
The Filmmaking specialization allows students to get hands-on experience in the various creative areas of the production process (screenwriting, directing, editing, cinematography, production), and produce a collaborative thesis project.
In both specializations, students develop thesis projects (academic and creative) through consultation sessions with assigned advisers.
Strength of program
The Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies at ELTE was one of the first higher institutions of education in Hungary to offer a degree in Film Studies. Part of the prestigious Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, the Department of Film Studies has been hosting various undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs since the 1990s. The faculty members are highly acknowledged experts in film studies, specialists of their chosen fields and take part in international and local research projects.
They regularly organize conferences, workshops, and screenings on a wide array of topical phenomena in past and contemporary film culture. Students play an important role in initiating and organizing these events. The department has brought to life and operates a unique research group on Hungarian film history and has a major share in publications in this field. Faculty members act as editors of different film journals serve as members of the jury for film festivals and film boards. Our filmmaking courses are taught by acknowledged professionals of the film industry. The department cooperates with different international film organizations and has Erasmus+ cooperation contracts with about a dozen institutions all over Europe.
In the department, students are admitted either to a Filmmaking Specialization or to a Film Theory Specialization. In both students are assigned a departmental tutor, who oversees the creative or academic project they produce throughout the four semesters.
On top of fulfilling the 120-credit requirement for graduation during the 4 semesters, students:
In the Filmmaking Specialization write a brief academic paper (2nd semester) before they start to work on their creative project in cooperation with the tutor.
In the Film Theory Specialization take Research Methodology (2nd semester) and Academic Writing (3rd semester) classes and work on their academic project in cooperation with their tutor.
Besides academia, the program prepares students for jobs in various branches of the cultural/entertainment sector. Our graduates pursue an academic career or find different opportunities in the media and film industry. Students of the Film Theory specialization acquire the skills and knowledge which allow them to become academic researchers or apply for a Ph.D. program, either to the Film, Media, and Contemporary Culture Ph.D. program hosted by our institute or to programs in other institutions. Our graduates are equally well-qualified to work as film and communication teachers, film critics, experts, and many of them hold a post in film and media archives or different national institutions and boards. Students of the filmmaking specialization have the skills to realize different products in the moving image industry, such as music videos, commercials, video blogs, short feature films, etc. They can work for film production companies and they are able to act as distribution and exhibition executives.
Film- and communication teachers, film-critics, editors, experts, positions at film and media archives or different national institutions and boards, line producers, screenwriters, cameramen.
Applicants must hold a university bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent college degree) in the fields listed below. Full credit acknowledgment is only given for a BA degree in Liberal Arts, Motion Pictures Studies and Visual Representation Studies with Motion Pictures Culture and Media Expert Specialization.
In the case of a BA degree from any other study fields, each degree will be considered individually, and transcripts from your diploma as well as course descriptions will be requested. The applicant must have 50 credits (at least 30 to enter the program) from the fields of film history, film theory, motion-picture creating, film studies, philosophy, literary theory, history of social sciences, history and theory of art and theory culture.
The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). Details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.
Applicants to the (1) Film Theory specialization have to submit a brief research proposal, which outlines the research project they intend to realize throughout the program; (2) Filmmaking specialization have to send with the rest of their application materials a link to their online portfolio, which includes samples of their previous creative projects (still or moving images, other digital media products, screenwriting sample, etc).
Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient English-language skills by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. The minimum required score is 550 on the paper-based exam (PBT) or 80 on the Internet-based exam (iBT). We also accept IELTS exams with a score of 6 and above.
The language of instruction for the program is English.
Depending on its (academic) profile, the applicant might be offered preparatory courses if this level of proficiency has not been reached yet.
Documents to submit with the application
Online application form
Secondary school certificateNotarized copy only on request.
An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree
Transcript of records
CVIn English, in MS Word format with one low-resolution photo
Motivation letter (A maximum of 500 words)
Research work plan (for film theory specialization)Applicants for the Film Theory specialization have to submit a brief research proposal, which outlines the research project they intend to realize throughout the program.
Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)Scanned, in color all personal details and expiry date must be shown. The passport must be valid.
Copy of application fee transfer
Copy of the Entrance exam fee transfer
Reference work (for filmmaking specialization)Applicants for the Filmmaking specialization have to send with the rest of their application materials a link to their online portfolio, which includes samples of their previous creative projects (still or moving images, other digital media products, screenwriting samples, etc).
Official test result or certificate must be provided; see program specific proficiency requirements.
Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English.
Optional documents for admissions
Letter of Reference: Also called “Letter of recommendation”: From a former instructor and/or employer.
Letter of Authorization: If the applicant uses the services of a non-contracted third party during the application process, a Letter of Authorization must be signed. Applications will not be processed without.
The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.
Applications will only be processed if the application fee (150 EUR; non-refundable) has been transferred to the Faculty’s bank account. For further information regarding fee transferring please visit the Faculty’s website.
Results and the official decision will be announced in the application system.