The master’s program combining theoretical and practical knowledge allows students to deepen their basic knowledge acquired throughout the bachelor’s program in the field of film history, film analysis, film theory or practical skills.

The program includes two specializations: Film Theory Specialization and Filmmaking Specialization.

The Film Theory specialization offers a general overview on 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 film genres, and develop their skills of reading theoretical texts and interpreting films. During consultations, the faculty helps them to develop their research interests and to become committed specialists, who will be capable of pursuing an academic career.

The Filmmaking specialization is operated in cooperation with Budapest Film Academy and provides students up-to-date knowledge of different fields of the moving image industry. They get acquainted with the basic characteristics and writing of film scripts, the mechanisms, and requirements of international film production and distribution, and get basic skills in directing cinematography, and editing.

This program is recommended to applicants who are seeking jobs in the field of video production, media industry, and film/media criticism, media education, editorial work related to film/media.

This program enables students to become familiar with the basic principles of producing media texts, and the basic principles of producing critical readings and teaching materials of media texts.

Strength of program

The Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies at ELTE was one of the first higher education institutions 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 of the are highly acknowledged experts in film studies, specialists of their chosen field 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 an Erasmus+ cooperation contract 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 creation of 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 (3rdsemester) classes and work on their academic project in cooperation with their tutor.

Career opportunities

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.

Job examples

Film- and communication teachers, film-critics, experts, positions at film and media archives or different national institutions and boards.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 23, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 9, 2019
2 years
3,500 EUR
Tuition fee/semester. Application fee: 150 EUR.
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