Master of Photography

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

Program Description

Master of Photography

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

From Kadlecová Ludmila's MA series 'between the blocks', 2013.


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.

A Farewell to Tibet by Hass XiangYu (MA series, 2016)

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.

Start: September 2017
Language: English
Application deadline: April 1st, 2017
Portfolio deadline: April 1st, 2017
Entrance exam: last week in April, 2017
All applications must include a portfolio

FAMU at the river bank


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 2017.

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.


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.


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 2017/2018 | Fall semester: September 2017 – December 2017 | Spring semester: February 2018 – May 2018.

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 23, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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4 semesters
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8,700 EUR
Czech Republic - Prague
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