updated 28/03/2011 - Presentation & Philosophy
Film and TV School (FAMU) is an integral part of the Academy of Performing Arts, which was founded after the Second World War in 1946. It is one of the oldest film schools in Europe, which kept its tradition even during the difficult time of the communist regime.
The school is divided into 11 departments: still photography, directing, documentary, scriptwriting, cinematography, sound design, animation, producing, an interdisciplinary department - the Centre of Audiovisual Studies, and FAMU International which provides instruction in English. An integral part of the school is the FAMU Studio, providing complete professional production and post-production facilities, a film and TV studio, and formats from digiBeta and HDV to 16mm and 35mm film for students´ work.
Number of students: 450
Number of students in film/animation studies: 400
Number of foreign students: 80
Number of teachers: 112
Degree category / length of studies:
FAMU offers BFA (3 years), MFA (2 years) and PhD (3 years) degrees, in the Czech language
In English, FAMU offers a 3-year Master’s degree in Cinema and Digital Media and 2-year Master’s degree in Photography
Programme objective and content:
FAMU provides a broad and thorough education that is based on both practical exercises and theoretical coursework, with the aim of training independent professional filmmakers who are progressive both technically and artistically in their respective crafts.
For decades FAMU has served as the national training ground for Czech filmmakers as well as an international centre for cultivating audiovisual talent from around the world.
Potential students wishing to study for a degree in English can enter the Cinema and Digital Media Programme. This three-year follow-up Master’s programme is very intensive hands-on and theoretical preparation from the very beginning, as the students learn how to work with a DVCam, HD and DigiBeta while adopting a professional approach to the 16mm and 35mm film formats both on location and in the studio, and taking a number of compulsory courses based on their specialisation, complemented with suitable optional subjects, workshops, and a number of ad-hoc modules – short intensive courses taught by guest professional artists, theorists, and visiting professors.
Each FAMU department has an individual application procedure that includes three levels: submission of artistic portfolio, exams and interviews.
Cinema and Digital Media is a three-year Master’s follow-up programme focusing on Screenwriting, Directing and/or Cinematography, and open to anyone who has completed a Bachelor’s degree in any subject. 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.
Smetanovo nabrezi 2
116 65 Prague
Tel: +420 234 244 301
Fax: +420 234 244 379
Dean of FAMU: Pavel Jech (email@example.com)