FAMU
Basic Information and Frequently Asked Questions for FAMU Applicants

Accessibility of Studies (numbers of applicants admitted; language skills required of foreign applicants)

The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague is a selective university of performing arts.
Admission to studies at the Film and TV Schools, AMU, is governed by SS 48 to 51 of Act no. 111/1998 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions and Amendments to Some Other Acts (the “Higher Education Institutions Act”) as amended, and follows the principles stipulated by the Higher Education Institutions Act and the school’s internal regulations, particularly the AMU Attendance and Examination Regulations and The Dean’s Decree no. 2_2018 on the admission procedure, organisation and termination of studies.

The prerequisites of admission to studies include the successful completion of the admission procedure wherein the applicant has proved the necessary competence for studying the relevant program. The applicants’ knowledge, talent and skills declared by the school as a precondition for admission to studies are assessed, verified and scored by the admission committees of the individual programs which submit a proposal for admission of the individual applicants to the Dean. The point scores are an instrument used by the individual admission committees to determine the order of the individual applicants. The decision on the admission of individual applicants is made by the Dean of FAMU based on the proposals submitted by the relevant admission committees. The highest number of students admitted to the Bachelor’s programs in the study program of Film, TV and Photographic Art and New Media (B8204) is 75 students. The highest number of students admitted to the Master’s programs in the study program of Film, Television and Photography (N8204), is 65 students. (This is information published in compliance with S 49 (1) of the Act). The numbers of applicants admitted in the individual study program courses depend on the concept of teaching of the individual courses, conditions resulting from the needs for collaboration between courses and the current economic, capacity and organisational situation at FAMU; therefore, they tend to vary to a certain degree and are specified by a decision of the Dean of FAMU concerning applicants admitted to studies in the relevant academic year.

Studies at FAMU are accessible to both Czech Republic citizens and foreign citizens. With the exception of the Photography, Montage, Cinematography and Cinema and Digital Media programs taught in English, the FAMU courses are taught in Czech and the admission procedure is also in Czech (no support by an interpreter). If foreign applicants (with the exception of applicants – Slovak Republic citizens who may be admitted “to all types of study programs of a public university under identical conditions in […] relation to the admission to studies and to the studies as the citizens of the relevant state” under the agreement between the Ministries of Education of the Czech and Slovak Republics) wish to study at FAMU in a program accredited in Czech, they must present a credible language certificate of a training institution authorised to issue such certificates, or sit a B1 language examination according to CEFRL at the Language Preparation Centre in the course of the admission procedure. The applicant may not be enrolled without having met this requirement.  

The fields of FAMU accredited in English are taught in English; the admission procedure is also in the English language (no interpreter is present). The applicants whose mother tongue is not English must therefore present an appropriate certificate to prove their knowledge of English at the B2 level according to CEFRL at the least.  

 

 

Sources of Information for Applicants

Binding information on the admission procedure for the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD study programs is available in this website. We would like to ask the applicants to study the information, including the answers to the most frequently asked questions first, and contact the FAMU Registrar’s Office solely with specific questions concerning any information you consider incomplete or unclear.
For the sake of improving information for the potential applicants, FAMU arranges Open Days. Specific dates of such Open Days are publicised on the faculty’s website ahead of time.

The requirements of the admission procedure are equal for all applicants; no exceptions may be granted. We would like to point out to the applicants that any information possibly communicated outside the framework of the information published herein (e.g. by teachers or university staff members during consultations, Open Days etc.) are merely informative and cannot be considered binding under the Higher Education Institutions Act. If you do not understand any information in the relevant FAMU website (and have not found any explanation at any section of the site, or the relevant link), please contact the Registrar’s Office with a specific question

concerning the disclosed information you consider incomplete or unclear.
We recommend that applicants pay attention primarily to the deadlines: the deadline for submitting the application and the deadline for submitting the sample works. A failure to comply with either of the deadlines means you will not be included in the admission procedure.

 

 


The most frequently asked questions:

1. How do I proceed if I am not a Czech Republic citizen and wish to study a Czech language program at FAMU?

All parts of the admission procedure are in Czech in the absence of an interpreter; your active knowledge of the Czech language at least at the B1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) is a prerequisite for your participation in the admission procedure (in compliance with their specific admission requirements, the individual Departments may stipulate a higher minimum level, e.g. the Scriptwriting and Dramaturgy Department or the Production Department require active knowledge of Czech at the C2 level). For the sake of the studies, your initial active knowledge of Czech at the B2 level is necessary (unless the relevant Department requires a higher language competence level). If, therefore, you have a command of Czech at the B2 level upon the start of your studies at the beginning of the relevant academic year (beginning of October), we may assume that you will be able to manage the requirements of the study program in Czech from the language perspective. If you are only on the B1 level at the time of filing your application (November of the preceding year), it is necessary – in case you are admitted to study – for you to improve to the necessary B2 level before the start of the academic year (i.e. within approximately 10 months).  All the information on the procedure of proving your current language knowledge level when you file your application, and on the method of verifying this if you are admitted, is available in the FAMU website, tab “Basic Information on the Admission Procedure”, section “Accessibility of Studies”. Please send all your other questions to the FAMU Registrar’s Office only after reading all the binding instructions posted therein.  

2. Where and when can I apply?

Bachelor´s Study Programs

Master´s Study Programs

3. How do I proceed once I have filled in the electronic application form?

Print the form out (on black-and-white or colour printer) and attach your signature.
Then, enclose an officially certified copy of your secondary school leaving report (if you have not passed your school leaving examination, see paragraphs 7 and 14), your CV and proof of payment of the administration fee. These attachments are mandatory parts of every applicant’s application (i.e. regardless of whether the applicant has already made an application in the past, or whether the applicant is a student or graduate of another university); the absence of the attachments renders the application invalid and prevents the applicant’s registration for the admission procedure. Please send the application and the aforementioned attachments by the deadline as stipulated above to the address of the Academy of Performing Arts (Akademie múzických umění, Studijní oddělení FAMU, Malostranské náměstí 12, 118 00 Praha 1), or bring it in person to the Mailing Room of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Malostranské náměstí 12, 118 00 Prague 1 during the office hours.

4. How do I get a certified copy of my secondary school-leaving exam report?

Certifications are performed by municipal authorities, Notaries and Czech Post offices which provide the Czech POINT service.

5. What is the required form of the CV?

Please compile your CV according to the general standards of a classic or structured CV (choose one of the two forms).  

6. What are my options in relation to paying the administrative fee?

Please pay the fee exclusively by bank transfer (other methods, e.g. postal bill or cash, are not acceptable). Please attach the printout of the payment receipt to your application. See  Dean’s Decree no. 1_2018 for more details on the administrative fee. Account number: 19-5373180297/0100. VS: 64913. SS (=specific symbol): your application number (a failure to state the application number makes your payment incompatible with the application which is thus rendered invalid).

Please use the following data for international payments:
SWIFT code: KOMBCZPPXXX
IBAN code: CZ 5301000000195373180297
Bank Address: Komerční banka, Malostranské nám. 23, 118 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
Account Holder: AMU, Malostranské náměstí 12, 118 01 Praha 1
We recommend bank transfers in EUR via Eurogiro which facilitates the transfer to AMU’s account in CZK.

7. How does FAMU communicate with me during the admission procedure?

Any correspondence will be sent by Czech Post to the address you have stated in your application. Please check carefully that you state your address correctly.
 
8. Do I have to enter my grades when I fill in the electronic application?

With the electronic application to the Bachelor’s program, there is no need to enter your grades. However, the application must include a confirmation given by your secondary school that you are attending the final year and the month when you will be sitting your school-leaving examination must be indicated. If you are admitted, you will present your school-leaving exam report when you enrol. If you have passed the school-leaving examination already, simply attach a certified copy of your school-leaving examination report.

With applications for the Master’s program, attach a certified copy of your Bachelor’s diploma (not the diploma supplement).

 

9. I am applying for the Production Department’s Bachelor program. Where should I put the language that I should sit the relevant part of the admission examination in?

Having filled in and printed out the application for Production, please mark your selected language in the bottom part of the application.

10. I am applying for a Bachelor’s program and I have graduated from another university; do I need to attach a certificate from the university?  

You do not. Even though you have graduated from another university, you still have to submit a certified copy of your school-leaving examination report.

11. Does FAMU allow studying Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in a combined form?

No. The Bachelor’s and Master’s programs may only be studied full-time.
 
12. Do I need a medical certificate if I apply for studies at FAMU?

If you apply for the Cinematography program, you need a certificate of colour perception. No medical certificates are necessary for other courses.  

13. I am a person who will request a specific approach to the evaluation of my study results based on health grounds (dyslexia etc.); how do I submit proof of this circumstance?

By a written note from your doctor which contains a clear and comprehensible justification of your request for a specific approach. Such note must be attached to your application along with your own words justifying your request for a specific approach to the evaluation of your study results.

14. What are the deadlines for submission of the applications and work samples?

In the case of the Bachelor’s programs, mail the application to the address: Akademie múzických umění, Studijní oddělení FAMU, Malostranské náměstí 12, 118 00 Praha 1; or bring your application to the mailing room of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague by November 22, 2018.

The required work samples must be mailed to the address of the relevant Department or brought to the mailing room of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague by November 30, 2018.

If you are mailing your documents, the determining date is the date of the postal stamp.

In the case of the Master’s programs, mail the application to the address: Akademie múzických umění, Studijní oddělení FAMU, Malostranské náměstí 12, 118 00 Praha 1; or bring your application to the mailing room of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague by June 23.

The Master’s project and the requested work samples must be mailed to the address of the relevant Department or brought to the mailing room of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague by September 1 at the latest.

If you are mailing your documents, the determining date is the date of the postal stamp.

Any attempts to submit the application, any missing parts thereof or missing parts of the work samples after the stipulated deadline or in any other manner are futile and shall be perceived as attempted fraud under S 67 of the Act on Higher Education Institutions.

15. Are there any preparatory courses or “year zero” at FAMU?

FAMU provides no preparatory courses or “year zero”. Twice a year, FAMU has Open Days for potential applicants where they can consult the teachers at their selected departments. We would like to point out to the applicants that no information communicated within such consultations may be considered binding under the Act on Higher Education Institutions, and that the only information of a binding nature is the information posted on the relevant sites of the Official Board – the school’s website.

16. May I apply to FAMU before I get to the final year at my secondary school?

No. You may only apply if you are in the final (school-leaving) year of your secondary school. Your school must confirm the month and year when you are going to sit the school-leaving examination on your application. The absence of such confirmation renders your application invalid.

17. Do I have the right to view the materials relevant to the decision on admission to studies?

Yes, once the admission procedure has been closed and based on a prior request with the relevant Department no later than 90 days from the date of closing the admission procedure, you have a right to view the relevant materials in the presence of a person authorised by the relevant Department.