FAMU
FAMU International (FI)
Course description
Study plan
Certification
Application & Fees

The directing course is built on the system of mentor-led workshops providing small groups of students (six or less) an intensive guidance on how to transform a creative idea into a fully realized short film.

The One-year Program offers an intensive hands-on experience and academic disciplines with mentorship enabling the student to complete several art works by the end of the academic year. The program works well to prepare students for studies in a particular discipline.

The course gives you intensive experience without the need of a longer commitment. The course helps you improve your skillset and portfolio to apply confidently for degree studies at the top institutions in the field (including degree programs at FAMU).

The production of all scheduled practical exercises and final film is included in the price of tuition.


 

The One-year Intensive Course (originally Academy Preparation Program - APP) at FAMU aims to provide its participants the opportunity to explore and become acquainted with the broad range of crafts, professions, arts and skills that comprise the artistic endeavor on both a practical and theoretical level.

This filmmaking hands-on program includes a large variety of practical student projects and exercises in formats from DSLR to 16mm and 35mm. There is also practical work within a TV studio environment (lighting exercises).

Course based on a mentor workshop (up to 6 students). In the workshop students work under one-on-one tutorship and develop their practical assignments.

 

The creative outcome in the directing course:

  • filming exercises digital and 16mm with given creative limits
  • a documentary portrait on digital
  • a final short film on 16mm

 

Courses, lectures, electives

Students enrolled in the one year program create their own study plan based on a combination of core courses, optional courses, electives, workshops and projects within their selected track. All courses, seminars and workshops award credits under the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

Teachers and mentors in the program include full-time faculty from the eleven degree-granting departments of FAMU, as well as other artists, academics and film professionals as part-time faculty.

As an entry-level course the program is best suited for students interested in attaining a thorough background in a given specialization before pursuing more in-depth studies.

Mandatory seminars and courses provide theoretical background for creative part of the study program. Core courses provide a broader education into both local and film/photography culture, and include classes and seminars in:

1. Film History, Photography History, Theory and Criticism

2. Arts and Culture

FAMU International also provides a wide range of short and intense Friday or weekend workshops (called Modules) that comprise a vital aspect of each student’s educational experience. The program starts in the middle of September and ends in the middle of May. Precise dates are given specifically for each year.


Certification:

All students will receive a transcript of completed courses in accordance with the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). These credits are accepted by and transferable to universities, academies and advanced institutions of higher learning throughout the world. 
All students who successfully fulfill the requirements of their study plan will receive a Certificate from FAMU International. 


Please note that acceptance into the FAMU International one year Academy Preparation Program does not guarantee admission into further studies at FAMU, however the portfolio of main works completed within the course provides application material expected for most advanced studies of the discipline.


TO APPLY, THE PROSPECTIVE STUDENT NEEDS TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS AND WORKS:

Please note that all documents should be named according to this pattern “Your_full_name_APP_2019_number of assignment” 
(e. g. “Angelina_Jolie_APP_2020_1” or “Angelina_Jolie_APP_2020_4a) and then uploaded. For the login and password please contact app@famu.cz

Uploading all requirements stated in articles 1 – 7 according to the instructions to be seen here.

1. APPLICATION FORM 
Download the application form, complete the form on computer, sign it, scan it, name it “Your_full_name_APP_2020_1”, upload it and also send it as a hard copy. Applications are available at the bottom of the page. 
The admission to each concentration is equally competitive. Please choose your concentration based on your preference.

Specializations are as follows: 
Screenwriting 
Directing Fiction 
Directing Documentary and Non-fiction 
Cinematography 
Editing and Creative Post-production 
Photography 
Animated Film

The original application form is the only document to be sent in hard copy to the following address: 
Akademie muzickych umeni v Praze 
FAMU International 
Zaneta Cagaskova 
Smetanovo nabrezi 2 
116 65 Prague 
Czech Republic

The date of the post stamp is the date of deadline at the latest.

2. CV 
Brief description of the applicant’s academic and artistic records. Please also state level of English you speak. Name it “Your_full_name_APP_2020_2” and upload it.

3. ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS 
From all previously attended institutions. (Secondary school transcripts are not necessary for those with higher levels of education.) Name it “Your_full_name_APP_2020_3” and upload it.

4. ARTISTIC SAMPLE 
Please submit the following: 

For Directing Fiction: 
a. short film which you have directed 
b. a 3 to 5 page treatment for a short fiction 
c. a list of 10 films from any period and style of film history that you consider important for your personal inspiration to date

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY: 
All audiovisual artistic samples must be uploaded on either Vimeo or Youtube in HD and the files have to be downloadable. Please make a .doc with the links of your audiovisual works and name it “Your_full_name_APP_2020_4_title_of_the_piece” and upload it as previous files. 
All texts must be uploaded and named “Your_full_name_APP_2020_4” 
All images must be uploaded as .zip and named “Your_full_name_APP_2020_4_IMAGES"

5. STATEMENT OF INTENT: 
A short personal essay on what the applicant expects from her/his studies as well as what the applicant believes she or he can contribute to the creative and intellectual environment of FAMU, and the reasons she or he would like to come and study in Prague. 
Name it “Your_full_name_APP_2020_5” and upload it.

6. SELF-PORTRAIT 
One minute video self-portrait. Upload on either Vimeo or Youtube in HD (it has to be downloadable), please make a .doc with the link of your self-portrait and name it “Your_full_name_APP_2020_6” and upload it as previous files.

7. APPLICATION FEE: 
A scanned certificate of having deposited the application fee of EUR 50 (or CZK equivalent) in the account number provided below must be submitted with every application. Name it “Your_full_name_APP_2020_7” and upload it.

The deposit must be EUR 50 exactly, regardless of other banking or transfer fees. 
Account owner: AMU – Akademie muzickych umeni v Praze 
Bank details: Komercni banka, Malostranske nam. 23, Praha 1, 118 00, Czech Republic 
Account number: 19-5373180297/0100 
Code 33-00-011 
Swift Code: KOMBCZPP 
IBAN format of KB account: CZ 5301000000195373180297 
Message for the payee: "your name and surname, [ask for the number to be filled here]". Please make sure that the message for the payee is exactly in this format.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 

  • Application deadline: March 31, 2020 
  • (Admission announcement: April, 2020)

Eligibility: Minimum 18 years of age, with completed secondary school education

Terms of Academic Year 2020/2021: 

Start of the orientation week: September 14, 2020

End of the second semester: June 30, 2021

Accommodation, Health Insurance and Visa: 
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.

ACADEMY PREPARATION PROGRAM YEARLY FEES:

Screenwriting 
209,000 CZK including 21% VAT (approx. EUR 8,230)

Directing Fiction, Documentary and non-fiction 
406,000 CZK including 21% VAT (approx. EUR 15,980)

Cinematography 
430,000 CZK including 21% VAT (approx. EUR 16,930)

Editing and Creative postproduction 
314,000 CZK including 21% VAT (approx. EUR 12,360)

Photography 
252,000 CZK including 21% VAT (approx. EUR 9,920)

Animated Film 
323,000 CZK including 21% VAT (approx. EUR 12,720)

The production of major Workshop Projects is covered by the tuition fee paid for the program.

IMPORTANT PAYMENT NOTICE: 
Please note that if you would like to pay in two installments – for each semester separately, a surcharge of EUR 80 including VAT applies to the fee for each semester.

Terms of payment and refund: 
Students may not enroll unless the fees for the coming term are paid in full or the Office has received written confirmation that grants or loans are forthcoming. Fees should be paid through bank transfer.

Checks should be made payable to: 
Account owner: AMU – Akademie múzických umění v Praze 
Bank: Komerční banka, Malostranské nám. 23, Praha 1, 118 00, Czech Republic 
Account number: 19-5373180297/0100 
Code: 33-00-011 
Swift Code: KOMBCZPP 
IBAN format of KB account: CZ 5301000000195373180297 
Message for the payee: "your name and surname, 360/33-19-006". Please make sure that the message for the payee is exactly in this format.