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 FILM AND TV SCHOOL OF ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS IN PRAGUE
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FAMU ADMISSIONS PROCESS

FAMU ADMISSIONS PROCESS

STUDYING IN THE FILM AND TV SCHOOL AT AMU IN PRAGUE IN CZECH LANGUGAE

 


General information


The Film and TV School (FAMU) is part of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (AMU), a public university-level art school.

FAMU’s programmes involve theoretical and practical preparation in accredited academic fields in which students are guided through artistic and experimental production, as well as through organisational and management work in the areas of film, television, audio-visual production, photography and new media.

The rules for studying at FAMU are codified in the Attendance and Examination Regulations of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, in the study plans of individual programmes, and in the relevant decrees and regulations of academic bodies.

FAMU has four accredited academic programmes and eleven departments offering programmes in eleven fields in Czech (CZ) and two fields in English (EN).


Academic programmes at FAMU

• Film, Television, Photography, and New Media – Bachelor’s programme

• Film, Television, Photography, and New Media – continuing Master’s programme

• Theory of Film and Multimedia Production – doctoral programme

• Film, Television and Photography – continuing Master’s programme

FAMU programmes and departments

• Department of Animation: Animated Film (CZ)

• Center for Audiovisual Studies: Audiovisual Studies (CZ)

• Department of Documentary Filmmaking: Documentary Filmmaking (CZ)

• Department of Photography: Photography (CZ); Photographic Restoration (CZ); Photography (EN)

• Department of Camerawork: Camerawork (CZ); Cinematography (EN)

• Department of Production: Production (CZ)

• Department of Directing: Directing (CZ)

• Department of Scriptwriting and Dramaturgy: Scriptwriting and Dramaturgy (CZ)

• Department of Editing: Editing (CZ)

• Department of Sound Design: Sound Design (CZ)

• FAMU International: Cinema and Digital Media (EN)

Information resources for applicants

The admissions process announcement on the FAMU website www.famu.cz (especially the “For prospective students” section and additionally on the web pages of individual departments in the sections devoted to the entrance examination) contains general information on programmes and the entrance examination with appropriate advance notice, as well as updated information on the conditions and requirements for admission, the form and general contents of entrance examinations, and the criteria for evaluating entrance examinations in individual fields.

To improve the informedness of prospective applicants, FAMU announces a day of consultations in all departments twice per year. The exact dates are announced in advance on the FAMU website.




ACCESSIBILITY OF PROGRAMMES


Talent requirements

The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague is a selective university-level art school.

Admission to AMU’s Film and TV School is governed by Sections 48-51 of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions and Amendments to Other Acts (the Higher Education Act, hereinafter the “Act”), as amended, and is administered in accordance with the school’s internal regulations, in particular the AMU Attendance and Examination Rules. A requirement of admission is to successfully complete the entrance examination, during which the applicant demonstrates the necessary aptitude for studying the programme in question. Applicants’ required knowledge, talent and abilities set by the school as a condition of admission (under Section 49(1) of the Act) are verified and assessed by admissions committees in individual fields. The decision to admit an applicant is made by the Dean based on the recommendations of the departmental admissions committees. The number of admitted applicants is constrained by the conception of instruction in individual academic fields, conditions arising from the need for mutual cooperation among fields, and FAMU’s current economic and capacity possibilities.

 

Language requirements


The admissions process shall take place in the Czech language. Knowledge of the Czech language on a B1 level, which is a condition for admission, shall be documented by applicants who are not citizens of the Czech Republic or of the Republic of Slovakia by delivering a certificate from a credible institution confirming their knowledge of Czech at least on a B1 level or by successfully passing a Czech language test on a B1 level at AMU’s Language Centre (CJP AMU). The applicant can only be admitted for studies after fulfilling this condition.


BACHELOR’S PROGRAMMES

 

Basic characteristics of Bachelor’s programmes

The standard duration of a Bachelor’s programme based on the study plans is three years. The academic programme is completed with a State Final Bachelor’s Examination, and the academic title of “Bachelor of Arts” (BcA.) is conferred.

Applicants can be admitted to the Bachelor’s programme at FAMU provided they have a completed secondary or secondary vocational education and have demonstrated the requisite aptitude and talent to successfully complete the entrance examination.

Only in exceptional cases substantiated in a request submitted and possibly also approved prior to submitting the application for admission, the Dean may consider admission for an applicant without a completed secondary or secondary vocational education; the applicant will be required to complete his or her secondary education prior to completing the Bachelor’s programme.

 

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR BACHELOR'S PROGRAMMES


Applicants for admission to Bachelor’s programmes must submit 1) an application, and 2) required works by TWO DEADLINES:

1) by 22 November (in 2015 due to the weekend exceptionally by 23 November), and 2) by 1 December – see below for details on both submissions.


Ad 1) The applicant completes an electronic application per the instructions on the following AMU web page: http://prihlaska.amu.cz. The electronic application form is accessible from 1 October until 22 November.

The applicant should print out the completed application (on a colour or black-and-white printer), sign it, supplement it with the annexes and requisites specified below, and submit everything no later than by 22 November (in 2015 due to the weekend exceptionally by 23 November) either:

a) in person at the FAMU Office of Academic Affairs (Studijní oddělení), 3rd floor, Smetanovo nábřeží 2, Prague 1; or

b) by post to: Akademie múzických umění, Studijní oddělení FAMU, Malostranské náměstí 12 118 00 Prague 1.

Individuals applying to multiple programmes must submit a separate application for each programme.


The application must always contain annexes I-III and possibly also IV (that is, regardless of whether the applicant is applying for admission repeatedly or whether he or she is a student or graduate of a different university); without them, the application is invalid and the applicant cannot register for  the entrance examination:

I.   A curriculum vitae bearing the applicant’s signature, current address, telephone number and e-mail address; the curriculum vitae should be written in accordance with general standards for a curriculum vitae in paragraph or bullet-point form (the applicant should select one of these two forms);

II.  An officially certified photocopy of the applicant’s matura examination certificate (certification is performed by municipal authorities, notaries and branches of the Czech Post providing the Czech POINT service). Applicants in the final year of secondary school should have their school confirm the date of the matura examination on the application.

III. A printed confirmation of payment of the administrative fee, which should be affixed to the application. The administrative fee is CZK 440 and is non-refundable. The fee can be paid by bank transfer only (other payment methods, such as by postal money order or in cash, are not permitted). Account number:  19-5373180297/0100. VS (Variable Symbol): 64913. SS (Specific Symbol): your application number (if this number is not provided, the payment cannot be reconciled with the application, which thus becomes invalid).

Payments from abroad: SWIFT code: KOMBCZPPXXX; IBAN code: CZ 5301000000195373180297; Address of bank: Komerční banka, Malostranské nám. 23, 118 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic; Account owner: AMU, Malostranské náměstí 12, 118 01 Prague 1

IV) Possible other requisites per the requirements of individual departments (e.g. a confirmation from an ophthalmologist for the Department of Camerawork).


Ad 2) Applicants are required to deliver all required artistic and theoretical works specified in the requirements for the entrance examinations in individual programmes.

All submitted works must be completely the applicant’s own authored work, which the applicant shall confirm with an attached signed declaration. Failure to respect this principle constitutes cause for the applicant’s exclusion from the entrance examination.

 

The applicant must submit required works no later than by 1 December (the date of the postmark is determinative) either:

a) in person at the secretariat of the relevant department in the main FAMU building, Smetanovo nábřeží 2, Prague 1; or

b) by registered post to:

Filmová a televizní fakulta AMU

Department of … (programme for which the applicant is applying)

Malostranské náměstí 12

118 00 Prague 1

Submitted talent works are not returned to the applicant by post after the conclusion of the admissions process. Written works remain at the individual departments (unless the admissions committee decides otherwise).

Talent works (films, videos, photographs, drawings...) may be retrieved by the applicant in person at the department no later than one month following notification of the results of the entrance examination.

 

Entrance examination

The admissions committee universally evaluates the applicant’s aptitudes of talent and knowledge for the relevant programme. The entrance examination consists of multiple rounds. In the first round (without the applicant’s personal participation), the admissions committees for individual departments decide on each applicant’s advancement to the next round based on an evaluation of the submitted talent works. For those applicants who do not satisfy the requirements, the admissions process is terminated, and they are informed in writing by the FAMU Office of Academic Affairs.

The other, advancing candidates will come to FAMU for the second (and possibly also the third) round of the entrance examination, which generally takes place during the last week of January. Applicants are informed in advance in writing of the exact dates and times for this part of the admissions process.

The results of the entrance examination are communicated to the applicants in writing following the decision by the Dean of FAMU on the admission and rejection of applicants. The admissions process terminates with the Dean’s decision. Admitted applicants are listed by name on FAMU’s official notice board and on its website upon termination of the admissions process. FAMU does not provide any information on the results of the admissions process to the applicants or to any other persons prior to publication of the list of admitted applicants.

Together with the notification of admission, admitted applicants are also notified in writing of the dates of the entrance activities in which they are required to participate: the date of registration for the first year of the Bachelor’s programme, the date of matriculation, and the date of the introductory assembly of first-year students at the Study and Training Centre in Poněšice.



CONTINUING MASTER’S PROGRAMMES

 

Basic characteristics of continuing Master’s programmes

Master’s programmes follow on from Bachelor’s programmes completed at FAMU, at a different AMU faculty, or at a different university. Applications for admission to Master’s programmes at FAMU may therefore be submitted by:

• students in the third year of a Bachelor’s programme in any FAMU department who wish to continue their studies in a continuing Master’s programme immediately after passing the State Final Bachelor’s examination;

• graduates of a Bachelor’s programme in any FAMU department who have already passed the State Final Bachelor’s Examination in a previous year;

• graduates of at least a Bachelor’s programme in another AMU faculty or at another university in the Czech Republic or abroad.

The standard duration of a continuing Master’s programme based on the study plans is two years; the standard duration of the Cinema and Digital Media programme is three years. The continuing Master’s programme is completed with a State Final Master’s Examination, and the academic title of “Master of Arts” (MgA.) is conferred.

 


 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR CONTINUING MASTER'S PROGRAMMES


Applicants for admission to Master’s programmes must submit an application and a Master’s project proposal with required works.

The applicant completes an electronic application per the instructions on the following AMU web page: http://prihlaska.amu.cz. The applicant must print out the completed application, sign it, supplement it with the annexes and requisites specified below, and submit everything no later than by 22 June either:

a) in person at the FAMU Office of Academic Affairs (Studijní oddělení), 3rd floor, Smetanovo nábřeží 2, Prague 1; or

b) by post to:

Akademie múzických umění, Studijní oddělení FAMU, Malostranské náměstí 12 118 00 Prague 1.

Individuals applying to multiple programmes must submit a separate application for each programme.


The application must contain:

I.   A curriculum vitae bearing the applicant’s signature, current address, telephone number and e-mail address;

II.  An officially certified photocopy of the applicant’s Bachelor’s graduation certificate (students in the final year of a Bachelor’s programme should have the school confirm the date of the Bachelor’s examination on the application);

III. A printed confirmation of payment of the administrative fee, which should be affixed to the application. The administrative fee is CZK 440 and is non-refundable. The fee can be paid by bank transfer only (other payment methods, such as by postal money order or in cash, are not permitted). Account number:  19-5373180297/0100. VS (Variable Symbol): 64913. SS (Specific Symbol): your application number (if this number is not provided, the payment cannot be reconciled with the application, which thus becomes invalid).

For payments from abroad, use the following information:

SWIFT code: KOMBCZPPXXX

IBAN code: CZ 5301000000195373180297

Address of bank: Komerční banka, Malostranské nám. 23, 118 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic; Account owner: AMU, Malostranské náměstí 12, 118 01 Prague 1

By 1 September, applicants for a continuing Master’s programme must deliver to the secretariat of the relevant department their Master’s project proposal, in which they summarise their vision for the contents of their studies and for the relevant artistic and theoretical works specified in the departmental requirements for individual programmes.

Applications which lack required information or annexes will be excluded from the entrance examination.

 

 

Entrance examination

The purpose of the entrance examination is to verify the applicant’s ability to further develop his or her talents, theoretical knowledge and professional skills. The entrance examination generally takes place during the fourth week of September.

The results of the entrance examination are communicated to the applicants in writing following the decision by the Dean on the admission and rejection of applicants. Admitted applicants will also be informed of the date of registration for the first year of the continuing Master’s programme.

 



DOCTORAL PROGRAMMES


Doctoral studies at FAMU are part of the accredited doctoral programme in Film, Television and Photographic Arts and New Media in the academic field of Theory of Film and Multimedia Production.

Admission to the doctoral programme is contingent on due completion of a Master’s programme at FAMU or another university and the conferral of the relevant academic title.

The goal of the doctoral programme is to demonstrate the ability to perform independent scientific research based on a theoretical and methodological understanding of the given field; its final output is the production and defence of a doctoral dissertation.

The doctoral programme at FAMU is three years in duration and follows an individual study plan under the supervision of an adviser. The mode of study can be full-time or combined. The school provides a scholarship to full-time students.

An integral part of the doctoral programme is pedagogical activity and active participation in the faculty’s scientific, research and artistic life. The doctoral programme is completed with a State Final Doctoral Examination, and the academic title of “Doctor of Philosophy” (PhD) is conferred.


Application procedure for the doctoral programme

Applicants for admission to the doctoral programme must submit an application and a doctoral project proposal.

The applicant completes an electronic application per the instructions on the following AMU web page: http://prihlaska.amu.cz. The applicant must print out the completed application, sign it, supplement it with the annexes and requisites specified below, and submit everything no later than by 31 March either:

a) in person at the FAMU Office of Academic Affairs (Studijní oddělení), 3rd floor, Smetanovo nábřeží 2, Prague 1; or

b) by post to: Akademie múzických umění, Studijní oddělení FAMU, Malostranské náměstí 12 118 00 Prague 1.

The application must contain:

I.   A curriculum vitae bearing the applicant’s signature, current address, telephone number and e-mail address (a required component of the curriculum vitae is information on whether the student ever began and did not finish or finished a doctoral programme at a different university);

II.  A printed confirmation of payment of the administrative fee, which should be affixed to the application. The administrative fee is CZK 440 and is non-refundable. The fee can be paid by bank transfer only (other payment methods, such as by postal money order or in cash, are not permitted). Account number:  19-5373180297/0100. VS (Variable Symbol): 64913. SS (Specific Symbol): your application number (if this number is not provided, the payment cannot be reconciled with the application, which thus becomes invalid).


For payments from abroad, use the following information:

SWIFT code: KOMBCZPPXXX

IBAN code: CZ 5301000000195373180297

Address of bank: Komerční banka, Malostranské nám. 23, 118 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic; Account owner: AMU, Malostranské náměstí 12, 118 01 Prague 1


The doctoral project proposal is based on listed thematic areas published on the FAMU website four months prior to the deadline for submitting applications. The applicant’s project proposal identifies and specifies a particular topic based on a reflection of the current state of understanding (identifying the main literature that will serve as the point of departure for his or her own research), and specifies the anticipated research goal, the methodological approaches considered, and anticipated component outputs. The applicant will also specify the type of pedagogical activity with which he or she intends to contribute to the instruction at FAMU, as well as other specific ideas about the contents of the doctoral programme (publication activity, grants, academic stays, creative and artistic activity, and possibly also the manner of funding the more demanding parts of the programme).

Length of the written project proposal: 6,000 – 9,000 characters.


A letter of recommendation from the department or research unit where the applicant intends to realise the programme or from a pedagogue who is willing to become the student’s adviser if he or she is admitted may serve as an annex to the project proposal.

Applicants to the doctoral programme should also submit one to three published scholarly texts together with the application. If he or she has not published any scholarly text, the applicant should submit the text of his or her Master’s thesis on a CD, which will serve as information exclusively for members of the admissions committee on the applicant’s ability to structure and formally prepare a more extensive scholarly text.

Foreign applicants to accredited Czech academic programmes should submit an authentic certificate of their knowledge of the Czech language at level B2.

 

 

Entrance examination

The entrance examination usually takes place in late May in the form of an oral interview with the admissions committee. Applicants are informed in writing of the specific date and time at least three weeks in advance.

During the examination the applicant mainly presents and defends his or her project proposal in terms of content and methodology, its contribution to the development of the field and its benefits for FAMU study plans. The exam may also include a discussion in which the applicant demonstrates the breadth of his or her knowledge of the chosen field (at the level of the State Final Master’s Examination), of the general historical and cultural context, and of procedures and methodologies in scientific and publishing work.

Applicants are informed of the results of the entrance examination in writing within thirty days from the date of the interview. Successful applicants are also informed of the date of registration for the doctoral programme.


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