Prague, Czech Republic
CIEE - Film Studies
Prague is one of the best preserved medieval cities of Europe and it is often called "The City of a Hundred Spires". Prague offers a wide selection of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Cubist and Socialist-Realist architecture. On any given evening, visitors may choose to see one of dozens of concerts, operas, or theater presentations. Museums boast world-class collections of art and host international exhibitions. The Czech countryside has hundreds of castles, chateaux, and historic ruins. Moreover, there are thousands of kilometers of marked trails for hiking through beautiful landscape to visit these historical landmarks. The dreamlike quiet of an older, slower-paced Europe lures visitors from all over the world, and studying abroad in Prague gives students the chance to develop a genuine feel for the city and its history at a leisurely pace.
Czech Republic: Prague
CIEE Film Studies at FAMU
The CIEE Study Center in Prague has its own facility in the Vyšehrad neighborhood of Prague. Vyšehrad is a historic neighborhood in Prague 2, atop one of Prague’s highest hills and within medieval castle walls in a beautiful park-like setting. The location of the facility offers students and staff excellent access to the center of Prague, and a more relaxed, campus-like area with close access to predominantly Czech residential areas. The CIEE Study Center is located about 20 minutes from other faculties of Charles University.
This program is appropriate for students with a strong background in film studies and a desire to develop the skills necessary to work professionally in the film industry. It is designed for students with specific training and interest in film production or screenwriting and combines both theoretical and practical instruction and activities led by film professionals at one of Europe’s most renowned film schools.
The Film Studies program includes both practical hands-on and traditional university courses. The Production track has eight weeks of instruction, two weeks of guided pre-production, two weeks of production, and two weeks of post-production. The Screenwriting track follows a more traditional schedule, also fourteen weeks, and culminates in the creation of a feature-length screenplay. Courses are small and include both theoretical and practical exercises. The program is intensive in nature and requires both evening and weekend sessions, film screenings, and production work.
All classes are taught by FAMU professors. Professors encourage participation and active student engagement in the course material.
Fall (Late August to Mid-December) or Spring (Mid-January to Mid-May) Semester
Fields of Study
Czech Language, Acting Studio, Animation Production, Art of Intermedia, Camera and Film Language, Cinematography, Czech Language, Czech Surrealist Film, Directing, Editing, Film Mentorship, Filmmaking Practicum, Modern Visual Culture, Motion Picture and Digital Video, Production, Screenwriting, Sound Recording
3.0 CGPA; for the Production Track, students must demonstrate experience with 16mm camera production, directing and use of digital/video camera; Students must submit sample in DVD/VHS converted format, a portfolio of recent work, and 1-2 story boards for short film to be shot in Prague; Recommendation letters must be from major department professors. For the Screenwriting Track, completion of a minimum of 2 courses in screenwriting or creative writing; film or screenwriting major recommended; students must submit an original screenplay and proposals for two additional screenplays and recommendation letters must be from major department professors
Academic Program: All students enroll in an intensive CIEE Czech Language course during the first two weeks of the program. Students then separate into one of two tracks— Production or Screenwriting—and begin their required CIEE and elective courses at FAMU. Students work alongside FAMU faculty, staff, and students throughout the semester. Production students are required to produce a short 16mm film at the completion of the program. Screenwriting students complete a feature-length screen- play by the end of the semester.
Tulane awards credit at the 500-level; students generally earn 15 credits per semester.
CIEE offers students the option of a homestay with a Czech family, a double room in the Charles University Dormitory, or a double room in a CIEE-Administered furnished apartment.
CIEE Prague: www.ciee.org/study
Film & TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague: www.famu.cz
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