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Program Overview

Program Overview

From Miloš Forman and Agnieszka Holland, to Emir Kusturica and Jan Svěrák – the tradition of filmmaking in the Czech Republic is rich. What will you shoot, direct, or write while you’re here? On the CIEE Film Studies program in Prague, you’ll produce a short 16-mm film or write a half feature-length screenplay with help from leading film professionals in Europe. Let technical film classes in the Czech language and centuries of architecture and history inspire your work.

Study abroad in Prague and you'll:

  • Study with both American and international film students at The Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU), one of the preeminent film schools in Central Europe
  • Work directly with film professionals to produce a short 16-mm film or develop a half feature-length screenplay
  • Visit local film studios, and attend guest lectures by European directors, producers, cinematographers, and screenwriters
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study. $2,500 per student.

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $2,000 per student

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

study abroad in the Czech Republic

Continue to build your understanding of film theory through a host of required and elective courses. Analyze feature-length films from a practical dramaturgical perspective. In Script Analysis you’ll discuss dramatic structures, narrative techniques, and genres, while examining the process and craft of screenwriting. In Visual Theory, you’ll investigate the construction of visual images, analyzing the use of various aesthetic and design elements used by image-makers and the effects of these elements on the viewer.

Production and Screenwriting Tracks

Choose from one of two tracks that most fits your interests. Whichever one you choose, you’ll grow your skills and benefit from mentor-style instruction from renowned FAMU faculty.

  • Production Track: Engage in pre-production, production, and post-production of a short 16-mm film, under the supervision of faculty mentors and the support of FAMU studio production staff.
  • Screenwriting Track: Embark on the creation of a feature-length screenplay, complete its full treatment, and write approximately half of its first draft. You’ll actively participate in the critical and constructive analysis of both your own work and that of your peers.

Excursions

Enjoy day trips to the Barrandov Film Studios, known as the “Hollywood of the East”, and Hafan Animation Studio. Take part in an overnight trip to a film school or international student film festival. Enjoy master class discussions and film screenings. See the cultural and historic sites of the Czech Republic through an academic, film-oriented field trip led by CIEE staff.

Student to student

Students can take part in an array of student-to-student programs, from sharing an apartment with a Czech film student to participating in exciting extracurricular activities, tandem language exchanges, and a unique “Meet Czech Families” program.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card, which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (17 wks)
04/15/2016
08/23/2016
12/17/2016
$19,950

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, local transportation pass, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$16,607
Housing
$2,925
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,850
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees **
$125
Personal expenses
$2,200
Other ***
$145

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

*** Required Czech insurance

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Spring 2017 (17 wks)
10/01/2016
01/17/2017
05/13/2017
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, local transportation pass, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$15,458
Housing
$2,925
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,850
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees **
$125
Personal expenses
$2,200
Other ***
$145

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

*** Required Czech insurance

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5

Production Track

  • Overall GPA of 2.5 in art-related major (preferably film)
  • Demonstrated (formal or informal) experience with directing and use of digital/video camera
  • Students must submit sample in DVD/VHS converted format and a vimeo/youtube link in a portfolio of recent work (maximum length 15’ per sample), and 1–2 story boards/treatments for a short film to be shot in Prague
  • Recommendation letters must be from major department professors

Screenwriting Track

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 in art-related major and minimum of 2 courses in screenwriting or creative writing
  • Students must submit an original screenplay and proposals for two additional screenplays
  • Recommendation letters must be from major department professors
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for the semester is 17 semester/25.5 quarter hours. Contact hours for CIEE courses are 45 hours for 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits. FAMU courses are typically offered for 1.5 semester/2.25 quarter credits or 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Production Track: All study abroad students enroll in Intensive Beginning Czech Language, Topics in Production, and Filmmaking Practicum and Mentorship. In addition, students choose two to four regular FAMU courses worth up to 6 credits. At least one must be from Production Track electives.

Screenwriting Track: All students enroll in Intensive Beginning Czech Language, Feature Screenwriting, and Script Analysis. In addition, students choose two to four regular FAMU courses worth up to 6 credits. At least one must be from Screenwriting Track electives.

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About the City

About The City

Because of its innumerable characteristic steeples, Prague is called the "City of a Hundred Spires" and is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This European Union member, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a perfect example of the steady development of a society that recently transitioned from a communist past. With a population of only 1.2 million, Prague has an unusually rich cultural life – festivals, operas, concerts, and cultural programs, many of which are accessible on a student budget. Study abroad students experience life similar to that of Czech students and frequent numerous neighborhoods in the city like native residents of Prague. Prague also offers a unique symbiosis of carefully preserved monuments of all periods and styles.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Jana Cemusová

Center Director

Jana heads the CIEE Study Center in Prague, leading study abroad programs through partnerships with Charles University, the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), and other local educational institutions. Jana is a double graduate of Charles University in Prague, where she studied theory of culture (anthropology) and Czech language and creative studies. Jana was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Kansas and has expertise in training language teachers and leading projects in immigrant communities. Prior to being named Center Director in 2011, Jana served as CIEE Student Services Director for three years. Before that, she taught and led Czech language instruction through the CIEE Study Center at Charles University. In addition to her duties as Center Director, Jana currently teaches the Intercultural Communication and Leadership course. She served as a chair of Association of Czech Teachers Teaching Czech as a Foreign Language in 2003–2009.

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Vendula Kobertová

Office Assistant

Vendula Kobertová manages reception and assists in the overall administration of the Study Center. She also advises students on cross-cultural and personal issues inherent in the study abroad experience. Vendula is a graduate of Silesian University in Opava. During her studies, she was an Erasmus student at University of Opole in Poland.

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Alicja Nemoudry

Program Coordinator

Alicja, who joined CIEE in 2014, assists in the overall management of the Central European Studies program and is primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CIEE Study Center, program support, academic day and overnight field trips, excursions, volunteering program as well as administrative and editorial support. As a part of regional CIEE team, provides front line services to students and faculty. Prior to joining CIEE Alicja has spent several years living and working abroad. Alicja has an undergraduate degree in History of Art and postgraduate diploma in Art and Business from the University of Aberdeen. She has several years of experience in customer service sector, which she gained during her work in the Scottish art galleries and auction house.

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Lenka Osicková

Housing Coordinator

Lenka joined CIEE in 2014, and is mainly responsible for housing management (dorms, apartments, residences and homestays), housing assignments, housing-related issues, and the Flat Buddy and Homestay Buddy Programs. Lenka graduated from University of Hradec Králové with a bachelor in management of tourism. During her studies, she was an exchange student at Chang Jung Christian University located in southern Taiwan for a semester. She also studied at Universidade de Coimbra in Portugal. Her previous working experience was abroad in Canada working in administrative field and in Portugal where Lenka gained experience in customer service working for IBM. During her studies Lenka volunteered as a buddy for the Erasmus study abroad program.

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Ivana Petrželová

Students Services Assistant

Ivana joined CIEE in 2015 and assists with enrollment, visa processing, course registration, and interest group activities. Ivana is a graduate of Charles University, with a bachelor’s degree in Czech language and literature. Prior to joining CIEE, Ivana worked for three years at Charles University as a program coordinator for international and exchange students, gaining valuable insight and experience in the field of international education.

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Ivana Skenderija

Film Studies Resident Director

Ivana has worked with CIEE since 2008 and has been with the Film Studies program since its inception. She is the main liaison between CIEE and the Prague Film and Television School at the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU). Ivana oversees management and development of the Film Studies program, advising Film Studies students, leading cultural workshops and academic excursions, and CIEE Study Center Prague site visits coordination. Ivana earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities and her master’s degree in General Anthropology from Charles University. She has experience in the fields of drama, education, film post-production, and cinema. She is a member of an organizing committee of interdisciplinary academic conferences focusing on the Balkans.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU) is one of the preeminent film schools in Central Europe. It is one of the three schools that comprise the Academy of Performing Arts and one of the oldest film schools in Europe. Many influential filmmakers and screenwriters are FAMU alumni, including Stanislav Barabas and Oscar-winners Miloš Forman and Agnieszka Holland. FAMU offers professional film production facilities including digital Betacam, HDV, and 16mm and 35mm film for student work. Since the Film Studies program is a direct enrollment program, you will take the majority of your courses directly at FAMU building.

CIEE study center in Prague is located on the grounds of the national monument, Vyšehrad. It is the ideal space for you to study, unwind, and get to know fellow students. The impressive historical building holds nine classrooms, a computer lab and library, a student lounge, and staff offices. A large garden and patio area equipped with Wi-Fi offers a relaxing atmosphere to do homework, check emails, and more.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

study abroad in the Czech Republic

CIEE-Administered Residence Hall - There are two options in the residence: one-bedroom apartments for two CIEE students and two/three-bedroom apartments that house three to five CIEE students as well as FAMU/Charles University student (Flat buddy arranged by CIEE). Singles are typically very limited and available for an additional fee. The commute for residence hall students to CIEE is a maximum of 35 minutes; the downtown area can be reached in 10-20 minutes. Internet and bedding is provided by CIEE.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Prague even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation during which the resident director shares information about the program and site. A mandatory three-week orientation session, which includes an intensive language program, is conducted in Prague at the beginning of the program and introduces you to the academic program, country, culture, extracurricular options, and program faculty, and provides practical information about living in the Czech Republic. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless enabled laptop. Internet connections may be available in the apartments for an additional fee. Service is often shared with Flat Buddies and other roommates. You will have access to the Internet at FAMU. Prague also offers a good network of Internet cafes for a small fee.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities, Field Trips and Field Trips

study abroad in the Czech Republic

You will participate in a variety of integrated program activities including special workshops, film screenings, film festivals, Barrandov Film Studios visits, and guest lectures. You’ll help other students as crew. The integrated nature of this study abroad program allows you to work closely with local faculty and students throughout the semester. The program includes an excursion to film schools outside of Prague, master class discussions, film screenings, and additional activities, such as visits to Czech Barrandov Studios and film festivals in Prague. You'll also have the opportunity to see the cultural and historic sites of the Czech Republic through an academic, film-oriented field trip led by CIEE staff. Due to an intensive production and post-production period, travel outside of Prague in the last seven weeks of the program is not allowed for the Production track. Interested students may have the option of volunteering in Prague and can participate in the Tandems program or Meet Czech Families program.

Flat Buddies

CIEE arranges for local students to live with CIEE students in apartments. These Flat Buddies share day-to-day issues, help you better understand Czech academic traditions, local cultural norms and standards, and assist you with immersion into the Czech culture and Prague student life. These local students also help CIEE Prague staff with organization of social events and activities throughout the semester.

Language

A two-week mandatory intensive Czech course is followed by two 90-minute lessons per week for three weeks during the semester. Afternoon activities such as shopping, afternoon walk, a high culture event, a day trip out of Prague and a scavenger hunt are part of this course.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Film Studies Program operating at FAMU since 2008 is designed for students who have prior experience in film production, screenwriting, or film studies. It offers qualified students the opportunity to engage firsthand in film production and screenwriting work alongside faculty, staff, and students at one of Europe’s top film schools. Through a combination of specially designed CIEE film courses and FAMU elective offerings, students hone their production and writing skills and develop and produce their own short films in teams of two on the production track, or write their own screenplays on the screenwriting track. Please note that CIEE reserves the right to combine the two tracks should there be insufficient enrollment in one of the tracks.

Academic Culture

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 14-week screenwriting track follows a more traditional schedule and culminates in the creation of approximately a half feature-length screenplay. Courses are small and include both theoretical and practical exercises. The study abroad program is intensive in nature and requires both evening and weekend sessions, film screenings, and production work.

All classes (except for the Intensive Beginning Czech Language) are taught by FAMU professors. Professors encourage participation and active student engagement in the course material. FAMU expects independent, mature students who come prepared to follow the advice of the faculty. A mentorship style of instruction is utilized in many classes, requiring students to do outside work and consult with the faculty individually or in small groups.

Nature of Classes

All classes (except for the Intensive Beginning Czech Language) are taught by FAMU professors. Required CIEE Czech language and production and screenwriting courses are with CIEE students only. FAMU elective courses are with CIEE and international students.

Grading System

Assessment is varied in nature and includes mid-term and final exams, faculty assessment of final production or screenwriting projects, and participation in seminars, workshops, and other program activities. All courses are graded A–F.

Language of Instruction

Czech
English

Faculty

Czech language is taught by language faculty. All required and elective Film Studies courses are taught by faculty and staff from FAMU. The students are under the guidance of FAMU faculty member, Film Studies Academic Advisor Mary Angiolillo, who is their instructor in the Topics in Production course and the Script Analysis, and also the liaison between CIEE and FAMU. Mary is American, but is a longtime resident of the Czech Republic. With a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Mary initially came to Europe on a CIEE study abroad program. She is well prepared and eager to help the students in their work at FAMU.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Intensive Language Course

CZEC 1101 PRFS

Intensive Beginning Czech Language

The two-week intensive (three to five hours per day) Czech course provides students with the basic skills needed to communicate on a daily basis. The course focuses on grammar, conversation, listening, and reading comprehension. The class continues on a twice-a-week basis until week 3 of the semester. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Production Track

Required CIEE Courses

FILM 3001 PRFS

Topics in Production

This seminar-style course consists of workshops and seminars, encompassing theory and practice. The course culminates in the pre-production of a short 16mm film. The specific units are screenwriting (short form), cinematography, camera and film language, directing, acting, editing, and sound. During this course lectures and preliminary exercises introduce students to techniques and theory in a variety of filmmaking disciplines. Students form creative teams, preparing for the end of semester 16mm film projects. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

FILM 3002 PRFS

Filmmaking Practicum and Mentorship

This mentorship and practicum is a continuation of topics in production. Entering the practicum with a fully prepared technical script, students engage in pre-production, production, and post-production of a short 16mm film, under the supervision of faculty mentors and the support of FAMU studio production staff. Students consult with the entire FAMU faculty, but each team also has one primary mentor who oversees, guides, consults, and helps troubleshoot for the project. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Screenwriting Track

Required CIEE Courses

SCWR 3001 PRFS

Script Analysis

Through intensive analysis of films, students examine three-act story structure, plot and turning points, theme, sequences, multi-plots, and internal scene structure. Analysis also covers the role and journey of the protagonist (spine), the creation of empathy, active and passive characters, supporting characters, “string characters,” character arcs, the role of the antagonist, use of conflict (objective vs. subjective) and obstacles, and action vs. activity. The course explores film as a temporal-spatial art by examining pacing, rhythm, accelerating action, the handling of time and space, montage, transitions, sound, and music. Dialogue, dramatic use of props and costumes, staging, and the creation of atmosphere are also covered. Students are expected to recognize these dramatic and narrative elements and to present a cogent analysis of a film selected for a mid-term exam and final paper.

Additionally, under the umbrella of “Script Analysis,” students attend three “Topics in Production” classes: editing, acting and film language, participate in the production track pitch and are expected to take one crew position on production track shoots. These activities are designed to heighten awareness of the collaborative nature of filmmaking, including the role of the screenwriter, and of the many interactive layers of meaning woven together into a story that is meant to be told in film language. Additional acting classes are used to prepare for final presentations of scenes from early drafts of their feature screenplays. These scenes typically take the form of a staged reading with actors, “projected” at the time of final screenings. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SCWR 3002 PRFS

Feature Screenwriting

In this writing workshop, student screenwriters embark on the creation and writing of the first draft of a feature-length screenplay. Following a strict writing plan that is based upon the inherent structural demands of feature-length dramatic scriptwriting, each student submits five installments of their project to be read and reviewed in class. With theoretical lectures on related topics and through the analysis of submitted work, the instructor also introduces students to various components of the craft and process of screenwriting, and proposes pragmatic approaches that have been employed by experienced writers. Additionally, as a collective of young writers supporting each other in the pursuit of learning how to create effective and functioning screenplays, all students are expected to actively participate in the critical and constructive analysis of the work of their peers. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

Production and Screenwriting Tracks

FAMU Elective Courses

The following is a sample list of CIEE-approved regular elective courses offered in English through FAMU. Production and Screenwriting track students must choose two of the following courses. The following courses are 3 semester/4.5 quarter credit hours and 45 contact hours, or 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter credit hours and 24 contact hours, unless otherwise indicated. Final course lists are given to students during orientation.

Acting Theories 1

This course aims to cover essentials of acting theories—some historical, but mostly contemporary—in order to help film directors communicate effectively with actors from varying pedagogical and cultural backgrounds. Students will look at theories and techniques from acting teachers such as Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Lecoq, Brecht, Grotowski, Brook, the Method Teachers and Improvisation Gurus. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Acting Theories 2

The course continues to examine the diversity of valid approaches to actor training and the principles underlying these approaches. Starting with a quick review of the legacies from Western teachers Stanislavski and Meyerhold, who laid groundwork for many future approaches to the art, Acting Theories II surveys additional contemporary approaches, many of which incorporate elements from Eastern/Asian schools of acting into the actor's work, or use approaches quite different from mainstream schools of acting. Students gain an awareness of the richness of the actor's craft and the variety of tools used by the actor or by the director working with actor. The course also contains a strong component of improvisation techniques used in actor training and used for story development. Acting Theories I is recommended but not required. Some familiarity with Stanislavskian or Method acting principles would be as asset if the student has not taken Acting Theories 1. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Central European Cinemas within the Context of the World Cinema

This course will focus on films from four of the largest cultural groups in the Visegrad region Central Europe (Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, and Polish) with the goal of examining how this region‘s history has impacted its culture by looking at the four regions‘ responses to identity, war, and domestic social problems. Throughout the semester, this course will teach students how to approach the cultural and historical elements which are the backbone of every film, while also applying film and cultural theory to a variety of visual media. Students will also gain a deeper appreciation of cultural history and how it relates to their own creative processes, with the aim of giving students tools useful in all aspects of the filmmaking process. Students will also learn how to present their ideas and analysis in a clear, concise, and above all, effective manner. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Cinema and the City

The aim of the course is to discuss the city setting of the various films. Students will discuss the films from the different epochs and different regions and will examine the significance of urban setting that those films present. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Cinematographer’s Influence

This course gives an explanation of the cinematographer’s craft in the fields of exponometry, processing, and other postproduction technologies. It analyzes the use of various exponometric (photometric) methods and their effectiveness on the aesthetic of cinematographic image. It is a lecture/seminar format and students are given theoretical and practical assignments. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Circulating within the Modern Cinematic Image

This inter-disciplinary seminar offered in Fall semesters is modeled on the epistemological notion of a U.S.-American informed postmodernity/globalization, which for ill or for better informs the conditions of possibility of our contemporaneity, and which by extension for us as such produces our individual-class-misson that pedagogically focuses a select band of becoming authenticallyglobal films from the following 20th century world directors: Sergei Eisenstein, Carl Theodor Dreyer, D.W. Griffith, Buster Keaton, Fritz Lang, Friedrich Murnau, Dziga Vertov, and Orson Welles with special consideration given to those cinematic moments that teach and that train us in new non-dominatory viewing strategies, in new creative ways of circulating (our term for moving). The role of silence and of the unconscious in film culture is given special coverage. Clips and special features from the DVDs are also shown. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Circulating within the Post-Modern Cinematic Image

This seminar offered in Spring semesters is a select examination of eight major films in pre-1950 Euro-American film with special emphasis given to those cinematic moments that might teach and train us in new viewing strategies, in new ways of circulating, and in new ways of engaging with the cinematic image. Film criticism and film philosophy from Bersani-Dutoit and Gilles Deleuze, inter alia, will be engaged toward this end. All films are either in English or have English inter-titles or sub-titles. Clips and special features from the DVDs will also be shown. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Film Adaptations on Literary Sources

The literary sources and the films made after them are to be compared with the goal of identifying and studying different ways of adapting to the screen a literary source: "true“ adaptations, ”free” adaptations, using some ideas, symbols or metaphors from a novel or story for making a film etc. This could not only enrich the students´ knowledge about the history of the world Literature and Cinema, but also help and inspire them for their future career as filmmakers. Special attention will be dedicated to short films adapting literary sources. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Film Style and Form

The course will focus on the film style and form (Fall: mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing; Spring: sound, narration) partly based on the readings of the book Film Art: An Introduction by David Bordwell and Kritstin Thompson. In course students and teachers will discuss the means of film style and form and how they present themselves in a dozen of great films from various epochs and countries. Disclosure of possible meanings and interpretation of them is the aim of the course. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Film Style and Form 2

The course will focus on the film style and form (sound, narration) partly based on the readings of the book Film Art: An Introduction by David Bordwell and Kritstin Thompson. In course students and teachers will discuss the means of film style and form and how they present themselves in a dozen of great films from various epochs and countries. Disclosure of possible meanings and interpretation of them is the aim of the course. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Filming the Unfilmable

This course offered in Fall semesters is focused on exploring and developing the dramatic and creative writing techniques plus the critical thought required to enable screenwriters to adapt a range of source material into a format suitable for screen production. The student will develop a screenplay suitable for production and filming in the following semester. The first half of the course will focus on creative techniques and in-roads for developing style and content. The second half will focus on script production, subject choices and structure. Students are expected to view/read the range of material suggested plus bring awareness to the group of material from their own cultures and cinematic heritage. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

History of Animation

This course at FAMU is an introduction into the history of animation – the rich Czech and foreign panorama of Animated Films. Students will become acquainted with the history of animation from the early years of film, as well as with differences between American and European animation. Students will also experience the work of individual Masters of animation from different national perspectives on cinematography through the 20th Century. The aim is to understand the roots of this special art and the serious historical impact it had in different parts of the world. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Introduction to Intl Film/TV Producing

This course focuses on the work and art of a film and television producer, the craft of the person who serves as a) highly skilled and organized project manager, b) counterpart and/ or partner to director and screenwriter, and on occasion, c) creative author of a project. The key areas of information for a producer (and this class) are marketing, financing, budgeting, legal, and business affairs in the stages of project development, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Nature and City in the Cinema

The aim of the course is to discuss the setting of the various films – variety of the natural setting, garden, countryside and the city – and to explain how applying the studies from the various subjects (architecture, environmentalism, philosophy, etc.) might be helpful for understanding the role that the particular setting fulfills. Students will discuss the films from the different epochs and different regions and will examine the significance of city/country/nature that those films present. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Photographic Imaging

The practice of still-photography and cinematography is becoming more a branch of applied science and less an empirical craft; therefore, it is increasingly necessary to base the practice on a thorough understanding of photographic materials and processes rather than on rule-of-thumb methods. In a sense, the craft has been simplified by advances in the production of more satisfactory new materials and equipment and the development of new and better methods, but the very diversity of these materials and the tremendously increased scope of modern photography and cinematography combine to demand a more thorough knowledge of fundamentals than was formerly necessary. Central to the course is how well students can apply the material presented in practice, tackle practical problems connected with measurement of light and set the correct exposure. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Visual Theory

This course explores how photographs are constructed, analyzing the use of various aesthetic and design elements and the effects of these on the viewer. The format is lecture/ seminar, and students are given practical as well as theoretical assignments. Slide and video presentations support the content of the lectures. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Script Analysis 1

This course analyzes feature length films from a practical dramaturgical perspective, demonstrating dramatic structures, narrative techniques, and genres, while examining the process and craft of screenwriting. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Script Analysis 2

This course is a continuation of Script Analysis 1, which (with instructor´s permission only) is a prerequisite or co-requisite for all students. The course will continue to study films from a dramaturgical perspective and to closely examine the craft of screenwriting. The emphasis in this course will be to evaluate films produced in Hollywood during the late 60s and early 70s, part of what some critics have labeled the "American New Wave".

In this course the process of evaluation will not focus on classic three act structure, but rather follow the "sequence methodology" of the influential dramaturge and script instructor Frank Daniel, who arrived in the US from Czechoslovakia during this period of filmmaking. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Short Film Practical Analysis: Directing 2

This course provides students with an in-depth perspective to many forms of directing: from directing newscasts to directing feature films. This course explores directing methods, the director’s tools, and his/her relationship with the actors and crew from a variety of perspectives including practical, theoretical, psychological, and physiological points of view. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Soundtrack Aesthetics

This course on the soundtrack will focus on viewing/listening to primarily narrative feature films and analyzing their various approaches to constructing the soundspace. Soundtrack Aesthetics is designed as introductory lecture on both theoretical and practical topics related to use of sound and music in film. Fall semester will cover mostly theoretical problems and questions of soundtrack. Spring semester will be oriented toward practice and will provide insights by experienced practitioners of sound department. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

The Realm of Montage

A film is expressed through emotion, not thought, an emotion is created in film editing. An editing sequence demonstrates not only the editor's art but reflects the director's thought, philosophy and ethics and particular film language. This will be discussed further through analyses of excerpts from known and lesser-known films. Classes are made up of example screenings, their analyses including a summary of necessary theory and history information, as well as from guided discussions. The aim is to inspire students' analytical thought over the creating of emotion and its significance in film as well as to enable them to test their observations in practice. Students at the last class screen two variations of one sequence (shot and edited as assigned), which demonstrates their understanding of assembly potential. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

Visual Theory

This course explores how photographs are constructed, analyzing the use of various aesthetic and design elements and the effects of these on the viewer. The format is lecture/ seminar, and students are given practical as well as theoretical assignments. Slide and video presentations support the content of the lectures. Contact hours: 24. Credit: 1.5 semester / 2.25 quarter hours.

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