Prague, Czech Republic

Film Studies

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Information for term Film Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 27 – Dec 21, 2019 (17 weeks)*
  • Credit: 17 semester hours / 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 15 – May 12, 2019 (17 weeks)
  • Credit: 17 semester hours / 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

September 15, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 17 semester hours / 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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With a rich filmmaking tradition that includes Miloš Forman, Agnieszka Holland, Emir Kusturica, and Jan Svěrák, Prague is an ideal place to produce a short 16-mm film or dig into a feature-length screenplay. And with magnificent art and architecture from every period at every turn, it’s impossible not to be inspired by these creations – and the stories behind them.

Unique Experiences

  • Work

    with American and international film students at the preeminent Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU).

  • Learn

    to shoot, direct, or write with mentoring from European film professionals.

  • Get inspiration

    from visits to Prague Barrandov film studios, and guest lectures by European directors, producers, cinematographers, and screenwriters.

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Location & Culture

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Cobblestone streets, ancient bridges, and a hilltop castle help lend the City of a Hundred Spires its reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful. Prague is unique in Europe, having shed its Communist past and brimming with carefully preserved monuments from every period and style in its millennial history. There’s plenty of quirky, too, like the Zizkov Tower adorned with climbing babies, and the distinctly nontraditional Dancing House. Easy to explore on foot, the city boasts a rich cultural life that includes concerts, festivals, operas, and more – many of which you can access on a student budget.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Get an inside look at Barrandov Film Studios – Hollywood of the East – and Hafan Animation Studio.
  • Travel overnight to visit a film school or attend an international student film festival.
  • Make your visit official by traversing the Charles Bridge, constructed to cross the Vltava River in 1357.

PROJECTS

  • Join a language exchange program.
  • Meet a Czech family.
  • Participate in all sorts of extracurricular activities designed to help students experience Prague.
  • Live in Prague like a Czech student, with a Czech flat buddy to show you around, explain local customs, and organize weekly activities in politics, sport, film, music, and more.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Apartments: Housing with Wi-Fi is included in the study abroad program fee. Students reside in CIEE administrated apartments which are located in buildings where other tenants/citizens live. Students share the apartment with a flat buddy who is a local Charles University student. The flat buddy is responsible for apartment maintenance and also helps with Czech immersion while organizing activities for students. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared with apartment mates. CIEE apartments are located in various neighborhoods and require a maximum 35-minute commute to CIEE. Internet is provided.

  • MEALS

    Please note that meals are not included with this option.

Prague, Czech Republic

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE PRAGUE

    Vyšehrad – 15 minutes from Old Town.

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    THE ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS

    Prague

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What you need to know

The program details

The CIEE Film Studies Program is designed for students with experience in film production, screenwriting, or film studies. Through a combination of specially designed CIEE film courses and FAMU elective offerings, students hone production and writing skills, and develop and produce their own short films in teams of two, or write screenplays. (Note: CIEE reserves the right to combine tracks in the case of low enrollment).

Students choose from one of two tracks:

  • Production Track: Create a short 16-mm film, including pre-production, production, and post-production, with supervision from faculty mentors and support from FAMU studio production staff.
  • Screenwriting Track: Start a feature-length screenplay, completing its full treatment and writing about half of a first draft. Along the way, provide critical and constructive analysis of your peers’ work and your own.

The program begins with a two-week intensive Czech language program, followed by two 90-minute lessons a week. This course includes interactive outings like shopping, walks, and a scavenger hunt.

Students take most of their courses at the Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU), one of the preeminent film schools in Central Europe, 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. Film production facilities include digital Betacam, HDV, and 16mm and 35mm film.

CIEE Prague is located within the Výšehrad national monument complex. It holds nine classrooms, a library, a student lounge, staff offices, a café, and a large garden and patio area.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    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. With the exception of the Intensive Beginning Czech Language course, all classes are taught by FAMU faculty. Required CIEE Czech language and production and screenwriting courses include CIEE students only. FAMU elective courses include CIEE and international students. Students are guided by FAMU faculty member and Film Studies Academic Advisor Mary Angiolillo, who is also the liaison between CIEE and FAMU. An American, Mary is a longtime resident of the Czech Republic.

  • GRADING

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

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    This intensive program requires both evening and weekend sessions, film screenings, and production work. Because of the intensive production and post-production period, travel outside of Prague in the last seven weeks of the program is not allowed for students in the Production track.

Eligibility

  • Program Requirements

    Production track: Overall GPA of 2.5 in an art-related major, preferably film. Demonstrate formal or informal experience with directing and use of digital/video camera. Sample in DVD/VHS converted format plus a Vimeo or YouTube link in a portfolio of recent work (maximum length 15’ per sample), and one or two storyboards/treatments for a short film to be shot in Prague. Recommendation letters from major department professors.
    Screenwriting track: Overall GPA of 3.0 in art-related major. At least two courses in screenwriting or creative writing plus an original screenplay and proposals for two additional screenplays. Recommendation letters from major department professors.
    Final acceptance to the program is determined following a review by FAMU faculty; please note that while CIEE’s conditional acceptances are made on a rolling basis, FAMU’s decisions are typically made after the application deadline.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 17 semester/25.5 quarter hours.
  • Contact hours: CIEE content courses 60; credit – 4 semester credits/6 quarter hours, most FAMU electives: 24 contact hours, credit - 1.5 semester credits/2.25 quarter hours.

Production Track: 

  • All students enroll in Intensive Beginning Czech Language, Topics in Production, and Filmmaking Practicum and Mentorship courses. 
  • Students choose 2-4 regular FAMU courses worth 6 semester credits; at least one must be a Production Track elective

Screenwriting Track: 

  • All students enroll in Intensive Beginning Czech Language, Feature Screenwriting, and Script Analysis courses.
  • Students choose 2-4 regular FAMU courses worth 6 semester credits; at least one must be a Screenwriting Track elective.

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.

Fall 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE INTENSIVE LANGUAGE COURSE

REQUIRED CIEE COURSES: PRODUCTION TRACK

REQUIRED CIEE COURSES: SCREENWRITING TRACK

FAMU ELECTIVE COURSES: PRODUCTION AND SCREENWRITING TRACKS

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 to four of the following courses. The following courses are either 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 (1.5 credits)
CENTRAL EUROPEAN CINEMAS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE WORLD CINEMA (1.5 credits)
CINEMATOGRAPHER’S INFLUENCE (1.5 credits)
CIRCULATING WITHIN THE MODERN CINEMATIC IMAGE (3 credits)
DOCUMENTARY: CONNECTION COURSE (1.5 credits)
FILM, FORM AND STYLE (1.5 credits)
FILMING THE UNFILMABLE (1.5 credits)
HISTORY OF ANIMATION (1.5 credits)
INTRODUCTION TO INTL FILM/TV PRODUCING (1.5 credits)
PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGING (1.5 credits)
SCRIPT ANALYSIS 1 (1.5 credits)
SCRIPT ANALYSIS 2 (1.5 credits)
SHORT FILM PRACTICAL ANALYSIS: DIRECTING 1 (1.5 credits)
SOUNDTRACK AESTHETICS (1.5 credits)
THE REALM OF MONTAGE (1.5 credits)
VISUAL THEORY 1 (1.5 credits)

Spring 2019

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REQUIRED CIEE INTENSIVE LANGUAGE COURSE

REQUIRED CIEE COURSES: PRODUCTION TRACK

REQUIRED CIEE COURSES: SCREENWRITING TRACK

FAMU ELECTIVE COURSES: PRODUCTION AND SCREENWRITING TRACKS

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 to four of the following courses. The following courses are either 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, 2
CENTRAL EUROPEAN CINEMAS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE WORLD CINEMA
CINEMATOGRAPHER’S INFLUENCE
CIRCULATING WITHIN THE POST-MODERN CINEMATIC IMAGE
DOCUMENTARY: CONNECTION COURSE
FILM, FORM AND STYLE 1
FILMING THE UNFILMABLE
HISTORY OF ANIMATION
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL FILM/TV PRODUCING
PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGING
SCRIPT ANALYSIS 1
SCRIPT ANALYSIS 2
SHORT FILM PRACTICAL ANALYSIS: DIRECTING 1
SOUNDTRACK AESTHETICS
SURREALISM
THE REALM OF MONTAGE 1
VISUAL THEORY 1, 2

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Czech culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

Program

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Fees & Housing

Spring 2019 17 weeks Jan 15, 2019 May 12, 2019
$20,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $17,058 **

Housing = $2,925 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $20,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

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

Total Estimated Costs = $5,670

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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

*** Meals vary by housing choice: Includes two meals per day for homestay students. No meals are included for students in apartments or residence halls. Additionally, students who opt for and are placed in single-occupancy rooms will be billed a supplemental fee of approximately $1000, 4-6 weeks after the program starts

Fall 2019 17 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Aug 27, 2019* Dec 21, 2019*
Spring 2020 17 weeks Sep 15, 2019 TBD* TBD*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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