The Diploma International Film Studies Programme
It is an intensive one-year film course offered by the Film Academy in Písek. The programme provides a practical and theoretical film education and training in English, a professional training in Directing, Producing, Screenwriting, Sound and Editing, Cinematography and Animation. You can study only autumn semester (more theoretical) or if you prefer to take more practical skills, you can take both, autumn + spring semesters.
First semester will be focused on theory and basic practical. The second semester will be entirely devoted to the final project which can be either a 35mm film drama or a documentary film.
IFS Programme - Autumn Semester
The programme is designed for achieving a broad knowledge in Film and Television Production. All students take classes in Screenwriting, Directing (Drama and Documentary), Cinematography, Production and Post-production techniques; selecting one of those fields as their major area of study. Still Photography, Film History and Theory, Film Music, Set design and other courses are also offered to students. The study includes guest lectures by visiting film professionals such as Oscar-nominated cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek (Amadeus, Hair, Ragtime, If...., O Lucky Man!, Awakenings, Valmont etc.) and others. The course is accompanied by practical exercises which focus on specific skills such as studio lighting and camera work.
In the first semester students make up to five-minute film on DV. They are involved in number of practical exercises focusing on craft skills.
Subjects in Autumn Semester
Sound and Editing
Film Labs Exc.
Basics of Animation
Work with Film Camera
Work with Digi Camera
Special Effects Exc.
Excercise I. - The Photo Storyboard
Excercise II. - Film Tests
IFS Programme – Autumn + Spring Semester
For those students, who wants to feel the atmosphere of the filmmaking process, it is possible after passing Autumn semester to continue in Spring semester. During spring period students make a ten-minute film on DV (it is possible for the best students to make it on 35mm) or they will make their own documentary film. It is expected the students will form their own crews, involving writer, director, producer, cinematographer depending on their field of specialization.
NOTE: All courses and study programmes begin each October. That means always starts with Autumn semester.
Three specializations in the departments:
• Department of Screenwriting & Directing
• Department of Cinematography, Sound & Editing.
• Department of Animation
Students choose to specialise in ONE of the following four fields:
• SCREENWRITING & DIRECTING
• ANIMATED FILM
While students are selected according to one specialisation there are courses, which are common to all students particularly in the first semester.
During the first year, all students take classes in Screenwriting and Dramaturgy, Directing (Drama and Documentary), Cinematography, Sound, Editing and Film Animation with an emphasis on their particular field of specialisation. This is in order to achieve an overview and broad knowledge of Film and Television Production. Still Photography, Set Design, Film Labs, Basics of Animation as well as Czech Language are also required components of study.
The degree programme is structured in such a way that all students not only attend classes in their practical field of specialisation, but also receive a well-rounded Arts education encompassing a range of subjects such as the Theory and History of Art, Literature and Music.
This approach builds upon the tradition laid down by all the major Central and Eastern European film schools.
In the second and third level, students not only concentrate on their field of specialisation, but also continue with theoretical classes. Hands-on experience and teamwork are both given a strong emphasis throughout the programme of study. Therefore, course work includes ongoing practical exercises that focus on specific skills such as writing dialogue and comedy scenes; directing actors; studio lighting; location sound or editing techniques.
At the end of each academic year, students work in project teams to create a short film where the focus is to develop an idea from concept to finished production using their acquired technical and creative skills.
The first level project is a 5-10 minute short film without dialogue and shot on DV camera.
The second level project is a 10-15 minute short film with dialogue and shot on DV camera.
The third level project is a 15-20 minute short film with dialogue and shot on DV camera. In third grade students also will shoot short exercise with dialogue on 35 mm. If student team wishes to shoot a film longer than 20 minutes they may do so using DV technology or they may pay for additional film stock, film processing and post-production costs or they can choose for their final project to make a documentary film.
For students, who already gained the Bachelor Degree in Film Art or in Media and Humanities in their countries or schools abroad, the Film Academy of Miroslav Ondricek offers the possibility to continue with their film studies for Master Degree in departments of Directing and Screenwriting, Cinematography, Sound and Editing and Department of Animation.
As the advanced students they are focusing themselves on developing mainly practical skills in their specialisation. The education during the first grade is based on individual excercises and consultations with our tuiting proffesionals supplied with theoretical lectures. The first grade will be also dedicated to preparation for their diploma film project. The second grade they are entirely concentrating themselves on this project. Students are encouraged to form their own crews, to experience the filmmaking process from the pre- to post-production and to develop their collaborative and communicative skills. The diploma movie is 15 – 25 min. short drama/documetary or animated movie.
Learning Czech language is integral part of the Bachelor Degree Programme, because in the second and third grade you might need the language skills for the consultations and some courses. Our school arranges it´s own Czech language education during studying the first grade. Also it is possible to take 3 weeks Intensive language course beyond the winter semester begins.
International Film Studies Programm (1 semester) 4000 €
Diploma International Film Studies Program (2 semesters) 8000 €
Bachelor Degree Program (for 1 semester) 4000 €
IMPORTANT (only for Bachelor Degree applicants):
It is necessary for the student during the first year of studying to get sufficient skills in Czech language. The school offers two classes a week, one conversational and one grammatical (2x45 mins each class). Second grade and third grade are taught in Czech language. The tuition fee in the second and third year is 30.000 CZK for semester.
It is necessary to pay the tuition fee for one semester PRIOR the application deadline. The deadlines you can see in section Dates and deadlines. Right after obtaining payment we will send you the Letter of acceptation, that you will need for your visa application, in case you are non-EU citizen. We recommend you to start with applying for visa 4 months before you begin with studying on FAMO.
The fee is non - refundable. It can be refund only in case of not getting visa or not opening the course.The fees must be made by bank transfer to the Academy´s bank account given below:
Application deadline academic year 2014/2015
Do you want to become a student at Film Academy of Miroslav Onříček in Písek in the upcoming academic year 2014/2015? Send us your application no longer than 30.4.2014 and we will get back to you!
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Silent film projection with piano accompaniment by worldwide famous musician
Gerhard Gruber. This musician accompanies silent films since as long ago as
1988 and has already performed in such countries as Japan, New Zealand or
FAMO voted as the faculty of the year 2011/2012!!
Application period for academic year 2013/2014 is opening!
If you like to apply for our study programs, just fill our online application form and submit it till 31.4.2013. We are looking forward to welcome you as our fellow student next Autumn.
FAMO celebrated 25.anniversary of ERASMUS
10. and 11.5.2012 FAMO celebrated the 25.anniversary of the EU program of student exchanges Erasmus. Besides presentation meeting and informations about this program and his history at FAMO there were also FAMO students awarded for best photographs from their Erasmus exchanges.
Application for academic year 2012/2013 is open now!
If you like to apply for our study programs, just fill our online application form and submit it till 31.5.2012. We are looking forward to welcome you as our fellow student from this October.
FAMO students awarded at 11. International Student Film Festival Písek 2011
6.-9.10. Písek hosted the 11. International Student Film Festival Písek 2011, where FAMO students were extremely succesful. Our students Jan Vejnar, Jiří Sádek and Katarína Dedičová won five awards for their school movies. Jan Vejnar with his wonderful "Automatic for the People" won the Grand Prix and it is another triumph for him from another international competition. Congratulations to all!
The application period prolongated till the end of June!
The application deadline is near!
The 30.5.2011 is the date you can apply for the autumn semester 2011/2012 at FAMO. We are looking forward to welcome you as our new fellows in October!
Czech Lion for chief of Film edit department
Alois Fišárek, the Head of FAMO film edit department was awarded with prestigeous Czech film award called „Czech Lion“ which was held in the beginning of March 2011 in Prague. Mr. Fišárek, long-time collaborator of director Jan Svěrák and editor of Academy award winner, the movie „Kolja“, was awarded for his editing of the new Svěrák´s movie, original family movie „Kuky se vrací“.