The BA Photography program is open to students without academic background in photography. Students studying in the English language have also the opportunity to participate in the lectures in the English language in the FAMU International Program. | The students also have the possibility to work in the studios led by renowned teachers. These studios include the <strong>Studio of Documentary Photography, Studio of Staged Photography, Studio of Post-conceptional Photography, and the Studio of Multi-media.
Bachelors in Visual Arts in Prague in Czech Republic. ABOUT US
PROFILE | FAMU is the fifth oldest film school in the world. Its graduates include many influential filmmakers and scriptwriters, many of whom are known internationally as Oscar winners and laureates of international film festivals. |
The Department of Photography was founded in 1975 which makes it one of the oldest institutions of its kind in Europe. The school is located right in the historical centre of Prague. Our unique specialization is the interconnection of classical photography techniques with contemporary multi-media trends.
The BA Photography program is open to students without academic background in photography. Students studying in the English language have also the opportunity to participate in the lectures in the English language in the FAMU International Program. | The students also have the possibility to work in the studios led by renowned teachers. These studios include the Studio of Documentary Photography, Studio of Staged Photography, Studio of Post-conceptional Photography, and the Studio of Multi-media.
LECTURES, WORKSHOPS | At the Department of Photography we put an emphasis on individual development of the artists. The study includes art and photography history courses, philosophical seminars, practical seminars and workshops with renowned artists. Students also gain experience in the graphical workshop and silk screen print studio. They also learn the art of bookbinding and production of photographic publications. Multimedia instruction is an integral part of our teaching.
CULTURE LIFE |
An integral part of the school character is the interconnection with the dynamic cultural life in Prague. The school has its own gallery in the centre of Prague. The gallery has a rich program of student exhibitions. We assist international students in the integration into the regular gallery activities in Prague, which means they often participate in exhibitions in renowned galleries. | A unique benefit is our interconnection with the FAMU film department in areas such as direction, camera and editing. Together with our students, we regularly participate in important European festivals of photography. Within the scope of our programs we cooperate with photography and film schools all over the world.
FACILITIES | Studio Tabletop is equipped with Sinar type large-format cameras with a film format of up to 18 x 24 cm, including digital alternatives. | Studio for life photography has a flash lighting system with above standard power of 12 000 Ws; it has a Hasselblad camera with a digital back, and an analogue camera Mamiya RB 67 with a set of interchangeable lenses. | Studio Portrait and Figure offers similar equipment as above and the possibility to create an endless background. |Computer room and a room for scanning films (negatives and positives) are available in the school. For more demanding work there is the scanner Hasselblad Flextight x5. | The out of Prague studio in Beroun enables students to focus on their work for several days, providing on-site accommodation facilities. It offers studios equipped for large and medium formats and two darkrooms. We are also preparing a classical studio with daylight, which will have an 18 x 24 cm camera.
Start: September 2016
Application deadline: April 1st, 2016
Portfolio deadline: April 1st, 2016
Entrance exam: last week in April, 2016
All applications must include a portfolio
HOW TO APPLY
Would you like to become a photographer? Is a photograph your favourite means of expression? Would you like to develop and perfect your work? The Department of Photography at FAMU offers students a parallel bachelor program in the English language. The study is structured in a way that in the first two years of the bachelor program the students are introduced to all basic forms of photography subjects – both practical and theoretical. During the school year the students execute several comprehensive art projects under the leadership of their mentors. During the third year, the knowledge acquired is perfected and the students get ready for the bachelor exam, which consists of a practical, as well as a theoretical part.
The program also focuses on preparing students for MA studies in photographic or visual art disciplines. The Bachelor program lasts 3 years (6 semesters). The prerequisites for being accepted in the program include: interest in photography, talent demonstrated in an enclosed portfolio, the will to work on personal development,interest in and overview of the current cultural scene, as well as art history.
Eligibility: Minimum 18 years of age, with completed secondary school education.
TO APPLY, THE PROSPECTIVE STUDENT NEEDS TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS AND WORKS:
1/ THE APPLICATION FORM must be submitted to the FAMU Student Studies Office by April 1st 2016.
PLEASE COMPLETE THE LEAD FORM TO GET AN APPLICATION FORM
You will receive a code here – eight-digit number that you will continue to use. Proceed according to the instructions, fill in the form and send it.
2/ YOUR PORTFOLIO has to be sent in a printed form by 1st April 2016. Each part of your portfolio has to be packed in a separate envelope and labelled with the letters A, B, C or D and the number code corresponding to your application, in the following way:
A – Set of creative photographs + eight-digit number code
Consists of 8–12 black and white or coloured photographs of a maximum format 50 x 60 cm. The collection represents the applicant’s focus, indicates his/her orientation and existing artistic peak.
B – Genre collection + eight-digit number code
Any number of photographs with a maximum of 20 and maximum format 50 x 60 cm. The photographs have to be in one of the following genres: portrait, nude, scenery, city, still life, or document.
C – Dummy publication + eight-digit number code
A dummy publication is a photographic illustration of a book, a photograph book, a diary with a distinctive visual component, etc. It can be processed in any way with individual graphical, possibly also typographical arrangement.
D – Still life + eight-digit number code
A technical photography of a still life – 1 black and white photography of 30x40 cm format, which primarily illustrates technical ability. It should be a photography of an arranged still life of random objects in the daily or artificial light.
Note | Applicants are allowed to submit only one photograph series for each part!
Brief description of the applicant’s academic and artistic records. The CV must include the applicant’s telephone number, postal and email address.
2. ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS: From all previously attended institutions. (Secondary school transcripts are not necessary for those with a higher level of education.)
3. STATEMENT OF INTENT: Short personal essay on what the applicant expects from her/his studies as well as what the applicant believes she/he can contribute to the creative and intellectual environment of FAMU, and the reasons she/ he would like to come and study in Prague.
Application deadline: April 1st, 2016
Portfolio deadline: April 1st, 2016
The second round will take place on last week in April 2016.
The decisive factor is the date of the postal stamp
Portfolio and attachments please send to:
Department of Photography
Smetanovo nabr. 2
116 65 Prague
METHOD OF EVALUATION | All the works submitted will be evaluated by a Commission consisting of at least 5 teachers of the Department of Photography. The final results of the first round (ranking and a shortlist of applicants) are calculated by adding up the independent scores given by individual members of the Commission. The detailed rules are approved by the Commission prior to the Admission Procedure.
NOTIFICATION OF THE RESULTS | Applicants will be notified of the 1st round results by email.
The second round will take place in April 2016. Date to be announced in the end of April. Applicants who pass the 1st round will be notified of the exact schedule of the 2nd round in advance by email. The 2nd round will last 1 day.
2nd round consists of an INTERVIEW with the Admission Commission within which the applicants will explain the work submitted in the 1st round and present their motivation to study photography.
METHOD OF EVALUATION | The second round will be evaluated by a Commission consisting of at least 5 teachers of the Department of Photography. The final ranking of applicants and the number of admitted applicants will be determined by adding up the scores of individual members of the Commission from the 1st and 2nd rounds.
NOTIFICATION OF THE RESULTS | All applicants will be notified of the final results of the second round by email and by an official letter sent to them by the FAMU Student Studies Office. The lists of accepted students will also be posted at the Department of Photography and on thehttp://www.famu.cz web pages.
Please note that the exams for Czech-speaking applicants and English-speaking applicants are held separately.
RETURNING OF WORKS PRESENTED | Applicants who have not been admitted may collect their works in 2 months after the admission procedure. After this date the Department does not store the works. Applicants admitted to the Department leave their works available at the Department of Photography for exhibition and study purposes for one academic year.
TERMS OF ACADEMIC YEAR 2016/2017 | Fall semester: September 2016 – December 2016 | Spring semester: February 2017 – May 2017.
ACCOMMODATION, HEALTH INSURANCE AND VISA |
Not provided by FAMU. These are the responsibility of the student. FAMU provides accepted students with an Acceptance letter, which serves as one of the required visa application documents.
TUITION FEE |The tuition fee for the first academic year is 8.700,- € (the mandatory VAT tax is included). Starting the second year, the fee is 7.400,- € provided that the students fulfil their curriculum responsibilities in a timely manner. This tuition fee is based on merit or artistic performance, and on a timely fulfilment of the student´s academic responsibilities.
FEE STRUCTURE | First year: 8.700,- €, second year: 7.400,- €*- third year: 7.400,- € *
*Under the condition that all academic responsibilities are fulfilled.