Course in Academy Preparation Program (APP)

FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

Program Description

Course in Academy Preparation Program (APP)

FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

Would you like to become a filmmaker, but you are still not definitively decided in what capacity? Would you like become a photographer? The Academy Preparation Program offers one year of intensive filmmaking/photography and academic disciplines with mentorship enabling the student to complete several artworks by the end of the academic year. The program works well to prepare students for MA studies in a particular discipline.


The one-year Academy Preparation Program (APP) at FAMU International aims to provide its participants the opportunity to explore and become acquainted with the broad range of crafts, professions, arts, and skills that comprise the cinematic/photographic endeavor on both a practical and theoretical level. Filmmaking hands-on program includes a large variety of practical student projects and exercises in formats from HDV, HDSLR to 16mm and 35mm. There is also practical work within a TV studio environment. Shooting is designed for locations as well as in studios. Photography students gain the skills within Photography department. Projects are specifically designed for the program curriculum and are supervised by FAMU faculty and mentors. The production of all mandatory practical exercises and final film is included in the price of tuition.

Students enrolled in the one year Academy Program create their own study plan based on a combination of required – compulsory – courses, optional courses, electives, workshops and projects within their selected Major Concentrations. All courses, seminars, and workshops award credits under the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

Teachers and mentors in the program include full-time faculty from the eleven degree-granting departments of FAMU, as well as other artists, academics and film professionals as part-time faculty. As an entry-level course, the Academy Preparation Program is best suited for students interested in attaining a thorough background in audio-visual or photographic media before pursuing more in-depth studies in filmmaking and related media. While the program is designed as a general filmmaking/photographic course, it is nevertheless focused through MAJOR CONCENTRATIONS. Core courses taken by the student, mentor workshops and practical works completed will vary depending on each concentration.

Directing actress in a studio.

MAJOR CONCENTRATIONS (newly extended) for 2018/2019 are:

  1. Screenwriting
  2. Directing Fiction
  3. Directing Documentary and Non-fiction
  4. Cinematography
  5. Editing and Creative Post-production
  6. Photography
  7. Animation

Each Major Concentration includes a small workshop (up to 6 students) led by a mentor. In the workshop, students work under one-on-one tutorship and develop their practical assignments. Mandatory seminars and courses provide a theoretical background for creative part of the study program.

Core courses provide a broader education into both local and film/photography culture and include classes and seminars in 1. Film History, Photography History, Theory and Criticism, 2. Arts and Culture. 
FAMU International also provides a wide range of short and intense Friday or weekend workshops (we call them Modules) that comprise a vital aspect of each student’s educational experience. 
The program starts in the middle of September and ends in the middle of May. Precise dates are given specifically for each year.

Feedback on first edit at our Cinemadance workshop (4 days outside of Prague)

Core courses of each concentration lead to different creative outputs and participation of individual or collaborative work:

  1. Screenwriting: small assignments during the year, TV series, a script for short film and its realization, the first draft of a full-length script
  2. Directing Fiction: filming exercises digital and 16mm with given creative limits, a portrait on digital, a final short film on 16mm
  3. Directing Documentary and non-fiction: filming exercises digital and 16mm with given creative limits, a portrait on digital, a final film on 16mm or digital
  4. Cinematography: filming exercises digital and 16mm with given creative limits, lighting exercises, DOP of directing student´s work, 35mm final etude
  5. Editing and Creative-Postproduction: filming exercises digital and 16mm with given creative limits, technical editor´s exercises, editors of directing student´s works
  6. Photography: digital and film exercises, studio and outdoor photography, darkroom process as well as digital postproduction, range of creative workshops to attend



All students will receive a transcript of completed courses in accordance with the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). These credits are accepted by and transferable to universities, academies and advanced institutions of higher learning throughout the world.

All students who successfully fulfill the requirements of their study plan will receive a Certificate from FAMU International. 

Please note that acceptance into the FAMU International one year Academy Preparation Program does not guarantee admission into further studies at FAMU, however, the portfolio of main works completed within each concentration provides application material expected for most advanced studies of the discipline.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
1 year
Full time
8,228 EUR
Czech Republic - Prague
Start date: Sept. 2018
Application deadline Request Info
End date May 31, 2019
Sept. 2018
Czech Republic - Prague
Application deadline Request Info
End date May 31, 2019
The Price is between €8228 and €15970 and depending on which concentration you choose