For Applicants


How to apply

Stages of the admission process

1: Application | 2: Interview | 3: Decision on admission | 4: Arrival

Stage One: Application

General information on the FAMU admission procedure:

Admission process for academic year 2018/2019 has ended. The next admission process will start in February 2019.

Entry requirements and admission process for CINKK - see this document. (Likely to be changed for the new admission process).

Administration fee for application form for academic year 2019/2020 will be 699 CZK.


If you were not admitted you can try to apply next year or check other programs at FAMU International dpt.

3 years MA program is coming in near . The letter from head of department.

Stage Two: Interview

The admission interviews will take place in the end of April 2017. They are held remotely using Skype software. We will inform applicants about the technical details of the connection in a timely manner. However, it is certain now that for a successful data transmission an Internet connection with a minimal transmission rate of 8 MBPS will be necessary.

Stage Three: Decision on admission/non-admission, document compilation

No luck? You can try again next year. Keep in mind that if you are admitted, it does not mean you have earned the student status yet. You only become a student once you have enrolled in Prague. The necessary documents must be arranged beforehand.

The conditions The conditions for long stay vary based on whether you are an EU citizen or from another country. Citizens of EU and Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland have the right to stay in CR without a visa; there are different conditions for third country nationals.

Prior to your arrival, we recommend watching this video about the Czech Republic and reading this information for students.

Non-EU citizens: You need to get the necessary visa/long stay permit for your studies at the Czech Republic embassy or consulate in your country of origin well in advance. The administration process can take up to two months. The Department will provide the supporting materials required by ČR from the school for a visa/long stay (a stay of over 90 days) permit. Apply for long stay as the study program takes two years. The price of the visa depends on the student’s country of origin.

Czech Republic’s embassies abroad.


Must read and must see before your departure. For citizens of non-EU countries:

Information on long stays in the Czech Republic, Ministry of Interior ČR website.

Long stay/visa.


Stage four: Arrival

After your arrival, you have to register with the relevant authorities. All non-EU students are legally obliged to register with the Foreign Police within 3 days after the arrival, if it has not been done by the accommodation provider (e.g. hostel, hotel etc.)

All EU students are obliged to register with the appropriate Foreign Police Department within 30 days of arrival in case that the length of the intended stay in the Czech Republic is longer than 30 days. However, it is not necessary if it has been done by the accommodation provider.

Students that have been issued a residence card are obliged to return the card before ending their stay in the ČR.

Foreign Police Department in Prague.

The Orientation week is held in September. The semester opens with the matriculation after which you officially become a FAMU student. In a matriculation ceremony, students entered in the student register of a faculty (matricula) pledge to fulfil the requirements of academic study, to honour their moral obligation toward the University, and to respect its internal regulations and the decisions of academic officials. The ceremony requires a formal attire

During the Orientation week, you will learn about the KOS student system where you find the subjects you take (there is no hard-copy student book at FAMU, everything is done electronically). You will learn the details of your study system, teaching, information about the FAMU library, studio, classrooms, student ID and other elements. Attendance is mandatory.

Cost of living: A single student is advised to have available approximately 300 euros per month, which should cover accommodation, transport, food and entertainment.

See our Survival guide.

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FAQ by applicants

1. What kind of BA should I have when I plan to apply for master’s degree in cinematography? 
What is essential is a Bachelor’s degree (from any university) and professional experience with film photography. You are assumed to possess ample experience with still photography and a strong interest in cinematography. If you do not have Bachelor’s degree, you can try APP program at FAMU International.


2. What language is the program taught in?
In English. Candidates whose native language is not English must submit a relevant certificate documenting their knowledge of the English language at CEFRL level B2 as a minimum.


3. Do I have to learn Czech?
Learning Czech language is only a minor part of the curriculum, usually the survival level suffices. 


4. How much is the tuition fee?
The tuition for the academic year 2018/2019 is €19 000. No installments possible.


5. What is the deadline for applications?
Deadline for applications for the two-year Master’s Program in academic year 2019/2020 has not been set yet.


6. How many applicants are admitted?
The maximum of students accepted in one class is 7. The minimum is 4. In the event school receives fewer than four qualified applicants, the Cinematography department will not open a Master’s program for that year.


7. Are there any scholarships?
Currently, there are no scholarship programs for students in place at FAMU, although we hope to find possibilities for partial funding through our alumni in the future. Some countries offer student grants for international studies and we encourage our applicants to look into the possibilities available for research or study grants designed for international studies in their countries.


8. What cameras are students using in their projects? 
Depending on the teaching goals and particular budgets for each type of project, a wide range of cameras is being used, from digital HDV and HDSLR through 16mm (Bolex, Arri 16SR3, Aaton) to 35mm (Arri) or – exceptionally, in some cases of master final films, if other budget circumstances allow – high-end digital cameras (Arri Alexa, Red One, Red Epic).


9. Where is the FAMU studio which is used for student film exercise making?
On the Klimentska Street, approx. 20 minutes’ walk from the School which is located on the embankment - Smetanovo nábřeží. We use the well-equipped FAMU Studio as well as international cinematic equipment rental houses in Prague; so that students gain a wide range of experience, understand choices and their consequences in order to prepare the students for independent and highly professional situations.


10. Do I need a health confirmation when applying to CINKK?
If you are applying for this programme, you will need a medical confirmation of colour perception.


11. How does the first year of studies go?
For the first year students, the academic year at FAMU starts in September with the “Intensive course”; regular classes are held from October till December. Then there is winter holiday and the exam time from January till February when students fulfil the attestations for subjects they have taken.

During the first year, students work with studio lighting and exercise exponometric and colorimetric skills indispensable for both shooting on film negative and digital production.  Students work with a variety of media, and exercises include 35mm Vision3, 16mm and digital.


12. How does the second year of studies go?
In the second year, students continue to acquire supervised experience and work extensively with colour design enriched through coursework on the history of painting, colour theory, colour design and colour in digital postproduction.  Students can choose to shoot their final degree project on 35mm or digital 4K camera, and are guided to leave the program with a professional level show reel in hand.


13. What is the final exam like?
The final exam has three parts:

1) Screening master piece – Rainbow + Final Film/Collaboration (one film made with a director from FAMU production)

2) Technical state exam

3) Dissertation


14. What degree do I earn at the end of my studies?
Students will receive an MgA. (Master of Fine Arts) degree, compliant with the second ECTS cycle for the EU region.


15. Do you recognise credits from any other university?

No. Every student has to complete all the subjects taught in this program.


16. Are there any contacts for more information?
General questions on the admission procedure are available at:

Should you have any further questions regarding the Department of Cinematography please contact Mrs. Kalná.