Be a Master of Film. Learn 35MM in the Czech Republic.
Carry out the vision for your story in a city whose cinematic history stretches back to the early days of the art form itself. From the late 1800s, when the first Czech films were made in the region of Bohemia, through the political struggles of the 1960s that spawned the Czech New Wave, the film heritage of this country will give you a rich tapestry of material to draw from.
"You gotta be ready to work. It's a work program. You're there to make a movie, you're there to learn film. It's very much a 9:00 to 9:00 kind of schedule. On the weekends you're planning your movie. So it's pretty grueling, but it's the most enriching kind of program that's here. And I honestly think that this is the best program that NYU has."
— Miko Reyes, 35mm Visual Storytelling
at FAMU - Prague, fall 2016
The Tisch School of the Arts and NYU Prague offer this program in collaboration with one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious film schools, the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU). FAMU is an independent academy which focuses on audio and visual media. Their alumni include Jiri Menzel (Closely Watched Trains), Milos Forman (Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and Agnieszkha Holland (Europa Europa). The FAMU faculty are active members of the Czech filmmaking community (including established cinematographers, directors, editors, scholars, and writers). Under their expert guidance, you will have the opportunity to branch out and study filmmaking from an entirely different tradition and culture. Most of the props and costumes for your film are available through Barrandov Studios, one of the largest and oldest film studios in Europe.
The 35mm Visual Storytelling Program offers the aspiring director the opportunity to study the traditions, technology, theory and practice of 35mm sync-sound film production techniques and storytelling. Students will direct one short 35mm film project and work as the director of photography on another. While shooting on 35mm film is the unique experience of this program, we must stress this is a 35mm writing/directing track with a cinematography component. Students will also have the opportunity to experience a supervised color correction telecine session when their original 35mm negative is transferred and color corrected. The allotment for this program consists of: camera package, film rolls and post-production services, as well as actors, production manager, camera assistants, location, props and costumes. Please note, itemized film budgeting is not a part of this curriculum.
Students on this program will round out their curricula experience with a Humanities and History and Criticism course at NYU Prague.
Your semester abroad consists of three core production courses delivered by FAMU and two additional companion courses delivered by NYU Prague, completing a full-time, semester.
Check-In: January 21, 2017 (not earlier)
Check-Out: May 19, 2017
Check-in Date: August 19, 2017 (not earlier)
Check-Out Date: December 15, 2017
Check-in: January 20, 2018 (not earlier)
Check-out: May 18, 2018
35mm Filmmaking in Prague
Film/TV majors: Sight & Sound Filmmaking and one more Sight & Sound of your choice, Production Safety & Set Protocol (FMTV-UT 101)
For Tisch Film majors in the cinematography concentration: It is suggested that you participate in Prague after taking Camera I.
NYU and Visiting students: Fundamentals of Digital Filmmaking (OART-UT 560) and Fundamentals of Digital Filmmaking II (OART-UT 561) or college level experience in film production.
Fall 2017: The application for fall 2017 is now closed.
Spring 2018: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5:00pm ET.
For more information please view our Admissions Calendar.
Application: Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.
- Academic Year 2016-2017 Full-time Tuition, 12-18 unit flat rate per term: $25,705
Additional Fees Include:
Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.
Visit the Office of Global Programs for additional study abroad costs.
Scholarship and Financial Aid
There are opportunities for financial assistance to study abroad.
Please review the Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad page for more information.
Visit the NYU Prague website for housing options and descriptions.
Alana Bonilla Talks About 35MM Filmmaking in Prague