Be a Master of Film. Direct and DP a 35MM sync sound film 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."
— 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 FAMU (Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts), one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious film schools. FAMU is an independent academy which focuses on audio and visual media within a cinematic framework. FAMU 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 guidance, you will have the opportunity to study filmmaking from an entirely different tradition and culture. Additionally, the program partners with Barrandov Studios, one of the oldest and largest working film production studios in Europe (Mission Impossible, Casino Royale, The Hypnotist). From props and costumes to film scanning and production services, Barrandov Studios will provide another valuable resource in your filmmaking in the Czech Republic.
The 35mm Production 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 in Prague on 35mm film is one of the unique experiences of this program, it should be understood that this is primarily a writing/directing/production class/program with a cinematography component. Students will have the opportunity to learn working with 16mm and 35mm Arriflex film cameras, support equipment and post production services at Barrandov Studios (film scanning and supervised color correction sessions while all original 16mm and 35mm negatives are scanned).
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 History and Criticism course at NYU Prague, entitled Central European Film.
Your semester abroad consists of three core production courses delivered by FAMU and one additional companion courses delivered by NYU Prague, completing an 18-unit, full-time semester.
Student Arrival: Saturday, August 24, 2019 (not earlier)
Fall Break: Saturday, September 28 - Sunday, October 6, 2019
Student Departure: Friday, December 20, 2019
Program dates will be announced soon.
Please note: For curricular reasons, the Tisch FAMU program calendar differs from the general NYU Prague calendar.
Arrival and departure dates are subject to change.
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. Production Safety & Set Protocol (FMTV-UT 101) or equivalent.
Spring 2020: Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET
For more information please view our Admissions Calendar.
Application: Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.
- Academic Year 2019-2020 Full-time Tuition, 12-18 unit flat rate per term: $27,964
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.