bachelor's programme qualification
General information about admission process
Among the basic criteria determining the candidate?s admission to the programme are his/her communicativeness and positive approach to the educational process. An essential prerequisite is that the candidate be well orientated not only in the history of fine arts, but also in the history of human culture in the wider sense, as well as in current developments in the field of cinematography. Candidates are expected to possess general knowledge on the level of a graduate of an academic high school or vocational high school, knowledge of the history of fine arts, film, literature and music.
Furthermore, an intensive awareness of current events in the Czech Republic and abroad is required, with an emphasis on film and television production and its creators. Another requirement is extensive knowledge of photographic technique, the basics of colour photography and photographic copying processes, digital picture technologies, optics and the basics of television techniques commensurate with the level of knowledge of a photography secondary school graduate. Candidates are also expected to possess knowledge of mathematics and physics in the extent of secondary school curricula.
Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning
The programme does not have any specific requirements for the recognition of prior learning.
The procedure for recognition at AMU is governed by Articles 89 and 90 of the Act on Higher Education Institutions No. 111/1998 Coll., as amended, and by the AMU Attendance and Examination Regulations.
Qualification requirements and regulations
Required qualifications: A completed secondary or a completed secondary vocational education; exceptionally, it is also possible to admit candidates without a completed secondary, a completed secondary vocational or higher vocational education at a conservatory.
Regulations: The Czech education system is governed by the Act on Higher Education Institutions, as amended (Act No. 111/1998 Coll.), and by the internal regulations of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
Field of study characterization
The Bachelor?s programme consists of comprehensive education in the areas of film, television, and digital and computer techniques and technologies, with emphasis on the creative use of the expressive means of the visual component, in particular with a view to lighting, linear, colour and movement solutions for pictorial compositions and specialised tasks of transferring a literary model or script in accordance with the rules of the language of film. The programme is supplemented with general education in the humanities, in the history of the field, and more broadly in art history. Since a digital camera is actually a computer, the Bachelor's programme is also focused on mastering classic computer technology and the fundamentals of digital postproduction methods, colour grading, colour managing and cross-format exports. By completing the programme, the graduate obtains a professional education consisting of the acquired knowledge and skills which qualify him/her to perform all camerawork professions, including that of the main cameraman. The Bachelor?s programme graduate, however, does not take away from his/her studies such compelling documentation of his/her abilities of independent work, for the extent of realised practical work renders this impossible. But the Bachelor?s programme does provide sufficient space for presenting talent and other qualities of the student?s work ethic, which predetermine and justify the student?s advancement to the Master?s level. The programme in the Camerawork Department aims to develop the student?s conceptual camerawork, which is the result of creative intent and lies at the foundation of knowledge and application of the principles governing the relationships between the technical parameters of the film image and the viewer?s subsequent emotional response. Among the prerequisites for realising the artistic intent and ideas of the cameraman as the author of the final version of an audio-visual work?s visual component are the acquisition of technical knowledge, the cultivation of creativity and the development of organisational abilities.
Key learning outcomes
Graduates leave the school theoretically and practically equipped for qualified performance of the profession and enriched by knowledge in related areas of general culture. In addition to professional, technical and technological knowledge, the cameraman must have the ability to think logically with a reservoir of theoretical knowledge, the ability to think analytically and synthetically, a sense of formal precision, a combined sense and agility of thought, the ability to submit to leading creative tasks and to cooperate on their completion with other creative collaborators ? especially with the director.
Occupational profiles of graduates with examples
The graduate of the three-year Bachelor?s programme in FAMU?s Camerawork Department is prepared for the profession of cameraman at a high level of craftsmanship and expertise, and is capable of filming documentary as well as dramatic film and television genres. He/she becomes a professional film cameraman, television cameraman, camera panner, sharpener or mobile camera equipment operator, and has mastered stylisation and picture tools. He/she adheres to inspirational influences ? the cinematographic picture versus the artistic work, the performance of camerawork versus the service of a drama. He/she has mastered the technologies of photochemical, electronic and digital cinematography, and also takes from the programme a historical overview of the development of Czech and world camerawork.
Access to further studies
The Master?s programme in the field of Camerawork.
Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Studies are assessed by credits and examinations stipulated by study plans. The student is informed of these through the information system.
The student registers for examinations using the information system, and is entitled to a second and third attempt to pass an examination. If neither of these attempts proves successful, the Dean may in exceptional cases permit a fourth attempt (administered by a commission). It is not permitted to repeat an examination for the main subjects or to repeat written examinations.
The credit is an ungraded form of assessment of studies. It is allocated upon fulfilment of requirements stipulated for individual subjects and is recorded in the information system with the word ?Credited? (Z). An examination is a graded form of assessment of studies, which tests knowledge and level of creativity in the relevant subject. In the main subjects, examinations are administered by a commission. An examination may be practical, written, oral, or involve a combination of these methods. Examinations are graded on the scale ?A, B, C, D, E, F?.
The student fulfils the requirements set by the study plan.
The student passes the final state examination:
Umělecký soubor / Cinematographic Portfolio
Filmová a televizní technika / Film and TV Technique
Filmová technika a technologie / Film Technique and Technology
Teorie kameramanské tvorby / Theory of Cinematographic Creative Design
Mode of study
Qualification director or equivalent