Screenwriting and Script Editing (8204T027)

master's programme qualification

General information about admission process

Admission is contingent on completion of a university-level Bachelor?s programme. FAMU students sit for the entrance examination to the Master?s programme following the final Bachelor?s examination. The talent and theoretical works which the candidates submit for assessment by the admissions committee should be commensurate in length and level to works which FAMU students submit for the final Bachelor?s examination.

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 (Articles 8, 14, 18).

Qualification requirements and regulations

Required qualifications: A completed university education in a Bachelor?s programme in Scriptwriting and Dramaturgy or in a related field.

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 Master?s programme in Scriptwriting and Dramaturgy is focused on the creation and analysis of film scripts. Students study the development of structured dramatic forms, and consider in depth the theme, conception, composition and genre of their works. They concentrate on the technical parameters of creating an audio-visual work, as well as on thinking through what it should be about, why it must be created, and what position it expresses towards the world. During the course of the programme, students have the opportunity to work in workshops under diverse creative personalities and to encounter various conceptions and cinematographic approaches, representing an inspirational spawning of their own development. What is mainly cultivated in the Scriptwriting and Dramaturgy Department?s Master?s programme is not first and foremost the completed script, but rather a mature authorial personality.

Key learning outcomes

The Master?s programme versatilely cultivates the development of a talented creative personality, who is independently orientated in the contemporary audio-visual and media context and is capable of redefining it through a distinctive artistic act of scriptwriting. The graduate is capable of creating a script bearing the features of original authorial poetics for any film or television format or genre. He/she is also capable of critical reflection on a script and of critical self-reflection. He/she is aware and makes creative use of the stylistic and methodological specifics of a script, in particular as compared to a literary work, as well as of the possibilities of creative or theoretical crossover of scriptwriting and dramaturgy with other artistic or scientific fields.

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples

The Master?s programme graduate is a versatile creative personality prepared in particular for work in the position of main scriptwriter and dramaturge for longer film and television formats. In view of the transformations on the contemporary audio-visual scene and the mechanisms of production and distribution, graduates apply their skills not only in the ?traditional? position of a scriptwriter for medium-length and feature-length films, but thanks to a wide range of multidisciplinary knowledge and practical skills in film and multimedia, and an openness to develop additional talent and professional aptitudes, graduates also apply their skills with increasing frequency in various technical, production and directing positions, and possibly also creative work in the literary, music or artistic spheres.

Access to further studies

The doctoral programme in the field of Theory of Film and Multimedia Production.

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?.

Graduation requirements

The student fulfils the requirements set by the study plan.

The student passes the final state examination:

Absolventský scénář / Master?s Graduate Film Script

Dějiny světového filmu / History of World Cinematography

Světová literatura / World Literature

Teorie dramaturgie / Theory of Dramaturgy

Mode of study


Qualification director or equivalent


Field of study is part of study programme

Qualification study plans