Film and Audio-Visual Culture Studies – Field of study catalogue MU
Film and Audio-Visual Culture Studies
“We see film from within.”
The aim of the study programme is to educate graduates for work in the branches of humanities, arts, media, and cultural institutions that require individual critical thinking and a systematic approach. Bachelor’s degree study programme graduates are provided with a basic set of knowledge and capabilities in the field and general realm of humanities. The studies are based on a system of type A/required courses (lectures and seminars on theory and the history of film and audiovisual media, including lectures in foreign languages, as well as tutorials focused on writing a thesis). The programme covers three major fields: history of Czech cinema, history of world cinema, and theoretical as well as historical reflections of film, television, new media, and audiovisual culture. There are also complementary and more practically oriented courses on criticism, dramaturgy, scriptwriting, public-TV programming, production, and distribution.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- use a systematic overview of the main theoretical concepts, adequate terminology, and historical contexts
- employ basic principles of research work
- use methods of critical thinking, reading, and academic writing
- participate in various projects and give presentations intended either as teaching seminars or aimed at the general public
- employ experiences from practical training in film, media, and other creative industries
Graduates are qualified for work within the field of humanities, arts, media, and cultural institutions that requires independent critical thinking and a systematic approach.
The main employment possibilities for graduates are: 1) individual, highly specialized scientific research and pedagogical work at universities, academic institutions, and other specialized workplaces such as film archives, museums, etc. - this concerns mainly doctoral graduates; 2) specialized pedagogical careers in schools, academic institutions, and other specialized workplaces such as film archives, museums, etc. - this concerns mainly Master’s degree graduates; 3) cultural and film journalism in printed and online media, public relations, editorial and translation work; 4) cultural management: cinema, cultural, and educational institution managers, film event organizers; and 5) dramaturgical work: film, TV, radio, cinemas, and festivals.
The standard duration of studies is three years (six semesters). For admittance to the final state examination, students must earn a total of 180 ECTS credits in the following mandatory scheme:
- 85 credits for type A/required courses. In addition to courses on film theory and the history of Czech and world cinema, this also includes a set of regular Bachelor’s degree seminars. These seminars teach students research practices and gradually lead them to completing their thesis;
- 72 credits for type B/selective courses. 15 credits have to be earned in courses taught by visiting scholars and professors in English;
- 15 credits for type C/elective courses offered by any other department;
- 8 credits for common courses required by all departments at the Faculty of Arts. This area covers courses on philosophy and a world language.
This study plan is tailored for a single-subject study programme; adequate adjustments are made for a double-subject study programme.
Practical training falls under the category of type C/elective courses. Every student can pass up to three practical trainings.
Practical training can be recognized for following activities:
1. Publications - articles or chapters of at least 10 standard pages in specialized or peer-reviewed journals;
2. Conferences - presenting a paper at a specialized conference;
3. Editing - book, volume, special issues, or journal;
4. Production and / or dramaturgy of a film festival or a section thereof;
5. Internship – lasting at least one month.
Other options are also available. The evaluation is based on the relevance of the output, its quality, and the status of the platform where the output was made.
Practical training takes place in various institutions, such as the national film archive, the state cinematography fund, International Film Festival Karlovy Vary, International Documentary Film Festival Jihlava, diverse production companies, and Scala Cinema in Brno, where student cinema projects take place regularly.
The final state examination has two stages: the written exam tests knowledge of theory and the history of film and audiovisual culture according to department requirements and the oral defence of the Bachelor’s thesis.
The written test has 10 questions. The first question pertains to literature - students can choose any monograph not on the compulsory reading list and describe the book’s structure, methodological background, and key arguments. The subsequent questions will test student knowledge in film theory, film industries, and the history of both Czech and world cinema.
For each question, students can earn up to 10 points; to successfully pass the test, students must earn at least 59 points.
After completing the Bachelor’s degree study programme, it is possible to continue further studies in any Master’s degree study programme after satisfying the admission requirements.