Film and Audio-Visual Culture Studies – Field of study catalogue MU
Film and Audio-Visual Culture Studies
“We see film from within.”
The objectives of the Master’s degree study programme are to educate graduates qualified for work in highly specialized professions in film studies, humanities, and social sciences, cultural institutions and media, and creative and cultural industries.
The Master’s degree study programme provides a set of advanced and specialized knowledge and skills in film studies as well as in the wider scope of the humanities and social sciences.
The programme is tailored for individual needs and interests, focusing on the development of a Master’s degree thesis project for which substantial research has to be undertaken.
The study plan consists of mostly type C/elective and partially type B/selective courses: 1) lectures and seminars on film theory and the history of Czech and world cinemas and audiovisual industries;2) seminars focused on the development and completion of the Master’s degree thesis; 3) selective research and project courses; 4) lectures given by noted foreign scholars (in English); 5) a module consisting of practically oriented lectures by local experts (production, dramaturgy and screenwriting, distribution, festivals, television programming etc.); and6) internship in various film industry institutions and short/long term internships at universities abroad (Erasmus programme).
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- employ a systematic and advanced knowledge of film theory, various methodological approaches, and the history of film studies in a wider context of humanities and social sciences
- select and use a set of theoretical and methodological specialties depending on the nature of a research project
- 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
The Bachelor’s degree study programme prepares graduates for work in applied disciplines; the Master’s degree (and doctoral degree) education improves these qualifications for highly specialized activities, projects, and pursuits in the broader field of basic research.
The main occupational fields for graduates are: 1) individual, highly specialized scientific research and pedagogical work at universities, academic institutions, and other specialized workplaces (film archives, museums, etc.); 2) cultural and film journalism in printed and online media, public relations, and editorial and translation work; 3) managing various cultural institutions: directors of movie theatres, cultural and educational institutions, film festivals, etc.; 4) dramaturgical and production posts: film, television, movie theatres, festivals.
The standard duration of the Master’s degree study programme is two years (four semesters). For admittance to the final state examination, students must earn a total of 120 ECTS credits in a following mandatory scheme: 30 credits for type A/required courses, including a set of regular Master’s degree seminars intended for the development and completion of the Master’s thesis; 60 credits for type B/selective courses, 20 of which have to be earned on courses taught by visiting scholars and professors in English; 26 credits for type C/elective courses, including those offered by any other department; and 4 credits for a world language exam.
This study plan is tailored for a single-subject study programme; adequate adjustments are made for double-subject study programmes.
Practical training falls under the category of elective courses. Every student can pass up to two practical trainings.
The 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; and 5) internship - duration of at least one month.
Other options are also available. The evaluation is based on the relevance and quality of the output and the status of the platform where it was produced.
Practical training takes place in various institutions, including the National Film Archive, State Cinematography Fund, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, diverse production companies, and Scala Cinema in Brno, where student cinema projects regularly takes place.
The final state examination has two parts: the oral defence of the Master’s degree thesis and an oral exam according to the department requirements. The exam consists of three questions, the first one chosen by the examinee.
After completing the Master’s degree study programme, it is possible to continue further studies in a doctoral degree study programme in the theory and history of theatre, film and audio-visual culture, film studies, or any other specialization (if the rules allow so and after satisfying the admission requirements).