CIEE Film Studies Program - SCREENWRITING TRACK
Prague, Czech Republic
About the Program
CIEE works closely with Charles University to deliver courses to students at the CIEE Study Center in Prague. All CIEE courses are held at the CIEE Study Center, located in Vyšehrad. Although the CIEE Study Center is not located in a CU building, CIEE courses are recognized by CU and taught by faculty from various CU faculties and institutes. The oldest university in Central Europe (founded in 1348 by the Czech King Charles IV), CU has with 17 schools, three institutes, 4,000 teaching/research staff, and 42,400 enrolled students.
This program is appropriate for students with a strong background in film studies and a desire to develop the skills necessary to work professionally in the film industry. It is designed for students with specific training and interest in screenwriting and combines both theoretical and practical instruction and activities led by film professionals at FAMU, one of Europe’s most renowned film schools.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of the best preserved medieval cities of Europe and it is often called "The City of a Hundred Spires". Prague offers a wide selection of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Cubist and Socialist-Realist architecture. On any given evening, visitors may choose to see one of dozens of concerts, operas, or theater presentations. Museums boast world-class collections of art and host international exhibitions. The Czech countryside has hundreds of castles, chateaux, and historic ruins. Moreover, there are thousands of kilometers of marked trails for hiking through beautiful landscape to visit these historical landmarks. The dreamlike quiet of an older, slower-paced Europe lures visitors from all over the world, and studying abroad in Prague gives students the chance to develop a genuine feel for the city and its history at a leisurely pace.
To become lost in the winding streets of Prague is a wonderful experience. The city itself is a museum, filled with a rich collection of musical heritage, cultural activities, and history. There was no radical rebuilding of the city center during the industrial revolution, so the city has maintained its unique "old world "character. Whereas cities like Warsaw and Berlin offer little evidence of what they looked like in the 1750s, the urban design of Prague is not very different from what it was even in the 15th century. Prague did not suffer the damage of other European cities during World War II, leaving its medieval network of narrow cobblestone streets, gothic churches, and baroque palaces intact.
- 3.0 CGPA
- For the Screenwriting Track, students must have completed a minimum of two courses in screenwriting or creative writing. Students must submit an original screenplay and proposals for two addition screenplays. Recommendation letters must be from major department professors.
The Film Studies program includes both practical hands-on and traditional university courses. All students enroll in an intensive CIEE Czech Language course during the first two weeks of the program. Students work alongside FAMU faculty, staff, and students throughout the semester. The Screenwriting track follows a more traditional schedule, also fourteen weeks, and culminates in the creation of a feature-length screenplay. Courses are small and include both theoretical and practical exercises.
Fields of Study
Czech Language, Acting Studio, Animation Production, Art of Intermedia, Camera and Film Language, Cinematography, Czech Language, Czech Surrealist Film, Directing, Editing, Film Mentorship, Filmmaking Practicum, Modern Visual Culture, Motion Picture and Digital Video, Production, Screenwriting, Sound Recording
In addition to the courses you will take through CIEE, you will get involved with the Czech community through volunteer opportunities, excursions and site visits. Each semester, CIEE organizes excursions to various museums, events, and cultural activities around Prague. Prague is world-renowned for its parks and outdoor spaces. The city center is surrounded by large green spaces perfect for strolling, playing sports, and relaxing with friends. CIEE also offers the opportunity to live with your Czech peers in dorms through their Flat Buddies program and they curate a number of interest groups to give you a chance to engage with Czech and international students based on your hobbies. CIEE will work to engage students as much as possible in local culture and daily life in order to maximize your integration in your host city.
Students on the CIEE Prague program have a number of housing options to choose from. The Office of Study Abroad recommends that students take advantage of the opportunity to live in homestays with a Czech family. This option assists students in immersing themselves in local culture, giving them an inside view into everyday Czech life.
Other housing options include living in the Charles University dorms, in CIEE-administered apartments or in a CIEE-administered residence hall. Check out the CIEE website for detailed information about each of these options.
CIEE Prague Film Studies Website
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