Photography at FAMU

Build Your Portfolio

Study analog photography. Work one-on-one with a faculty mentor. Use professional equipment. Prepare an exhibit.
  • Focus on analog photography 
  • Instruction in alternative processes (palladium, platinum) for advanced students 
  • Exhibit at a gallery or café 
  • Electives in all aspects of photography 
  • Courses taught in English 
  • Czech language instruction 

Study Theory & Practice

You’ll study photography from all angles. Imagery, Ambiguity & Culture is your theoretical course. It unpacks the relationship between photography and modernity. Fine Art Photography & Workshop merges classroom learning with hands-on practice. Everything you learn in the classroom you’ll then practice in a supervised lab section with your professor. It’s in this course that you’ll produce your final project—typically five to ten photographs that you’ll prepare for exhibition.

Exhibit Your Work

At the end of the semester, you’ll exhibit your work at a gallery or café in Prague. Faculty and staff help you locate an appropriate venue. The final weeks of the program are busy—preparing final works, printing selections, overseeing the mounting and framing for display. But it’s all worth it when your exhibit comes to life and your teachers, classmates, and friends come to cheer you on.

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FAMU: Outstanding Art School

The program is based at FAMU, the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. It is one of the best art schools in the world—and the perfect place to have an authentic Czech university experience. FAMU has cutting edge resources and state-of-the-art facilities. The faculty are not only teachers, but artists in their own right. For years, FAMU has led the way in art, cultural, and even political movements. You won’t find a better place to start your career as both a photographer and an artist.

Learning By Doing

For your Lighting Seminar, you’ll spend a day in a professional studio. You’ll work with professional models, learn about studio lighting, and practice shooting still-life and staged photos. FAMU frequently offers other workshops throughout the semester, and you’ll be able to attend those too. Practice digital editing, explore studio facilities, or become an expert on large and medium format cameras.

Miroslav Vojtěchovský

photographer, teacher, mentor
Your faculty mentor is Miroslav Vojtěchovský, a world-renowned, award-winning photographer. He teaches both of the program’s two core courses. But beyond regular class meetings, Vojtěchovský also works with students one-on-one. He’ll instruct you in the darkroom, adapting his pace to match yours. And when you’re ready to exhibit your work, he’ll not only help you hone your concept, he’ll guide you through framing and hanging, too.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Two Core Courses

You take this course:

CE331 Imagery, Ambiguity & Culture
3 credits

And you take this course. This hands-on class includes regular, one-on-one instruction on using both professional equipment and a darkroom:

CE231 Fine Art Photography & Workshop
3 credits


Many electives at FAMU International are open to CET students. We assign you an international student mentor to make sure you get the most out of your choices. Subjects include documentary photography, fashion photography and archiving.

FAMU Electives
1 to 3 credits each

Czech Language

You take 20 hours of survival Czech in the first week, and reduced class hours after that. Most students are Czech language beginners, but if you’ve taken Czech before, we have a class for you, too.

CE100 Beginning Czech Language
3 credits

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Faculty Advisory Committee

CET maintains a faculty advisory committee of US-based scholars that provides guidance and expertise, and helps shape program development.

Cooper Battersby

Syracuse University

Assistant Professor, Department of Transmedia Studies

John Douglass

American University

Associate Professor, Director of Film & Media Arts Division, School of Communication

Todd Forsgren

Maryland Institute College of Art

Adjunct Professor of Photography

Gary Griffin

American University

Filmmaker in Residence, School of Communication

Sean Griffin

Southern Methodist University

Chair and Associate Professor of Film and Media Arts, Meadows School of the Arts

Pavel Jech

Chapman University

Artistic Professor of Film & Media Arts, Chair of Graduate Programs, Dodge College of Film & Media Arts; Dean, FAMU (2008-2016)

Alice Lovejoy

University of Minnesota

Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

Miso Suchy

Syracuse University

Associate Professor, Department of Transmedia Studies

Emily Vey Duke

Syracuse University

Assistant Professor, Department of Transmedia Studies

ECTS Credit Conversion

CET recommends credits for FAMU elective courses according to the standard 2:1 ECTS conversion ratio that is used at most US colleges and universities. This means that if you enroll in a 3-credit course at FAMU, we will recommend that you earn 1.5 credits. That said, final credit allocations are always ultimately at the discretion of your home school. Please check with your home school about credit conversions before you leave the US.