Why at FAMU?
Students interested in the documentary film production at FAMU are experienced documentary filmmakers who are independent, organized, and motivated. You will conceptualize, shoot, and edit a 7- to 10-minute digital documentary with Prague as your inspiration. FAMU professors will offer mentorship and incredible resources, but the final product will be all yours.
Curriculum & Syllabi
You take two core courses in documentary film production, one language class, and enroll in one to three FAMU International electives to meet the recommended 14 to 18 total credits. Your Czech language class is taught by CET, while the remainder of your curriculum is taught by experienced FAMU faculty active in their fields.
You take two courses taught by FAMU faculty. FAMU faculty offer mentorship as they guide you and your group through the process of creating your final film.
- PR/FILM 415 Documentary Film: Pre-Production and Production
(130 hours, 6 credits)
- PR/FILM 425 Documentary Film: Post-Production and Final Product
(65 hours, 3 credits)
Many electives at FAMU are open to CET students. Take one to three electives to meet the total of 14 to 18 recommended credits. Courses and credits differ each term but past students have taken:
- Soundtrack Aesthetics
- Script Analysis
- The Realm of Montage
- Film Style and Form
- Filming the Unfilmable
- Practical Analysis: Directing
- Introduction to International Film/TV Producing
- Terms: Winter is the FALL semester; Summer is the SPRING semester
You may also substitute one FAMU elective for a CET Prague elective.
You take 20 hours of intensive Czech in the first week, and have 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. This class is exclusively offered for CET students.
- PR/LANG 100 Beginning Czech Language (3 credits)
Study at FAMU
Film Production in a New Culture
Share a conveniently located apartment in downtown Prague with CET peers. Take in the views during your beautiful 15- to 20-minute commute to class, where you either walk or take public transport for free. Residences have many layouts, but you always have peers around to chat about your day and just relax with after a busy day at FAMU. On top of that, your neighborhood is filled with restaurants, movie theaters, beautiful architecture, and parks.
In addition to your peers, CET-picked Czech students also live in your apartment building to help you acclimate to life in a new country. Want to learn about Botas 66, the classic Czech sneakers? Find the best farmer’s market on Saturday morning? Try out one of the many Vietnamese restaurants in Prague? Local roommates are an invaluable resource.
Your Czech roommates also organize “Czech Table” so you can practice your language skills around the city. You might visit the Prague Zoo, sample various Czech desserts, or visit the hometown of one of your roommates.
Eating in Prague
Prague has a fantastic food scene, and between classes and production meetings, make sure to take in some classic local fare. Try chlebíčky, an open faced sandwich, for lunch then enjoy věterník (caramel-dipped cream puff) for dessert. And if you want a quiet night in? Make a quick dinner in your apartment’s fully stocked kitchen.
Once class is out, Prague is waiting for you. Enjoy the perks of living in “the world’s greenest city” by reading in the park. Go paddle boating in the river on a nice day. See a world-class play at one of the city’s many beautiful theaters. Museum hop from the National Gallery to the DOX Center for Contemporary Art, then unwind at a cozy café. Prague has a little something for everybody.
Activities & Excursions
Each term, the program offers different extra-curricular activities that allow you to explore Prague and the local culture. Visit Prague castle. Get to know your classmates at a board game cafe during orientation. Attend the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. Enjoy an outdoor concert by the Czech Symphony in the Senate Gardens. And there’s even more to see on your own—go to the National Theater, visit a different art gallery every week, or take a tram to the last stop and explore with your camera in hand.
Away from the City
Working on your documentary, attending a lighting seminar, and keeping up with your FAMU electives will take up the bulk of your time, but CET also makes sure you have plenty of opportunities to take a break and see other parts of Central Europe.
- All students visit Český Krumlov during orientation. The area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site due the town’s architecture, the castle, and the magnificent Baroque theater contained within the castle.
- You also spend a long weekend in Berlin, Germany with other CET at FAMU students. Get a backlot tour of Babelsburg Studio, visit a film museum, and discuss a film with young German filmmakers after a screening.
- Attend the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in Jihlava, Czech Republic with CET.
- Optional excursions around the Czech Republic help you get to know the country you’re studying in a little bit better. Locations vary from term to term but you might go to Kutná Hora, Jáchymov, Karlovy Vary, or Plzeň.
Give back to the city that’s hosting you by participating in a weekend of community service. Head outside of the city limits to help further a local NGO’s mission. Working alongside CET students, Czech roommates, and other Czech volunteers, you may help out on an organic farm and education center or help with housing construction projects for those in need. Volunteering is a great way to make local friends and see another side of the Czech Republic.
Director of Prague Programs
Kevin Johnson, Ph.D.
Academic Director of Prague Programs
Fall 2021: TBA
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
A budget for your film project is included with your program fee. No crowd-sourcing necessary.
From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue that even includes medical evacuation coverage.
The excursions, workshops, and activities that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is bring your camera.
If you’re a US citizen, we process your standard visa in Washington, DC. If you’re an international student, you apply independently but we provide the documents you need and are here to answer questions along the way.
Your textbooks and course materials are covered and waiting for you on site.
You receive an official transcript jointly issued by CET and FAMU at the end of the term. You also have the option to request a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota for an additional fee if necessary.
- Open to students from any US college or university
- GPA: 3.0 or higher preferred, but admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis; lower GPAs still encouraged to apply
- Language: Open to all levels of Czech, from absolute beginner to advanced
Documentary production pre-requisites:
- Previous experience in documentary film production is required.
- Submit your application by the deadline.
- CET and the Faculty Advisory Committee review your application and portfolio.
- Applications that pass through the first round of review are sent to FAMU, the host university in Prague for final review. A FAMU faculty will interview you to determine if your experience is a good match for the Digital Documentary track and send their recommendation to CET.
- CET issues admissions decisions approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the application deadline.
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
All applicants for the CET at FAMU programs are required to submit a portfolio of visual work that will be reviewed by the Faculty Advisory Committee and factored into the admission decision. Learn more about portfolio requirements and the admissions process.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous instructors.
This is an online form that your study abroad office completes to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. To send the electronic form request, simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor in the designated fields of your online account.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Price Subject to Change:
CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.