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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: A Taste of the Industry

The program is based at FAMU, the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill university—it’s one of Europe’s foremost art academies. As a student, your day-to-day will reflect the fast pace, fluidity, and even unpredictability of industry life. You’ll work with all kinds of peers—the creative process doesn’t stop for differences in backgrounds and perspectives. A class might get abruptly rescheduled, but that’s probably because your professor has a last minute re-shoot on set. And as visiting artists come through town, you might hear a lecture so inspiring that you decide to change the trajectory of your final project. If you’re looking to work in the creative field, FAMU is your chance to build useful skills and gain real world experiences.

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.

Štěpánka Stein

photographer, teacher, mentor
Your faculty mentor is Štěpánka Stein, an award-winning photographer. Learn from her in one of your core courses, Fine Art Photography & Workshop. And beyond regular class meetings, Stein also works with students one-on-one. She’ll instruct you in the darkroom, adapting her pace to match yours. And when you’re ready to exhibit your work, she’ll not only help you hone your concept, she’ll guide you through framing and hanging, too.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Are you a CET student from Fall 2018 or prior? You can find your syllabi here.

Two Core Courses

You take this course:

PR/PHTO 330 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:

PR/PHTO 230 Fine Art Photography & Workshop
3 credits

Electives

Many electives at FAMU International are open to CET students. Subjects include documentary photography, imaginative photography, and graphic design and photography. Take 1-3 electives to meet the recommended 12-18 total credits.

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.

PR/LANG 100 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.

Todd Forsgren

St. Mary's College of Maryland

Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography

Gary Green

Colby College

Associate Professor of Art

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.