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Program description:
The Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies at ELTE was one of the first higher education institutions in Hungary to offer a degree in Film Studies. The MA program allows students to deepen their basic knowledge acquired throughout the BA Program in the field of film history, film analysis, film theory or practical skills. The Film Theory specialization offers general overview on the history and theory of film, as well as critical understanding of the mechanisms and genres of popular film culture, with an emphasis on academic and critical writing. Students can become familiar with the different periods of Hungarian and world film history, the different theoretical approaches of film studies and filmic genres, and develop their skills of reading theoretical texts and interpreting films. During consultations the faculty helps them to develop their research interests and to become committed specialists, who will be capable of pursuing an academic career. The Filmmaking specialization is operated in cooperation with Budapest Film Academy and provides students up­to­date knowledge of different fields of the moving image industry. They get acquainted with the basic characteristics and writing of film scripts, the mechanisms and requirements of international film production and distribution, and get basic skills in directing, cinematography and editing. Structure of the program:­MA­list­of­courses.pdf Strength of program: The faculty of the Department of Film Studies at ELTE consists of highly acknowledged experts in film studies who are specialists of their chosen field and take part in international and local research projects. The Department of Film Studies regularly organises conferences, workshops and screenings on a wide array of topical phenomena in past and contemporary film culture. Students play an important role in initiating and organising these events. The department brought to life and operates a unique research group on Hungarian film history, organises events and had a major share in publications in this field. Faculty members act as editors of different film journals, serve as members of jury for film festivals and film boards. Our filmmaking courses are taught by acknowledged professionals of the film industry, and as a result of our cooperation with Budapest Film Academy students have the opportunity to attend lectures by award­winning filmmakers and leading representatives of the international film community. The department cooperates with different international film organisations and has an Erasmus cooperation contract with about a dozen of institutions all over Europe. Career opportunities: After graduation students can pursue an academic career or find different opportunities in the media and film industry. Students of the Film Theory specialization acquire the skills and knowledge which allow them to become academic researchers, or apply for a PhD program, either to the Film, Media, and Contemporary Culture PhD program hosted by our institute or to programs in other institutions. Graduated students are equally well­qualified to work as film­ and communication teachers, film­critics, experts, and many of them hold a post in film and media archives or different national institutions and boards. Students of the filmmaking specialization have the skills to realize different products in the moving image industry, such as music videos, commercials, video blogs, short feature films etc. They can work for film production companies and they are able to act as distribution and exhibition executives.

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BA degree in any discipline, proof of English language proficiency

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The application documents are processed by the Department of International Affairs and then forwarded to the department responsible for the given degree programme. The department checks the documents and organizes an interview by telephone, online (e.g. Skype) or in person. After the entrance interview, the department comes to a decision and informs the Department of International Affairs.

Mr Ádám Benjámin Varga
International Student Advisor

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