The Film Studies MA program at the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, ELTE, stands out as a unique offering in Hungary, delivered entirely in English. This program offers two distinct specializations.
In the Film Theory specialization, students delve into the history and theory of film, gaining a critical understanding of popular film culture. The curriculum covers various periods of Hungarian and global film history, diverse theoretical approaches, and different film genres. It hones students’ skills in reading theoretical texts and interpreting films.
Alternatively, the Filmmaking specialization provides hands-on experience in key areas of the production process, including screenwriting, directing, editing, cinematography, and production. This track culminates in a collaborative thesis project.
Both specializations guide students through the development of thesis projects, be they academic or creative, with the support of assigned advisers.
The program is offered by the distinguished Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies at ELTE, which has a rich history in providing education in Film Studies. The faculty members are renowned experts in the field, actively involved in various research projects at both international and local levels. They organize conferences, workshops, and screenings on a wide range of topics in film culture, often in collaboration with students. Notably, the department boasts a unique research group focused on Hungarian film history, contributing significantly to publications in this domain.
Moreover, the department maintains strong connections with the film industry, ensuring that filmmaking courses are taught by seasoned professionals. It also collaborates with international film organizations and has established partnerships with numerous institutions across Europe.