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About the Department

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The history of the department


The prehistory of the Film Studies at the Masaryk University reaches back to the period right after 1945. The institutional foundations of the department, however, were not laid until after November 1989, when the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the Faculty of Arts of the Masaryk University was established. The subject of Film Studies, or Theory and History of Film and Audiovisual Culture – which is the name under which the department was accredited in 2001, has been independently studied since 1993.


The study program


Currently, it offers  B.A. (3 years), supplementary M.A.  (2 years) and Ph.D. (4 years) study programs.  Generally, the study program is defined by three major fields of study:  history of the Czech cinema, history of the world cinema and theory and history of cinema, television, new media and audiovisual culture. It also provides courses in critical writing, film and TV dramaturgy and screenwriting.


Field description and profile of the graduate

The aim of the department is to educate graduates qualified for work in the branches of humanities, arts, media and cultural institutions that require individual critical thinking and systematic approach.

Bc. graduates are provided with a basic set of knowledge and capabilities in the field and general realm of humanities. The studies are based on a system of compulsory courses (both lectures and seminars on theory and history of film and audiovisual media – including lectures in foreign languages – as well as tutorials focusing on writing of a thesis).

Learning outcomes: the Bc. graduate will
1) learn a systematic overview of basic theoretical concepts, terminology, historical data and contexts
2) acquire basic skills of research work (literature search, archive research, work with sources)
3) have a good command of the methods of critical thinking and academic writing
4) be able to cope with project work and seminar presentations
5) know a foreign language and the basics of philosophy (compulsory for all faculty students)

Assessment:
Written test on history and theory (according to a given set of topics and sources), Bc. thesis and its defence.

M.A. graduates are provided with a complex set of knowledge capabilities in the field and general realm of humanities. The studies are based on a set of compulsory tutorials focused on the writing of an M.A. thesis as well as a set of compulsory-voluntary courses (including those in foreign languages). The M.A. project is being emphasized in the system of lectures.

Learning outcomes: the M.A. graduate will
1) gain complex knowledge of the theory and history of the field
2) acquire a theoretical and methodological specialization (according to the respective research)
3) have a good command of individual research work
4) be able to cope with team work and expert public presentation

Assessment:
Oral exam on the theory and history of the field (according to a given set of topics and sources), M.A. thesis and its defence.

PhD. graduates are provided with a specialized set of knowledge and capabilities in the field and general realm of humanities. The studies are based on a set of specialized tutorials supporting the doctoral thesis as well as a set of compulsory and voluntary courses (including those in foreign languages). The main emphasis lies on individual studies and research work.

Learning outcomes: the PhD. graduate will
1) gain specialized knowledge of the field and its history
2) acquire theoretical and methodological specialization (according to the respective research)
3) have a good command of individual research work
4) be able to cope with team work on a project and leading a project group
5) have practical experience in publishing, conference speeches, pedagogical work and working at a foreign research establishment

Assessment:
Oral exam on the theory and history of the field, doctoral thesis and its defence.

 

Main fields of graduates' job possibilities:

1. Individual, highly specialized scientific and pedagogical work at universities, academic institutions as well as other specialized workplaces (film archives, museums etc.); concerns mainly PhD. graduates.
2. Specialized pedagogical work at schools, academic institutions as well as other specialized workplaces (film archives, museums etc.); concerns mainly M.A. graduates.
3. Cultural and film journalism in printed and online media, public relations, editorial and translation work.
4. Cultural management: cinema, cultural and educational institutions managers, film event organizers.
5. Dramaturgical work: film, TV, radio, cinemas, festivals.

 

 

The academic profile of the department

 

The academic profile of the department  is mainly defined by its focus on the history of the Czech Cinema (e.g. the Czech exile cinema, Czech New Wave, Czech film between the wars), the history of the Central-European and the East-European cinemas and the so called third-world cinemas, the relation between European and Hollywood cinema, the studies of genre, contemporary film theory and history and the historical and aesthetical research of the audiovisual culture and media

 

The programs of the department intend to reflect the dynamic development of the field, as well as its paradigmatic changes in which the traditional discourse of film studies is forced to change in order to encompass the complex sphere of the new audiovisual culture and media.

The development of the department was significantly spurred by the pilot project of the Center for the Audiovisual culture, under which several adjunct professors and scholars were invited on the basis of grant projects. The department hosted Thomas Elsaesser (Netherlands), David Norman Rodowick (Great Britain), Michéle Pauline Lagny (France), Andrzej Gwóźdź (Poland) etc.  A periodic component of the study plan is also provided by external lectures given by distinguished scholars and artists from all over the world (see the overview).

 

 

Additionally, the department can pursue and develop its activities owing to scholarly and developmental grant projects.  

The results of the departmental academic research are presented in a journal entitled "Otázky filmu a audiovizuální kultury" (Cinematographica), whose first volume was issued in 2002; the second volume, entitled „Cinema and City. Studies in local film culture“, came out in 2005. The title of this independent academic journal refers to the previous journal "Otázky divadla a filmu" (Theatralia et Cinematographica), published since 1998 (4 volumes it total).


Another activity

 

The department has been involved in several international study programs, mainly those of Erasmus/Socrates.


It has also participated in several educational programs and projects run by other departments and institutions, namely the Programme of the Center for Foreign Studies at the Masaryk University and the Department of Czech for Foreigners at Faculty of Arts. 

 

Major publications (books) by the department members:

 

  • Skopal, Pavel (ed.): Kinematografie a město. Studie z dějin lokální filmové kultury. Cinematographica, O 2. Brno: Masarykova universita, 2005, 245 s. (Cinema and the City. Studies from the history of local film culture)
  • Szczepanik, Petr (co-ed. with Andrzej Gwoźdź and Jaroslav Anděl): Obrazy, obrazki, obrazeczki. Antologia czeskiej myśli filmowej. Tom I. Gdańsk : Słowo obraz terytoria, 2005,.  info (Czech Film Thought. An Anthology, Vo. 1)
  • Szczepanik, Petr (co-ed. with Petr Mareš): Tvořivé zrady. Antologie současného polského myšlení o filmu a audiovizuální kultuře. Praha : NFA, 2005,. 500 s. ISBN 80-7004-119-6.  info („Creative Betrayals“: Contemporary Polish Theory of Film and Audiovisual Culture. An Anthology.)
  • Szczepanik, Petr. (ed.) Nová filmová historie. Antologie současného myšlení o dějinách kinematografie a audiovizuální kultury. Praha : Herrmann a synové, 2004,. 528 s.  info (The New Film History: Contemporary Historiography of Film and Audiovisual Culture. An Anthology.)
  • Voráč, Jiří. Český film v exilu. Kapitoly z dějin po roce 1968. 1. vyd. Brno : Host, 2004,. 192 s. Mimo edice. ISBN 80-7294-139-9.  info  (Czech film in exile. Chapters from the history after 1968)

 

Futher see curriculum vitae of the department members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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