Film Studies at ELTE

The Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies at ELTE is currently the only higher education institutions in Hungary to offer an English-language MA degree in Film Studies. The MA program runs with two specializations. 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. The Filmmaking specialization allows students to get hands-on experience in the various creative areas of production process (screenwriting, directing, editing, cinematography, production), and produce a collaborative thesis project. In both specialization, students develop thesis projects (academic and creative) through consultation sessions with assigned advisers.

Application requirements:

  1. Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient English-language skills by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. The minimum required score is 75 on the Internet-based exam (iBT). We also accept IELTS exams with a score of 6 and above.
  2. Applicants to the (1) Film Theory specialization have to submit a brief research proposal, which outlines the research project they intend to realize throughout the program; (2) Filmmaking specialization have to send with the rest of their application materials a link to their online portfolio, which includes samples of their previous creative projects (still or moving images, other digital media products, screenwriting sample etc).

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Strengths 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 students have the opportunity to attend lectures by award-winning 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 well-qualified to work as film­ and communication teachers, film critics, 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.