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Yale Summer Session in Prague: Cinematic Storytelling in Prague

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Program Information


Prague, Czech Republic




Saturday, June 27, 2020 to Saturday, August 1, 2020



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills Hu distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number

ART S144/FILM S144


1 Yale credit, 1 transfer credit


Jon Andrews    |   TBD FAMU Instructors




An intensive, hands-on exploration of the history, theory, tools and techniques of narrative filmmaking offered jointly by Yale and FAMU, the national film and television academy of the Czech Republic. The program interweaves a Yale seminar, in which students learn the fundamental principles and techniques of cinematic storytelling via readings, screenings, discussions and creative exercises, and a FAMU practicum in which students expand and apply the knowledge acquired in the seminar in hands-on workshops and the production, in small groups, of four short film projects: a silent film shot and edited on 16mm film, a classical scene shot on FAMU's state-of-the-art soundstage, a chase film shot on the streets of Prague, and a location-inspired final film.

All instruction is in English. Enrollment limited to 16. Participants choose to receive credit in either ART or FILM for the Yale credit at the time of application.

The class will meet Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and students should expect about 4-8 hours of work outside the classroom each week, as well excursions and other program activities.

The syllabus & schedule below are preliminary and may differ from the final version.


Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad updates program budgets in late January. Please note the year listed on the button below.

Summer 2020 Budget

Trips and Activities

Though Cinematic Storytelling in Prague is first and foremost an intensive filmmaking program designed to make the most of FAMU's world-class facilities, resources and instruction, it is also intended to be an immersive cultural experience. Students are encouraged to live as much as possible like their Czech film-student peers, finding challenge and inspiration in the atmospheric streets, rich history and vibrant culture of Prague.

To support full cultural engagement, the program includes an optional mini course on Czech language and culture combining classroom work with guided excursions inside and outside the city. At the end of the program's fourth week, students will spend four days in the scenic Moravian town of Uherské Hradiště at the famed Summer Film School (Letní filmová škola), a uniquely Czech film festival frequented by film students from all over Central Europe.


Students will stay in double and triple rooms in fully-furnished apartments in the city center, just off Karlovo náměstí (Charles Square), about ten minutes by foot from FAMU's main building and a few steps from the subway and tram. Students will be responsible for all meals except special group dinners, and are encouraged to create their own culinary experience of Prague by combining meals in the city's many affordable restaurants with food purchased at local supermarkets and farmer’s markets and prepared in their apartment kitchens.


Please note the second credit for this course is a transfer credit. Yale students are only allowed to bring in 2 outside credits from any Non-Yale summer experience over their 3 summers while enrolled at Yale.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Prague on the first day of the program, and depart no earlier than the last day of the program (see 'Dates' above); additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact instructor, Jon Andrews.  For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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