Due to our collaboration with one of the oldest European universities, the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), there is an opportunity for our students for a two-year graduate film training program in English and Hungarian, and achieving ELTE’s prestigious Master degree.
Outside of the Budapest Film Academy’s business and practical oriented film program, our students can choose from a wide variety of courses from ELTE’s own film division, such as: film making, film history, aesthetics and critical studies. ELTE’s internationally well respected film curriculum includes courses which analyze the evolution of cinema as a science, art and institution.
A considerable part of the Academy’s students come through ELTE (Eötvös Loránd University), because of the connection between the two institutions. These young filmmakers can be either BSc or MSc students, the Budapest Film Academy does not separate them. They go to the same courses at BFA without any reference to their levels of study. If an MA student has never learned scriptwriting, or has no knowledge about cinematography, then he/she studies in the same beginner class as a fellow BA student who has no previous filmmaking background.
Only those who have professional experience do not need to study from the basics. If someone for example, has worked as a camera assistant, then it is not necessary for them to start the Cinematography module from the lowest level, they can start with Cinematography II or III.
The first semester of this program lays the groundwork for training, wherein students will attend mandatory courses on various film-related subjects. Students will choose their majors starting in the second semester.
From day one, our students will take on active roles in real-life film development, production and post-production. We provide a multitude of hours devoted to the handling and usage of film equipment, and to professional, production training.
Our classes are not theoretical explorations; they are practical workshops designed to put students in the audiovisual industry as quickly as possible. We encourage and support students to take creative risks and find their own voices, while exhibiting a strong will to incorporate and adjust to the evolving needs of the industry.
Our program specializes in narrative fiction filmmaking, from script to screen. The intensive nature of this practical course demands 100% of the student’s time and commitment.
All of our teachers are currently working, experienced filmmakers. They will teach the standards for getting involved in the international audiovisual industry and will expect students to apply those in their work and attitude. The students will work collaboratively with the teachers on all of their filmmaking activities. Student films will be crewed by fellow students and supervised by BFA teachers and management.
The BFA will leverage its numerous international connections and partnerships to help its graduates receive fast track entry into the industry, through access to work placements in a variety of settings. We will provide job openings info and make initial telephone calls, but ultimately the student and the future employer (the industry) has the final say on formalizing employment or other collaborative possibilities.
Our teachers will present the process of filmmaking in its diverse and multifaceted nature, where the various work processes not only build upon each other, but tie into one complex operation. They teach that the deeper an understanding one gains of this system, the more efficient one becomes. Theories will be transformed into reality via empirical training, demonstrations and workshops – through these we give our students immediate experience.
Finally, our school’s basic attitude is to presents film as show business. We will educate our students about the business of film, and all of the major economical and
market factors that bear upon it.
The available graduate modules can be accessed on the following link: