FAMU’s CAS (Center for Audiovisual Studies) is an art school within a film school. Our department teaches a range of courses for those wanting to create moving image works “beyond cinema”. In our one semester intensive program, visiting students complete an art project of their choice while attending classes. Video installation and interactive works, locative and mobile media, code based projects, conceptual artworks, multi-channel and multi-threaded sound and image practice, experimental documentary, and expanded to database cinema are some of the areas that our students work in.
Our facilities include a black box theater with multichannel sound system and the ability to project around the entire room and a Virtual Reality CAVE environment, both at our dedicated Institute for Intermedia; full sound and image editing suites, and of course a range of computers, cameras, projectors and equipment. Our main campus is in the Lazansky Palace across the street from the National Theater in the heart of Prague.
Staff teach the theoretical and historical underpinnings of contemporary new/inter-media practices as well as providing hands on classes in tools and techniques. A full range of classes from our more traditional film and photography departments are also available as electives.
Our program accepts a maximum of four international students for its single semester intensive, from end of January to mid-May. They join our department of 25-30 Czech students studying for both Undergraduate and Masters degrees. Each visiting student can chose a professor from our department who acts as advisor/mentor while they complete a central semester long artistic project – video installation, intermedia performance, interactive work, etc. – ideally determined before they arrive. Final projects are presented publicly in Prague at the end of their semester.
Students are simultaneously paired with a fellow Czech student who can proffer street level advice on how they can best participate in the art&social activities taking place in the Czech Republic during their stay.
Throughout the semester students pursue a Czech language class, have planned activities and trips outside the school, and can take electives from our Cinema and Digital Media Masters and International Film programs given by professors from our cinematography, photography, editing and other departments.
Selected CAS guest lecturers (in a frame of OpenEye project or Trust For Mutual Understanding): Nathaniel Dorsky, Dani Leventhal, Daphne Naphtali, Douglas Kahn, Z‘ev, Michael Vorfeld, Hans W. Koch, Paul DeMarinis, Robert Van Heumen, Verena Kuni, Daniel Terrugi, Jer Thorp, Arnold Dreyblatt, Kenneth Goldsmith, Nicolas Collins, Sean Cubtt, Malcolm LeGrice.
The program has been developed in conjunction with CET Academic Programs.