The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz
Presentation and Philosophy:
The Film School in Lodz, one of the oldest film schools in the world, puts special emphasis on practical work in its teaching programme. The school educates students in film art, television, photography and acting. The students acquire knowledge preparing them to work as directors, directors of photography, animators, photographers, screenwriters, editors, production managers and actors. Studies comprise practical workshop classes accompanied by history, culture and art theory contributing to a thorough artistic development.
‘The school is guided by universal ethical rules, freedom of tuition, creative liberty and freedom of research in the field of art and artistic creativity, in respect for truth, solidarity, democracy and tolerance in this way referring to the general Polish university and artistic educational tradition’. (The Polish National Film School Statute)
Number of students/ full-time/part-time workshops: +/- 791
Full-time students: 566
Part-time students: 225
Number of students in film/animation studies: +/- 680
Cinematography and Television Production Department: 259 students (Cinematography: 73; Animation & Special Effects: 57; Photography; 108; Television Creation & Production: 21)
Film and Television Directing Department: 139 students (Directing: 56; Film Editing: 61; Screenwriting: 22)
Film Production and Management Department: 287 students
Acting Department: 111 students
Number of international students: 55
Number of teachers: 154 fully employed
Degree category/length of studies:
Consolidated studies – Master’s degree (5 years)
1st level studies – Bachelor degree (3 years)
2nd level studies – Master’s degree (2 years)
3rd level studies – Doctor’s degree (min. 3 years)
Programme objective and contents:
The Film School in Lodz, one of the oldest film schools in the world, puts special emphasis on practical work in its teaching programme.
The school educates directors, directors of photography, animators, photographers, screenwriters, editors, film and television production managers and actors. Studies comprise practical workshop classes accompanied by history, culture and art theory contributing to a thorough artistic development. We are convinced that it is not until students get onto a real film set that they learn the profession and gain experience and independence. We provide future filmmakers with the latest generation sound and lighting equipment including digital cameras. Daily classes are held at our film and television studio facilities as well as at post-production and special effects computer classrooms. Full- time film school employed camera operators and sound recordists, with all their wealth of knowledge and experience help the students make their first films. What differentiates the Film School from others is the possibility of working with established professional 35mm film stock. We provide cameras, editing tables, and a sufficient amount of practice to exploit every ambitious idea and develop young talent.
The school Film Production Unit organizes and carries out the production of about 300 film projects a year. With its help the following student films are made: fiction and documentary films of film directing students, directors of photography films, animation films and television dramas. Films made during workshops or regular classes are recorded on all kinds of media; traditional optical film stock as well as analogue and digital video. All areas of film production work in units: camera equipment, sound, editing, scenery, props and set design are all involved in the making of every film from the shooting stage to the production of the final print. We are trying to keep up-to-date with each technical innovation as it appears in the world of contemporary film technology. Each year, new equipment is purchased and the film and television studios are equipped so that the school can give a taste of professional production, so that students, the future filmmakers, feel at home in this environment.
Admission and entry requirements:
- The Polish National Film School in Lodz accepts foreign students for the following full time paid types of studies:
Film direction: 5 year MA consolidated course
total course price 55,000 Euro/ annual 11,000 Euro
Film editing: 5 year MA consolidated course
total course price 35,000 Euro/annual 7,000 Euro
Direction of Photography: 5 year MA consolidated course
total course price 50,000 Euro/annual 10,000 Euro
Animation and Special Effects: 5 year MA consolidated course
total course price 32,500 Euro/annual 6,500 Euro
Photography: 5 year MA consolidated course
total course price 30,000 Euro/annual 6,000 Euro
Acting: 4,5 year MA consolidated course
total course price 27,000 Euro/annual 6,000 Euro
Film/TV Production Organization: 3 year BA course
total price 12,000 Euro/annual 4,000 Euro
Film/TV Production Organization: 2 year MA course
total price 8,000 Euro/annual 4,000 Euro
In order to be enrolled each applicant has to pass the entrance exam.
There are two types of exam: the first one more complex and taking place in June each year is meant for Polish applicants, EU citizens who speak Polish, all other countries citizens also holding Polish citizenship and speaking Polish. The exam is conducted in Polish. Those who pass the exam can study for free.
The second type of the entrance exam is less complex, takes place in September and is meant for international students not holding Polish citizenship. This exam can be taken in English, if the foreign student does not know Polish, or prefers to take it in English. Taking and passing this exam qualifies the applicant for paid type of studies in a given specialization.
In exceptional cases if the applicant does not speak English or Polish the school may provide an interpreter from a different language if the school gets notified in advance and if it is possible to arrange.
- The tuition at the school is entirely run in the Polish language.
- Foreign students who do not know Polish having passed the entrance exam, initially join a year long Polish language course at the school and just attend the language classes. The course price is 2,000 Euro.
The following year they can join a group of newly admitted Polish students and start their film studies.
- In order to be admitted to a given film course every foreign candidate has to send a portfolio and then pass the entrance exam. The details about application procedures and the exam can be found at the school’s website www.filmschool.lodz.pl
- All foreign students of Polish origin get 30% discount on all tuition fees.
Animation films and Film Special Effects: € 6,500/year
Directing: € 11,000/year
Film Editing: € 7,000/year
Direction of Photography: € 10,000/year
Photography: € 6,000/year
Film & TV Production Organization: € 4,000/year
Acting: € 6,000/year
One year language course: € 2,000
Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna im. L. Schillera w Łodzi
ul. Targowa 61/63
90-323 Łódź, Poland
The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz
Targowa 61/63 St.
90-323 Lodz, Poland
Telephone: +48 42 27 55 820