Film Studies MA


Film Studies MA


Expert in Film Studies


Degree program



Accreditation number





4 semesters (2 years)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

The master’s program combining theoretical and practical knowledge allows students to deepen their basic knowledge acquired throughout the bachelor’s program in the field of film history, film analysis, film theory or practical skills. 

The program includes two specializations: Film Theory Specialization and Filmmaking Specialization.

The Film Theory specialization offers a 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. Students become familiar with the different periods of Hungarian and world film history, the different theoretical approaches of film studies and filmic genres, and develop their skills of reading theoretical texts and interpreting films. During consultations the faculty helps them to develop their research interests and to become committed specialists, who will be capable of pursuing an academic career. 

The Filmmaking specialization is operated in cooperation with Budapest Film Academy and provides students up-to-date knowledge of different fields of the moving image industry. They get acquainted with the basic characteristics and writing of film scripts, the mechanisms and requirements of international film production and distribution, and get basic skills in directing, cinematography, and editing.

This program is recommended to applicants who are seeking jobs in the field of video production, media industry, and film/media criticism, media education, editorial work related to film/media. 

This program enables students to become familiar with the basic principles of producing media texts, and the basic principles of producing critical readings and teaching materials of media texts.

Strength of program

The Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies at ELTE was one of the first higher education institutions in Hungary to offer a degree in Film Studies. Part of the prestigious Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, the Department of Film Studies has been hosting various undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs since the 1990s.  The faculty members of the are highly acknowledged experts in film studies, specialists of their chosen field and take part in international and local research projects.

They regularly organise 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 has brought to life and operates a unique research group on Hungarian film history and has 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. The department cooperates with different international film organisations and has an Erasmus+ cooperation contract with about a dozen of institutions all over Europe.

In the department, students are admitted either to a Filmmaking Specialization or to a Film Theory Specialization. In both students are assigned a departmental tutor, who oversees the creative of academic project they produce throughout the four semesters.

On top of fulfilling the 120-credit requirement for graduation during the 4 semesters, students:

  • In the Filmmaking Specialization write a brief academic paper (2nd semester) before they start to work on their creative project in cooperation with the tutor
  • In the Film Theory Specialization take Research Methodology (2nd semester) and Academic Writing (3rd semester) classes and work on their academic project in cooperation with their tutor

More information about the structure of the program can be found at:

Career opportunities

Besides academia, the program prepares students for jobs in various branches of the cultural/entertainment sector. Our graduates 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. Our graduates 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.

Job examples

Film- and communication teachers, film-critics, experts, positions at film and media archives or different national institutions and boards.

EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

3,500 EUR

3,500 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR (non-refundable)

150 EUR (non-refundable)

Other costs

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

3,500 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR (non-refundable)

Other costs

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

09, Sep, 2019

Deadline for applications - September intake

15, Jun, 2019

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

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 550 on the paper-based exam (PBT) or 80 on the Internet-based exam (iBT). We also accept IELTS exams with a score of 6 and above.

The language of instruction of the programme is English.

Depending on its (academic) profile, the applicant might be offered preparatory courses if this level of proficiency has not been reached yet.

Documents to submit with application



Online application form


Record of the final two years in secondary school


Secondary school certificate

Notarized copy only on request.

Bachelor-level degree

An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree

Transcript of records




Motivation letter

A maximum of 500 words. 

Copy of the main pages of the passport
(needs to be valid)

Scanned, in colour all personal details and expiry date must be shown. Passport must be valid.

Copy of application fee transfer


Copy of the Entrance exam fee transfer


Language certificate

Official test result or certificate must be provided;
see program specific proficiency requirements.

Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English


Optional documents for admissions

  • Curriculum Vitae in English
    In MS Word format with one low resolution photo
  • Research Proposal
    Please consult with the coordinating department for more information
  • Letter of Reference
    Also called "Letter of recommendation." From a former instructor and/or employer.
  • Letter of Authorization
    If the applicant uses the services of a non-contracted third party during the application process, a Letter of Authorization must be signed. Applications will not be processed without.
Further comments (if needed)

Applicants must hold a university bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent college degree) in the fields listed below. Full credit acknowledgement is only given for a BA degree in Liberal Arts, Motion Pictures Studies and Visual Representation Studies with Motion Pictures Culture and Media Expert Specialization.

In the case of a BA degree from any other study fields, each degree will be considered individually, and transcripts from your diploma as well as course descriptions will be requested. The applicant must have 50 credits (at least 30 to enter the programme) from the fields of film history, film theory, motion-picture creating, film studies, philosophy, literature theory, history of social sciences, history and theory of art and theory culture.

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). Details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Application procedure

Application deadlines: 

The deadline for application means the deadline of submission of the full and complete application package in the online system.

Period 1: 15/04/2019 23:59 (CET)
Period 2: 15/06/2019 23:59 (CET)

The application procedure includes 2 periods in order to give the applicants the freedom to submit their application when it’s most suitable for them. The applicants of each period have the same chance to get admittance for the programme. However, please note, that the Faculty of Humanities ELTE reserves the right to cancel the entrance periods in case the number of the admitted applicants reaches the limit during the previous entrance periods.

Procedure of the application:

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

The programme is not available for Hungarian citizens.

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). The details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Applications will only be processed if the application fee (150 EUR; non-refundable) has been transferred to the Faculty’s bank account. The Application and the Entrance exam fee can be paid separately or in one amount as well. For further information regarding fee transferring please visit the homepage of our Faculty.

Results and the official decision will be announced within a month after the entrance exam date, in the application system.

For more information about the application procedures, please visit the Faculty's website.

Entrance examination and selection process: 

The entrance exam contains a discussion about the motivation and program-related academic background and professional experience of the applicant. Successful applicants must have a good command of English and to pass the entrance exam.  The entrance exam can be taken in person or via Skype.

The ranking is based on a total evaluation of the academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam.

Program leader

András Bálint KOVÁCS
Head of Department of Film Studies

Program coordinator

Assistant Professor


Department of International Affairs

Address: 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4., Room 32

More information

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Humanities