Film Studies MA


Film Studies MA


Expert in Film Studies


Degree program



Accreditation number



Institute for the Theory of Art and Media Studies


Department of Film Studies




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.

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, and as a result of our cooperation with Budapest Film Academy students have the opportunity to attend lectures by award-winning filmmakers and leading representatives of the international film community.

The department cooperates with different international film organisations and has an Erasmus+ cooperation contract with about a dozen of institutions all over Europe.

This mainly theory-based program is offered in cooperation with practical classes of the Budapest Film Academy.

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)

Registration fee

50 EUR

50 EUR

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

3,500 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR (non-refundable)

Registration fee

50 EUR

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

06, Sep, 2018

Deadline for applications - September intake

16, Jul, 2018

Is there a February intake


Deadline for applications - February intake

01, Jan, 2018

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.

Documents to submit with application
  • Online application form

  • Relevant pages of the passport. Scanned, in color all personal details and expiry date must be shown. Passport must be valid.

  • Proof of language proficiency. Official test result or certificate must be provided; see program specific proficiency requirements.

  • An official copy of your completed secondary education (high school). Notarized copy only on request.

  • Bachelor Degree. An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree.

  • Academic records. Also called "Transcript of records".

  • A Curriculum Vitae in English. In MS Word format with one low resolution photo. The applicant's Curriculum Vitae should include the applicant’s previous achievements (scholarships, publications, conference presentations, completed films/videos, festival organization etc.).

  • Research Proposal. Please consult with the coordinating department for more information.

  • Statement of Purpose in English. Also called "Letter of Motivation." The Statement of Purpose should indicate why the applicant wishes to start the program, and what her special field of interest is.

  • Copy of application fee transfer. A bank slip showing that the application fee has been transferred to the University’s bank account.

  • For applicants to the Film Theory Specializationsubmit a research proposal of your intended thesis project with a study and research plan (detailed outline of your field of interest), a preliminary bibliography (indicated what you have read so far).

  • For applicants to the Filmmaking Specialization: submit your short film/video or other screen media product on a CD or DVD or send us a link where you have uploaded it on the internet, or a one-page synopsis of your script.

Additional documents for non-EEA applicants

  • Official bank account statement. Showing the cash flow of the past 12 months

  • Copy of Residence Permit. If the applicant is staying in Hungary with a Residence Permit

  • Copy of entry visa into the Schengen Zone. If the applicant has entered Hungary on a Schengen zone visa

Optional documents for admissions

  • 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)

A Bachelor degree in any discipline will be accepted. If the applicant has in the past not taken basic film studies courses, s/he can complete these courses at the department within two years after admittance.

Application procedure

The application starts at 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.

Applications will only be processed if the application fee (150 EUR; non-refundable) has been transferred to the Faculty’s bank account. Keep in mind that processing the application might take 3 to 5 weeks—please make sure to apply on time if you require a visa to travel to Hungary.

Procedure of the entrance examination:

An entrance exam might be conducted, depending on your (academic) credentials. Should this be required, a member of the relevant department will contact you with more information, as to make sure you can prepare accordingly.

Program leader

András Bálint KOVÁCS
Program Leader

Program coordinator

Assistant Professor

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Office hours (in person admissions)

  • Mondays: closed

  • Tuesdays: 9:30AM - 12:30PM

  • Wednesdays: 9:30AM - 12:30PM

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