ABOUT PRGUE SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY

The Prague School of Photography, established in 1972 and therefore one of the oldest schools of photography in the Czech Republic, was initially founded as an educational institution of the Federation Of Czech Photographers. It was to provide a comprehensive training to advanced amateur photographers in the form of evening classes, nevertheless, nearly the third of its graduates found professional employment eventually.

  • THE PRAGUE SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY IS
  • A school with a long tradition
  • A evening school for beginners and advanced amateurs
  • Instructors with long experience and verifiable success
  • A close link of the theoretical lectures with creative practice
  • Guidance to independent activity and collective cooperation
  • Focus on use of acquired knowledge in practice
  • Common exhibitions
  • Access to the school archive of works
  • Benefits from domestic retailers of photographic technology and labs

The school gained in great popularity and so PFS soon opened a distance-learning programme and established consulting centres in České Budějovice, in Piešťany in Slovakia and eventually a fully-bodied branch in Linz in Austria. At the end of the last century, it was also possible to attend a full-time study programme at PFS.

THE CURRENT STUDY PROGRAMME AT THE PRAGUE SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY HAS A FORM OF EVENING CLASSES.

The training is a combination of theoretical preparation, seminars and practical exercises. It covers the history of photography, photography techniques, copyright, journalism, computer graphics as well as all main areas of the art of photography - from landscapes, still life and reports, over architecture photography to figurative or portrait photography and acts in a perfectly equipped atelier. Its experienced instructors put the accent not only on many-sided development of the students' talents and on deepening their professional knowledge but also on the practical application of the acquired skills in arts and in media.

  • THERE ARE THREE KINDS OF STUDY AVAILABLE AT PFS FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR:
  • Semester-long course - a half-year preparation course
  • Semester-long course - a half-year thematic course
  • Full-time study:
  • a three-year course (3 hours once a week)
  • a one and halph-year course (3 hours twice a week)

The full-time study course is intended for the students who have mastered the basics of photography techniques and would like to become professionals in the area of photography.

Conditions for admission to the full-time study course are as follows: reaching the age of 18 and passing the entrance exams that are to test the basic knowledge and preconditions for the study of photography. Previous study or professional experience is not required but it is necessary for every student to have his or her own basic photographic equipment for the tutorial.

Achieving good results is ensured by a combination of theoretical preparation, seminars and practical training under the supervision of experienced instructors.

Three-year study, subdivided into six semesters, is concluded with an exam in front of a professional commission. The successful graduates receive a Leaving Certificate containing the level of the qualification achieved.