The three year full-time BA course and two year full-time MA course in screenwriting are run at the Directing Department and are addressed at those who already know that screenwriting is their life vocation.
During the first three years, i.e. BA studies, they learn the skill of screenwriting and what it really involves. It is a time to find out about oneself and build one’s identity as a screenwriter. The next two years of the MA studies, are also available to individuals from outside the school with extensive professional screenwriting experience.
The essence of our teaching program is practice; writing, writing and writing – almost like an everyday chore; from short films to television series, and full-length features. The practice of writing is supported by knowledge of screenwriting skills, dramaturgy, narrative, psychology and film history. Part of the screenwriting courses teaching program is closely connected to the film direction curriculum.
The future screenwriters gain practical knowledge about film as a means of expression and their scripts for short fiction films can be used by direction students.
Our screenwriting graduates should have sufficient knowledge and experience to start independent individual work for film and television.
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.”
(Polish National Film School Statute)
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.