The Photography Program is for students with a background in photography who want to develop their skills and portfolios by working with master photographer, Miroslav Vojtechovský.
It is offered through AU Abroad's Central European Studies enclave program, which is administered by CET Academic Programs. As a result, AU students live and study with their counterparts at Emory University, Smith College, University of Texas at Austin, Washington University and other U.S. institutions.
What You'll Learn
The heart of the Photography Program is a pair of courses taught by Professor Vojtechovský, a former American University faculty member who personally critiques students' work, helping them strengthen skills and learn new techniques regardless of their preferred subjects or styles.
In their Practicum, students hone their skills in the streets of Prague and other European cities, using class assignments to develop a view of Europe that is expressed in their photos. They review photography exhibits in Prague's galleries and museums and meet local photographers.
The second course, Imagery, Ambiguity and Culture, provides historical and philosophical perspectives on how photography both mirrors and creates reality.
These intensive photo courses are paired with classes in cultural history, Czech language and an elective that may include Central European film, Central European art and architecture, or the Czech Republic's political transition from communism to EU membership.
Travel and Culture
The Photo Program uses Central Europe as a classroom. CET arranges weeekly extracurricular activities plus a week-long traveling seminar through Moravia (the eastern half of the Czech Republic), Slovakia, and Austria; a three-day visit to Budapest, home of Central European University, and trips to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Cesky Krumlov and Pilsen, in Western Bohemia.
Located in the heart of Prague near historic Wenceslas Square, the CET Center has classrooms, a small computer lab, a library and Wi-Fi Internet access. Photography students also have a black and white darkroom plus access to color manual or digital development.
Students are housed with other Central European Studies students in apartments close to the center of Prague. They can commute to the CET Center in about 15 minutes using public transportation. When available, students share their apartment with Czech students. Each apartment is fully furnished, with a kitchen, washing machine and bed linens. Students receive a meal stipend which they can use for groceries or restaurants, covering most of their meal expenses.