Faculty of Radio and Television
The Faculty of Radio and Television was set up in 1978. By the end of the following year, the teaching staff of the institution, commonly referred to as the Katowice Film School, already included a number of leading figures in the Polish film industry. Among its graduates are well known directors, producers and cameramen whose work has been a significant contribution to the Polish cultural heritage. The academic success of the faculty is largely due to the method of teaching, based on the close links between teachers and students (the “master and his followers” model). Trainee directors have the opportunity to present their productions to large TV audiences. The best student projects, financed and co-produced by the Polish Television Association and featuring the University’s name, are put on during international film festivals, while the teaching staff see to it that the faculty’s name is known in academic and artistic circles throughout Europe.
The faculty offers full-time courses: Cinematography, Directing and Art Photography; Film and Television Production; Film and Television Directing, and a part-time course in Film and Television Production. There is also a corresponding postgraduate course in Film and Television Production.
The faculty manages several well-equipped workrooms of film editing (including Apple IMC Poland) and film animation, photographic and film studios, facilities for picture, sound and photography processing, as well as a computer room, a cinema furnished with both a standard overhead projector and a DVD system, and a workroom of digital photography.
In terms of their research activities, faculty members are mostly concerned with the mass media and information society, state-owned television and communication policy in the European Union, the transformation of Polish television, the legal, political, economic and psychological aspects of privatization (e.g. advertisement as symptomatic of the changes in the economy and the media), the socio-political, cultural and practical aspects of artistic activity, the impact of television on the unconscious, and the application of information technology to the realm of art. A number of the faculty’s undergraduates contribute to the research through their active participation in student discussion groups.
The faculty is entitled to grant a doctoral degree in Film and Television Production.
Among the prominent names who have cooperated with the Faculty of Radio and Television are such major figures as Jerzy Stuhr, Krzysztof Zanussi, Filip Bajon, Bogdan Dziworski, Andrzej Fidyk, Henryk Talar, Leszek Wosiewicz, Jerzy Duda-Gracz, Edward Zebrowski, Paweł Edelman and the late Krzysztof Kieślowski. Famous alumni include Maciej Dejczer, Waldemar Krzystek, Michał Rosa, Piotr Łazarkiewicz, Magdalena Piekorz, Piotr Wereśniak, Maciej Ślesicki, Adam Sikora, Marcin Wrona and Maciej Pieprzyca.
This cooperation with widely recognized artists has resulted in close links to many international institutions: prof. Krzysztof Zanussi – Papal Academy in Rome and Eurovision (Italy), prof. dr. hab. Lech Wojciech Zacher – International Council for Research into Scholary Policy (France) and The International Association for Impact Assessment, prof. zw. Bogdan Dziworski – Den Danske Filmskole (Denmark), prof. dr. hab. Andrzej Fidyk – European Broadcasting Union, and prof. dr hab. Krystyna Doktorowicz – European Institute for the Media.
The Faculty of Radio and Television
ul. Bytkowska 1b, 40-955 Katowice