FAQ - Film academy Poland - Cinematography, filmmaking courses in Poland

Do I need a visa to study in Poland?

This, unfortunately, depends on where you are from. The general rule is that a visa for long-term stay (more than 90 days) is required of all the non-EU nationals. Contact your nearest Polish consulate to check your status.


Can the School arrange a visa for me?

We’ll help and provide any assistance needed but we can’t get you per se. In order to do that you need to contact the nearest Polish consulate to begin application proceedings. Please remember that this process takes a while, so best start now.


My visa application requires a document of purpose, can you provide me with one?

Yes. We can provide you with a letter confirming you are undergoing application process at the School.


I can get my diploma naturalized in Poland, do I still need an Apostille?

No. A naturalized (by the Polish government) diploma is as good as a Polish one, so if this is easier for you to do - go for it.


I will receive my English certification after the application deadline. Help!

Don't worry. Write us a short letter describing what certification you intend to get and when, then attach the letter to your application form. Please remember we will need to receive the scan of your certification before the end of August.


What are the admission rules ?

The rules are very simple: filling in the on-line application at http://www.warsawfilmschool.com/palio/WSF/en/apply/ , remember to attach all listed documents as well as work samples, submitting the on-line application along with proof of paid admission fee (45 Euro) and wait for the school to get in touch with you via e-mail.


How to prepare for the interview?

Once you have sent your application along with all the necessary documents (listed on our website) and sent a confirmation of your application payment, you will be contacted by the school within a week or ten days to set a date for your interview. Depending on whether you are already in Poland or not we conduct the interviews at school or via Skype.
The interview is usually hosted by one of our film directing professors, Mr Marek Brodzki and Katarzyna Zadruzna  -the school's manager for international projects. Mostly we ask about your film inspirations, the work samples that you sent us as well as some basic questions connected to film knowledge and story telling. It usually takes 15 to 20 minutes and we inform you about the results directly during the interview or within a day. All interviews are held in English.


What is the duration of the entire course?

The duration of the entire BA course is 3 years – 6 semesters.


How much does the course cost: per semester and total? 

The cost of the 3 year BA Film Directing &Video Games / Cinematography & Post-production is 5000 EUR if you pay for the entire year in advance.
Otherwise it is 2700 EUR per each semester.


Is my work sample expected to be a festival-level short film?

Definitely – no. It is supposed to show that you have a head full of ideas and you can use whatever tools are at your disposal. 


Is there a limit of students that will be admitted to each specialization?

Our general maximum for number of students is 16 for each specialization. The final number of students admitted will depend on the quality of applications.


Will there be a second application period?

If, and only if, we have some places left by the end of July, there is a possibility of second round in August. But we can't promise it will happen.


What will the tuition fees be next year?

Each year the tuition fees are regulated by an order from our Chancellor. Keep checking the website, where you can find actual fees.


Does the school give out internships to international students?

No. Warsaw Film School does not grant internships to international students this year however if you should participate in this year's new enrollment for International Multimedia Creation Studies and you should finish your 3 BA in due time and defend your thesis then a part of your tuition fee should be reimbursed.


Can an international student work in production houses during or after the courses?

Yes. The school holds daily many activities that prepare you for actual work in the film industry, it also organizes many masterclasses and gives opportunity to meet potential future co-workers for you and the rest of your film crew. Networking is one of the most important things at Warsaw Film School and networking is your open tour to work in production houses during and after your studies.


 Does the school promote my films made during the years I study at Warsaw Film School?

Yes. Warsaw Film School has a special team called the Creative Department where there is one person appointed to work on promoting your end of year films. Your films will be sent for the consideration of many international and national student and non-student film festivals all over the world.


Where can I watch the films of students/graduates of the Warsaw Film School?

Our students films trailers are all available on https://vimeo.com/warsawfilmschool and https://www.youtube.com/user/paisa


Is the school able to assist me when I look for accomodation in Warsaw?

Our Creative Department is happy to help you upon flat choice as per safety, price and best district in the city for a student. We’ll provide you with all the information you need including suggesting the best possible place to stay.


Will international students be able to pay tuition and living expenses with a job on campus or otherwise?

For the time being we give out no scholarships, however we do have international students working on our campus for, example helping out in our art-house Cinema.


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