Private university devoted entirely to television studies is opening in Brno

The new English-friendly institution aims to foster local TV talent by bringing foreign experts to the Czech Republic.

 William Nattrass

Written by William Nattrass Published on 23.11.2021 19:00 (updated on 23.11.2021) Reading time: 2 minutes

A new higher education institution has been founded in the Moravian capital Brno to provide courses for people looking to pursue a career in television. The Television Institute is a new private university set up to promote TV talent in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The Television Institute will be the first educational institution in the Czech Republic dedicated solely to TV courses. It will offer bachelor’s degrees in three different courses: a technological course prepared in cooperation with Sony (the company will provide technical equipment used for the course), a course on running TV shows, and a course about classic TV production and marketing techniques.

It’s hoped that as well as providing educational opportunities for those with a passion for TV production, the Institute will also serve as a hub for Czech and Slovak industry professionals as well as guests from other countries.

Kamila Zlatušková, the founder of the Institute, confirmed that although the Institute aims to promote Czech and Slovak talent, much of the instruction offered will take place in English, with guest lecturers and speakers invited to visit from all over the world. The Institute will meanwhile collaborate with Czech broadcasters including Česká televize and commercial stations, as well as foreign stations such as HBO and Austrian broadcaster ORF.

The Institute will be located in a historic building in the center of Brno. Extensive renovation works are needed at the location before teaching can begin; it’s hoped the Institute will be ready to open in September 2022, after renovation is complete and the Institute is accredited with the Czech Ministry of Education.

The opening of the new educational institute is part of a wider overhaul of the Czech film and television environment, with the Czech Film Fund transforming into the Czech Audiovisual Fund, to support small-screen production and video games in addition to cinematic productions.

With television gaining increased support throughout the Czech cultural environment, the establishment of the new Television Institute in Brno is set to offer new opportunities for Czechs and foreigners to pursue their passion for TV in an English-friendly environment. 

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