Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School      |

The mission of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School is closely linked to the vision of the strategic goals of the University of Silesia, mainly such as: modernity and openness, innovation and creativity, efficient use of resources, investing in human capital, competitiveness, internationalization, individualization of learning, emergence of talents, and development of the relationship between education, science and the economy. In particular, however, the mission of the School is to promote the creation of outstanding cultural works, to enrich the cultural and audiovisual industries, and to develop the talents of young artists.

Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School combines the tasks associated with the creation and teaching in the field of art with the use of innovative information and communication technologies (ICT). The audiovisual sector is one of the most important elements of the modern global and European economy, hence education and creation are linked with the availability of jobs, new professions and spectacular technological development.

Academic activities of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School focus on several areas. These include: education in the film and television art and in the field of media professions from the broader audiovisual sector, scientific research of the media and film, television and theater artisitc performance. These areas define the mission and strategic goals that are in line with the "Strategy of development of the University of Silesia in Katowice in the years 2012-2020" adopted by the Senate of the University of Silesia on 24 January 2012.

The strategy of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School takes into account the trends of similar institutions in Poland, Europe and in the world, and it is correlated with market trends in the film, audiovisual, media, advertising and PR secotrs in Poland and in the European Union. The scope of the artistic, scientific and educational functioning of the School is directly linked with the Strategy of innovation and implementation of new information and communication technologies of the digital age.

The strategy is in line with the national reform programs and initiatives of the European Commission (in the "Strategy of the University of Silesia"). In particular, the strategical goal is to enrich the relationship between education, the use of new digital technologies and business sectors related to media, audiovisual production and cinematography. Universal digitization of cultural industries and audiovisual industry requires new forms of education, new research projects and adaption of higher education, skills and qualifications of graduates to the requirements of the new economy.

In the years 2014-2017 a new building of the School was being built that meets all of the above criteria of the strategic goals. This project has been financed from the budget (Contract No. 1310 about the special purpose grant for financing the cost of the investment entitled "Construction of the building of Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice", concluded with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education), commercial funds coming from the sale of buildings belonging to the University of Silesia (the current building of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School and the building given to the University by the city of Katowice). In terms of the research objectives, raising the funds from the Regional Fund Operational Program within the framework of the project "Art - digit - science" has been planned.

Construction and equipment of the new facility enables to meet the objectives related to innovation, strengthens cooperation of the university with its environment, increases international cooperation and creates strong pro-innovation research teams and developing the artistic creativity at the highest level.

Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School will continue to be a unit with great creative potential in the field of cinematographic and audiovisual arts. The artistic potential of the School can and will continue to enable the activities developing national culture and creating film works present in the European culture. Work in the field of new media, which involves the creation of art convergent with the latest technology will be subject of further development. The artistic and creative impact of School on other forms of research and teaching in the University is considered to be a priority. It is in relation with European trends to combine science and creativity.

Art – the operational objectives:

  • Creating the conditions for artistic activities and developing the potential of creative individuals in order to achieve results on an international scale.
  • Achieving the technological potential, allowing for creative activities in the world of digital new media.
  • Increasing the activity in order to raise funds for creative activities.
  • Organizing projects promoting creative achievements.
  • Participating in international film festivals of the highest category.

In the field of scientific research, the study will be conducted in two areas. Firstly, in the field of humanities, research on media culture, media systems and audiovisual work. Secondly, the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School will launch a study on the development and application of new information and communication technologies in creative process, processes of film and audiovisual production and post-production.

Science – the operational objectives:

  • For the effective implementation of the projects laboratory equipment will be necessary creating the infrastructure of modern, digital, convergent ICT, used at every stage of video and audio production and audiovisual post-production.
  • Implementation of operational objective No. 1 requires obtaining funds from the Regional Operational Programme for Silesian Voivodship for the years 2014-2020.
  • Funds for the implementation of research from the entities representing the audiovisual and cultural industries.
  • Draft and implementation of new technological solutions in the field of new digital technologies of image and sound processing.
  • Achievement of the highest category in science entitlement.

The teaching offer of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School is closely linked with the development of young talents and the market needs for film, television, advertising, new media and other fields of audiovisual production and post-production. Audiovisual industry is one of the most dynamically developing branches of the economy, and it is a subject to constant technological, organizational and economic changes. Therefore, the course programs will be adapted to these changes. At the same time, the high standards of master school for art, which enable graduates to work in a competitive environment of film and television, will be maintained. Hence the educational offer will be conducted in several tracks. Firstly, for the most talented students pursuing the artistic program in the form of the most individualized learning giving measurable creative results. Secondly, in the form of a flexible offer of the employees making up the organizational, economic and creative values for the culture. The School will continue to be open to students from Poland and abroad. The new headquarters will increase the offer for students from the European Union and other regions of the world. Foreign students will be still taught in English. The School will provide infrastructure and high-end technological tools in the form of new media, television and film studios, and new technologies for the cinematography in stereography. Faculty will be open to cooperation with other educational courses at the University of Silesia, offering content related to the art of film and audiovisual art.

Teaching – the operational objectives:

  • Developing the organizational and program policies in accordance with the National Qualifications Framework for artistic majors.
  • Improving the quality of education by creating the financial and artistic conditions for the brightest and allowing them the material basis for creation of their films.
  • Permanent adaptation of the offer to the needs of the audiovisual and new technologies markets.
  • Acquiring the eminent artists with the transnational achievements and specialists with high professional qualifications for university teaching.
  • Individualization of the learning process.
  • Acquisition of the funds from the Polish Film Institute and other public and commercial entities investing in film arts and artistic activities.
  • Achieving high ratings during the accreditation.
  • Starting MBA studies in an agreement with Polish Television SA