Welcome to School of Film Studies

The School of Film Studies was established on 22 July 2004 by law 3225/ 2004 (Official Gazette 138/22.7.2004 issue II), together with seven (7) other Schools, within the framework of the Higher Education Expansion Project. However, discussions and procedures for its establishment and organization had started several months before this date so that they ended up to specific proposals to the Ministry of Education concerning its structure and objectives, as well as a first form of the Programme of Studies that you have in your hands.

We know the questions you may have as you join a School with many future prospects but a very short history. That is why we feel the need to give you some basic information about its operation, mainly issues relating to administration, teaching, financial resources, and school premises.

Administration : As with all new Schools, the School of Film Studies is managed by a temporary General Assembly appointed by the Senate of the Aristotle University. The General Assembly is coordinated by the Head and the Deputy Head of the School. The School of Film Studies is a separate School within the Faculty of Fine Arts.

The Faculty of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University was established by Presidential Decree 169 of 1984 with three Schools in the beginning and the School of Film Studies that was added later.

a. School of Visual and Applied Arts, operating since the academic year 1984-85.

b. School of Music Studies, operating since the academic year 1985-86.

c. School of Drama, operating since the academic year 1992-93.

d. School of Film Studies, operating since the academic year 2004-05.

The Faculty is actually an institute of art with diverse artistic fields; the type of studies is of a more or less mixed nature: artistic and scientific, theoretical and practical. The objective is to shape artists and scientists with a well-rounded education. This coexistence may contribute to a redefinition of the position and value of artistic practice and the establishment of strong interconnections between the major areas of each field. The following professors have been Deans of the Faculty in chronological order: Dimitris Yannou, Dimitris Kontos, Dimitris Themelis, Teta Makri, Apostolos-Fokion Vettas, and Alexandra Goulaki-Voutyra. This year, the Faculty of Fine Arts is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with a series of events.

Teaching : As the detailed programme of studies that follows will help you realize, we have drawn up a complete and ambitious programme for the five-year studies at the School of Film Studies. The programme will be implemented gradually every year. In the first year of its operation, the School of Film Studies admitted 71 students. The teaching needs were covered by 28 members of teaching staff as follows: 8 members of Teaching and Research Staff from other Schools of the Aristotle University, and 20 members of teaching staff on contract (PD 407/80), who covered all the scientific and artistic subjects of the first year of studies. In the future, there will be permanent positions for the subject areas of the School, so that the School of Film Studies has its own permanent teaching staff that will make it an independent and autonomous School.

Financial resources :  As in the case of all new Schools, the School of Film Studies is financially supported by the ?Higher Education Expansion? (2004-2006) measure of the Operational Programme for Education and Initial Vocational Training (O.P. ?Education?) during the first two years of its operation. This project covers basic needs in equipment, personnel, and other operational needs. After 2006, the School will be included in the regular budget of the Ministry of Education that covers all university schools.

School Premises : The Ministry of Rural Development and Food in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture have transferred to the School of Film Studies a building (former tobacco warehouse) covering an area of 2.5 acres in Stavroupoli, Thessaloniki. Evidently, some time will be needed for the renovation works. When all works are complete, the School will have excellent facilities with studios, laboratories, classrooms, library, offices and whatever else is necessary for its operation. However, until that moment comes, the School is housed in fully equipped premises given to us by the Thessaloniki Film Festival (in the Olympion Cinema Complex in Aristotelous square) and the Thessaloniki Film Museum (in the cultural centre of the city port). Moreover, the School uses premises in the university campus and a laboratory that is ready in the building of Stavroupoli.


School of Film Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki