The Visual Art Studies program at AAU offers several areas of concentration for BA level students: Art History and Art Theory, Arts Management & Curatorial Studies, and possibilities to develop Art Studio skills including painting, photography, sculpture, and cross-media arts. The centrality of Art History is a foundation requirement for all students, while European and later American art history is core to the curriculum; additional courses in world art history (Asia, Latin America, and Africa) are offered to better appreciate the influences across art history and the wider circle of the art world.
The Visual Art Studies program at AAU is also unique to more traditional programs (i.e. art schools) since a part of the curriculum serves as an interdisciplinary, liberal arts foundation in history, sociology, psychology, media studies, politics and economics, as well, students may take advanced level courses in these fields at the end of their studies. The Visual Art Studies program is aligned with the existing BA program in Humanities, Society & Culture, and so courses in cultural and film studies, philosophy, literature, social history, social and cultural anthropology, and social theory are offered at introductory and advanced level for completion of the program.
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Program Directors, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Graduates of the B.A. in Visual Art Studies program can expect to:
- Learn and participate in all of the various aspects of the contemporary art scene.
- Develop skills in art studio electives according to each student’s own level of expertise and interest.
- Understand the complex world of art from historical, theoretical and economical perspectives.
- Be qualified for advanced studies in art history, research and curatorial or art fellowships.
- Communicate professionally, decisively and strategically in verbal and written English. Our graduates are able to identify, describe and discuss complex issues and debates to international audiences.
The B.A. in Visual Art Studies is a full-time study program.
Full-time: Study and advancement is based on classroom lectures, and studio electives in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, cross-media and post studio options. Special summer courses and art tours around Europe will also be offered through this program.
- 7 class hours = 1 ECTS credit
- 42 hours = 6 ECTS/3 US credits
Having completed all program requirements, students are conferred a Bakalář (Bc.) degree, the equivalent of a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) as stipulated by the program's accreditation by the Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
Our graduates are prepared for success in arts and cultural management, cultural nonprofit organizations, art education, cultural publications, academic research and publishing, and various forms of print and web media. Our graduates are able to decisively practice their skills and knowledge acquired in art history, art theory, current topics and debates in contemporary art, as well as topics in humanities and the social sciences.
Our graduates are able to communicate professionally, decisively and strategically in verbal and written English. Our graduates are able to identify, describe and discuss complex topics for international audiences.
Access to Master’s Studies
AAU graduates are sought after in master’s programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic, other EU countries, the United States, Canada and many other countries around the world.
Exam and Assessment RegulationUnited States examination and assessment regulations supplemented by ECTS were accredited by the Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports as part of the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities & Social Sciences program. For more information see Information on the Institution: Main regulations in the university catalog.
AccreditationThe M.A. in Humanities program was accredited by the Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on July 15, 2007 thereby qualifying graduates to apply for postgraduate Ph.D. programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic, other EU countries, the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world.
Study AbroadAAU actively participates in the ERASMUS/SOCRATES exchange program with over 20 EU university partners. Additional exchanges exist with universities in North America, Australia, and Asia. These exchange programs enable students to partially complete their studies in another country. Ask your advisor for more information on what ERASMUS opportunities might apply for this program.
Internship & MentoringAll students in AAU’s Visual Art Studies program are required to complete an internship credit. The School of Humanities offers assistance, advice and guidance to ensure students are able to fulfill this requirement.