Photography Credit © Natalia Vásquez, 2005 Czech painter Michal Blažek taking a break at a residency/exhibition in Plzen.

Photography Credit © Natalia Vásquez, 2005 Czech painter Michal Blažek taking a break at a residency/exhibition in Plzen.

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.

You can read about activities of our lecturers here.

Program Directors, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Tony Ozuna, M.A.
Tony Ozuna, M.A.Dean
  • (+420) 257 530 202
Kateřina Vanova, M.A.*
Kateřina Vanova, M.A.*Assistant Dean
  • (+420) 257 530 202

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

Degree Awarded

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.

Career Prospects

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.

GENERAL COLLEGE COURSES
  • Composition 1
  • Composition 2
  • European History 1
  • European History 2
  • Intro to Economic Thought / Intro to Politics I / Intro to Sociology
  • Intro to Mass Communication
  • Computer Information Systems/ or Digital Tools for New Media
  • SCHOOL FOUNDATION COURSES Art History
  • Art History 1--Ancient to Gothic
  • Art History 2-Renaissance to Classicism
  • Art History 3- Romanticism to Modern Art (WW II)
  • Art History 4—End of Modern to Contemporary Art
  • Contemporary Art Scene
  • Art Theory
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Psychology of Art
  • Intro to Critical Art Theory/or Critical Approaches to Cont. Art
  • Visual Communication / Methods & Research in Art History
  • Seminar in Aesthetics
  • MODULE COURSES (PROGRAM FOCUS) Advanced Topics in Contemporary Art—Art Management--Art Studio Practice
  • Arts & Cultural Management
  • Curatorship
  • Seminar on Romanticism / or Seminar on Modernism
  • Art Management Internship
  • Art Studio Project-Directed Study
  • MODULE COURSES (INDIVIDUAL FOCUS) Selected Topics in Contemporary Art—Art History--Art Studio Practice (Electives in the program of study allow students to choose individualized emphasis)
  • Module course 1
  • Module course 2
  • Module course 3
  • Module course 4
  • Module course 5
  • NON-ART ELECTIVES
  • Open Elective
  • Curatorial Project / or Advanced Studio Research Project
  • SENIOR THESIS
  • Selected Topics Electives in Contemporary Art, Art History or Art Studio (these classes vary per semester) Topics in Contemporary Art
  • Cross-Media Art
  • Modern Czech Art
  • Visual Culture in Contemporary Czech Art
  • Documentary Photography
  • The Art within Collaboration
  • Topics in Art History
  • Christianity in Western Art
  • Jewish Architecture in Central Europe
  • Prague Art & Architecture I & II
  • Chapters in Japanese Art
  • East Asian Art History
  • Art Studio
  • Studio Practice: Materials, Techniques & Methods of Drawing
  • Studio Practice: Materials, Techniques & Methods of Painting
  • Studio Practice: Materials, Techniques, & Methods of Sculpture and 3D Art
  • Studio Practice: Materials, Techniques & Methods in New Media
  • Art as Inquiry Research
  • Sound Art in Theory and Practice
  • Advanced Studio Research Projects
  • Artist Spotlight
  • Beyond Studio/Post-Studio Workshop: TBA
  • Cross-media Studio: Veronika Bromova
  • Studio Figure Painting: Richard Willenbrink
  • The Art of Photography: TBA
  • Conceptual Art/Installations Studio: Jaroslav Andel (not confirmed)
  • Public Art Project: Barbara Benish
  • Exam and Assessment Regulation

    United 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.

    Accreditation

    The 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 Abroad

    AAU 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 & Mentoring

    All 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.