Visual Art Studies: Studio Art and Curatorial Studies
It is a 3-year, internationally accredited program offering a modern and interdisciplinary education in Visual Arts combining courses in art history, a range of multi-level art-studio options, film and new media, and arts management. You will earn a globally recognized American and European B.A. degree.
|Degree||Bachelor of Arts|
|Tuition EU||CZK 654 000|
|Tuition NON-EU||CZK 764 700|
|Intake||Fall / Spring|
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About the program
The B.A. in Visual Art Studies: Studio Art and Curatorial Studies is delivered by a diverse faculty of artists, academics and art professionals. Students can expect to gain a solid background in art history and theory, with a range of studio-art classes to develop skills in any area of the visual arts, from introductory to advanced level of skills. The program also has a unique emphasis on art management and curatorial studies. The program combines historical foundations across the centuries with an emphasis on the international modern and contemporary art scene.
Malika Vitarigova, AAU Alumni
AAU was one of the best choices I’ve ever made. It gave me start for my future career, knowledge and priceless experience of studying in international environment. I learned how to overcome difficulties, how to achieve my aspirations and goals. Even a year and half after graduation I still think of AAU as of the place which helped me to grow and understand who I want to be.
Study Studio Art and Curatorial Studies in the heart of Europe
AAU’s Studio Art and Curatorial Studies program naturally has a focus on Central European developments, as Prague has been a Central European arts and cultural center for many centuries, and even in the harsher periods of Nazi occupation and Communism, the region has never diminished in terms of individual artists, art movements and overall artistic achievements. The wide range of art studio classes are all taught by active and well-established artists; arts management classes are taught by experienced curators and art managers fully engaged in the contemporary art world, and since Prague is so close to Berlin, Vienna, and Dresden, it is at the heart of the International art scene.
Practically all of the courses in the study program go beyond the classroom experience, as Prague is a unique living embodiment of art and architectural history in Europe. AAU is nearby several national museum and gallery buildings, some within walking distance or within a very short time by public transportation. The contemporary art scene in Prague is also multinational, while AAU’s study body adds a deeper multicultural flair to the city. Students can join an array of clubs, but especially for the art-focused ones, there is Figment, which plans to organize workshops, guest talks, exhibitions and other related activities. Internship opportunities are also well developed due to the many galleries and art-related Czech or international institutions that are based in Prague.
AAU has small art-studio facilities on campus and we are striving to provide external studios in cooperation with local art organizations, which have appropriate facilities.
Students in the final year can receive a Visual Art Studies Scholarship for final projects.
The B.A. in Visual Art Studies: Studio Art and Curatorial Studies is a 3-year study program. To graduate, students must accumulate 90 US credits (180 ECTS credits) by completing 30 courses. This program does not include a specific concentration, instead, students are required to take more major courses which allow for more choice of electives.
Below, you can find the study plan for the B.A. in Visual Art Studies: Studio Art and Curatorial Studies program as well as a list of courses available to choose from.
General Education: English Communication
General Education: Social Sciences / Major
General Education: Diversity and Values / Major
General Education: Quantitative Reasoning
General Education: English Communication
General Education: Civilization – Take 1 course from the list:
General Education: Social Sciences – Take 1 course from the list:
Take 1 course from the list:
Take 1 course from the list:
ART200 Art & Society
ART270 Selected Topics in 20th Century Art
ART394 Thesis Seminar
Group A – Take 3 courses from the list:
ART383 Studio: Landscape Painting
ART276 Digital Tools for Media Arts
Group B – Take 1 course from the list:
Group C – Take 1 course from the list:
Group D – Take 1 course from the list:
Group E – Take 1 course from the list:
On top of that, students can choose 3 open elective courses (depending on the concentration or minor) offered by the School of Visual Art Studies (any concentration) or any other school at AAU. Courses are subject to change according to interest and availability. Examples: Spanish I; Public speaking; Prague Art and Architecture; Creative writing; Gender, Minority and Culture. More examples can be found in the course catalog. (Please note that some courses are advanced and require prerequisites; therefore, cannot be taken as electives. Consult your Assistant Dean before choosing an elective).
Having passed all the required and elective courses, students complete their studies by taking the graduation examination: state exam covering the major module, state exam covering the concentration module, thesis defense.
For more information on the modular structure and the study program, please contact our admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In partnership with .ART Domains, AAU provides all Visual Art Studies and Journalism students with standard domains and website builders to prepare them for their journey as professional artists. As a part of the curriculum, students choose their own domain names, create online portfolios and track their progress throughout their three-year program.
Or view other student projects here:
- Maximilian Mansfeld, Visual Art Studies, Digital Tools for Media Arts – Existence
- Lunali Harpster, Visual Art Studies, Digital Tools for Media Arts – Simple Things: Geometric Figures and the Human Body
- Jindriska Krejci, Visual Art Studies, Digital Tools for Media Arts – Pandemic
- Marie Croonenberghs & Julie Meunier interview artist and AAU Visual Arts Student, Katherina Martin
Graduates of the B.A. in Visual Art Studies can expect to:
- Learn and participate in all of the various aspects of the contemporary art world
- 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 or art studio, and 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
AAU graduates thrive in multinational environments and are able to communicate professionally in English to international audiences. This program is also an ideal primer for the pursuit of an MFA. As a graduate of this degree program, you will be well-equipped to continue your studies or pursue a global career in areas such as:
- New Media
- Graphic Design
- Museum/Gallery work
- Art Exhibitions
- Heritage Protection and Conservation
- Public Administration
- Art NGO’s or Institutions
Interesting internship opportunities for VAS: Kunsthalle Praha, Latin Art Gallery, Jindrich Chalupecky Society, Centre of Contemporary Arts Gallery, Meetfactory.
The Bachelor’s degree awarded is concurrently recognized as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the United States, per AAU’s accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and as a Bakalář (Bc.) in the Czech Republic, per AAU’s accreditation by the National Accreditation Bureau for Higher Education (NABHE). Graduates may select whether to use the U.S. post-nominal or the Czech pre-nominal title.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
We provide a wide range of scholarships, tuition discounts, and financial aid options to help make quality education more accessible. To learn please visit our dedicated Financial Aid and Scholarships page.
See what our students have to say
It's a great opportunity to study art in such a cultural center as Prague. The professors, often artists or important theoreticians on the Czech contemporary scene, take advantage of the vast possibilities and make their lectures outside of the classrooms. Earning the merit-based scholarship also motivates me to do my best. No other English university in Prague offers its students an education like AAU.
Visual Arts Studies, Czech Republic
AAU is more than a university, it’s a very special community that helps create special bonds with teachers and classmates. It doesn’t put you into the box but rather teaches you to be yourself and choose your own path. It gives you just enough autonomy and support to achieve your goals.
School of Journalism and Media, Student