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The B.A. in Visual Art Studies program offers three different areas of concentration: Art History and Art Theory, Arts Management & Curatorial Studies, and Studio Art options from painting, photography, and sculpture to conceptual and cross-media arts.
This program is unique in that students acquire knowledge from different aspects of the art world, preparing them for a better variety of options in the future, including the pursuit of an MFA (Master in Fine Arts). The studio art classes are all taught by internationally recognized and active artists. Visual Art Studies also requires an interdisciplinary liberal arts foundation, and limited electives in Humanities and Media Studies are encouraged. By studying sociology, psychology, media studies, politics and economics, students develop critical and informed thinking about humanitarian and social issues, which is such a part of the contemporary art scene. Students in this program thus gain a deeper or more sophisticated grasp of art history and art theory beyond usual art-studio focused programs, thus giving them a distinct competitive advantage for local and international pursuits.
“It is a great opportunity to study art in such a cultural centre as Prague. The proffessors, often artists or important theoreticians on the Czech contemporary scene, take advantage of the vast possibilities and make their lectures outside of the classrooms. I also receive AAU's 100% merit-based scholarship, which motivates me to do my best. No other English university in Prague offers its students to study completely for free.”
Markéta Hrehorová, Visual Arts student, Co-founder of Just Cards
AAU Visual Art Studies Summer Course
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 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
The B.A. program in Visual Art Studies prepares students to work in new media, graphic design and advertising, as well as in museums, galleries, exhibition venues, heritage protection and conservation, public administration institutions and NGOs focused on art. This program is also an ideal primer for pursuit of an MFA.
The B.A. in Visual Art Studies is a full-time study program.
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
Your Degree & After
Having completed all program requirements, students are conferred a Bachelors degree. The 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.) accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. Graduates may select whether to use the U.S. post-nominal or the Czech title.
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.
For the course descriptions, please see the Online Course Catalog HERE
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 1 – Foundations of Western Art: Prehistory to Medieval
- Art History 2 – Art in the Age of Enlightenment: From Renaissance to Romanticism
- Art History 3 – Modernism: From Realism to Modernism
- Art History 4 – History of Contemporary Art: From the End of Modernism to Post Modernism
- Contemporary Art Scene
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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´s Studio Options
- Veronika Bromová – Cross Media Art
- Richard Willenbrink – Painting
- Alena Foustková – Concept in the Art Process
Exam and Assessment Regulation
AAU uses the U.S. grading and evaluation system complemented by the European Credit Transfer System (“ECTS”). For more information on assessment and related policies see the Study and Examination Code in the Academic Codex.
The B.A. in Visual Art Studies was accredited by the Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on October 6, 2014 thereby qualifying graduates to apply for master’s programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic and other EU countries, the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world.
AAU actively participates in the EU's Erasmus+ exchange program with over 30 European university partners. Additional exchanges exist with universities in North America, Australia, and Asia. These exchanges enable students to partially complete their studies in another country. Ask the Dean for more information on what Erasmus+ and exchange opportunities might be available.
Internship & Mentoring
All students at AAU’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences are required to complete an internship credit. The School of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Career Center offer assistance, advice and guidance to ensure that students are able to fulfill this requirement. Ask the Career Center Specialist for more information on what internship opportunities are currently available.