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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 critically 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.
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 the pursuit of an MFA.
The B.A. in Visual Art Studies is a full-time study program.
Study and advancement are 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 Bachelor's degree. The degree awarded is concurrently recognized as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the United States, per A.A.U.'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
A.A.U. 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
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
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