BA (Hons) Fine Art Experimental Media
New curriculum for the Next Decade
The BA (Hons) Fine Art Experimental Media programme at Prague College cultivates a multidisciplinary approach to fine art and digital technology through a highly practical and creative learning structure based on small cohorts and a very individual approach to teaching.
Through a gradual transition from tutor-led projects to student-centred learning, the programme builds a strong set of forward-looking, creative, technical and academic skills enabling students to gain first-hand knowledge of the developments in current and emerging media and technologies in the arts. The practical knowledge offered by the programme is continually informed and complemented by relevant theory, critical thinking and reflection.
You will learn in a studio-focused, research-informed, and highly practical environment, gaining the experience and skills upon graduation that allow you to pursue a range of career opportunities and activities in the arts, technologies, and the cultural sphere and beyond.
The BA (Hons) Fine Art Experimental Media programme is an internationally recognised British degree. Successful graduates can go on to enter employment, or progress to the MA in Fine Art at Prague College.
Features of the programme
- Three-year internationally recognised British degree, delivered in English in cooperation with Teesside University, UK
- Advanced technical and professional skills for future employment in art and technology
- Intensive lectures and workshops devoted to the exploration of new and traditional media
- Tutorial support for studio focused specialist studies from a team of Czech, European and international practicing artists and professionals bringing their creative expertise and influence directly into the classroom
- Creative approach to fine art and experimental media explored through a studio focused, research informed, hands-on approach to learning in the arts
- Specialisation through student-centred study with lecturers from different areas of art while working on projects of own choice
- Small cohorts and an individual, student-centred approach to learning
- An outstanding visiting speakers programme giving students access to local and international artists, curators, and thinkers as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. The majority of the talks are also available online at vals.praguecollege.cz
- A vibrant international community of students and lecturers that encourages dialogue, collaboration, initiative, and offers support for student-initiated events
- A solid academic foundation that will allow students to proceed with post-graduate studies
- Networks for future professional practice and engagement through cooperation with various galleries, artists, and cultural institutions in Prague and further afield
- Centrally-located campus in Prague that includes easy access to the key galleries and museums in this vibrant European city. The campus is also minutes away from two major art districts with numerous small galleries and artist and design studios
There are two distinctly different modes of assessment submission for the study modules undertaken at each level, Studio and Theory, with Professional Practice being fully integrated into these two main pathways, and organised through projects that gradually build an awareness of the scope of possible professional careers including, but not limited to, fine art, digital and interactive arts, gallery work, arts development, curatorial practice, etc.
What is particular about fine art experimental media programme at Prague College is that we offer a learning culture that provides a unique combination of a substantial range of technical and production skills across new and traditional media shared by all our students, while at the same time building a unique creative pathway for each student through emphasis on context, concept, process, experimentation, and reflection.
We give particular significance to the range of technical skills we offer, some of which are at the forefront of the development in their respective fields, while recognising the importance of curatorial and professional concerns and practices and the broader critical cultural context in which the work is embedded.
The programme is assessed via a variety of methods. However all assessments are designed to suit the requirements of the module. Assessments are designed to build on the work you undertake in your modules and contribute to the development of knowledge and skills.
The programme provides an education focused around studio work, designed to give students the practical and theoretical skills to enable them to pursue a wide range of careers.
Students who wish to continue their studies to the postgraduate level can apply to the Masters Degree programme in Fine Art at Prague College. The programme is offered in partnership with Teesside University, UK.
What you study
In Year One students will develop their studio art practice through a wide-range of learning strategies. The creative process will be explored while generating original ideas, and producing studio work in the areas of drawing, sound production, video production, 3D animation, idea generation, and performance.
Students also focus on the intersection of New Media and Traditional Media in fine art practice through independent and project-based work.
Studio practice is complemented by theoretical studies, as students are introduced to a broad base of knowledge of artworks and cultural studies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
During Year Two students will extend and enhance their studio practice towards developing their own artistic vision with a core focus on research informed practice. Through contemporary art criticism and theory, students learn how to seek out and critically analyse information and to synthesise ideas from a range of source material to support the development of concepts for studio work. Students will subsequently integrate and use knowledge, skills, and techniques in tutor led and independent projects in order to form and communicate a personal vision.
Note: Students who start in February will have a gap semester typically at the end of year two, because the third year starts only in September. During this gap semester, students typically study non-credit classes, or take an internship, which further develops their skills from the first two years of study and prepare them for year three.
During Year Three, students complete the process of transition from tutor-led learning to student-centered learning. Students have the time, the space and the opportunity to fully and independently conceive of and develop project work of their own choosing. Year three culminates with a final exhibition, signifying their trajectory of coursework in fine art experimental media towards developing a sustainable and lasting studio practice. Rather than serving as a punctuation to a degree, it serves as a transition into future professional fine arts practice and studies.
- Introduction to Studio Practice 1: Idea Generation and Studio Practice. Skills and projects delivered in this module may include: Drawing, Sound Production, Video Production, 3D Animation, Idea Generation, Performance
- Art and Culture since Modernity
- Introduction to Studio Practice 2: Understanding Historical, Cultural, Sociopolitical, and Curatorial Influences on Art Making. Skills and projects delivered in this module may include: Painting, Sound Production, Video Production, 2D Animation, 2D, 3D, and Time Based Media
- Art Movements and Visual Culture
- Developing Studio Practice 1: Research-informed Practice. Skills and projects delivered in this module may include: Sculpture, Web Design, Coding, Audio-Visual Performance, Arduino based interactivity
- Critical Writing and Research Project
- Developing Studio Practice 2: Integration and Deployment of Knowledge and Skills. Skills and projects delivered in this module may include: Installation, Site Specific, Coding, Audio-Visual Performance, Arduino based interactivity, Augmented and Virtual Reality
- Dynamic and Professional Research
- Independent Studio Practice: Student-driven Studio Practice
- Fine Art Thesis and Professional Communication
- Final Exhibition Module and Curation of Resolved Work
As the BA (Hons) Fine Art Experimental Media programme at Prague College begins instruction at a level which requires certain basic skills in art and design to have already been acquired, some previous knowledge and experience in Art and Design is a basic requirement for entry.
Previous work experience or education in Art and Design are highly recommended, although personal exploration of an equivalent skill level will also be considered. In order to be considered for admission into the programme, all applicants must present a portfolio of creative materials adequately expressing their current stage of development, and an accompanying statement explaining their previous work experience, education in the arts, and/or a description of personal experience and skill level.
Work may be presented either physically or electronically, but applicants should be prepared to discuss the work during portfolio review / interview. The review will be offered via Skype or telephone in the case of international applicants. The goal of the portfolio review process is to show the ability of applicants to communicate their ideas creatively and with intent.
Details on specific work can be found by contacting the Prague College Admissions Department.
1. Confirmation of completed high school (secondary school) or previous college education, which could be one of the following:
- a Czech high school diploma (maturita)
- two A-level passes
- a Prague College Foundation Diploma (based on Pearson Level 3 diploma units and Prague College units)
- equivalent education from other countries, assessed individually
Students with experience or equivalent education in some subjects of the programme may be granted advance credit after completing the required Assessment of Prior Learning or Experience documentation.
2. Proof of English level upon entry, which could be one of the following:
- IELTS score – 5.5
- Versant language exam - score equivalent to 5.5 IELTS
- TOEFL iBT score of at least 70
- Equivalent international exam score
3. Portfolio and letter of motivation
Applicants are asked to show a portfolio of any previous graphic or art work in any format. The applicant will be interviewed, and a small project may be set as part of the entry assessment. Samples of work can be sent electronically or brought in physically. In all cases, we will ask for a short (300 word) letter of motivation that describes why you want to study Graphic Design at Prague College.
Please contact us for more information about the Portfolio Requirements.
Don’t have a portfolio? You can still apply and join Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, a one-year programme that allows students to experience a range of artistic techniques, materials and processes while allowing space for experimentation and the development of practical skills. If you are not sure which programme you should apply for, speak to your recruiter about this possibility.
Tuition & Payment
The Prague College academic year has two semesters starting in late September and mid-February. An intensive summer semester runs in June.
Prague College Scholarships
All applicants are eligible to apply for scholarships which may be awarded in consideration of academic excellence, social engagement in school activities or generally in society, financial need and special circumstances. We also have a special fund to support students coming from Czech-language and Slovak-language secondary schools and universities
Successful scholarship winners can have from 5% up to 30% of their tuition covered for either a single academic year or the duration of the programme.
Apply early. The number of scholarships is limited. Ask us for details!
Czech students are eligible for Gaudeamus student loans from Komercni Banka. Some students from other countries have received funding from their home countries to study at Prague College, and if you think you may be eligible for funding from your home country do not hesitate to ask for our advice and support.
When to pay
A deposit on tuition ensures new students a place on the programme. Full tuition for the first semester is due two weeks before starting the programme, except in the case of late registrations.
International students pay the first semester, relevant registration fees and the first semester rent for accommodation before starting the visa application process.
Continuing students pay the next semester tuition two weeks before the end of the current semester.
Early payment discounts
You can save up to 8% if you pay the academic year in advance. The discount is calculated as 1% per month for each month the individual semester payments are paid early.
New students do not receive a discount on their first semester, but if they choose to pay the first year up front, then they would receive the discount for the second semester.
Students who have finished the first semester, and who make all their payments by the due date, can apply for a payment plan for an administrative fee of 700 Czk per semester plus 1% surcharge for each installment.
Contact us now if you have any question regarding tuition deadlines, early payment discounts or your eligibility for a payment plan.
BA (Hons) Fine Art Experimental Media
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