Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media Practice
This one-year (two-semester) Foundation Diploma is for students who are strongly motivated to pursue higher education or a career in the creative arts.
The programme allows students the opportunity to explore and gain competencies across a diverse range of creative specialisations before committing to an undergraduate degree programme or career in the creative arts.
Students are introduced to core topics from BA (Hons) Fine Art Experimental Media, BA (Hons) Graphic Design and BA (Hons) Creative Media Production programmes. A range of artistic techniques, materials, technical equipment and processes are explored allowing space for experimentation and the development of practical skills, giving students the tools and confidence to accomplish and express their creative vision.
Students also develop critical awareness of the contemporary visual world and the relationship of design and artistic practice to historical, cultural, environmental and social influences.
The programme assists students in developing an artistic portfolio that they can use to apply for entry to a Bachelor’s degree or for employment and will graduate with an internationally-recognised British Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media Practice.
- Opportunity to explore, experience and create art, media and design.
- Develop skills, learn and practice techniques, while working with advanced design software, technical equipment and materials.
- Individual mentoring from lecturers to help students discover their talents
- Weekly Art and Design History lectures, plus gain a theoretical grounding to develop in Bachelor's level studies
- The Friday Show, weekly exhibitions during semester 1
- Modern studios and labs; outstanding lecturers, guest speakers and visiting practitioners; small class sizes; excellent support
- Finish with a professional portfolio of work
- Graduate with an internationally-recognised British Foundation Diploma
After successful completion of the Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media Practice, students may request a portfolio presentation for entry to the Bachelor's programme of their choice. Successful candidates will be offered a place in either BA (Hons) Fine Art Experimental Media, BA (Hons) Graphic Design or BA (Hons) Creative Media Production programmes.
The programme has a distinctive structure, starting with semester one which introduces fifteen skills to students including photography, illustration, video, graphic design (adobe creative suite), sound, sculpture, animation, 3D, printing, drawing and more, plus weekly Art and Design History lectures.
The Exploration phase introduces a new skill one week with thorough demonstration teaching, the following week students explore and create a project using their newly acquired knowledge of this skill. The end of the week culminates in The Friday Show, an afternoon exhibition where students present their project to the Prague College community and the general public. Students are introduced to the programme ‘theme’ on social responsibility, this can be in the areas of environment, human rights, philanthropic and economic responsibility.
The Bridge phase is a short four week block where lecturers work closely with each student to determine their strengths and abilities. Students are also encouraged to consider which path they wish to take at Bachelor’s level, if their goal is to continue on to further education. When the student has established their direction they develop their final major project proposal in consultation with their lecturers.
The Confirmation phase in semester two is when students begin in-depth research and advanced knowledge of their specialist skills enabling them to execute their final major project with creativity, flair, and with a deep understanding of the professional context of their finished work.
1. Confirmation of previous education, which could be one of the following:
- a Czech high school diploma (maturita)
- equivalent education from other countries, assessed individually
- one A-level pass or LCCIEB equivalent
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
2. Confirmation of English level upon entry, which could be one of the following:
- IELTS score of at least 5.0
- TOEFL iBT score of at least 45
- Cambridge First Certificate of English (minimum B)
- Versant language exam - score equivalent to 5.0 IELTS
- other equivalent English assessment, subject to Prague College approval
3. Letter of motivation
The letter of motivation should identify why the student has chosen this particular programme, what are student’s goals
in life and studies in general, and why the student chose Prague College.
Students also can submit their current examples of art and design works, which the Programme Leader will review and give them an idea of the student's creative interests.
4. Final interview – a formal discussion with the applicant and final confirmation of the application process
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.