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B.A. in Visual Art Studies

Anglo-American University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

B.A. in Visual Art Studies

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.

Admission requirements

Language Requirements

English proficiency at a level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). There are multiple tests that AAU recognizes as evidence of the B2 level proficiency, especially:

  • TOEFL (iBT min. 71, PBT min. 525)
  • IELTS (min. 6 - minimum of 5.5 in each subtest)
  • FCE (min. C)
  • CAE (min 160)
  • BULATS (min. 60)
  • City & Guilds - IESOL (Communicator)
  • Pearson PTE (min. 59)
  • IGCSE First Language English (C or better)
  • IGCSE English as a Second Language (B or better)
  • IB (English A or B at HL/SL)

For more information about language requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

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

  • 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

Art Theory

  • 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
  • Curatorship
  • 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

Non-Art Electives

  • 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

Art Studio

  • 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

Tuition fees

Based on 15 credits (five classes)

Additional fees will include: CZK 4,750 Administrative fee

New visa seeking students fee is CZK 85,050 (bachelor students)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

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

Degree Awarded

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.

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.

Continuing studies

Access to Postgraduate 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.

Career opportunities

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.

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Anglo-American University

Anglo-American University

Anglo-American University (AAU) is the oldest private University in the Czech Republic. It also a not-for-profit institution with a goal to deliver a truly international and unique study experience. Students from over 80 different countries Average class size of 15...

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Anglo-American University

Letenská 5
118 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic

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