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B.A. in Visual Art Studies

Anglo-American University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Prague
English

Program description

Study Visual Arts at the Crossroads of East and West

visual arts BAThe 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 ranging 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.

The Visual Art Studies program 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 are a part of the contemporary art scene. Students in this program thus gain a deeper and more sophisticated grasp of art history and art theory beyond usual art studio focused programs, hence giving them a distinct competitive advantage for local and international pursuits.

Graduates of the BA 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 economic 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 BA program in Visual Art Studies prepares students to work in new media and 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.

This is a full-time program worth 180 ECTS credits (equivalent to 90 US credits). The standard time of completion is 3 years. Graduates receive a dual-accredited bachelor’s degree and they may use either the Czech “Bc.” or the American “B.A.” 

Admission requirements

In order to apply for an undergraduate (bachelor’s degree) program at AAU, applicants must submit a completed Application Form (which can be filled out online) and ALL of the documents listed below. The documents need to be in English and non-English documents must be certified by an authorized translator.

  • High school diploma (or its equivalent, e.g. an IB diploma, A levels certificate, etc.)
  • A copy of your transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae / resumé 
  • Copy of ID / passport
  • Passport size photograph
  • Personal statement
  • Two references (describing their relationship to you)
  • Language exam results (see below) unless you qualify for an English exam waiver

Minimum qualifying English test scores for undergraduate applicants:

  • TOEFL (iBT min. 71, PBT min. 525)
  • FCE (mark A or B)
  • CAE (min. 160)
  • IELTS (min. 6 – minimum of 5.5 in each subtest)
  • 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)

Successful applicants from this first stage are then invited to an interview (in person or via Skype) with the Dean or Assistant Dean of the School of their choice.

Students who fall short of the required score for the respective language tests or who fail to demonstrate sufficient English proficiency later during the interview may be exceptionally admitted provided that they meet all other requirements. Such students will not be able to progress in their studies beyond several introductory courses until they present a sufficient score in one of the recognized English language proficiency tests. AAU provides an Intensive Academic English Program and other non-credit remedial courses to help such students improve their English and achieve the required standards.

The application fee is CZK 500 and the admissions fee is CZK 1 500.

Tuition fees

The amount of tuition for a full-time undergraduate program (90 US / 180 ECTS credits) at Anglo-American University is CZK 450 000 in total. This is roughly USD 18 750 or EUR 16 667. One semester at 5 courses per semester costs CZK 75 000 (roughly USD 3 125 or EUR 2 778).

Please note that our tuition rates are fixed in CZK and the amount in USD or EUR may vary depending on the current exchange rate. The amounts listed here are according to the rates of CZK 27/EUR 1 and CZK 24/USD 1.

Merit-Based Scholarships and Financial Aid

The best students at AAU can study for free! Through a series of financial incentives, you can better manage your tuition costs, helping keep a distinguished education affordable. We provide scholarships based on academic achievement measured by a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA). Your GPA is calculated cumulatively from the beginning of your studies at AAU. To be eligible for the merit-based scholarship, you must have already completed two full-time semesters and have taken at least 4 courses the previous semester. The level of your GPA then determines the tuition discount as shown in the table below. Typically, over 11% of our degree-seeking students receive this scholarship and it may range from 10% to 100% of your tuition covered depending on your GPA.

Financial aid is also available in the form of manageable installments of tuition, as well as the opportunity to work at AAU while you study.

Degree

Graduates receive a dual-accredited Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Art Studies with both the Czech "Bc." and the American "B.A." on their diplomas. This is not a dual degree and only one of the two versions may be used as a title.

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Anglo-American University

Letenská 5
118 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic

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