The College of Visual Arts has developed an original undergraduate study program of Painting with the aim of training students with specific artistic talents for independent creation in the field of painting and the broader field of fine arts and contemporary visual art practices. The three principal objectives of the program are interdependent and intertwined:
- the ability of graduates for a mature and-high quality creation based on solid and thorough art education acquired through practical, theoretical and professional work, thus enabling the graduate to choose his/her artistic direction
- ability to solve tasks while working in professions that require a thorough artistic (prior) knowledge and skillful application of fine art tools
- learning about the basics of technologies and paradigms that are used in contemporary art practices of the 21st century
Our graduates are therefore competent artists who are able to efficiently and effectively use their knowledge to find and use resources and perform the most demanding tasks. Proficient understanding, comparison, overall interpretation of the findings, linking of results (analysis and synthesis) with different theories and fine-art concepts. In the process of education, the student is encouraged for (self-) criticism, and we also encourage our students toward initiative and creative boldness for an autonomous artistic work in whatever medium suits them best. Due to the fact that a work of art in itself (or in accordance with the personal definition of the artist) is frequently no longer sufficient, we teach our students about promotion, communicating with the public, and the setting of a work of art in context.
The original Master’s art program of Painting is distinctly contemporary and project-based. It has developed on the basis of long experience with postgraduate education at the College of Visual Arts, before the Bologna process changed the structure of high education. Students engage in the analysis of their own work and evaluate it in the context of broader historical analysis of the visual media. They are taught to engage in independent artistic and professional activities in the broad field of contemporary art, with an emphasis on new media properties, such as interactivity, multimedia, post-production. Students acquire theoretical and practical knowledge for the management of complex projects which can also include experts from other fields. They learn about the basics of (self-) promotion and public relations, which are necessary for the management of complex projects and the potential use of contemporary communication technologies and services. The creative potential of the students peaks with the realization of the master’s project, by means of which they confidently enter the field of art, contributing original and unique artistic creations.
Areas of study may include various contents, such as: painting, sculpture, graphics and other fine arts, photography, film and video (direction, editing, camera, director of photography), animation, costume design, set design, architecture, landscape architecture, design (graphic, fashion, industrial, textile and other), new media, web art and all the other contemporary visual practices. Master’s degree is a logical and sensible upgrade from the undergraduate study. Our rich experiences of 25 years show that, on average, it takes five years of study for a talented student to be able to independently, maturely and confidently enter a complex and challenging artistic realm. In the master’s degree, artists may enrol from all artistic fields, as well as candidates who are not graduates of fine art schools. .