about the specialization
Teaching this subject results in its application in the field of applied art. The structure of the follow-up Master's Degree Study Program is very similar to the structure of teaching in traditional art schools − about 2/3 of the credits include the main teaching subject (studio), and only the remaining third are optional courses, which are available for complementing or enhancing individual qualifications or skills of the student. The Master level of study already assumes sufficient maturity of students, who are planning their own artistic growth. Therefore, in most cases, optional courses are offered without being assigned or recommended for a particular semester. The standard length of study is three years.
Ceramic Design Studio is partly anchored in a centuries-old tradition of the field, but it also reflects the related field of Design, with which it is logically integrated. It takes part in experiments exploring the possibilities of application of new materials in collaboration with other UWB faculties and firms engaged in the production of ceramics and porcelain, which are numerous in West Bohemia. This seemingly rather narrowly focused studio is open to overlaps with other artistic and technical fields.
Apart from the main Ceramic Design studio subject, students will, during their studies, take further compulsory subjects: aesthetics and theory of art, selected chapters from the history of art, etc.; an integral part of the curriculum is a compulsory work placement and a compulsory field trip. In order to expand and diversify their qualifications, students are recommended, by the guarantor of the field, to choose, in addition to the main studio course, other subjects from the creative block, such as Product Design, Graphic Design, Drawing, Painting, Illustration, Graphics, etc. Students will complete the selection of subjects from their curriculum by choosing a subject from the optional block – e.g. Classic Photography, Digital Photography, Art Photography, Graphic Design, etc. The best semester works, semester projects and Master works can be regularly exhibited in two UWB galleries in Pilsen under the FUD management, and also in the exhibition spaces outside the city of Pilsen.
Students may complete the study and internships abroad; an obvious part of the study is the involvement of students, under the expert guidance of teachers, in many prestigious art projects and art events of UWB and the city of Pilsen. Graduates are creative, flexible personalities who will have a thorough knowledge of art history, history of applied art, history of the field, aesthetics and art theory. They will be qualified as Masters of an art school with a focus on Fine Arts, oriented towards Ceramic Design. They are more experienced and artistically more mature than Bachelors. Graduates will be familiar with traditional and contemporary technologies; they will be able to work both independently and in a team. They will find career opportunities as independent artists in a free lance profession, as ceramics and porcelain designers, high school or university teachers, company designers, art managers, etc.
The Final State Examination (hereinafter referred to as FSE) is carried out in the form of a general discussion according to the specified topics.
Parts of the Final State Examination:
- Defense of the practical and theoretical parts of the thesis, which was submitted in advance
- Exam in the theory and history of the field (specialization)
- Exam in the History of Art, the History of Applied Arts and Aesthetics
Part of the Final State Examination is to develop and defend the final thesis, which includes a theoretical part and the student′s own work of art.
Examples of Master′s thesis topics:
In the Master's thesis, the processing of the topic differs from the Bachelor's thesis by the extent and depth of the grasp of the topic.
- Dining as a system (table, chairs, plates, cutlery)
- Dining set
- Home bells + home phone − including ceramic wall/tile
- Bathtub + tap
- Washbasin + tap
- Bathroom mirror + basin + lighting + ceramic tiles
- Small bathroom
- Intimate sculpture
- Haptic sculpture
- Building ceramics
- Ceramic relief/tiles
- Sculpture for public spaces
- Ceramics combined with water/light
Each student has the opportunity to propose and submit their own individual thesis topic.