about the specialization
The aim of the course is to prepare students to become well-oriented in spacial art, having a thorough art and craft base with an emphasis on small sculptures and jewellery. The field has a broad foundation in the study of organic and non-organic natural materials, the figure, the portrait and work with space. The study is anchored in a systematic study and application of various traditional and non-traditional materials, and precision craftsmanship. This follow-up Master's Degree Study Program is grounded in a similarly structured Bachelor's Degree Study program.
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.
Apart from the main studio, students will, during their studies, take further compulsory subjects: aesthetics and theory of art, selected chapters from the history of art; an integral part of the curriculum is a compulsory work placement. 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 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, history of contemporary photography, 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 art projects and art events. Graduates are creative, flexible personalities who will have a thorough knowledge of art history, the 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 spatial art. They are more experienced and artistically more mature than Bachelors. Graduates will be familiar with the traditional and contemporary technologies; they will be able to work with wood, stone, metals, gems, semiprecious stones, plastics, etc.; they will be ready to experiment and find new ways in visual and technical solutions. They will be equipped with the knowledge and skills that form the basis of sculpture and, especially, jewellery. They may work as independent artists – designers, or as members of a team or firm.
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 ensemble (table, chairs, dishes, utensils, candlestick, ashtray, etc.)
- Jewellery for someone + case
Each student has the opportunity to propose and submit their own individual thesis topic.