COMPULSORY COURSES (taught in Czech/English)

MAIN COURSE - Studio
Code: different for each studio
A particular program is arranged for each semester. Students from all years either share the same theme or work on different assignments. Group and/or individual consulations and assessments are held usually twice a week. International students are integrated among local ones, the instruction is held in Czech and English, parallelly or separately. International students can even pursue their own project if they wish. More information about AAAD studios´profile is to be found at https://www.umprum.cz/web/en/ under the individual departments/studios.
13 ECTS/semester = 220 hours



KLAUSURA – Final semestral project
Code:
different for each studio
The klauzura period follows the 12-week lecture period. First, the students are announced a common theme for their final semestral projects and work independently on them for three weeks (January/February resp. May/June) under regular guidance by teachers. An the end of the klauzura period students present their works to an academic jury which includes the studio teachers from the corresponding departments and independent experts. The presentations are open to the public although usually only AAAD students and staff attend them. Finally, the projects are evaluated by the jury and publicly exhibited in the studios for a week.
7 ECTS/semester = 180 hours
 

ELECTIVE SUPPLEMENTARY COURSES (taught in English):

ADDITIONAL PERSONAL PROJECT IN THE STUDIO (only for students who can´t participate in the klauzura project due to earlier departure)
Code: F0002
Individual student´s project under guidance of the professor and assistents. The theme is chosen in mutual agreement between the student and teachers. Usually instead of klausura, exceptionally also as a part of the semestral program.
5 ECTS/semester = 125 hours


BOOKBINDING
Code: F0009
The students of this course become familiar with the basics of bookbinding - eight popular types of brochures and hang-up bookbinding with solid covers (V1-V8 types) - and Japanese Yotsume Toji bookbinding. The follow-up course in the second semester is focused on restoration of book and paper. Students learn several traditional bookbinding techniques, along with the materials and tools used to create a variety of book structures. They investigate different styles and use various papers and book construction methods including accordion, Japanese stab, pamphlet stitch, long stitch and Coptic. Ways to incorporate imagery into the books will be discussed.
2 ECTS/semester = 24 hours


FIGURE DRAWING
Code: F0007
The course is intended for anybody who wants to improve their perception of reality, experience the AAAD way of teaching, try various drawing techniques and to compare their work with others. Advice on own work and obligatory homework is individual. Ten different live models, sulphite paper, life-size drawing board and mainly professional guidance are available. The course focuses on figurative drawing but in the case of interest it is possible to chose different themes for drawing.
2 ECTS/semester = 36 hours


CLAY MODELLING
Code: F0013
The content of the course is modelling portrait from a live model at a 1:1 scale. In the introductory lesson, the basic technical method of piling up clay on a wooden construction and measuring key points in the correct proportion are explained. Furthermore, the students work individually according to their individual abilities and their work is consulted with the lecturers. As each student continuously creates only one work in the course of the semester, the lessons follow each other according to the progress of the student. Finally, the work is photographically documented and clay recycled for further use.
2 ECTS/semester = 24 hours

 

INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOP PRACTICE
Code: F0003
Litography, linocut, etching
2 ECTS/semester


CZECH LANGUAGE FOR FOREIGNERS
Code: F0010
2 ECTS/semester = 24 hours

 

COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN SEMINAR (only in autumn semester)
Code: F0001
Computational Design Seminar investigates fundamental changes brought to the field of architecture and design by the introduction of the digital tools. Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing became a new mainstream and are followed by new generative and computational approaches, interactive systems and artificial intelligence. The changes brought by the new digital paradigm are not of only a technical nature, related to the understanding and knowledge of the new tools and techniques, but also of the acceptance of a different mode of thinking about the nature of the design.
The course will provide a theoretical foundation to the field of computational design. Through the analysis of various projects, participants will discuss new chances and challenges brought by the paradigm.

On satisfactory completion of this course, the student will be able to distinguish and characterize various directions and approaches in the field of computational design, put the work of contemporary architects and designers in the context of the development of architectural tools and understand concepts and framework of computational design thinking.

2 ECTS/semester = 24 hours

 

GENERATIVE DESIGN AND COMPUTER DRAFTING
Code: F0042
The development of computational technologies and the digitization of architectural tools have radically influenced the architectural practice. The aim of the course is to introduce the new field of generative and computational design giving an overview on existing digital platforms and making students familiar with Grasshopper and Python visual and classic programming languages.
In the first semester students will be introduced to the basics of Grasshopper and Python languages in Rhinoceros 5.0 programme and will learn several computational designing procedures.
In the second semester, students will get familiar with specific applications of computational methods for architectural and design tasks, simulations of static and dynamic phenomena and the basics of digital fabrication.

On satisfactory completion of this course, the student will be able to distinguish and characterize various tools and methods in the field of computational design, design through the use of algorithms and scripting,
understand and apply digital tools to the both design and fabrication processes.
2 ECTS/semester = 24 hours

CZECH MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Code: F0004
Our one-year course taught in English comprises of lectures in a field of modern art and architecture. It provides students with an education in the history of the Central European, Czechoslovak and Czech art and architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries from the perspective of Central European social, cultural and economic history. It also equips them with the necessary academic skills for a career within or outside of the academia, giving the students the innovative view on historical and cultural development in this region. Participants have the opportunity to visit leading cultural and knowledge institutions in the city and explore their permanent or temporary exhibitions or educational programs linked with the topics of each lecture. Inherent part of each lecture is discussion with and among the students, lecturers and experts from the visited cultural institutions. Through lecture we strongly believe it is critical for our students to be exposed to the best and most progressive work.

All lectures present projects and discuss ideas and history of this field, or related areas (such as urbanism, cultural heritage preservation, conservation, museology, etc.). These areas equally cover the history and development of visual arts and architecture, both intentionally linked up with the European or generally known artistic periods and historical turning-points. Focus is on providing as much arguments and information as it is possible in order to provoke students’ questions in finding their own reflection on history of visual art, as well as answers to the questions about its character, function or mission.
2 ECTS/semester = 24 hours

CZECH ART IN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT
Code: F0015
The two-semester course will trace the main chapters of Czech modern art in a broader international context. It will follow the major movements and leading personalities in a chronological way. Theoretical classroom lectures will be accompanied by visits to permanent collections of National Gallery in Prague and temporary exhibitions.
On satisfactory completion of this course, the student will be able to understand the key principles of the most important modern art movements and to argue their importance, distinguish the specificity of Czech modern art and its role in international context and view art as a complex field which role is relevant also in context of society, politics and national issues.
2 ECTS/semester = 24 hours

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN IN CONTEXT
Code: F0012
The GD seminar offers selected “70 issues” from Graphic Design history in a context and comparison with the situation in the former Czechoslovakia, and later on in the Czech Republic. The main theme “Modernism and its heritage” is further divided into three main blocks of seminars: “What Avant-gard had initiated” (1900–1939), “Bauhaus Emigrés in the USA and What happened in Europe” (1939-50s) and “The Critique of Modernism”. The students will be asked to select one of the presented problems, research its evidence and write their own analysis.
2 ECTS/semester = 24 hours

HISTORY OF DESIGN OF THE 20TH CENTURY
Code: F0040
The course will introduce you to the history of design ranging from the beginning of the 19th century (Ruskin, Thonet, Dresser etc., Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry, London 1851), Modernism (Werkbund, Artěl), Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism (including a lecture in collections of UPM/Museum of Decorative Arts); Art Deco (Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, Paris 1900), National style and Functionalism, World War II and its impact on the development of design, Cold War, to organic design and a development of plastics, die Gute Form, postmodernism and contemporary design. A part of every lecture will focus on the history of Czech design in the context of history, culture and visual arts.

On satisfactory completion of this course, the student will be able to prove their understanding of the key principles of the most important historical design movements, to argue their importance and be aware of the specificity of Czech/Czechoslovak design in the world context; critically evaluate different ideas and problems approached by important design movements and personalities and to see them in specific historical and social context; put their own work as designers into a wider social context; view design as a complex field, that reacts to specific needs of society and individuals and closely cooperates with other areas of art and industry
2 ECTS/semester = 24 hours

 

ARCHITECTURE OF THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURY
Code: F0049
The lecture series provides a basic overview of the key theoretical concepts, the basic development trends and creative approaches in the field of architecture in the 20th century and contemporary architecture. A special attention is paid to the architectural avant-garde, and Prague and Brno as architectural centers in the first half of XX century. Modernism will be explained by its original thoughts ideas and believes and this manner will be used also for the contemporary, more recent architectures.  Political and economic context of the architecture will be underlying 100 years of architecture.

On satisfactory completion of this course, the student will be able to define the basic concepts related to architecture and urbanism within a wider socio-cultural and political context. Also, they will be able to identify the basic style trends and key projects of architecture of the period in question and to put in relations the key theoretical concepts in the field of architecture.
2 ECTS/semester = 24 hours

 

CONTEMPORARY/ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY
Code: F0023 (Contemporary Philosophy)
Code: F0016 (Ancient Philosophy)
Rather than dealing with specific theories and works by main philosophers, the course addresses broader topics of ancient thinking, for example myth, agency, public sphere, metaphorical thinking, tragedy and the concept of empathy. The series of lectures aims at exposing these concepts as challenging our own cultural pre-concepts, and attempts at illustrating them by audiovisual examples from popular culture (Blade Runner, True Detective, Matrix, MacGyver, etc).
2 ECTS/semester = 24 hours

 

TEAM PROJECT
Code: F0041
2 ECTS/semester = 24 hours

 
EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC AND POLITICS OF SUBCULTURE (not taught every year)
Code: F0014
Alternatives, experimental music, forms of independence and subversion, between performance and sound art; the series of lectures deals with progressive music in over the past fifty years and mainly focuses on topics such as minimalism, various forms of improvisation, noise, silence, and sound of real world, afrofuturism, sampling and conceptual music, copyright versus creativity, and digital as a metaphor. The aim of the series is not only to make students familiar with distinctive styles and prominent musicians, but also to offer them new ways of listening to and perceiving the world in general. Listening to music and watching short videos is an essential part of the lectures.
2 ECTS/semester = 24 hours