Combined Art Studies

Cultural knowledge across different kinds of artistic creativity.

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Programme of Combined Art Studies is suitable for students interested in art, who prefer to acquire knowledge in multiple subjects rather than specialize in one. The study is implemented either as full-time single-subject studies and/or double-subject ones and combined single-subject studies.

Studies lead students to understand the history and basics of methodology in four main areas - in the history of music, art, theatre and film. The basis of studies are taught in two- semester chapters in the history of music, visual arts, theater and film, history of aesthetics and sociology of art. By completing these courses, a way to understanding the broader historical and methodological context and interdisciplinary relations opens for students.

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After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • be knowledgeable in the history and contemporary state of music, arts, theatre and film, and see these fields in the broader context of the development of culture;
  • encompass key aspects of music, arts, theatre and film in various periods of time;
  • describe socially and historically conditioned types of understanding of the arts (interpretation of them);
  • work in different fields of culture.
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The graduates gain theoretical knowledge in a number of art-disciplines. The acquired competences in the area of cultural studies allow finding employment particularly in management culture, advertising and public relations.

Thanks to the wide focus graduates can work in many areas of culture: in editorial departments of culture of various media (television, radio, newspapers and magazines, online media), art agencies, museum institutions and galleries, and libraries; they can work in the field of heritage conservation, education (although graduates do not gain teaching qualification) in the administration of projects and grants.

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The standard duration of studies is six semesters. In the course of their studies students register compulsory, selective and elective courses according to study plan of the particular type of studies.

To access the final state exam, students must obtain 180 credits in total at both full-time single-subject studies and combined studies; 95 credits in case of full-time two-field studies with a diploma in CAS field, with double-subject full-time studies, and 85 credits in total in case of full-time double-subject studies without a diploma in CAS subject.

The basis of compulsory subjects are taught in two semesters as chapters in the history of music, visual arts, theatre, film and aesthetics, as well as courses in introduction to arts studies, introduction to aesthetics and the general theory of arts, sociology and art workshop of criticism and cultural journalism. The share of compulsory subjects including the amounts of credits for graduation seminars aimed at preparing the thesis makes a total of 111 credits with a single-subject studies, 83 credits in double-subject studies with a diploma in CAS field and 73 credits in the double-subject studies, in which CAS is not a diploma subject.

Out of the semi-optional courses, which make up 51 credits in a single-subject studies (7 credits in double-subject studies), the students choose according to their interests and their future professional specialization. Students in the single-subject studies will gain the remaining 8 credits for completion of any courses from the actual elective courses in the subject or from any other study programmes.

Full-time students are also obliged to complete a two-semester language course of their choice and a philosophy course completed with an examination for 4 credits with a single-subject studies (2 credits in double-subject studies) and the physical education for 2 credits (1 credit in a double-subject studies).

In passing the study students will follow the Course Catalogue of their matriculation year. Access to Course Catalogues of each matriculation year can be found on the website of the faculty.

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During the studies, students will participate in two mandatory practical trainings in cultural institutions encompassing two weeks (80 hours in total) according to offer by tutors, or based on their choice. The aim of this course is to acquaint students with the basic principles of cultural institutions. The course consists of practical internships.

Thanks to long-term cooperation with Brno museums and galleries, theatres, Czech Television, Czech Radio, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Moravian Library and other organizations, students have the opportunity to participate in the preparation of exhibitions and accompanying activities, to instructional activities and documentation of exhibits in the Brno House of Arts, the Moravian Museum and the Moravian Gallery in Brno, work for the organization, promotion and presentation of concerts, theatrical performances and other cultural events. Within this compulsory practice students will gain practical experience in operation of cultural institutions based both in Brno and outside it as well as valuable contacts for further study and work.

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The final state examination consists of a final written test and oral examination. Written test of 45 minutes contains 20 questions in the history of music, art, theatre, film and aesthetics. Knowledge of basic historical data and interdisciplinary contexts is evaluated in the oral examination.

Topics of questions are based on the assigned subject areas and recommended literature.

Part of the final state examination is also defence of the Bachelors thesis.

Further information can found be on the departments website: https://www.phil.muni.cz/music/

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After completion of the Bachelors studies, the best graduates may continue in Masters degree programmes, especially in the fields of Management in Culture and Teaching of Aesthetic Education for high schools.

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Combined Art Studies
Abbreviation: US
Code: 8109R011
Type: Bachelor's degree programme
Degree: Bc.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: B6107 B-HS Humanities
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts

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