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Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media Practice 

1-year Programme
Start September or February


Do you want to improve your skills and qualifications for work or future studies, but do not yet have a portfolio or meet the entry requirements for a Bachelor‘s degree? This one-year programme is structured to help you find your niche and develop an artistic portfolio so you can make your next move with confidence. It's also perfect for students who want to explore multiple artistic areas before determining their future path.

The programme pushes experimentation and development of skills to give you the tools and skills to accomplish and express your creative vision. In the first semester a weekly Friday Show exhibition on campus or online, lets you showcase project work to the general public. Students also develop critical awareness of the contemporary visual world and the relationship of design and artistic practice to historical, cultural, environmental and social influences.

Programme Essentials

  • Explore, investigate, experience and create work in the fields of art, media and design
  • Develop skills, learn and practise techniques with advanced design software, technical equipment and traditional materials
  • Receive individual mentoring from lecturers to help you discover and find your future pathways
  • Gain a theoretical grounding to further develop in Bachelor’s level studies
  • Participate and produce work for the weekly Friday show during the first semester

Find out more about programme accreditation & recognition →

What you study

Exploratory Phase
(Semester 1)*

  • Art History
  • Design History
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign
  • Sound Design
  • Animation
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Interactive Art
  • Video shooting/editing
  • Choosing a Pathway
* areas are subject to change

Confirmatory Stage
(Semester 2)

  • Contextual Studies
  • Presentation & Portfolio
  • Final Major Project
Alexandra Clarke

“Studying Foundation Art, Design & Media Practice for a year was the best thing that has ever happened to me. The discussions were so fun and the focus on creative thinking and problem solving definitely helped me improve overall. The programme is also neurodivergent friendly and accommodating, you learn many useful skills in a very digestible manner. I have now chosen to continue studying for a Bachelor's degree in Creative Media Production after finishing my foundation year.

Alexandra Clarke



Students are expected to attend daily classes (20 hours per week), plus additional workshops & guest lectures. In semester 2, classes are 10 hours per week with the additional time directed into independent learning practice in the studio, as well as some workshops.

Meet Your Programme Leader

Franco Huller

Franco Hüller, MFA

Franco Hüller is Programme Leader for Foundation Art & Design. He is also an artist who devotes himself to experimental work in the fields of painting, photography, installations, performance and video art. Franco graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna (Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna) specializing in painting, and has been living and working in Prague since 2008. He has held many solo exhibitions and participated in collective exhibitions throughout Europe.

See all lecturers from the School Art & Design →

Entry Requirements

  • A Czech high school diploma or equivalent education from other countries, assessed individually. One A-level pass or LCCIEB equivalent, or International Baccalaureate Diploma.
  • Confirmation of English level upon entry, which could be one of the following: Required Scores: IELTS of at least 5.0; TOEFL iBT of at least 45; Cambridge First Certificate of English (minimum B). Versant language exam - score equivalent to 5.0 IELTS. Other equivalent English assessment subject to PCU approval.

  • A letter of motivation (300 words). Students can also submit their current examples of art and design works.

  • For all programmes at Prague City University there is a final interview between the applicant and the Programme Leader before the final decision on admission is made.

Are you interested in this programme?
Start in September or February.

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Foundation Projects

To view current student work please visit the Foundation Art, Design and Media Practice Behance page and Instagram page

You can also see final projects on their website which includes links to previous years exhibitions →

This book features a collection of short stories about our invisible struggles. We can’t create a Utopia by ridding the world of mental illnesses and all invisible suffering, but for people struggling with mental health, ridding the world of prejudice and misconceptions about this topic might do the trick.
Tereza Slípková - Foundaiton Project

Eileen Vu Thanh Thao Ha, Mo(ood), The feeling of always being on Cloud 9
A short film about bipolar disorder with a focus on its manic aspect within a utopian world, where happiness is unlimited and harmony is society's greatest calling. But does 'unlimited' happiness really exist?

Niki Ngọc Anh Vo, No(body)
No(body) is a digital preview of 5 upcycled garments made from various materials (thrifted, unused scraps etc.). The clothes are presented as floating invisible figures, in short, a dressed body with no actual body.

Valeriia Koshevetc, Brave New Worlds
A project dedicated to sexism, language and gender. It aims to show two utopian worlds and show what might happen in the future in terms of gender. The main goal was to create a prototype of a game that lets people experience daily life in these utopias.

Career Building at PCU

Reflective Fragments exhibition, meet new graduate Nadiya

Nadiya’s installation centered on an amusement park machine that grabs and pulls out a plush toy of our choice. Such a symbol represents entertainment so the work becomes a satirical display of our distorted view of the world. In this way, Nadiya shed light on the paradox of human-animal relationships-some we pick as companions, others are food.

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