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Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media Practice

 

1-year Programme
Full-time
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
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What you study

Exploratory Phase (semester 1)*

  • Art History
  • Design History
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign
  • Sound Design
  • Animation
  • Illustration/Graphics
  • Photography
  • Interactive Art
  • Sculpture/Installation
  • Choosing a Pathway

    * areas are subject to change

Confirmatory Phase (semester 2)

  • Contextual Studies
  • Presentation & Portfolio
  • Final Major Project

 

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“Thanks to the amazing environment and great lecturers, we have gained massive experience and new skills during our foundation year of study at PCU. As a result we have both chosen to continue studying for a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design.” Lizi & Nini Mishveladze

Schedule

Full-time

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.

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

Apply Now

Foundation Projects

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?

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

You can also see the 2022 final projects on their exhibition website 67% Tomato 58 Society% which also includes links to previous years exhibitions.
 

Your Programme Leader

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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.

Career Building at PCU

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Foundation Art Design & Media Practice

Introducing our expanded one-year (two-semester) Foundation Diploma for students who are strongly motivated to pursue higher education or a career in the creative arts.

Utopia Graduate Exhibition

Utopia. A perfect world, a perfect society. Is it possible to ever create such a thing?

In 2021, graduating Foundation Diploma students presented their final major project themed around the concept of utopia and the ways that students envisage solving a range of problems in order to reach such a place.  You can view the livestream presentation here, click here to see more photos from the event, and see the student artwork on the Foundation Diploma Instagram page here.

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Hex Foundation Exhibition

Six pairs of eyes, six themes. See the world from six different perspectives! Every year our Foundation Art and Design students showcase their work so far, in what is always a fascinating display of artistic direction, demonstrating their future intentions.

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Graduate Careers & Further Study Destinations

Our graduates often move into Bachelor’s studies and beyond. Here are a few stories:
 
Sandra Abdulhakova completed her Foundation year and went on to earn her Bachelor’s in Graphic Design. She is now studying for her Master’s and teaches Foundation students at PCU.

Isabela Juchniewicz completed her Foundation year and graduated from Bachelor’s in Fine Art Experimental Media. Isabela is also teaching Foundation students.

Lamija Cehajic completed her Foundation year and graduated from Bachelor’s in Graphic Design. She is now studying for her Master’s degree at Charles University and teaches Foundation students at PCU.


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.

Apply Now