School of Arts

Bachelor's programme in Digital Arts and Practices

Study programme: Bachelor's programme in Digital Arts and Practices
Main fields of study: art
Course code: 1DUP
Level of study: 1. stopnja visokošolski strokovni
Name of the qualification: diploma
Qualification title: Bachelor of Arts in Digital Arts and Practices
Qualification abbreviation: BA in Digital Arts and Practices
Final examination: no
Dean: prof. Boštjan Potokar
Programme director: prof. Rene Rusjan
ECTS coordinator: prof. dr. Iztok Arčon

Programme description

The Digital Arts and Practices programme has been developed in accordance with the principles of Bologna declaration and will be based on the three-year long Digital Media programme of Famul Stuart School of Applied Arts. The programme seeks a balance between diverse disciplines crossing their way in creative projects which characteristically use digital media and technologies. The programme shall also explore various uses of art in contemporary society in addition to the uses and implementation of creative practices in other disciplines, from sociological and humanistic to natural sciences. The programme will be structured around four main artistic modules and supported by historical/critical and technical modules.

Main modules:

  • Animation (animated film, animation in creative industries);
  • Videofilm (feature, documentary, experimental videofilm, art video);
  • Photography (fine art, applied);
  • New media (creative use of new technologies).

Such structure enables combining different media and creative environments while the students can explore each media in their functional use and/or as independent creative means. Thus a broad field of future professions opens up: from authors (meaning an author of an artwork in its entirety, for example of an animated film or art installation, photo or web project) up to professional workers in interdisciplinary creative teams (creator of virtual spaces, creating animations or interactive applications for mobile phone industry, video reporter for web TV, documentary or product photographer, director of photography in a videofilm, layout artists, special effects animators, character animators, etc).

The Digital Arts and Practices programme enables, besides studying in four main modules, explorations in three diverse fields – film narration, creative industries and contemporary art – through alternative choices along with vertical and horizontal connections.

Duration and Credit System

The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Arts and Practices is a three-year long programme, the student accumulates 60 points each year, thus to finish the studies the student is required to have successfully completed all courses and other obligations as well as successfully presenting the graduation project; altogether at least 180 ECTS points. As the programme is ECTS based, it enables including the studies into the credit study system in Slovenia and Europe.

Career prospects

Graduates of the Digital Arts and Practices programme of the School of Arts are able to work in mass media (TV, internet, electronic in printed newspapers) and production houses, advertising agencies, architecture studios, galleries, museums, archives etc., in other words where there is a need for video production and postproduction, applied photography, graphic interfaces, animated film, animated graphics or where any of the above is used as secondary means of presentation. Some graduates with a distinctive individual creative potential also try their chances as contemporary audiovisual and new media artists, independent feature, documentary or animated film authors, photographers or multimedia artists.

Admission requirements

The admission requirements for the Digital Arts and Practices programme are:

  1. Matura, vocational matura or final examination after the completion of four-year secondary education programme or its equivalent in Slovenia or abroad;
  2. Proof of artistic ability for the Digital Arts and Practices programme.

Certificate of artistic ability is valid only for the current study year.

Candidates who get at least 48 ECTS points from other study programmes which correspond at least in 70% with the course contents of the Digital Arts and practices programme accredited by the committee for student matters and successfully pass point 2 of admission requirements, will be able to inscribe directly into the second study year. Candidates who get at least 108 ECTS points from other study programmes which correspond at least in 70% with the course contents of the Digital Arts and practices programme accredited by the committee for student matters and pass point 2 of admission requirements, will be able to inscribe directly into the third study year.

If the number of students pre-registered for enrolment greatly exceeds the number of places available, admission will be limited. In selecting the candidates these points shall be taken into account:

  • Proof of artistic ability: 90%
  • Grade-point average of the matura, vocational matura or secondary school final examination: 5%
  • Grade-point average of the 3rd and 4th year in secondary school: 5%

Proof of artistic ability includes:

  • Portfolio, motivation letter with a biography
  • Interview

Note:

  • The portfolio should illustrate the candidate’s talent as well as the level of knowledge of media and techniques.
  • The motivation letter with a biography should show activity of the candidate in and outside of the chosen medium/media and uncover his/her motives in the choice of studies and professional way.
  • In the interview the authorship of the submitted material shall be proven as well as the candidate’s ability of comprehension and expressing his/her thoughts.

Educational and professional goals

An essential goal of the study programme is to help the students develop into creative personalities who will act either as independent authors or members of creative teams; who will competently work in their specific chosen field but also have a high degree of broad knowledge and critical sensitivity in the world of contemporary technologies as well as art, information media and contemporary society.

Considering the fact that this is one of the fields where technologies are fast developing, a great emphasis will be given to stimulating the student’s mobility, self-initiative, critical view, using diverse sources of knowledge and furthermore to the student’s awareness of the importance of permanent education and independent learning. Moreover the school shall give its best to mediate expert knowledge that will enable the student to work successfully in the chosen field of creative work within digital arts and practices, facilitate his/her successful communication with experts of different profiles and develop a responsibility for their work towards themselves, their colleagues, their clients and the end users.

Access to further studies

Graduates are able to enter undergraduate programmes of the university type, post-graduate programmes leading to specialization, and other post-graduate programmes, according to the recommendations issued by the respective institution of higher education in the pre-enrolment announcement for undergraduate and post-graduate study programmes.

Examination and assessment regulations

  • Modules with artistic contents: creative assignments and an exam, presentation of the project;
  • Modules with technical contents: exercises and an exam;
  • Modules with historical/critical contents; written or oral exam and seminar papers;
  • The student finishes studies with defending his/her diploma thesis in front of a three-person committee.

Courses

1. year

Module carrying modules

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
1 - Animation I 180 6
2 - Videofilm I 60 6
3 - Photography I 60 6
4 - New media I 60 6

Module general modules

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
7 - Contemporary Art Practices I 40 4
8 - History and Theory of Arts and Media I 80 8

Module support modules

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
5 - Digital Practicum I 225 16
6 - Creative Practicum I 120 8

2. year

Module carrying modules

General elective courses Ure ECTS
1 - Animation II 120 14
2 - Videofilm II 120 14
3 - Photography II 120 14
4 - New media II 120 14

Module general modules

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
7 - Contemporary Art Practices II 100 10
8 - History and Theory of Arts and Media II 100 10

Module support modules

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
5 - Digital Practicum II 100 10
6 - Creative Practicum II 100 8
X - Selective Courses I 100 8

3. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Diploma thesis - 16

Module carrying modules

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
10 - Videofilm III - D - 16
11 - Photography III - D - 16
12 - New Media III - D - 16
13 - Contemporary Art Practices III - D - 16
9 - Animation III - D - 16
General elective courses Ure ECTS
1 - Animation III 50 4
2 - Videofilm III 50 4
3 - Photography III 50 4
4 - New media III 50 4
7 - Contemporary Art Practices III/NM 50 4

Module general modules

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
7 - Contemporary Art Practices III 80 10
8 - History and Theory of Arts and Media III 70 10

Module support modules

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
5 - Digital Practicum III 75 6
6 - Creative Practicum III 50 4
X - Selective Courses II 125 10