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Programme code 42214
Field of study Arts
Faculty Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art
Obtainable degree Professional Bachelor's Degree in Art
Access to further studies Access to Professional Master Study Programmes
Programme director Austra Celmiņa-Ķeirāne
Credits 160 KP or 240 ECTS
Study duration full-time
8 Semesters
Tuition fee starting Autumn semester, 2019 Tuition fee per year - 2200 EUR
Number of students accepted each year Autumn semester 2019
State -funded study places- 2
Autumn semester 2019
Study places for tuition fee - 90
Minimum number of students - 25
Start of studies Autumn 2019
Study duration part-time: regular studies
9 Semesters
Tuition fee starting Autumn semester, 2019 Tuition fee per year - 1950 EUR
Number of students accepted each year Autumn semester 2019
State -funded study places- 0
Autumn semester 2019
Study places for tuition fee - 50
Minimum number of students - 25
Start of studies Autumn 2019
Language of instruction Latvian
Aim and tasks of the study programme

The aim of the professional bachelor study programme “Art” is to give students a possibility:

  1. to become analytically and creatively thinking specialists who are competitive in the modern labour market and who have versatile knowledge in the field of digital design or interior design, who possess originality of artistic ideas, cognitive, social, cultural, technological, economic understanding of designing context and the ability to use the possibilities provided by the computer and production technologies in their employment both in enterprises of Latvia and in international projects; 
  2. to obtain Level 5 professional qualification in digital design or interior design.

The acquisition of the programme provide students  with the possibility for further studies and/or advanced specialization within the professional development programmes and Master studies in Latvia and abroad.

 

Objectives of the study programme:

  1. To create preconditions for students for the acquisition of knowledge and formation of competencies in:
  2.           - fine arts, composition, colouristics; 
              - visualisation, picture and image systematization;
             - understanding the specifics of different design works;
             - design, design management, assessment of financial and economic aspects of projects;
             - development of projects based on understanding of physical, cognitive, culture, social and economic factors;
             - new technologies and software, as well as the spectrum of opportunities offered by the production technologies;
             - culture of business communication, cooperation with clients and other parties involved in the projects.
  3. To give a possibility for students to develop research skills integral to the understanding and implementation of theoretical assumptions for the purposes of analysis and interpretation of factological and visual material, thus ensuring logical and continuous integration of theoretical assumptions with practice.
  4. To promote the improvement of students’ personality in the study process.
Learning outcomes of the study programme

After the acquisition of the study programme students will be able to:

•    show key and specialized knowledge in the field of design characteristic to the profession of the graphic designer or interior designer creating the graphic design product or interior design project;

•    show the understanding of the most important terms and regularities of the design field, to orient in the structure of the design process, to know the means of expression characteristic to the design language;

•    understand the criteria of design values in historical, political, economic, aesthetic, ethnic and social context;

•    demonstrate the understanding of the topicalities in the design field and its role in the context of the state economy;

•    formulate and describe analytically the information, problems of the design and related fields and predict the possible solutions;

•    evaluate factors influencing the development of design and participants;

•    applying the acquired theoretical knowledge and skills to perform professional and artistically innovative activity in design sector;

•    formulate the work problems and  supreme objective, to develop independently and creatively the design offer, adjust it with the client, employer, responsible services, technical executors, manufacturers;

•    orient in the range of traditional and digital visualization technologies and offer of materials;

•    choose the most suitable, respective artistic and technical approaches for implementing the design idea;

•    plan the implementation of the design project, perform author supervision, control the quality of production works of the design product and the correspondence to the conception, aesthetic and technical quality, environment protection and requirements of safety norms;

•    systematize and archive the information accumulated in the process of developing the design project;

•    do work individually or in a team, make decisions according to the competence and take responsibility, solve conflict situations;

•    choose the presentation strategy, present the project to different audiences, discuss argumentatively about it;

•    structure independently one’s learning;

•    show scientific approach in problem solving in the area of interior or graphic design;

•    observe ethical norms;

•    be aware of the necessity of lifelong learning.


 

Admission requirements

Secondary education


General rules (here)

 

Competition criteria for persons with an obtained secondary education on year 2004 and onwards:


CE in Latvian

CE in English or CE in French, or CE in German

a practical test in visual arts


Competition criteria for persons with an obtained secondary education up to year 2004 (not included) as well as persons who have obtained their secondary education abroad and persons with special needs:


final average grade in Latvian and Literature

final grade in English or in French, or in German

a practical test in visual arts

final average grade in certain subjects


Note: the study programme has the following sub-programmes: Graphics Designer; Interior Design. The sub-programme needs to be specified when applying for studies.

Admission formulas

For persons with an obtained secondary education on year 2004 and onwards: CE in Latvian and Literature up to year 2011 or CE in Latvian from year 2012 (writing and text creation (4 x 100 = 400)) + CE in English or CE in French, or CE in German (listening (0,4 x 100 = 40) + reading (0,4 x 100 = 40) + speaking (0,4 x 100 = 40) + language usage (0,4 x 100 = 40) + writing (0,4 x 100 = 40)) + a practical test in visual arts (0,4 x 1000 = 400)


For persons with an obtained secondary education up to year 2004 (not included) as well as persons who have obtained their secondary education abroad and persons with special needs:  secondary education document final average grade in Latvian and Literature (20 x 10 = 200) + secondary education document final grade in English or in French, or in German (20 x 10 = 200) + secondary education document final average grade in certain subjects (20 x 10 = 200) + a practical test in visual arts (0,4 x 1000 = 400)

Art   160
Mandatory part   94
General education courses   23
Common General education courses   17
SDSK2032 Civil Protection Test 1
Filz2050 Aesthetics Exam 2
Filz1057 Introduction to Philosophy Exam 2
Soci1030 Introduction to Sociology Exam 2
VidZ1022 Sustainable Development and Environment Exam 2
JurZ3017 Intellectual Property Law Exam 2
MākZ4A03 Philosophy of the Arts and issues of aesthetics education Exam 2
Psih1037 Psychology of Communication Exam 2
Ekon2087 Entrepreneurship Economics Exam 4
Foreign language 1   2
Valo1477 English I Oral Communication Exam 2
Valo1480 German I Verbal Communication Exam 2
Foreign language 2   2
Valo1478 English II Reading and terminology Exam 2
Valo1481 German II Reading and Terminology Exam 2
Foreign language 3   2
Valo2384 English III Reading and Communication Exam 2
Valo2385 German III Reading and Communication Exam 2
Field-specific theoretical foundation courses   14
SDSK1088 Computer Tehnologies in Design Specialities Exam 2
MākZ1019 Colouristics I Exam 2
MākZ2027 Colouristics II Exam 2
MākZP108 Composition I Exam 2
MākZPA55 Composition II Exam 2
MākZ1A04 Design Composition I Exam 4
MākZ2A00 Design Composition II Exam 4
MākZPA58 History of Art I Exam 2
MākZ2361 History of Art II Exam 2
Field-specific professional specialization courses   22
MākZ3020 Painting I Exam 4
MākZP021 Painting II Exam 2
MākZP022 Painting III Exam 2
MākZP023 Painting IV Exam 2
MākZ1026 Drawing I Exam 4
MākZ2036 Drawing II Exam 4
MākZ2037 Drawing III Exam 2
MākZ3031 Drawing IV Exam 2
Practice   23
MākZ3030 Plain Air I Internship 2
MākZ4009 Plain Air II Internship 2
MākZR000 Professional Practice in design I Internship 3
MākZR002 Professional practice in design II Internship 6
MākZR001 Professional practice in design III Internship 6
MākZ1035 Research Practice I Internship 2
MākZ2033 Research Practice II Internship 2
State examination   12
MākZP444 Diploma Work Diploma Paper 10
MākZP114 State Examination Final Examination 2
Restricted elective courses   60
Common B part   12
Field-specific theoretical foundation courses   6
MākZ2028 Colouristics III Exam 2
MākZ3026 Colouristics IV Exam 2
MākZ2029 Composition III Exam 2
MākZPA71 Design Composition III Exam 4
MākZPA72 Design Composition IV Exam 4
Field-specific professional specialization courses   6
MākZ1017 Graphic software I Exam 2
MākZ2022 Graphic Software II Exam 2
MākZ4011 Drawing VI Exam 2
Part B of Subprogrammes   48
Digital Designer   48
Field-specific theoretical foundation courses   16
MākZ1014 Design history I Exam 2
MākZ2020 Design history II Exam 2
MākZP112 Composition V Exam 2
MākZ1021 Theory of Art Systems Development Exam 2
MākZ1022 Perspective Exam 2
Psih1049 Psychology of Advertising Exam 2
MākZ1028 Designing effective PR and promotion campaigns Exam 2
MākZ1027 Branding essentials Exam 2
Field-specific professional specialization courses   32
Common field-specific professional specialization courses   22
MākZ1024 Type design Exam 2
MākZ1016 Photography I Exam 2
MākZ2021 Photography II Exam 2
MākZP024 Painting V Exam 2
MākZ2023 Graphic software III Exam 2
MākZ3021 Graphic software IV Exam 2
MākZ4010 Typographic Design Essentials Exam 4
MākZ3033 Typographic Layout Design Exam 2
MākZ1025 Sculpture Exam 2
MākZ4012 Drawing VII Exam 2
Optional field-specific professional specialization courses   10
MākZ4000 3D digital graphics (MAYA I) Exam 2
MākZ4372 3D graphic programmes (Maya II) Exam 2
MākZ2017 Animation I Exam 2
MākZ3017 Animation II Exam 2
MākZ3022 Graphic Software V Exam 2
MākZ3032 Graphic Software VI Exam 2
MākZ3023 Introduction into Professional activity Exam 2
MākZ3028 Basic Camerawork I Exam 2
MākZ3029 Basic Camerawork II Exam 2
MākZ1032 Graphic Design for WEB I Exam 2
MākZ4342 Graphic Design for WEB II Exam 2
Interior Designer   48
Field-specific theoretical foundation courses   16
MākZ1013 Basics of architecture I Exam 2
MākZ2018 Basics of architecture II Exam 2
MākZ2019 Basics of architecture III Exam 2
MākZ3018 Basics of architecture IV Exam 2
MākZ1015 Ergonomics Exam 2
MākZ2026 History of interior design Exam 2
MākZP111 Composition IV Exam 2
MākZ1022 Perspective Exam 2
Field-specific professional specialization courses   32
MākZ2583 Digital Construction Exam 2
MākZ1511 Basics of Digital Construction Exam 2
MākZ3019 Designing with light Exam 2
MākZ3022 Graphic Software V Exam 2
MākZ3032 Graphic Software VI Exam 2
MākZ1018 Interior Designing I Exam 2
MākZ2024 Interior Designing II Exam 2
MākZ2025 Interior Designing III Exam 2
MākZ3024 Interior Designing IV Exam 2
MākZ3025 Interior Designing V Exam 2
MākZ1030 Modelling Exam 2
MākZ1033 Materials and Finishing Techniques I Exam 2
MākZ2030 Materials and Finishing Techniques II Exam 2
MākZ2034 Designing spatial objects I Exam 2
MākZ2035 Designing spatial objects II Exam 2
MākZ1025 Sculpture Exam 2
Graphic designer   48
Field-specific theoretical foundation courses   16
MākZ1014 Design history I Exam 2
MākZ2020 Design history II Exam 2
MākZP112 Composition V Exam 2
MākZ1021 Theory of Art Systems Development Exam 2
MākZ1022 Perspective Exam 2
Psih1049 Psychology of Advertising Exam 2
MākZ1028 Designing effective PR and promotion campaigns Exam 2
MākZ1027 Branding essentials Exam 2
Field-specific professional specialization courses   32
Common field-specific professional specialization courses   22
MākZ1024 Type design Exam 2
MākZ1016 Photography I Exam 2
MākZ2021 Photography II Exam 2
MākZP024 Painting V Exam 2
MākZ2023 Graphic software III Exam 2
MākZ3021 Graphic software IV Exam 2
MākZ4010 Typographic Design Essentials Exam 4
MākZ3033 Typographic Layout Design Exam 2
MākZ1025 Sculpture Exam 2
MākZ4012 Drawing VII Exam 2
Optional field-specific professional specialization courses   10
MākZ4000 3D digital graphics (MAYA I) Exam 2
MākZ4372 3D graphic programmes (Maya II) Exam 2
MākZ2017 Animation I Exam 2
MākZ3017 Animation II Exam 2
MākZ3022 Graphic Software V Exam 2
MākZ3032 Graphic Software VI Exam 2
MākZ3023 Introduction into Professional activity Exam 2
MākZ3028 Basic Camerawork I Exam 2
MākZ3029 Basic Camerawork II Exam 2
MākZ1032 Graphic Design for WEB I Exam 2
MākZ4342 Graphic Design for WEB II Exam 2
Elective courses   6
Science sector Art
EKI level 6
Programme practical realization

Starting studies students have to choose one of the qualifications offered by the programme – digital design or interior design. It is possible to change the speciality in individual cases in the first months of the first semester but no later because the courses to be acquired differ.  

      The study programme is implemented in the state language. Foreign students are offered part of the courses in English – their choice is determined by several considerations. Firstly, they are study courses the acquisition of which in selective order during one semester is permissible from the point of view of interdisciplinary link and logics. Secondly, they are study courses that might be of interest to foreign students (taking into consideration the classic acquisition traditions of visual art that have been preserved in Eastern Europe from the so called realism of the Russian school). 

      The academic staff along with the traditional methods and organization forms of the studies applies more the interactive methods involving students in active work and research and creative projects in pairs or small groups. The academic staff applies widely the strategies of cooperative learning and critical thinking. The case study method is often used in the professional specialization courses: creative tasks to be performed individually or in groups are designed corresponding to real situations.

      Students study in formal contact hours (lectures, practical studio classes, seminars), outside the classrooms (acquisition of e-courses, development of projects, study excursions, site visits, practice, and work independently. Students work out a diploma paper at the end of their studies. At present all study courses have the e-study environment and the academic staff is involved more and more in the use of its possibilities.

      Study work consists of studies under the guidance of the university lecturer and independent studies. Part of the compulsory courses of the study programme are delivered organizing large group (flow) lectures when the lecture courses are read to the whole course or, if possible, together with students of other study programmes. Students are divided in smaller groups for seminars or practical studio classes. The key objective of lectures is to give students theoretical knowledge. During seminars and practical classes that constitute ½ to ¾ of the total number of lectures in professional study programme students learn to apply theoretical knowledge in the implementation of concrete creative projects.  

The proportion of using modern technologies in the study process is increasing. Due to the specifics of the study field it is necessary to use different visual material therefore the academic staff uses widely computers and multimedia for demonstrations.

      To perform independent work students use computers and information search possibilities in the internet both during the lectures and the free access computer class outside the lectures, at home or the dormitory where there is wi-fi connection.

      The practice envisaged in the programme is organized in accordance with the UL and faculty regulations. The organization of the professional practice in the study programme is determined by the specifics of the design field: employers mainly are the micro or small enterprises which employ only some designers. Thus usually only 1-2 students are able to do practice in one enterprise at a time. There is a similar situation also with other businesses of the field which employ designers in the marketing or public relations departments. Therefore the study programme has a comparatively large number of practice placements, besides enterprises are continuously changing.

      Sending the student for doing the practice, the priority is the student’s interests, i.e., the practice placement that potentially can become a permanent working place providing remuneration. Therefore students are encouraged to find their practice placement themselves- just as a professional designer joins the labour market. If the student has not managed to find the placement he/she is offered to do the practice with the regular partners with whom agreements have been signed for securing students’ practice.

      Assessing the practice it is taken into account whether the practice place has been the company of design or other field: if the basic activities of the business where the student did the practice are not connected with the realization of design projects the professional assessment of the work done in the practice is given by one of the lecturers who is also a practising designer. If the practice was done in a design enterprise the assessment of the practice supervisor indicated in the reference is taken into account.

Rating system

Twice a year at the end of each semester public presentations (mock exhibitions) are organized in which students present creative works developed during particular study courses. The academic staff working with the particular group participates collegiately in the assessment of students’ works thus receiving an all-round idea about each student’s achievement and competence, and strengthens the mutual cooperation at the same time avoiding the duplication of tasks.

      Requirements for receiving credits are fixed in each course description. They depend on the content of the study course but most often there are planned 2-4 testing occasions (tests, quizzes, review of creative development, midterm portfolio presentations) during the semester on important content parts of the study course (assessment is fixed in Moodle environment). This is followed by the final testing of the course (written or oral examination, course paper or exposition of works in the mock exhibition). Thus assessment of student’s work is systematic and it indicates the regularity of student’s work; it allows distributing the study load more evenly during the semester (especially the student’s independent work part); it allows controlling the process of preparing the creative works thus decreasing the possible doubt about the authorship of the completed work.

       The assessment received at the end of the course indicates not only the knowledge in the final examination of the course but also the application of knowledge, competence and attitudes during the acquisition of the course. Study courses in which the final work of the semester is a creative work finish with the mock exhibition in which the final assessment is reached as a result of a collegiate agreement of the lecturers’ commission. Such assessment process ensures the objectivity of assessment, promotes maintaining the unified conception of the study programme and the mutual integration of the study courses.

      To develop students’ presentation competencies necessary to substantiate their ideas and discuss the working methods and solutions, a number of study courses (Design history, History of interior design, Foreign language, Branding essentials) require the public presentation of accomplished projects. This refers also to research practice and professional practice: during research practice each student defends the individually but the defence of the professional practice is organized as a seminar-discussion which allows assessing not only the student’s professional competence but also controlling the correspondence of the study programme to the demands of the labour market.

      Students take written and/or oral examinations in the general knowledge and study theoretical courses which are assessed by the concrete lecturer in the 10-point marking scale.

      To assess the Diploma paper the reviewer provides a written evaluation and student can get acquainted with it before the defence. The supervisor of the Diploma paper submits the assessment to the secretary of the state examination commission. During the defence of the diploma paper the state examination commission assess both the student’s presentation and the answers to the questions. The commission evaluates student’s knowledge with a mark in the 10-point marking scale in a closed sitting taking into consideration the assessment on the diploma paper given by the reviewer, supervisor and each member of the commission.

Programme price

Yearly programme costs per student correspond to the tuition fee given above.