Course detail

Entering the Art World

FaVU-ENARAcad. year: 2020/2021

To be able to succeed in today’s art world, one needs to develop and master not only her creative skills, but also basic skills related to presentation of one’s own practice. This course will focus on selected situations and formats in which authors present their own work, seek financial support, grants, or residencies. These involve formats such an artistic statement, or an informative description of artwork/project, either as part of one’s portfolio or within oral presentation (artist talk). Next to lectures and workshops under the tuition of core faculty staff, the course will also include talks and presentations of visiting artists, curators, residency program managers and other professionals from the field.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will gain a basic overview of the requirements associated with such procedures as writing applications for grants and scholarships or for creative residencies. Students will strengthen their competencies in creating their own portfolios, artistic statements and presentations in English. By attending lectures and presentations by foreign visiting artists and art world professionals, students will gain a set of ideas and tools useful for presenting their own work.

Prerequisites

Basic orientation in institutional structure of contemporary art world, knowledge of English at the B1 level.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Studijními materiály jsou v tomto kurzu především příklady dobré a špatné praxe – konkrétní portfolia, grantové výzvy a přihlášky, výzvy a přihlášky k rezidenčním programům atd. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures supplemented by workshops. The lecture part introduces the course participants to individual topics. The lectures will be followed by workshops focused on practical skills training, associated with individual or group tasks. If requiered by an epidemiological situation, teaching will be realised through the MS Teams platform.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Credit awarded on the basis of active participation in the lessons and submitting tasks assigned during the semester.

Language of instruction

English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

The syllabus of the course is general – in each academic year it will be updated and specified with regard to the possibility of inviting external lecturers / workshops leaders.
1. artist statement (optimal format, scope, what to focus on, what nobody cares about so much)
2. portfolio – presentation of one’s work in the portfolio (optimal structure of the portfolio, format of extended caption, brief auto-interpretation of one’s work)
3. description of one's own work of art / project (dictionaries of various media, sentence constructions, etc.); examples of different types of descriptions, good / bad practice.
4. artist talk – presentation of one’s own work (optimal structure, speaking on camera, speaking to the audience)
5. Grant systems / residency programs – an overview of opportunities and specific options in the wider region of Central Europe
6. Grant systems / residency programs – introduction of a specific institution and successful applications / projects

Aims

The objective of the course is to get students acquainted with expectations and requirements common in today’s art world, or to strengthen their readiness to participate in it.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Teaching takes place in the FaVU VUT classrooms. In case of guest lectures place can be altered though. Attendance is compulsory (80%).

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VUM Master's

    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit

 

Exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer