Study information regarding the Latvian Academy of Culture’s (LAC) international master’s programmes
Each term is followed by the examination period (in January for the autumn semester or in June for the spring semester) or the examination happens after the end of a course. This depends on the study schedule for each semester.
Registration week 29.08.2022. – 4.09.2022
Classes in progress, examination period 5.09.2022 – 29.01.2023.
Winter holidays 24.12.2022. – 1.01.2023.
Registration week 30.01.2023. – 5.02.2023.
Classes in progress, examination period 6.02.2023. – 2.07.2023.
Easter Break 3.04.2023 – 10.04.2023.
The study programme is implemented through various forms of study, which include lectures, seminars, discussions, practical classes, use of online resources and learning e-environment, role-plays, literature studies, individual and group consultations, study visits, case studies, audio and video analysis of materials, students' independent practical work (individually and in groups), fieldwork, creation of visualisations, etc.
The possibilities provided by the intranet are actively used in the study process: https://estudijas.lka.edu.lv/ - electronic study environment, where the materials necessary for studies, lecture presentations are exchanged within the framework of each study course, students submit their presentations and home work. Academic studies envisage the reading and acquisition of a large amount of individual, independent scientific texts, as well as the development of academic writing skills. Acquisition of all courses includes both independent work during studies and tests (during or at the end of the course).
The study process is organised by the Programme Director in accordance with the approved content and plan of the programme. Full-time studies mainly take place at the premises of the Academy or its structural units or premises of cooperation partners. During a pandemic, studies take place remotely or in a hybrid format.
For a successful completion of the course, students have to attend at least 75% of the classes if the lecturer has not specified otherwise.
The knowledge acquired in the study courses is assessed in one of two possible types of examinations:
In order to pass the final exam, students have to receive a positive grade on the scale from 10 to 4 for them to pass. If the student receives a grade on the scale from 3 to 1, they have failed the course automatically. After failing the exam, the student has the right to take it two more times.
The knowledge of students is assessed according to a 10 point system. The Latvian Academy of Culture uses also the ECTS system.
Approx. ECTS grade
Students have the right to receive feedback and justification for the assessment. In case of uncertainties, students consult with the lecturers of the specific study course or with the director of the study programme. These activities ensure that assessments serve as an opportunity for students both to assess their progress in their studies and to assess opportunities for further growth and the development of skills or knowledge.
Master's thesis is designed to strengthen theoretical knowledge and develop research skills in the selected scientific sector or sub-sector, according to the level of study and study programme. Master's thesis is written during the second year of studies.
An outline of the timeline of writing the thesis:
There is a supervisor and a reviewer for the students' Master's thesis, who provide their assessment, but in addition to the assessment, both pre-defence and defence commissions are formed in order for the assessment to be performed by more than one examiner.
Detailed information on the process can be found in the regulatory documents.
Recognition of a course (study course) is a process where a course successfully completed by an Latvian Academy of Culture (LAC) student or entrant at another university or another LAC study program is compared with a specific LAC study program course, as a result of which the course is recognized fully, partially or not recognized at all.
Process of Recognition of the Study Courses:
In order to ensure the professionalism of the graduates of the programme, to prepare them for the requirements of the labour market and to ensure the quality of research work and its practical applicability, master's programme Cultural Heritage Governance and Communications students have to complete a mandatory internship during their studies.
DURATION OF THE INTERNSHIP
The internship is worth 3 ECTS points. Each point is approximately equal to 40 hours of work but primarily the type and content of work is what determines how many ECTS points it is worth.
The goal of the internship is to improve the implementation of the study programme and to ensure that the students of the Academy's master's programme are able to supplement the knowledge acquired in the programme and to develop their professional skills and abilities accordingly to the specific of the cultural sector's evolvement, labor market's structures and its environments current regulations as well as the employers requirements.
WHEN IS THE INTERNSHIP?
There is no specifically allocated time frame for the internship. It can be completed during one of the three semesters or during summer break. The internship has to be completed until the end of the third semester in which students have to present the results of their internships in front of a commission which will evaluate the student's performance.
WHERE TO COMPLETE MY INTERNSHIP?
Students themselves can choose where to complete their internships. When choosing where to complete the internship it is important to keep in mind that it has to be relevant to the specifics of the study programme and, if it is not, it will not be recognized.
The internship can be completed in projects implemented by the Academy (i.e. exhibitions, festivals, conferences, ERASMUS activities etc.), or outside the Academy.
Before the beginning of the internship consult with the head of your programme as they will decide whether the internship is applicable to the study programme.
Internship Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Most of the study process outside classrooms takes place on the eLearning Platform Moodle. There you will be able to locate all your courses, course programmes, reading materials, presentations links to online classes and other useful data related to the study process at the Latvian Academy of Culture.
At the beginning of the semester, each student will receive their eLearning Platform credentials on their respective e-mail.
To access your eLearning Platform profile: https://estudijas.lka.edu.lv/
In case of forgotten password, missing courses or some technical difficulties please contact the eLearning Platform Specialist of the Latvian Academy of Culture Luīze Dakša email@example.com.
The Library of the Latvian Academy of Culture was founded in 1991 together with the foundation of the Latvian Academy of Culture itself. The library collection includes printed materials and electronic resources, including a vast collection of Latvian press, as well as valuable printed works in English, German, Russian, Polish, Scandinavian and other languages. A large contribution to the creation of the collection is made by private donations from the personal libraries of academics and researchers, and other cultural workers, as well as by Latvian organizations in exile.
In accordance with its task and goal the library of the Latvian Academy of Culture provides students and teachers with the base for studies and research work, collects and stores unique works of literature in the fields of philology, religious history, cultural history, ethics, philosophy, sociology, folklore, history, literary studies, performing arts, cinema and fine arts.
The studens of the Latvian Acadmey of Culture have at their disposal:
Open Access resources
CORE is the world’s largest collection of open access research articles, providing access to nearly 25 million free full - text publications.
Open Research Library open access e-book platform. It offers access to more than 20,000 books published worldwide.
Open Access Research Database international Journal of Scientific and Research Publications
Address: 24 Ludzas Street, 2nd Floor
(separate entrance from the yard)
Phone no.: +371 67114801
Students of the Latvian Academy of Culture may also subscribe to the National Library of Latvia to get access to its wide collection of materials. The collection of the National Library of Latvia comprises 4,5 million units, embracing all branches of science, its basic profile being Social Sciences and the Humanities. The library offers its readers access to the collection of rare books and manuscripts, as well as to various maps, sound recordings, graphic documents, small prints, and periodicals. The emphasis of the library activities is laid on supporting higher education, research, and life-long education.
At the moment the National Library of Latvia is open to public, but continues providing remote access to its digital resources and e-services. The Digital Library of NLL has 12 collections. In addition, more than 20 full-text foreign subscribed databases, the National Encyclopaedia, as well as lecture, discussion, conference, reading and other audio and video content on NLL social networks are available for study and research purposes.
In order to register as an NLL Reader, students have to fill in a request form on the spot at Mūkusalas iela 3, Ground floor, or REGISTER ONLINE. After registering, students will receive a Reader's Card, which allows access to all Library services.
In order to gain individual access to the online databases of the National Library of Latvia readers with a reader’s card must fill out the APPLICATION (PDF) and send it – in scanned or photographed form – to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Phone no.: +371 67806135, +371 25627640