Tuition Fee*: 2400 EUR/ per year
*Citizens from countries that have signed an agreement with Latvia or offer scholarships for Latvian citizens can apply for the Latvian state scholarships. For more information and the list of eligible countries visit: http://www.viaa.gov.lv/eng/scholarships_gov/scholarships_for_studies/?tl_id=22800&tls_id=54779
Language of Tuition: Latvian
Duration of studies: Three years
Degree: The Bachelor of Arts in Audiovisual Art
THE AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME
To programme aims to train theoretically and practically educated professionals in Audiovisual Arts. During their studies, all students acquire comprehensive and thorough knowledge on the diverse aspects of the aesthetics, the analysis and the production of audiovisual art, gain skills in the creation and production of films, learn how to work on the set in different departments, thus also acquiring teamwork skills. The students of the specialization in theory and production also focus on the specifics of performing arts.
The programme of Audiovisual Art is designed for students, who are interested in cinema and would like to pursue their career in this field, as well as for those who would like to realize their creative potential and acquire skills in filmmaking.
CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY
The graduates of this programme are well-rounded and thoroughly educated professionals in the field of film industry both in Latvia and abroad and are prepared for a wide range of professional responsibilities in the field as well as other projects that require filmmaking, film production and theoretical skills in audiovisual and performing arts. About 85% of the graduates of the Latvian Academy of Culture form the field of film industry in Latvia.
Introduction to the Theory of Culture and Research, Trends and Development of World and Latvian Cinema, The Theory of Drama, History of World and Latvian Theatre, History of World Literature and Latvian Literature, History of Fine Art: World and Latvian Art, Introduction in Western Philosophy, 20th Century Traditions of Thought in Cultural Strategies, Semiotics of Culture, The Discourse of Audiovisual Art in a Foreign Language, The Dramaturgy of Audiovisual Art, The Aesthetics of Documentary Film: Theory and Practice, The Aesthetics of Fiction Film: Theory and Practice, Stage Design, The Fundamentals of Cinematography, The Fundamentals of Film Editing, Broadcast Journalism, The Fundamentals of Acting, The Fundamentals of Law, Internship in Speciality
Specialization: Film Directing
The Theory and Praxis of Film Directing, Film Composition, Style, Image and Narrative, Direction of Actors in Film, Theory and Practice of Broadcast Media, Sound Directing of Film, the Postproduction and Colour Grading
The Theory and Praxis of Cinematography, Classical Camerawork, Contemporary Camerawork, the Theory, Practice and Technique of Film Lighting, The Basics of Photography, Film Composition, Style, Image and Narrative, Sound Directing of Film, Theory and Practice of Broadcast Media, Film Equipment and Film Technology, Special Effects and CGI, the Postproduction and Colour Grading
Specialization: Film Editing and Sound
The Theory and Praxis of Film Directing, the Theory and Praxis of Film Editing and Sound Postproduction, Film Composition, Style, Image and Narrative, Sound Directing of Film, the Postproduction and Colour Grading, Post-processing and Editing of Sound in Film, Theory and Practice of Broadcast Media, Special Effects and CGI
Specialization: Production of Audiovisual and Performing Arts
Production of Audiovisual and Performing Arts: Theory and Practice, Introduction to the Management of Culture, Culture Marketing, Cultural Entrepreneurship, Management and Production of Cultural Events, the Fundamentals of Stage Directing, Contemporary Theatre, Introduction to the Theory of Theatre and Film, The History of Dance
Specialization: Theory of Audiovisual and Performing Arts
The Seminar of Criticism of Audiovisual and Performing Arts, the Fundamentals of Stage Directing, Contemporary Theatre, Introduction to the Theory of Theatre and Film, The History of Dance, Research Methods in Arts Studies
Each candidate can apply for a maximum of three undergraduate programmes, sub-programmes or specializations. Candidates of the undergraduate sub-programme ‘Stage Acting’, who at the same time wish to apply for the programme ‘Audiovisual Art’, can only choose between specializations ‘Production of Audiovisual and Performing Arts’ and ‘Theory of Audiovisual and Performing Arts’.
All applicants must submit:
- A completed application form;
- A copy of passport or identity card (the original should also be presented);
- A copy of the secondary education certificate together with the academic transcript of records (the original should also be presented) *;
- A copy of the secondary school centralized examination certificate with results in Latvian and English (or German or French as a foreign language) (the original should also be presented) *;
- Printout of the payment order for the applicant’s registration fee of 30.00 EUR
- Previously prepared set of the 1st round of the specialization entrance exam materials, including:
- A Motivation Letter (for describing your motivation choose only one specialization of the below):
Film Directing, Cinematography, Film Editing and Sound, Production of Audiovisual and Performing Arts, Theory of Audiovisual and Performing Arts
- A Pre-prepared creative work (for the 1st round of entrance exam choose only one of the below:
A Script for a Short film; a Storyboard with descriptions for a Short film; an Analysis of a Film of your choice carried out according to the intended specialization
- Applicants for the Cinematography specialization must also submit at least 10 original photos
- A selection of previous creative works (if any) including commentaries
All application documents (including scripts and photos) should be submitted both electronically (on a USB flash drive) and printed out.
Eligible Formats for the Digital Audiovisual and Photographic Works
For Videos: *.MP4 (H.264), 1080p, 25p, 20 Mbps. For Photos: *.JPG (JPEG file), at least 5 MP resolution, 72 dpi, longest edge at least 1700 px.
*Before applying for studies at the Latvian Academy of Culture the international applicants are required to undergo the procedure of recognition of their secondary education certificate at the Academic Information Centre (for further information please see: http://www.aic.lv/portal/en )
The admission tutor may request academic references at a later date as well to help make a decision on your application.
Please make sure that your application is received within the application period.
Application period 2020 is from July 6 till July 11.
All applicants are evaluated based on their results in:
- The secondary school centralized exams in English (or German or French as a foreign language) *, Latvian** and Math***;
- The creative entrance exams carried out during the application period at the Latvian Academy of Culture. The creative entrance exams consist of three rounds. Each round is evaluated independently on a scale from 0-100 points. In order to continue through the audition process, the applicant must receive at least 40 points in each round.
*International applicants and applicants who have completed their secondary education abroad and have not taken the state centralized exam in English (or German or French as a foreign language) can take it on the spot at the Latvian Academy of Culture during the application period.
**International applicants and applicants who have completed their secondary education abroad are required to register their average mark in their Mother Tongue and their average mark in Literature, which are both recorded in their secondary education certificate.
***International applicants and applicants who have completed their secondary education abroad and have not taken the state centralized exam in Math are required to register their average mark in Math (or their joint average mark in Algebra and Geometry accordingly), which is recorded in their secondary education certificate.
THE CREATIVE ENTRANCE EXAM
The evaluation of the submitted set of works by the applicant. Works are evaluated without the presence of the applicant.
- Applicants for specializations ‘Film Directing’, ‘Cinematography’ and ‘Film Editing and Sound’ carry out a creative task according to their chosen specialization using their own equipment (camera and personal computer).
Each applicant is assessed based on their awareness of the production and aesthetic principles of audiovisual art, the accuracy and the originality of interpretation of the given task, as well as on the ability to convey their creative intentional with the help of audiovisual solutions and the expressiveness of the image.
- Applicants for the specialization ‘Production of Adiovisual and Performing Arts’ carry out a creative task - to prepare a project presentation in a set amount of time.
Each applicant is assessed based on their awareness of the aesthetic principles of creating project proposals, the accuracy and the originality of interpretation of the given task, as well as on the ability to substantiate their creative intentional and the possibilities of its implementation.
- Applicants for the specialization ‘Theory of Audiovisual and Performing Arts’ carry out a creative task – to write an analytical essay on a given film.
Each applicant is assessed based on their awareness of the aesthetic principles of audiovisual art, the conformity to the theme and the originality of the analysis, the ability to define the aim and goals of the essay and their execution, as well as on spelling and the quality of language and style.
The Interview during which each applicant must clearly outline the artistic and production principles of the creative tasks submitted and completed in the first and second round of the entrance exams, as well as answer questions on the processes of culture and arts. Each applicant is assessed based on their knowledge of the basic issues of audiovisual art, as well as culture and arts in general, on their ability to substantiate the ideas of each applicant’s creative works and the implementation principles behind those works.
The Head of the Programme: lect. Jānis Putniņš, email@example.com
For more information regarding the programme and the application procedure: firstname.lastname@example.org