THE PROGRAMME IS PROVIDED IN COLLABORATION WITH RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, STUDIES TAKING PLACE BOTH AT THE LATVIAN ACADEMY OF CULTURE AND RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Full-time undergraduate programme
Tuition Fee*: 2100 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 Creative Industries
THE AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME
The programme provides a theoretical knowledge and practical skills for students specializing in culture and art processes to showcase the entrepreneurial potential of creative industries. Graduates are confident working in interdisciplinary creative businesses in any of their fields of interest.
The potential student might be considering starting a business within the creative industries with a goal of creating new jobs and innovations combining culture and entrepreneurship competencies gained through the programme.
The programme includes courses offering in-depth understanding of the creative industries, culture management, entrepreneurship and the theory of art.
The general required (A level) courses give a general understanding of working within the culture, arts and creative industries, as well as the guidelines for academic research work.
The speciality based required (B level) courses provide a more detailed insight into separate fields of creative industries, while the elective courses develop specific skillsets within the chosen subjects.
CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY
The graduates will be prepared to become employers, launch startups, innovate, organize events, manage projects and work within creative industries and cultural institutions. Furthermore, the graduates will be confident in conducting research within the creative industries, to educate and raise the general public’s interest in the field altogether.
Students of the programme are introduced to the theoretical, practical and political aspects of creative industries, resulting in a holistic view of the field of work. To foster general understanding of the field students are introduced to the sociology of culture, arts and creativity as well.
Arts and culture
Students are provided with the historical background of arts, literature, music and theatre, as well as the current use of these art forms to showcase creativity. Other subjects include art anthropology, cultural heritage, culture management and cultural policy.
Entrepreneurship and economics
To create an overall understanding of entrepreneurship and the principles of economics, students are encouraged to learn about the overall process of launching a business including legal rights and procedures, business management and development strategies, HR, finance and accounting perspectives. Students will get to know the different forms of businesses, different funding opportunities, business models, the philosophy and functioning principles of startups.
Creative thinking and technologies
Students develop their creative and visual thinking skills and problem-solving competencies, teamwork and collaborative abilities. Additionally, there are subjects that further advance the public speaking and argumentation skills, as well as the academic and business writing skills. Moreover, students are encouraged to expand their capacity for creating new products while using latest technologies and the most innovative tools.
Marketing and communication
The courses of marketing and communication offer an in-depth understanding of operating in international markets, e-commerce, public relations, social media content management for sales and brand awareness. Students are provided with a skillset to build a marketing plan by doing calculations on market capacity correlating with the offer and demand to marketing activities and product development.
Students are introduced to the basics of research as a building fundament for their Bachelor thesis and the argumentation behind it. This includes mastering the differences between the most common research methods used for academic or commercial research and marketing studies.
During the whole study process, there are two work placements scheduled, one of which takes place in a company or organisation in the field of creative industries and the second is a placement related to project and culture event management. Combining the practical work during work placements with the theoretical skills gained during the lectures, students will be able to get acquainted with the specifics of creative and cultural industries, build their professional network and learn about their own interests and abilities to apply after graduating.
All applicants must submit:
1) A completed application form;
2) A copy of passport or identity card (the original should also be presented);
3) A copy of the secondary education certificate together with the academic transcript of records (the original should also be presented)*;
4) 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)*;
5) Two photos of the applicant (3x4 cm);
6) Printout of the payment order for the applicant’s registration fee of 15.00 EUR
*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 2019 is from July 2 till July 7.
All applicants are evaluated based on their results in:
- The secondary school centralized exam in English (or German or French as a foreign language)*;
- The secondary school centralized exam in Latvian**;
- The secondary school centralized exam in Math***;
*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 Head of the Programme:
Latvian Academy of Culture assist. prof. Agnese Hermane, firstname.lastname@example.org
Riga Technical University asoc. prof. Deniss Ščeulovs, email@example.com
For more information regarding the programme and the application procedure: firstname.lastname@example.org