about the specialization
Comics and Illustration for Children focuses on the current development of the genre of comics and its new applications in educational practice and information. Until 2019 the studio was led by doc. M.A. Barbara Šalamounová, since 2020 is head of studio MgA. Marie Kohoutová.
The study emphasizes narrative illustration combined with text and its overlaps into related media. Another area is the art of illustration for children as a specialized discipline with a rich tradition in Czech artistic culture. Attention is paid to different categories of illustration for the smallest children in the form of folding picture books, coloring books and different varieties of folding books, books for young readers, school textbooks and teaching aids.
Teaching focuses on working with various traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques, especially with drawing and its different variants. For preparation and actual implementation, photography and its applications, work in graphic editors and basics of animation techniques are used. The study is focused on a wide range of different types of comics: entertaining, educational, promotional and informational, as well as students′ own personal projects. The study is completed with the basics of dramaturgy, screenwriting and animation. A natural part of the study is developing the principles of teamwork, necessary for subsequent use in the professional field. Teaching also covers drawn posters, Internet presentations in the form of web comics and website processing. The basis remains the emphasis on learning and mastering all the necessary technical and technological disciplines.
characteristics of the field and career opportunities for graduates
Teaching of the study program Illustration and Graphic Art is carried out in respective studios according to specializations.
Graduates have knowledge within the field of classic and new technical equipment and are able to use it independently or in appropriate combinations. Training obtained can be used according to individual specialization. The graduate can work as an independent creator or as a member of creative teams in graphics, advertising and DTP studios, museums, galleries and other cultural institutions, in educational institutions, public administration, business and enterprise, in web design, animation studios, as art director in a publishing company, to create E-learning, teaching aids, etc. The training can be used to address challenges in public space within exhibition and exposition projects in collaboration with architectural work. Graduates‘ knowledge and experience is evenly distributed among specialized practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the field of art culture and artistic creativity. Graduates are able to use acquired training for their own expression of a belief as well as for an original realization of assignments.
Graduates of this four-year Bachelor's Degree Study Program are well-equipped for practical careers. The most talented graduates can meet the conditions for admission to continue in the Master’s Degree Study Program at the LSFDA, another UWB faculty or any university in the Czech Republic and abroad.
entrance examinations for the above specializations
preparation for the entrance aptitude examination
When the conditions of the admission procedure and subsequent admission to the FUD have been fulfilled, students who have successfully completed these courses do not have to attend the same courses again and automatically get the respective credits, subject to specified conditions set by the Higher Education Act.
Final State Examination
The Final State Examination (hereinafter referred to as FSE) is carried out in the form of a general discussion according to the specified topics, published on the LSFDA website − see Final State Examination, Media and Didactic Illustration, Graphic Design, Comics and Illustration for Children, Book Design and Paper Shaping, Visual Communication, Illustration Graphic Art and Painting.
Parts of the Final State Examination:
- Defense of the practical and theoretical parts of the thesis, which was submitted in advance
- Exam in the theory and history of the field (specialization)
- Exam in the History of Art Bachelor′s Thesis Part of the state exam is to develop and defend the final thesis, which includes a theoretical part and the student′s own work of art.
Part of the state exam is to develop and defend the final thesis, which includes a theoretical part and the student′s own work of art.
Examples of Bachelor′s thesis topics – specialization: Comics and Illustration for Children
- Book as a work of art− in comics form or another form: paper or digital
- Comics on a topic: literary work, scientific theme, for children; series or other format
- Children's interactive book
- Children's games and educational books
- Illustration for children: fairy tales, combined with animated interactive work
- Illustration for children – coloring books, semi-coloring books
- Paper and digital folders
- Folding books
- Picture boards
- Picture Dictionary: interactive or a book form
- Encyclopedia for children: book form or interactive form
- Series of posters relating to the theme of comics, animation, children's creations
- Playful objects associated with a book
- Didactic book: classic or interactive form
Each student has the opportunity to design and submit to the LSFDA Dean for approval their own individual thesis topic.