about the specialization
The study is focused on working with paper and related materials, with emphasis on spatial designs. As a natural continuation of the fields Book Illustration and Book Editing, this specialisation offers a focus on artistic bookbinding, nonstandard adaptation of printed matter, and making cutouts and folded puzzles. Interdisciplinary overlaps towards graphic design occur mainly in packaging and packaging design. A special topic is the art of bookmaking as a form of movement along the border between a book and an artistic object. Students are gradually initiated, theoretically and practically, into bookbinding, graphic design and packaging design. In the field of bookbinding, students get familiar with the history and terminology of the field, and gain practical experience with the basic technologies of book production. Within the category of packaging, graphic design and packaging design, the principles of visual communication, the fundamentals of font and script, production technologies of cardboard folding books and paper packaging, and options for their graphic layout are taught. Other realizations of spatial designs of paper and related materials are large-size objects and installations for exhibitions and gallery expositions, advertising presentations, and also objects of free creation. Part of the teaching is focused on working with graphic and spatial processors. Students subsequently actively apply the required knowledge and skills (in addition to hand-craft work with the material) as a natural part of their presentation.
characteristics of the field and career opportunities for graduates
Teaching of the study program Graphic design and Illustration 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 LSFDA 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: Book Design and Paper Shaping
- Traditional bookbinding materials and decorative techniques, artistic bookbinding – a set of bindings
- Reminiscence of bookbinding of different historical epochs – a series of work-of-art books
- Cycle of work-of-art books on a subject (such as "Recycling", "Book of One Sheet", "Footprints of the Landscape and Man")
- Book – an object of art
- Board games
- Children's folding books
- Representative gift wrapping
- Set of letter paper and envelopes
- Advertising banners, wobblers, promotional stands, signboards
Each student has the opportunity to design and submit to the LSFDA Dean for approval their own individual thesis topic.