A.V.A. Institute, Academy of Visual Arts
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The school provides students with their own personal workspace (studio) from the beginning of the specialised (BA Hons) programme in their second year. The theoretical and practical part of the study are strongly intertwined.
The interdisciplinary three-year study of fine arts enables a flexible approach with strong consideration to the fast-changing cultural and social environment of today's post-industrial era. The focus of the fine arts programme is to provide a solid foundation in the visual arts and to build a broad-based experience with an emphasis on idea/concept development. The programme promotes research of possible approaches in all useful visual disciplines, such as: painting, sculpture, installation, photo media, digital imaging, video/film, performance art, etc.
The Conceptualisation of Space programme, based on art practices that combine fine art (mainly painting and sculpture), architecture, film, video and theatre encourages students to take full control of visual and other perceptual aspects of production with the possibility of expression through different realised forms and contents. The course is a combination of new theories and technologies and well-established practices, such as: objective drawing and modelling, making of storyboards, scale models and technical plans, and digital imaging.
The postgraduate visual arts programme Contemporary Visual Practices and Theories combines an interdisciplinary and intertextual teaching system that equips students with advanced knowledge and knowledge in the field of visual arts and theory. The postgraduate study programme is oriented in a way that reflects the challenges, needs and requirements of the time in which we live.
The Dean of the A.V.A. Institute is the award-winning film and theatre set designer Pepi Peter Sekulich. Recent lecturers in theoretical courses have included Željko Hrs (History of Theatre); Gregor Kroupa (History of Philosophical Ideas); Sebastjan Leban (Radical Critical Analysis); and Andrej Šprah (Film Theory).
Partners & Donors
As an independent private institution, established as a non-profit institute of education, A.V.A. Institute relies on relationships with partner artistic businesses and institutions and donors. These relationships help to improve the institute's programme and enable better conditions for its students. Among its partners and donors are the NSK State, the City Museum of Ljubljana, the Mladinsko Theatre, and Španski borci Culture Centre.