Duration of study: three years
the Sculpture and Ceramics program both courses are equally
represented considering study contents. Individual students
can also express a greater interest for either of the two.
The future ceramicist can expand his or her basic course
with sculpture-like view, and vice-versa: a student with
more pronounced sculpture affinity can use ceramics as one
of the materials giving him/her many possibilities in the
field of applied arts of sculpture.
Many students choose their specialised course in the third
year when forming their diploma work. And some consciously
and reasonably continue to combine ceramics and sculpture.
The sculpture course includes many quite different fields.
We come into contact with classic sculpture themes as portrait
and human figure studies (regular program of the first three
semesters), we seek for solutions in functional sculpture
pieces (second year), and work on large scale sculpture
interventions in space or even materially less clingable
Regular program of the first year is dedicated mostly to
the study of clay modelling. Later, students are acquainted
with other sculpture materials, in summer with stone, in
spring with welded iron, otherwise materials are selected
regarding the content of a project. Casting techniques subject
deals with a large field of sculpture technology. Students
are fully acquainted with multiplication, casting techniques...
and also with artificial materials such as silicone and
All other subjects: Drawing, Visual Art Theory, Fine Arts
Theory, History of Art, 20th century Art History and Contemporary
Art, seminars and guest-artists lectures - ensure that the
student obtains extensive theoretical foundations. Students
also have a possibility to choose practical workshops with
Important part of Sculpture program functioning are summer
sculpture workshops which have been organized for a decade
in various forms. Workshops are a great opportunity for
associating with foreign students, establishing new contacts,
getting to know other art schools' education systems.
These workshops are also important because every workshop
location offers a ground for testing many essential sculpture
This study program enables the individual to face the medium
of ceramics in its full scale and represents a challenge
to education in the fields of contemporary artistic and
applicable ceramics, as well as in traditional ceramic techniques.
The offered possibilities of this study program require
the student's self-reflection in art practice and in theoretical
approach towards an artistic medium. The entire process
of education requires certain knowledge of culture, in a
broad meaning of the word, which reflects in the context
of realization of individual's clay products.
At the beginning of a school year, a common theme is exposed
and passed to the students. It represents a challenge of
exploring the theme in theoretical and practical way. Artistic
approach is the condition, and the complexity of realization
is a result of an individual's research and practice. The
student helps him/herself with different comprehensions
of clay medium. These comprehensions are acquired through
the entire study process which includes practical traditional
and contemporary ceramic techniques as well as theory and
history of ceramics. The study process is substantiated
with the rest of art approaches - such as sculpture, graphic
techniques, drawing, mosaics, casting techniques, restoration...
in which student participates during obligatory or recommended
After concluding the study process individual components
of acquired knowledge connect into one creative whole. It
enables individual's ideas and projects to realize on different
levels which require the knowledge of materials as a condition,
and are present:
- In free art practice, and comply with conditions of art
concept and enable always new approaches and insights into
- In industrial design where emphases are upon applicability
and ergonomics, the familiarity with materials in the sense
of a prototype up to a finished product.
- In realization of study work and series and also autonomous
development of larger ceramic forms.
- In the framework of interior design basis or space transformations
and combinations of architecture and ceramics.
- In art pedagogical programs, andragogic education and
The study of Ceramics on Famul Stuart School of Applied
Arts represents a challenge in facing oneself with art environment
which with its complexity and broadness offers the acquisition
of knowledge in a broad meaning of the word.
Duration of study: three years
the Sculpture and Ceramics program distinctively encourages
creativity and at the same time maintains certain level
of technological expertise, then the Restoration Assistant
program is mostly directed to introducing different techniques
and practical knowledge. If there is a stress on individual's
creativity in Sculpture and Ceramics program, then in the
Restoration program most important are (besides knowledge)
persistence, consistence and correctness in carrying out
the assigned work. The system of common contents of KKR
(SCR) in the first year gives students the insight into
both programs and offers the possibility of choosing between
them during the first year.
most extensive part of the second year program is set for
restoration conservation and plastic techniques. Plastic
techniques offer wide spectrum of skills and at the same
time develop and maintain students' sensibility for art
art subjects are supported with lectures from Visual art
theory and Art history, as well as Museology and protection
of nature and cultural heritage, enriched with visiting
different Slovene museums and their workshops.
With Restoration & Conservation techniques subject the
students acquire the insight into different restoration
workshops' work, they get to know the composition of classic
frescoes and ways of protection and superficial wood treatment.
The area is very wide but students can narrow their field
of interest through final theme topics and mostly when they
decide on their diploma work thesis.
Duration of study: three years
program was formed on the basis of our 'old' programs (sculpture,
ceramics, restoration...), it combines individual parts
of our activity and, with additional contents, incorporates
them into a common context of Interior Design and Decoration.
draw candidates' attention to a distinctive practical formation
of the program. Candidates should be prepared to be sometimes
transformed into whitewashers, roughcast layers, or stucco
workers, ceramicists or sculptors and to be often in contact
with materials such as plaster, silicone, ceramic tiles
and cement (mosaic), oil, acryl, wall paints, etc. Of course,
besides practical workshops there is a lot of attention
given to the development of creative mind, understanding
of space, techniques of representation and comprehension
of working process from idea to realization.
knowledge of the importance of how our environment, from
our homes to our working spaces, is settled, is in expansion.
So is the demand for trained specialists. Of course, we
cannot yet present the exact information on external activities
of Ambient students or graduates, as the program is rather
new. But considering previous experiences in activities
of other programs and increasing requests for such services
and knowledge, we can assume a graduate will have no troubles
with finding a job, as a craetive individual or as a part
of creative working teams.
PHOTOGRAPHY VIDEO ANIMATION INTERACTION
Duration of study: three years
Photography and digital media program is based in a way that can offer a combination of various connectable approaches from the fields of photography, video, computer animation and interactive internet and CD-ROM design.
The target knowledge is diversified. Some students combine different types of it and are evolving in the so-called multimedia engineers, and some specialize in individual fields.
The first year is basic. All students follow the same program but they can expose their individual interests by choosing their final work topics. In the second year students choose among these courses: photography, video, animation or computer interaction, which are mutually (partly optionally) combined. Besides the course obligatory subjects, students are involved in group projects. They participate in different roles: in electronic book project, someone works as a photographer, other as a designer of CD-ROM, the third contributes with video materials, etc, while the project concept is contributed by a group, mentor or another schoolmate.
In order to get to know these widespread and constantly changing fields as much as possible, there are, besides the core subjects, obligatory and optional subjects and workshops such as art video, visual narration analysis seminar, elements of digital sound processing, video-space workshop where we explore the possibilities offered by video for the needs of contemporary architectural groups, and the seminar of contemporary art, where web or video art has its share of attention. In higher semesters, joint projects mentored by guest artists are very important to explore diversity and possibillities of digital art production.
The semester and year production in this program shows a selection of short animations, photo strips, some music and other video clips, video installations, computer games and a whole bunch of shooting and photography exercises of different kinds.
For students with previous higher education
or professional experience who are interested in taking courses for futher professional development we offer a one-year non-degree programme, put together on an individual basis. The student can choose courses and mentors from the current offer. In their application the interested students should give evidence of their previous artistic higher education or professional experience.
More info about the One-Year Non-Degree GUEST PROGRAMME
In thirteen years of the Famul Stuart Scool of Applied Arts we have, apart from our regular three-year study programmes, had several individual guest students. Because of an increased interest for such ways of gaining further knowledge, we have this year, for the first time prepared a call for applications for different forms of guest students with previous higher education or professional experience in artistic or similar fields. In this phase the emphasis lies within broadening your professional fields (1) and not so much in deepening the knowledge in your specific chosen field (2).
Example: 1- a graduated photographer has the chance to work with different photographers, deepen his knowledge on contemporary art, research the ways of using photography in contemporary art, in polimedia strategies and contextual projects, makes an excursion into video art or short film. Or s/he can choose a completely different direction, as in experimenting in ceramics and application of photographic ‘images' with glazing materials.
2- for a graduated photographer it is not reasonable to take elementary photography courses from our three-year courses.
The procedure : After discussing his/her particular project and/or interest with the school staff, the guest student chooses his courses from the three-year from the current offer of the next year. We presume the choices will be very individual and the guest students will be joining different groups of the regular three-year programme. We have developed a special seminar course, which will connect all guest students in the research of polimedia strategies. The starting point of this seminar is very open, every individual and the group as a whole has an influence on the direction of the development of the project. (Polimedia Strategies seminar has been developed by artist GVR baabLAN www.babalan.org/ . Minimal number of participants is 5, maximum 15). We invite all guest students to the initial meeting, meet his colleagues and the intented ways of working, however the choice of the guest student is free, so he can also choose not to work on the joint seminar. The choices of the guest students are his or her own choice, nevertheless s/he has to adapt to the schedules and groups of the chosen courses. Only if there is a group of guest students with very similar interests, this will be taken as a compact group with other subjects.