SCULPTURE
      BA 2        
code subject name ECTS type of class type of examination lecturer additional info
      THE DEPARTMENT'S SPECIALTY SUBJECTS        
      Specialty subjects in the student's chosen subfield. These subjects account for a significant part of the total semester or study year programme percentage.        
MākZ2283  Tectonical Composition 3 A three-dimensional or molding-shaped abstract composition in conditioned space. The significance of the aspect of silhouette and mass proportions. Light, color, texture, mobility as possible auxiliary elements in the register of freely chosen means of expression. Practical work Assessment show Bruno Strautiņš Interpretation of previously acquired knowledge and skills into different materials of 3 dimensional compositions.
MākZ2006  Composition 1 4,5 The objective of the course is for students acquire the ability to choose the specific art language that corresponds to their idea, to create generalized and concrete visually plastic images and symbols, to think metaphorically and imaginatively, and to freely project their thoughts and experiences into the message of the sculptural object. The course aims to stimulate the sense of context, the ability to see continuity in the process of sculpture development and to recognize one's place in it, as well as the ability to solve thematic tasks and to reflect accurately and non-trivially on a given topic. Practical work Assessment show Gļebs Panteļejevs Experience working with sculptural materials and skills of using manual instruments are required, as well as basic knowledge in contemporary sculpture, the ability to think imaginatively and conceptually. 
MākZ2224 Composition 2 4,5 Free choice composition with a conditioned thematic direction. Free choice of materials, technologies, and media. Practical work Assessment show Gints Gabrāns  
      GENERAL ART SUBJECTS        
      Students of all disciplines take general art subjects to gain skills and understanding of academic drawing, painting, and sculpture. Study assignments are designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about proportions, scale, and relationships between light and dark, and creatively interpret the given setting and assignment at the same time. If a department does not offer any of the general art subjects (drawing, painting, design), it is possible to take it by joining another department or course.
      The department teaching the subject assesses the student's skill level and individually adjusts the assignments.
MākZ3575 Modeling 4,5 Aim of the course: 1. To acquire and develop professional skills in the field of human figure modeling. 2. To promote the students' visual-plastic thinking and ability to perceive form, proportions, movement, mass, and volume relationships. 3. To develop the ability to perceive sculpture as a visually plastic entity. The ability to achieve stylistic unity; to respect and be aware of the relationships between structure and texture. Practical work Assessment show Olga Šilova Experience in plastic anthropomorphic modeling from soft materials (clay, plasticin) and the ability to make a metal or wooden frame is required. The study process should take place at Academy’s premises.
MākZ2113 Drawing 3 Nude figure. Materials: pencil, paper, charcoal, etc. Format by choice. Figure from different angles. Dimensional drawing using the modeling of lights and darks. Practical and individual work Assessment show    
MākZ2113 Sketching There are no separate credits for sketching; students are marked for the Drawing course Sketching the human figure for 5, 10, 15 minutes.
Objective: the act of drawing using various materials (charcoal pencil, pencil, felt-tip pen, sepia, acrylic, ink, etc.), developing visual perception, transferring it to the sketch.
Results to be achieved: a developed ability to understand proportion and to create individual handwriting in drawing using a variety of materials, taking a step back from the classical academic drawing.
Individual work Assessment show An individual class without a lecturer  
      HUMANITIES SUBJECTS        
      As theoretical lectures are delivered to the students of the Art Academy of Latvia in Latvian, some theoretical subjects in English are offered separately to the visiting students.        
MākZ1687 Art History of Latvia 6 The course is taught to Erasmus+ students, and its purpose is to give an insight into and a general idea of the development of Latvian art history in a cultural and historical context. Alongside art history, the course provides basic knowledge of Latvian history, ethnography, and architectural history. The lecture course chronologically covers the period from prehistory to the 20th century. Visits to exhibitions and museums are organized as part of the course to broaden and improve students' knowledge and to promote connection with contemporary cultural progress. Lecture, visits to exhibitions and cultural sites Written course paper Ieva Rosne Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ1686 Theory of Contemporary Art  3 The academic course deals with all the significant events in recent art history, starting from the international conceptual tendencies in the 60s, like land art, minimalism, Art Povera, Nouveaux Réalisme, Fluxus, and others, the postmodern narratives in the 80s and the 90s. The final part will be dedicated to the actual debates in the global contemporary art scene. Each lecture will be accompanied by rich visual materials, including films originating from museums. After finishing the course, the students will be able to recognize the most prominent personalities and their most iconic artworks. Lecture, visits to exhibitions and cultural sites Presentation Raimonds Kalējs Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ1677 Anatomy 1,5 Digitalized and interactive anatomy for art and design students to improve their drawing, painting, and sketching skills in anatomy. Based on Anatomy Next — anatomy learning tools for students and teachers. Anatomy Next is a very successful, world-known educational technology start-up to help students learn anatomy faster and more efficiently. Lecture Test Uldis Zariņš Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ1376 Art Pedagogy in a Cultural Environment 3 The course prepares students to conduct practical visual arts lectures in art exhibitions or a broader cultural environment. Such an experience is useful in any art communication process. Graduates will gain hands-on experience in discussing art with people of all ages, conducting informal art classes, and evaluating the learning process. Practical work, seminar or discussion Presentation Ilze Vītola Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
      ELECTIVE SUBJECTS OFFERED TO ERASMUS+ VISITING STUDENTS        
      Elective subjects for Erasmus+ visiting students offered by different departments in different specialties. The list of available elective subjects will be published shortly before the start of the semester with online registration. The number of elective subjects depends on the number of remaining ECTS required for the student after the student's basic curriculum of the department's specialty subjects, general art subjects, and humanities subjects has been approved by the department.        
      BA 3        
code subject name ECTS type of class type of examination lecturer additional info
      THE DEPARTMENT'S SPECIALTY SUBJECTS        
      Specialty subjects in the student's chosen subfield. These subjects account for a significant part of the total semester or study year programme percentage.        
MâkZ3017 Composition 1 4,5 Art medal as a separate genre of small-scale sculpture. Classical and contemporary medal compositional solutions and formation principles. Practical work Assessment show Bruno Strautiņš Prior knowledge and skills in contemporary solution of spatial and molding forms are desirable.
MâkZ3259 Composition 2 4,5 Spatial / 3D or 2D / object-layout solution in a specific environment. Aspects of the subject scope of the situation and the formal interpretation of the composition, scale, potential material to be used in the result. Free choice of materials and technologies in the layout solution. Practical work Assessment show Aigars Bikše  
      GENERAL ART SUBJECTS        
      Students of all disciplines take general art subjects to gain skills and understanding of academic drawing, painting, and sculpture. Study assignments are designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about proportions, scale, and relationships between light and dark, and creatively interpret the given setting and assignment at the same time. If a department does not offer any of the general art subjects (drawing, painting, design), it is possible to take it by joining another department or course.
      The department teaching the subject assesses the student's skill level and individually adjusts the assignments.
MâkZ3018 Modeling 4,5 Modeling the human figure on a plane/molding. The specificity of molding with a certain degree of conditionality in the aspect of the molding principles. Material — clay or plasticine. Practical work Assessment show Bruno Strautiņš Knowledge and skills acquired during the previous study period are desirable.
MākZ3101 Drawing 3 Nude figure. Large-format (min. 120x80 cm) primed canvas or paper. Soft materials (coal, sanguine, sepia, etc.). Figure from different angles. Dimensional, tonal, or line drawings. Practical and individual work Assessment show    
MākZ3101 Sketching There are no separate credits for sketching; students are marked for the Drawing course Sketching the human figure for 5, 10, 15 minutes.
Objective: the act of drawing using various materials (charcoal pencil, pencil, felt-tip pen, sepia, acrylic, ink, etc.), developing visual perception, transferring it to the sketch.
Results to be achieved: a developed ability to understand proportion and to create individual handwriting in drawing using a variety of materials, taking a step back from the classical academic drawing.
Individual work Assessment show An individual class without a lecturer  
      HUMANITIES SUBJECTS        
      As theoretical lectures are delivered to the students of the Art Academy of Latvia in Latvian, some theoretical subjects in English are offered separately to the visiting students.        
MākZ1687 Art History of Latvia 6 The course is taught to Erasmus+ students, and its purpose is to give an insight into and a general idea of the development of Latvian art history in a cultural and historical context. Alongside art history, the course provides basic knowledge of Latvian history, ethnography, and architectural history. The lecture course chronologically covers the period from prehistory to the 20th century. Visits to exhibitions and museums are organized as part of the course to broaden and improve students' knowledge and to promote connection with contemporary cultural progress. Lecture, visits to exhibitions and cultural sites Written course paper Ieva Rosne Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ1686 Theory of Contemporary Art  3 The academic course deals with all the significant events in recent art history, starting from the international conceptual tendencies in the 60s, like land art, minimalism, Art Povera, Nouveaux Réalisme, Fluxus, and others, the postmodern narratives in the 80s and the 90s. The final part will be dedicated to the actual debates in the global contemporary art scene. Each lecture will be accompanied by rich visual materials, including films originating from museums. After finishing the course, the students will be able to recognize the most prominent personalities and their most iconic artworks. Lecture, visits to exhibitions and cultural sites Presentation Raimonds Kalējs Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ1677 Anatomy 1,5 Digitalized and interactive anatomy for art and design students to improve their drawing, painting, and sketching skills in anatomy. Based on Anatomy Next — anatomy learning tools for students and teachers. Anatomy Next is a very successful, world-known educational technology start-up to help students learn anatomy faster and more efficiently. Lecture Test Uldis Zariņš Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ1376 Art Pedagogy in a Cultural Environment 3 The course prepares students to conduct practical visual arts lectures in art exhibitions or a broader cultural environment. Such an experience is useful in any art communication process. Graduates will gain hands-on experience in discussing art with people of all ages, conducting informal art classes, and evaluating the learning process. Practical work, seminar or discussion Presentation Ilze Vītola Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
      ELECTIVE SUBJECTS OFFERED TO ERASMUS+ VISITING STUDENTS        
      Elective subjects for Erasmus+ visiting students offered by different departments in different specialties. The list of available elective subjects will be published shortly before the start of the semester with online registration. The number of elective subjects depends on the number of remaining ECTS required for the student after the student's basic curriculum of the department's specialty subjects, general art subjects, and humanities subjects has been approved by the department.        
      BA 4        
code subject name ECTS type of class type of examination lecturer additional info
      THE DEPARTMENT'S SPECIALTY SUBJECTS        
      Specialty subjects in the student's chosen subfield. These subjects account for a significant part of the total semester or study year programme percentage.        
MâkZ4046 Composition 1 4,5 The objective of the course is for students acquire the ability to choose the specific art language that corresponds to their idea, to create generalized and concrete visually plastic images and symbols, to think metaphorically and imaginatively, and to freely project their thoughts and experiences into the message of the sculptural object. The course aims to stimulate the sense of context, the ability to see continuity in the process of sculpture development and to recognize one's place in it, as well as the ability to solve thematic tasks and to reflect accurately and non-trivially on a given topic. Practical work Assessment show Gļebs Panteļejevs Experience working with sculptural materials and skills of using manual instruments are required, as well as basic knowledge in contemporary sculpture, the ability to think imaginatively and conceptually. The study process should take place at the Academy’s premises.
MâkZ4049 Composition 2 3 Free choice of composition subject and medium of expression with contemporary associative-imaginative direction; digital and other technology and media solutions are possible. Practical work Assessment show Andris Vītoliņš  
MâkZ7356 Materials and Technologies 1,5 The notion of general materials technology. Scanning and milling of a real 3D or 2D model. Lecture Test Juris Panteļejevs  
      GENERAL ART SUBJECTS        
      Students of all disciplines take general art subjects to gain skills and understanding of academic drawing, painting, and sculpture. Study assignments are designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about proportions, scale, and relationships between light and dark, and creatively interpret the given setting and assignment at the same time. If a department does not offer any of the general art subjects (drawing, painting, design), it is possible to take it by joining another department or course.
      The department teaching the subject assesses the student's skill level and individually adjusts the assignments.
MâkZ4047 Modeling 4,5 The aim of the course is to create an object within the structure of a specific composition based on visual information provided by the body of the model, to develop the ability to perceive sculpture as a visually plastic entity. The ability to achieve stylistic unity; to respect and be aware of the relationships between structure and texture. To master the classic method of sculptural modeling with proficiency in the stylization of natural forms using the human figure as an example; being aware of its anatomical structure as an illustration of universal laws of natural forms. Practical work Assessment show Gļebs Panteļejevs Experience in plastic anthropomorphic modeling from soft materials (clay, plasticin) and the ability to make a metal or wooden frame is required. The study process should take place in the Sculpture Department.
MākZ4062 Drawing 3 Nude figure. Large-format (min. 120x80 cm) primed canvas or paper. Soft materials (coal, sanguine, sepia, etc.). Figure from different angles. Dimensional, tonal, or line drawings. Practical and individual work Assessment show    
MākZ4062 Sketching There are no separate credits for sketching; students are marked for the Drawing course Sketching the human figure for 5, 10, 15 minutes.
Objective: the act of drawing using various materials (charcoal pencil, pencil, felt-tip pen, sepia, acrylic, ink, etc.), developing visual perception, transferring it to the sketch.
Results to be achieved: a developed ability to understand proportion and to create individual handwriting in drawing using a variety of materials, taking a step back from the classical academic drawing.
Individual work Assessment show An individual class without a lecturer  
      HUMANITIES SUBJECTS        
      As theoretical lectures are delivered to the students of the Art Academy of Latvia in Latvian, some theoretical subjects in English are offered separately to the visiting students.        
MākZ1687 Art History of Latvia 6 The course is taught to Erasmus+ students, and its purpose is to give an insight into and a general idea of the development of Latvian art history in a cultural and historical context. Alongside art history, the course provides basic knowledge of Latvian history, ethnography, and architectural history. The lecture course chronologically covers the period from prehistory to the 20th century. Visits to exhibitions and museums are organized as part of the course to broaden and improve students' knowledge and to promote connection with contemporary cultural progress. Lecture, visits to exhibitions and cultural sites Written course paper Ieva Rosne Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ1686 Theory of Contemporary Art  3 The academic course deals with all the significant events in recent art history, starting from the international conceptual tendencies in the 60s, like land art, minimalism, Art Povera, Nouveaux Réalisme, Fluxus, and others, the postmodern narratives in the 80s and the 90s. The final part will be dedicated to the actual debates in the global contemporary art scene. Each lecture will be accompanied by rich visual materials, including films originating from museums. After finishing the course, the students will be able to recognize the most prominent personalities and their most iconic artworks. Lecture, visits to exhibitions and cultural sites Presentation Raimonds Kalējs Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ1677 Anatomy 1,5 Digitalized and interactive anatomy for art and design students to improve their drawing, painting, and sketching skills in anatomy. Based on Anatomy Next — anatomy learning tools for students and teachers. Anatomy Next is a very successful, world-known educational technology start-up to help students learn anatomy faster and more efficiently. Lecture Test Uldis Zariņš Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ1376 Art Pedagogy in a Cultural Environment 3 The course prepares students to conduct practical visual arts lectures in art exhibitions or a broader cultural environment. Such an experience is useful in any art communication process. Graduates will gain hands-on experience in discussing art with people of all ages, conducting informal art classes, and evaluating the learning process. Practical work, seminar or discussion Presentation Ilze Vītola Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
      ELECTIVE SUBJECTS OFFERED TO ERASMUS+ VISITING STUDENTS        
      Elective subjects for Erasmus+ visiting students offered by different departments in different specialties. The list of available elective subjects will be published shortly before the start of the semester with online registration. The number of elective subjects depends on the number of remaining ECTS required for the student after the student's basic curriculum of the department's specialty subjects, general art subjects, and humanities subjects has been approved by the department.        
      MA 1        
code subject name ECTS   type of class type of examination lecturer additional info
      Specialty subjects in the student's chosen subfield. These subjects account for a significant part of the total semester or study year programme percentage.        
MākZ6340  Modeling 3 The aim of the course is to create an autonomous conceptual visually plastic model in a chosen material (clay or plasticine is recommended) based on visual and other communicative information provided by the body and personality of the model. Stylistic and compositional diversity, as well as the use of language characteristic of contemporary sculpture, are permissible. The aforementioned does not preclude an academically conservative approach to solving the task. Practical work Assessment show Gļebs Panteļejevs Experience in plastic anthropomorphic modeling from soft materials (clay, plasticin) and the ability to make a metal or wooden frame is required. 
MākZ6337  Composition  3 To prepare graduates for professional creative work in the field of sculpture, to give insight into contemporary sculpture and other visually-plastic expressions in the cultural space to help them to find their place in the professional field after graduating. The course aims to teach students that sculpture is one of the languages of contemporary culture and explain its role in contemporary society. Students are motivated to make independent decisions in solving tasks. Practical work Assessment show Gļebs Panteļejevs Experience working with sculptural materials and skills of using manual instruments are required, as well as basic knowledge in contemporary sculpture, the ability to think imaginatively and conceptually. 
MākZ5074  Supporting Composition for Diploma Work 3 The course aims to help students work with their chosen individual themes. Practical work Assessment show Aigars Bikše The visiting student works with his/her individual theme.
      THE DEPARTMENT'S ELECTIVE SUBJECTS        
      Specialty subjects that can be taken in addition to the basic study programme.        
MākZ6347  Modeling 2 3 The aim of the course: to search for comparative sculptural modeling in nature or everyday means of expression. Practical work Assessment show Kristaps Andersons  
      GENERAL ART SUBJECTS        
      Students of all disciplines take general art subjects to gain skills and understanding of academic drawing, painting, and sculpture. Study assignments are designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about proportions, scale, and relationships between light and dark, and creatively interpret the given setting and assignment at the same time. If a department does not offer any of the general art subjects (drawing, painting, design), it is possible to take it by joining another department or course.
      The department teaching the subject assesses the student's skill level and individually adjusts the assignments.
MākZ6A59 Drawing 3 Nude figure. Large-format (min. 120x80 cm) primed canvas or paper. Soft materials (coal, sanguine, sepia, etc.). Figure from different angles. Dimensional, tonal, or line drawings. Practical and individual work Assessment show    
MākZ6A59 Sketching There are no separate credits for sketching; students are marked for the Drawing course Sketching the human figure for 5, 10, 15 minutes.
Objective: the act of drawing using various materials (charcoal pencil, pencil, felt-tip pen, sepia, acrylic, ink, etc.), developing visual perception, transferring it to the sketch.
Results to be achieved: a developed ability to understand proportion and to create individual handwriting in drawing using a variety of materials, taking a step back from the classical academic drawing.
Individual work Assessment show An individual class without a lecturer  
      HUMANITIES SUBJECTS        
      As theoretical lectures are delivered to the students of the Art Academy of Latvia in Latvian, some theoretical subjects in English are offered separately to the visiting students.        
MākZ1687 Art History of Latvia 6 The course is taught to Erasmus+ students, and its purpose is to give an insight into and a general idea of the development of Latvian art history in a cultural and historical context. Alongside art history, the course provides basic knowledge of Latvian history, ethnography, and architectural history. The lecture course chronologically covers the period from prehistory to the 20th century. Visits to exhibitions and museums are organized as part of the course to broaden and improve students' knowledge and to promote connection with contemporary cultural progress. Lecture, visits to exhibitions and cultural sites Written course paper Ieva Rosne Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ1686 Theory of Contemporary Art  3 The academic course deals with all the significant events in recent art history, starting from the international conceptual tendencies in the 60s, like land art, minimalism, Art Povera, Nouveaux Réalisme, Fluxus, and others, the postmodern narratives in the 80s and the 90s. The final part will be dedicated to the actual debates in the global contemporary art scene. Each lecture will be accompanied by rich visual materials, including films originating from museums. After finishing the course, the students will be able to recognize the most prominent personalities and their most iconic artworks. Lecture, discussion Presentation Raimonds Kalējs Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ1677 Anatomy 1,5 Digitalized and interactive anatomy for art and design students to improve their drawing, painting, and sketching skills in anatomy. Based on Anatomy Next — anatomy learning tools for students and teachers. Anatomy Next is a very successful, world-known educational technology start-up to help students learn anatomy faster and more efficiently. Lecture   Uldis Zariņš Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ6753 Critical Design 3 The course provides a general insight into design progress, starting from the '90s, introduces major developments in design thinking and approach, and provides an in-depth look at the "Critical Design" trend that emerged during this period. Throughout the course, students are introduced to the concept of critical design, its goals and techniques, and discuss the specifics of design as an information medium. The course covers the theoretical foundations of critical design and illustrates it by numerous examples. It also deals with the problems of design terminology and the point of contact between design and conceptual art. This course aims to encourage designers and artists to think critically and to offer new tools for their artistic and design practices. Lecture Test Liene Jākobsone Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ6271 Art in Public Space 3 The course aims to introduce the diverse manifestations of contemporary art in the public domain, exploring it in depth. The main goal of the course is to broaden the academic horizon by presenting and analyzing contemporary art events and highlighting their interdisciplinary nature, socio-political critical information, and exploration of alternative forms (lasting monuments, temporary art installations, art festivals, biennials, various interventions in a public contemporary art environment, value criteria in the contemporary art environment, etc.). The objective of the course is not only to inform and describe but to develop students' critical thinking, ability to think independently, analyze and evaluate contemporary art events in public space both in Latvia and worldwide. The course looks at the major artistic activities of the late 20th and 21st centuries in the public domain. Lectures present a wealth of visuals, as well as publicly available professional video materials (tate.org.uk, channel.louisiana.dk, royalacademy.org, moma.org, etc.), and DVD movie fragments. Lecture Test Inese Baranovska If the course is attended by Erasmus+ students, it is taught bilingually (in Latvian and English).
MākZ6819 Art and Culture in the Second Half of the 20th Century: Minimal and Conceptual Art 3 The course aims to give an insight into the minimalist and conceptualist artistic trends, their main representatives, and their typical work-creating strategies in a broader context of the second half of the 20th-century art, philosophy, politics, and ideology. The course will focus not only on visual arts, but also briefly on the direction of minimalism in music, literature, and architecture, as well as on the link between the emergence of conceptualism and the Fluxus movement and the musical avant-garde, focusing on the 60s and 70s, exploring the influence of the avant-garde art of the period on the different art world situations of the 80s and 90s and making comparisons with current events in Latvian and world art in the 21st century. Lecture, seminar or discussion Presentation Jānis Taurens If the course is attended by Erasmus+ students, it is taught bilingually (in Latvian and English).
      ELECTIVE SUBJECTS OFFERED TO ERASMUS+ VISITING STUDENTS        
      Elective subjects for Erasmus+ visiting students offered by different departments in different specialties. The list of available elective subjects will be published shortly before the start of the semester with online registration. The number of elective subjects depends on the number of remaining ECTS required for the student after the student's basic curriculum of the department's specialty subjects, general art subjects, and humanities subjects has been approved by the department.        
      MA 2        
code subject name ECTS   type of class type of examination lecturer additional info
      Specialty subjects in the student's chosen subfield. These subjects account for a significant part of the total semester or study year programme percentage.        
MākZ6342  Supporting Composition for Diploma Work 6 The course aims to help students work with their chosen individual themes. Practical work Assessment show Aigars Bikše The visiting student works with his/her individual theme.
MākZ6339  Composition  3 To prepare graduates for professional creative work in the field of sculpture, to give insight into contemporary sculpture and other visually-plastic expressions in the cultural space to help them to find their place in the professional field after graduating. The course aims to teach students that sculpture is one of the languages of contemporary culture and explain its role in contemporary society. Students are motivated to make independent decisions in solving tasks. Practical work Assessment show Gļebs Panteļejevs  
      THE DEPARTMENT'S ELECTIVE SUBJECTS        
      Specialty subjects that can be taken in addition to the basic study programme.        
MākZ7169  Experimental Composition 3 The aim of the course is to deconstruct the foundation of the composition. Practical work Assessment show Kristaps Andersons  
      GENERAL ART SUBJECTS        
      Students of all disciplines take general art subjects to gain skills and understanding of academic drawing, painting, and sculpture. Study assignments are designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about proportions, scale, and relationships between light and dark, and creatively interpret the given setting and assignment at the same time. If a department does not offer any of the general art subjects (drawing, painting, design), it is possible to take it by joining another department or course.
      The department teaching the subject assesses the student's skill level and individually adjusts the assignments.
MākZ6a61 Drawing 3 Nude figure. Large-format (min. 120x80 cm) primed canvas or paper. Soft materials (coal, sanguine, sepia, etc.). Figure from different angles. Dimensional, tonal, or line drawings. Practical and individual work Assessment show    
MākZ6a61 Sketching There are no separate credits for sketching; students are marked for the Drawing course Sketching the human figure for 5, 10, 15 minutes.
Objective: the act of drawing using various materials (charcoal pencil, pencil, felt-tip pen, sepia, acrylic, ink, etc.), developing visual perception, transferring it to the sketch.
Results to be achieved: a developed ability to understand proportion and to create individual handwriting in drawing using a variety of materials, taking a step back from the classical academic drawing.
Individual work Assessment show An individual class without a lecturer  
      HUMANITIES SUBJECTS        
      As theoretical lectures are delivered to the students of the Art Academy of Latvia in Latvian, some theoretical subjects in English are offered separately to the visiting students.        
MākZ1687 Art History of Latvia 6 The course is taught to Erasmus+ students, and its purpose is to give an insight into and a general idea of the development of Latvian art history in a cultural and historical context. Alongside art history, the course provides basic knowledge of Latvian history, ethnography, and architectural history. The lecture course chronologically covers the period from prehistory to the 20th century. Visits to exhibitions and museums are organized as part of the course to broaden and improve students' knowledge and to promote connection with contemporary cultural progress. Lecture, visits to exhibitions and cultural sites Written course paper Ieva Rosne Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ1686 Theory of Contemporary Art  3 The academic course deals with all the significant events in recent art history, starting from the international conceptual tendencies in the 60s, like land art, minimalism, Art Povera, Nouveaux Réalisme, Fluxus, and others, the postmodern narratives in the 80s and the 90s. The final part will be dedicated to the actual debates in the global contemporary art scene. Each lecture will be accompanied by rich visual materials, including films originating from museums. After finishing the course, the students will be able to recognize the most prominent personalities and their most iconic artworks. Lecture, discussion Presentation Raimonds Kalējs Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ1677 Anatomy 1,5 Digitalized and interactive anatomy for art and design students to improve their drawing, painting, and sketching skills in anatomy. Based on Anatomy Next — anatomy learning tools for students and teachers. Anatomy Next is a very successful, world-known educational technology start-up to help students learn anatomy faster and more efficiently. Lecture Test Uldis Zariņš Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ6753 Critical Design 3 The course provides a general insight into design progress, starting from the '90s, introduces major developments in design thinking and approach, and provides an in-depth look at the "Critical Design" trend that emerged during this period. Throughout the course, students are introduced to the concept of critical design, its goals and techniques, and discuss the specifics of design as an information medium. The course covers the theoretical foundations of critical design and illustrates it by numerous examples. It also deals with the problems of design terminology and the point of contact between design and conceptual art. This course aims to encourage designers and artists to think critically and to offer new tools for their artistic and design practices. Lecture Test Liene Jākobsone Special subject for Erasmus+ students.
MākZ6271 Art in Public Space 3 The course aims to introduce the diverse manifestations of contemporary art in the public domain, exploring it in depth. The main goal of the course is to broaden the academic horizon by presenting and analyzing contemporary art events and highlighting their interdisciplinary nature, socio-political critical information, and exploration of alternative forms (lasting monuments, temporary art installations, art festivals, biennials, various interventions in a public contemporary art environment, value criteria in the contemporary art environment, etc.). The objective of the course is not only to inform and describe but to develop students' critical thinking, ability to think independently, analyze and evaluate contemporary art events in public space both in Latvia and worldwide. The course looks at the major artistic activities of the late 20th and 21st centuries in the public domain. Lectures present a wealth of visuals, as well as publicly available professional video materials (tate.org.uk, channel.louisiana.dk, royalacademy.org, moma.org, etc.), and DVD movie fragments. Lecture Test Inese Baranovska If the course is attended by Erasmus+ students, it is taught bilingually (in Latvian and English).
MākZ6819 Art and Culture in the Second Half of the 20th Century: Minimal and Conceptual Art 3 The course aims to give an insight into the minimalist and conceptualist artistic trends, their main representatives, and their typical work-creating strategies in a broader context of the second half of the 20th-century art, philosophy, politics, and ideology. The course will focus not only on visual arts, but also briefly on the direction of minimalism in music, literature, and architecture, as well as on the link between the emergence of conceptualism and the Fluxus movement and the musical avant-garde, focusing on the 60s and 70s, exploring the influence of the avant-garde art of the period on the different art world situations of the 80s and 90s and making comparisons with current events in Latvian and world art in the 21st century. Lecture, seminar or discussion Presentation Jānis Taurens If the course is attended by Erasmus+ students, it is taught bilingually (in Latvian and English).