FACULTY OF AUDIO-VISUAL MEDIA ART
STAGE DESIGN
      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.        
MākZ2333 Composition 4,5 The basic structure of the stage space (sketch, design, layout) for the play. Sketches showing the development of stage design during the performance.Creating a coherent structure for the play's dimensional world, timeline, and visual cues. The process of exploring visual material, searching for atmospheric and vivid visual images.
Stage design solution sketches for a specific play based on text analysis. The use of the ambiance and visual cues in the context of the play. Layout and design exhibition at the appropriate professional level.
Praktiskās nodarbības, individuālā darba nodarbības Skates Inese Monika Pormale  To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
MākZ2601 Stage painting 1,5 The course aims to provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in visualizing literary works outside the traditional theater scene. The focus is on analog technologies and real, tangible objects of visual art and environment. Self-publishing. Model. Posters. Work with Nils Sakss' stories. Practical and individual work Assessment show Kristians Brekte  To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
MākZ3587 Directing basics 3 The objective of the course is to learn the basics of directing, get acquainted with different theater and directing schools, focus on the process of reading and analyzing plays, as well as other types of literary works through reading dramaturgical material. Collaboration with a director. Application of play analysis through searching for central ideas of stage design. Play analysis and development of an essay. Practical and individual work Assessment show Viktors Jansons  To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
MākZ3576 Costume studies 1,5 A costume artist's work in theater, opera, and cinema; the significance of a costume in the context of a particular artwork and space. Formulate the task for costume-making workshops. The theme encourages paying attention to and looking for characters in a certain fashion period and everyday life, researching documentary photo materials.
Clothe oneself using one's body as the most accessible tool for work, exploring the individual qualities of one's body.
Practical and individual work Assessment show Kristīne Jurjāne  To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization by presenting a complete fine art work in the assessment show that is not limited only to the digital format is required.
MākZ2603 Tectonics 1,5 Construction of a three-dimensional object. The aim is to create a unified three-dimensional object with three different emotional moods, different viewpoints on visual nature and structure. To be able to create three different moods of the character in four planes of the same object. Practical and individual work Assessment show Aigars Bikše  To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
MākZ2219 Computer studies 1,5 Throughout the course, students study video frame composition for a theater play.
Technical review of Resolume Arena un Adobe Premier.
Assignment:
Using a small human figure against the projection surface, we create projection mood etudes from the performance analyzed in the composition.
A 30-second video projection.
1. We discuss the storyboard and the selection of an animated storyline.
2. We create an animation (drawn, stop-motion, or filmed) fragment from the play.
3. We adjust the animation to the projection environment, respecting the actor (figurine).
Practical and individual work Assessment show Ieta Sipunova  To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
MākZ1539 Stage technologies 1,5 The structure, technical capabilities, and spatial preconditions of a traditional stage. As an example, students examine the stage of the Latvian National Theater, the round hall of the Valmiera Drama Theater, or the New Riga Theater black-box hall, which has not yet been built.
Assignment: to adapt the specifics of a particular stage, including its structure and components, to the artistic conception; to show stage design elements and their transformation in a model; to photograph model transformations, post-processing images, achieving maximum results in the presentation of ideas.
Practical and individual work Assessment show Mārtiņš Kalseris To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
      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.
      The department teaching the subject assesses the student's skill level and individually adjusts the assignments.
MākZ2028 Painting 3 The goal of the course is to master the means of expression of still life painting in combination with individual and professional sub-field interests, blurring imaginary boundaries. Within the program, students paint from nature; it is also possible to perform a creative task (unrelated to the setting) assigned by the lecturer independently. Practical work Assessment show    
MākZ2026 Drawing 3 Standing nude figure. Composition. Understanding the proportions of the figure. Dimensional drawing. Pencil, A2 paper. Practical and individual work Assessment show    
MākZ2026 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.        
MākZ2961 Art History of Latvia 6 The lecture course "Art History of Latvia" 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.                                                                                                                                                            In the first semester the lecture course chronologically covers the period from prehistory to the 1950ties. The course continues in the second semester, providing the students with the basic knowledge about events of the second half of 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, seminar Ieva Rosne Special course for Erasmus+ students / The course takes place online in two groups: 1. Visiting students from the 1st semester, 2. New visiting students.
MākZ2960 History 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 course for Erasmus+ students / The course takes place online and is intended only for new visiting students.
MākZ1261 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 course for Erasmus+ students / The course takes place online and have one common group for new visiting students together with the students from the 1st semester.
MākZ5125 Creative Methods in Art Pedagogy 3 The course "Creative Methods in Art Pedagogy" prepares students for planning and conducting art-based visual arts classes for school age children. Such an experience can be useful in teaching for both - formal and non-formal education. Graduates will gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience in transforming an idea based on creative practice (art or design) into a teaching practice. Practical work, seminar or discussion Presentation Ilze Vītola Special course for Erasmus+ students / The course takes place online and have one common group for new visiting students together with the students from the 1st semester.
      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.        
MākZ6631 Composition 4,5 The basic structure of the stage space (sketch, design, layout) for the play. Sketches showing the development of stage design during the performance.Creating a coherent structure for the play's dimensional world, timeline, and visual cues. The process of exploring visual material, searching for atmospheric and vivid visual images.
Stage design solution sketches for a specific play based on text analysis. The use of the ambiance and visual cues in the context of the play. Layout and design exhibition at the appropriate professional level.
Practical and individual work Assessment show Inese Monika Pormale To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
MākZ5008 Directing basics 3 Assignment: to develop the ability to use the means of expression of stage design as tools for the discovery, decoding, and translation of the literary text into visual images. Another objective of the course is to help students understand the process of developing the concept of directing, the cooperation with the director in the context of the concept and the main conditions to comply with when creating a dramaturgical structure. Analysis of the play together with the director. Search for analysis-based ideas. Project development and presentation. Practical and individual work Assessment show Viktors Jansons To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
MākZ3577 Costume studies 1,5 A costume artist's activities in theater, opera, and cinema. The significance of a costume in the context of a particular artwork. Intelligible costume drawings or a realistic costume designed based on the given assignment, a credible explanation for realizing a costume sketch for a theater or other workshop. Clear oral description of the work. Recognizing that a costume is designed for a specific character and body. Basic understanding of all possible materials for creating costumes. Basic knowledge of clothing history. Practical and individual work Assessment show Kristīne Jurjāne  To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization by presenting a complete fine art work in the assessment show that is not limited only to the digital format is required.
MākZ3212 Computer studies 1,5 Mapping on three planes. Technical review of Resolume Arena. Mapping. Assignment: 30-second video sketch on a three-plane surface.     Ieta Sipunova To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
MākZ3603 Stage technologies 3 Movement, image, and sound as dynamic art forms — scenography components.
Use movement, image, and sound as a tool to help visualize the invisible scenography component — time.
The assignment for independent work is to create an installation project dedicated to each of these three phenomena, which could exist as an autonomous work of art. Three ideas, where movement, image, and sound work separately from one another.
Practical and individual work Assessment show Mārtiņš Kalseris To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
      GENERAL ART SUBJECTS        
      Department's elective subjects that can be taken in addition to the basic study programme.        
      ART STUDIES (student must choose at least one of proposed subjects)        
   MākZ3156 Painting 3 The goal of the course is to master the means of expression of painting in combination with individual and professional sub-field interests, blurring imaginary boundaries. Throughout the course, the student and the lecturer agree on the action plan — to paint from nature or independently work on a creative task assigned by the lecturer (unrelated to the setting). Practical work Assessment show    
  Drawing 3 Large-format drawings. Same task as for painters, sculptors and graphic artists. Practical and individual work Assessment show    
  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  
MākZ3207 Modeling 3 1. Sculpting a human figure. Students are acquainted with different styles; they explore them in more depth and create their own composition, choosing the most appropriate solution to reflect their idea. 2. Sculpting a human figure with clothing. Drapery formation on a human figure and highlighting the key features. Principles of the geometric structure of the drapery composition, movement in the composition and drapery. Practical work Assessment show Olga Šilova  
      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.        
MākZ2961 Art History of Latvia 6 The lecture course "Art History of Latvia" 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.                                                                                                                                                            In the first semester the lecture course chronologically covers the period from prehistory to the 1950ties. The course continues in the second semester, providing the students with the basic knowledge about events of the second half of 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, seminar Ieva Rosne Special course for Erasmus+ students / The course takes place online in two groups: 1. Visiting students from the 1st semester, 2. New visiting students.
MākZ2960 History 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 course for Erasmus+ students / The course takes place online and is intended only for new visiting students.
MākZ1261 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 course for Erasmus+ students / The course takes place online and have one common group for new visiting students together with the students from the 1st semester.
MākZ5125 Creative Methods in Art Pedagogy 3 The course "Creative Methods in Art Pedagogy" prepares students for planning and conducting art-based visual arts classes for school age children. Such an experience can be useful in teaching for both - formal and non-formal education. Graduates will gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience in transforming an idea based on creative practice (art or design) into a teaching practice. Practical work, seminar or discussion Presentation Ilze Vītola Special course for Erasmus+ students / The course takes place online and have one common group for new visiting students together with the students from the 1st semester.
      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
      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.        
MākZ6444

Composition 3 The basic structure of the stage space (sketch, design, layout) for the play. Sketches showing the development of stage design during the performance. Creating a coherent structure for the play's dimensional world, timeline, and visual cues. The process of exploring visual material, searching for atmospheric and vivid visual images. Stage design solution sketches for a specific play based on text analysis. The use of the ambiance and visual cues in the context of the play. Layout and design exhibition at the appropriate professional level. Practical and individual work Assessment show Inese Monika Pormale To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
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Directing 3 Students get acquainted with different theater and directing schools; they analyze selected plays and develop a performance concept; they work on a director's script. Moreover, students develop a personal master's program that outlines the range of their professional interests. Independent work on play analysis and the development of performance concepts. Analysis of one play together with the director. Search for analysis-based ideas in dramaturgy. Analysis of ideas in collaboration with the director. Practical and individual work Assessment show Viktors Jansons To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
      THE DEPARTMENT'S ELECTIVE SUBJECTS        
      Specialty subjects that can be taken in addition to the basic study programme. (Student must choose two of proposed subjects)                     
MākZ6A71
Scale modelling 3 Stage design solution through spatial scale layout (M1:20) design. Layout production technologies, scale calculations, materiality nuances, imitation techniques of the texture of scaled objects. The layout is a three-dimensional sketch, the stage between the first idea and the finished theater performance stage design. Production of a three-dimensional object from plate material (model — cardboard, paper, plastic) and creation of a three-dimensional, constructive grid in the space (model — soldering from 0.8 mm wire). Practical and individual work Assessment show Mārtiņš Kalseris To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
MākZ6A71 Spacial modeling  3 Develop skills at Trimbele SketchUp modeling software. Create spacials models dedicated to theatrical interpretation, usualy works as an other way to work on comopsition themes. At course can be included file preparation for d3 printing.  Practical and individual work Assessment show Arturs Arnis To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
MākZ6A71
Stage painting 3 The course aims to provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in visualizing literary works outside the traditional theater scene. Emphasis on analog technologies and real, tangible objects of visual art and environment. Self-publishing. Model. Posters. Urban environment assignment. Practical and individual work Assessment show Kristians Brekte To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
MākZ6A71
Costume studies 3 Intelligible costume drawings or a realistic costume designed based on the given assignment, a credible explanation for realizing a costume sketch for a theater or other workshop. Clear oral description of the work. Recognizing that a costume is designed for a specific character and body. Basic understanding of all possible materials for creating costumes. Basic knowledge of clothing history. Practical and individual work Assessment show Kristīne Jurjāne  To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization by presenting a complete fine art work in the assessment show that is not limited only to the digital format is required.
MākZ6A71
Tectonics 3 Social and visual aspects of the public space. Urban legends, exploration, and environmental transformation and integration in the stage design solution of the chosen play. To research the given topic, to introduce the ideas of contemporary social and ideological views into the stage design layout. To create a result based on the synthesis of stories and the environment. Practical and individual work Assessment show Aigars Bikše ENG To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
MākZ6A71
Computer studies 3 To learn the video frame composition. Technical review of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premier. Assignment: Using a small human figurine, we look for texture and mood frames in the environment. Mood video. A 30-second video: The object and the story of the object's feeling — fear, love, hatred, melancholy, etc. Practical and individual work Assessment show Ieta Sipunova To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
MākZ6A71
Stage technologies 3 Experiment: scenography outside the traditional theater stage.
Synthesis of scenography components — movement, image, sound, time, and light, thus creating a new theater space.
The traditional theater stage as an open border between contemporary scenography and contemporary visual arts in an exhibition hall.
The importance of non-traditional theater space in circumstances when external conditions inconvenience the traditional proscenium theater positions.
Practical and individual work Assessment show Mārtiņš Kalseris To get ECTS, lecture attendance, regular independent work, successful task realization and participation in the assessment show is required.
      GENERAL ART SUBJECTS        
      Department's elective subjects that can be taken in addition to the basic study programme.        
  Painting 3 The goal of the course is to master the means of expression of painting in combination with individual and professional sub-field interests, blurring imaginary boundaries. Throughout the elective course, the student and the lecturer agree on the action plan — to paint from nature or independently work on a creative task assigned by the lecturer (unrelated to the setting). Practical work Assessment show    
  Drawing 3 Large-format drawings. Same task as for painters, sculptors and graphic artists.  Practical and individual work Assessment show    
  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.        
MākZ2961 Art History of Latvia 6 The lecture course "Art History of Latvia" 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.                                                                                                                                                            In the first semester the lecture course chronologically covers the period from prehistory to the 1950ties. The course continues in the second semester, providing the students with the basic knowledge about events of the second half of 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, seminar Ieva Rosne Special course for Erasmus+ students / The course takes place online in two groups: 1. Visiting students from the 1st semester, 2. New visiting students.
MākZ2960 History 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 course for Erasmus+ students / The course takes place online and is intended only for new visiting students.
MākZ1261 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 course for Erasmus+ students / The course takes place online and have one common group for new visiting students together with the students from the 1st semester.
MākZ5125 Creative Methods in Art Pedagogy 3 The course "Creative Methods in Art Pedagogy" prepares students for planning and conducting art-based visual arts classes for school age children. Such an experience can be useful in teaching for both - formal and non-formal education. Graduates will gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience in transforming an idea based on creative practice (art or design) into a teaching practice. Practical work, seminar or discussion Presentation Ilze Vītola Special course for Erasmus+ students / The course takes place online and have one common group for new visiting students together with the students from the 1st semester.
      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.