Product Design

The possibilities in the field of product design are continuously being expanded; new demands are being actively placed on young artists and that opens up a wider spectrum of employment possibilities as well as demand for individual original work. Students have the opportunity to follow the process of a product and industrial production from various angles – from the technological level of production and material limitations, through a proper understanding of the function of a given product within the company’s portfolio, all the way to marketing strategies.

Our graduates are able to make presentations and communicate in professional terminology related to a particular area; they also master the elements of individual technologies, working with materials such as metal, wood, glass, ceramic or plastic and they have a proper understanding of technological limitations when designing a product. They are also able to effectively integrate the newest technologies such as 3D scanning or Rapid Prototyping into their creative process. Furthermore, our students are very familiar with the present design discourse, design history and trend definitions, and they understand individual characteristics of world design centres.

Pedagogues


Product design

Adam Štech

He is a theoretician, journalist and curator who has been working with design, architecture, fashion and fine art for a long time. He graduated from Art History at the Charles University and he is the co-founder of the creative group OKOLO (laureates of the Czech Grand Design Award 2012) with which he has implemented tens of publication and exhibition projects in the Czech Republic and abroad since the year 2009.

He is the author of a number of texts about design and architecture published in domestic and international press. He is the editor of the magazine Dolce Vita and regularly writes for prestigious global magazines and blogs such as Wallpaper, Modernism, Damn, Cool Hunting, Domus, Architonic, Mark, SightUnseen and others.

Product design

Dominik Hrodek

As the Marketing Consultant and Deputy Managing Director of the Dark Side agency he helps companies communicate and grow. He took part in defining and implementing untraditional communication strategies of brands such as O2, SAS, PHILIPS, ČSOB, Coca-Cola, SPP, RWE, Nestlé or IBM. His projects also include Česko v datech (Czech Republic in Data) or the charity project Era pomáhá regionům (Era Helps Regions). He is a member of the presidium of the association of advertising agencies AČRA M.K. and he is currently the director of the Czech Institute of Advertising and Marketing Communications. During the years 2000 to 2007 he taught Political and Cultural History at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Charles University in Prague. He headed a seminar in 2006 the outcome of which was the exhibition Prague’s Cafes and Their World which he was also the commissioner of. He also contributed to the texts of the publication with the same title. He was the curator of the generational exhibition Global Myths.

Product design

Evžen Šimera

He is a contemporary Czech visual artist and painter and at the same time the director of VOŠ Scholastika, which he founded in 2012 together with artist Ondřej Brody. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and was awarded a doctorate at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He has exhibited at important events primarily within the Czech Republic and he is represented in many private and several state collections and institutions. He has been nominated for the Jindřich Chalupecký Award and he is the laureate of the Critique Award for young painting. His work relates to conceptual thinking primarily through the use of means of painting.

Product design

Hynek Alt

He often works in the artist duo with Aleksandra Vajd. The work of Alt and Vajd has been presented in a number of important European and American galleries. In his work Hynek Alt makes a topic of the medium of photography and the personality of the photographer. He demonstrates the treacherousness and fragility of the perception of a photographic image.

His examination of the relationship to the medium of photography is multi-layered, while he uses optical illusions, which he uses to manipulate the photographic image. Hynek Alt is one of the most respected and renowned contemporary artists working with the medium of photography.

Product design

Jan Čapek

He is the bearer of the title Designer of the Year 2013, Czech Grand Design Award, as well as many other Czech and international awards. He is primarily known thanks to his prominent projects – design of the bottles for Karlovarska mineral waters, design and production of beer glasses for the brewery Velkopopovický kozel, design of the inflatable toy Dog Bulík and Formula for the manufacturer Fatra Napajedla, but also for his own artistic work. In his designs he always uses new approaches. His work is characteristic for its high aesthetics and surprising technical approach, as well as for its conceptual overlap or for developing the possibilities of use of a given object.

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Matej Činčera

He participated in the founding of the creative group OKOLO and Pedal Project. He won the prize for The Most Beautiful Book of the Year with the publication OKOLO Mollino. It is precisely with his colleagues from OKOLO that he does many original curator, publication and fine art projects, and he and his colleague, Jan Kloss, created the graphic design for designSUPERMARKET festival of contemporary design. He studied Graphic Design at the Secondary and Post Secondary Schools of Applied Arts in Prague.

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Róbert Šalanda

He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He has exhibited at important events primarily in the Czech Republic and his focus is on painting that is formally minimalistic and often reaches the edge of symbolism. His main painting characteristic is probably his developed feeling for colour, as well as his feeling for combining rich and areally applied colours.

His paintings express certain grotesqueness and a sense of dry humour. Robert Šalanda is the co-founder of the Gallery SPZ.

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Terezie Nekvindová

Since 2006 she has been working at the Science and Research Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where she is also a member of the Department of Art History and Theory. Her main focus is in Czech modern and contemporary art from the 1960s until the present, history of exhibitions and management of exhibitions, the relationship of fine art and architecture and the theory of restoration of contemporary art. She has co-authored publications including Lapidárium, Viktor Rudiš – Ósaka, or Sial. In 2014 she was awarded a doctorate for her dissertation work Exhibition versus the Management of Exhibition at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Charles University in Prague. She is also engaged in the restoration of modern and contemporary art.

Product design

Vladimír Strejček

In 2002 he founded the illustration studio DRAWetc thanks to which the etc. gallery originated two years later. He is the co-creator of the fashion label UrbanLegend and he organizes the comics contest ARNAL in cooperation with Komiksfest. In 2013 he and Hanina Větrovcova founded the series of drawing competition events Raw Art Wrestling (RAW) and one year later he founded the digital comics publishing house BigBookBrotherhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Subjects

Product Design

Product Design

The main focus of this studio is the field of product design – design of products with a specialization on practical knowledge reflecting the current context of materials, technologies and design trends. The subject area of product design is continuously expanding the field of its activities and places new demands on young artists; on the other hand, however, it offers greater possibilities of use and implementation. Students have the possibility to observe the aspects of a product and industrial production from various angles – from the technological level of production and material limitations, through proper understanding of the function of a given product within the company portfolio, all the way to the marketing strategy.

Graduates are able to present and communicate in professional terminology connected with this area, they also possess a command of basic individual technologies, working with materials such as metal, wood, glass, ceramics or plastic, and they understand what technology allows when designing. They are also able to effectively integrate the newest technologies such as 3D scanning or RapidPrototyping into the creative process. Furthermore, students are comfortable with the current designer discursus, with design history, trend definitions, and they know and understand individual characteristics of world design centres. 

 

Teacher:

Jan Čapek

  

Product design

Technology of Spatial Work

Nedílnou součástí tvorby designera je znalost technologií výroby, materiálů a jejich vlastností, které významně ovlivňují výsledný tvar produktu, kvalitu a dostupnost na trhu. Právě to je hlavní zaměření předmětu Technologie prostorové tvorby. 

Studenti se v průběhu tříletého studia seznámí s nejběžnějšími materiály a technologiemi využívanými ke zpracování těchto materiálů. Naučí se respektovat danou technologii výroby již při návrhu produktu, dokáží připravit komplexní projektovou dokumentaci včetně návrhu technologických postupů pro výrobu připravovaných produktů. Seznamují se základními materiály, jakými jsou dřevo, kov, sklo, keramika a plast. Výuka technologií je rozdělena do jednotlivých bloků podle zvolených materiálů a je propojena jak s programem ateliérové výuky, tak s praxí v oboru.

Teacher:

Karel Matějka

 

 

 

Product design

Design History

The lecture cycle takes the students through the history of world design from its beginning in the second half of the 20th century, all the way to its most recent development. Individual classes are focused on distinct streams and styles, which have influenced design and architecture, as well as on free art, fashion and graphic design. Through applied arts we also take a glance into general theory and history of fine arts.

The main areas of study also include the introduction to general aspects of design, history of design (interior, product, industrial and conceptual), design of the second half of the 20th century and the topic of current design. In addition to actual history, lessons are devoted to general problems such journalism of design and its perception in current society.

Teacher:

Adam Štech

Product design

English Language

Students are taught basic communication skills and language competencies that will enable them to communicate in practical and professional life situations. Lessons are concentrated on expanding grammar knowledge, deepening vocabulary, ability to orientate in professional texts and preparation for the orientation and communication in an international context.

The result is the ability to understand more demanding texts, basic reflexion of the students’ own professional activity and articulation of professional opinions in the English language. The lessons take place as a selective choice of topics from the contents of the book New Headway Pre-Intermediate Workbook Fourth Edition. Part of the lessons includes working with authentic professional texts, practicing actual oral expression, or looking up information. The lessons content is enriched by topics and terminology from the area of art happenings.

 

Teacher:

Lucie Theinerová

 

 

Product design

School Year Project

The purpose of this course is to completely prepare the students for their final presentations in their individual years. It guides the students to a suitable selection of a topic as well as the right media of expression. The students learn how to defend their own work through individual meetings with teachers and collective presentations.

Part of the course is also a seminar about writing the defence of the school year project. This course guides the student, practically and theoretically, towards the presentation of the school year project within the scope of his/her field. An emphasis is placed not only on the quality of the project but also on working with the actual presentation and demonstration of acquired skills and knowledge.

Teacher:

Jan Čapek

Product design

Final Project

This course completely prepares the students for their final project in the selected field. It guides the students to a suitable selection of the final topic, as well as of their media of expression. The students learn how to defend their work through having individual meetings with teachers and collective presentations.

The course includes a seminar on the topic of writing a defence of the final project and reactions to the opponent’s review. This course guides the student, practically and theoretically, towards a successful completion of his/her studies in the selected field (presuming all prerequisites were fulfilled including mandatory attendance).

 

Teacher:

Jan Čapek

Product design

Visual Theory and Culture

This course provides the students with an introduction to the issues of visual culture and expands the traditional view of the commonly perceived image. It treats the transformations of the function of image in modern society in the period of the phenomenon of photographic record, film, television and internet. It focuses on the critical examination of the creation of images and their ideological background with an emphasis on the issues of advertising images. An emphasis is placed on the issues of advertising images, on the explanation of basic principles and the theoretic background of this topic. Classes are combined with a seminar that places an emphasis on the reading of basic texts, analysing individual works and discussing key questions.

Upon the completion of this course students will be able to define basic topics and notions from the area of visual culture, orientate themselves in the given topic and be able to interpret a wide scale of images from the theoretic view of visual culture. Likewise, the students gain practical information and orientation in basic literature, which they learn to work with. The completion of this course will provide the students with basic orientation in the area of visual culture: they will understand basic topics, know the concepts and key representatives of visual culture, which is necessary for advertising work. The students will be able to use the knowledge gained from this course in their practical projects. Theory of visual culture is also essential as a source of inspiration for one’s own work as well as for the critical reflexion thereof. 

Teacher:

Terezie Nekvindová

Product design

Marketing Communication

This course equips the students with knowledge from the area of marketing communication, public relations and mass media. It provides inter-field knowledge and skills that form the students into mature personalities of the modern world, in which advertising and one’s own presentation are two of the basic factors for success.

The content of the lessons reacts to the need to understand the world of marketing, to be able to function in it successfully (even as an artist) and to subsequently be able to present oneself and one’s work in a quality manner.

The distinctive topics of this course include primarily the behaviour of the media, as well as basic ethics and laws in the area of advertising.

It provides a complex overview of theories and practices of the communication industry, its instruments and channels. It is focused not only on the theoretic foundations, but primarily it attempts to search for its practical use. A part of the course is also a practicum in an advertising agency.

Teacher:

Dominik Hrodek

Product design

Computer Graphics / Graphic Program for 3D

3D modelling with the help of the program McNeel Rhinoceros is divided into two parts. A basic and an advanced course, complemented by Grasshopper 3D, guides the students through modelling, mapping, lighting, rendering and parametric design (knowledge of the basics of photography for the composition of scenes and Adobe Photoshop for postproduction and texture editing is recommended). 

In this course the students model, map and photo-realistically render 3D objects. They learn how to model a parametric design; they are able to prepare data for 3D printing, cnc, etc. They are introduced to the software Rhinoceros and the modules V-Ray and Grasshopper. They also gain knowledge in the lawfulness of lighting a 3D scene.

Teacher:

Jan Nálepa

Product design

Professional Practicum

This course provides the students with experience in working in a realistic environment. It enables them to apply the learned skills and knowledge in practice. The integration of working exercises with professional experience together with consultation with invited professionals helps the students in developing communication abilities and prepares them for a future working environment.

The students are prepared to be able to easily integrate within the operations of a working environment and independently perform basic practical tasks in the field. They receive information necessary for the performance of the respective position, as well as competences in the use of working methods and evaluation of one’s own work as a part of the production process, development and artistic production.

Teacher:

Evžen Šimera

 

 

Product design

Basics of Fine Art Techniques

Students are introduced to mostly standard, traditional, as well as current fine art techniques used in the present time in the artistic world. From technological principles of production, material specifics, through the proper understanding of formal characteristics, all the way to the critical evaluation of personal conceptions and paths to an authentic original position. Graduates master basic techniques of fine art work, preparation of materials for designing and completing projects, primarily their presentation, possibly selling the final work on the market.

In professional workshops the students are introduced to the individual phases of the creative process, they form a relationship with various materials; they acquire basic techniques for processing and recognizing limitations. Gradually the students are introduced to the basic instruments necessary for the work of a fine artist and designer and in the case of serious interest in a specific technique, they can further deepen their own technical knowledge and skills.

Teacher:

Robert Šalanda

Product design

Selective Seminar

The purpose of the selective seminar is primarily to give the students the opportunity to meet with teachers for the occasion of watching various presentations. A part of it is usually also a presentation of the student works, a discussion or performance of invited, primarily international, guests. Students learn to present their own work, personal program or methods of work and skills in a moderated professional discussion. The students gain an overview about the current happening in the field, ability to critically analyse, evaluate their own work and allocation in a period and genre context.

The selective seminar offers space for presenting special lectures, presentations by invited artists and theoreticians, as well as short-term workshops or longer pedagogical entries of visiting professors. The selection of topics and guests will be specified according to the possibilities of the school and guests based on preliminary requirements of students and teachers.

Teacher:

Evžen Šimera

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Applicants and Students

Scholastika Post Secondary Technical School helps students gain theoretical and practical background for working and for creating their own effective work habits that will help them in asserting themselves on the professional design scene.

The practically focused style of teaching is based on cooperation with renowned studios or independent designers, who have become our partners in the area of professional practice for our students. In addition to standard studio instruction, we offer our students the opportunity to participate in consultations with young European designers, which the Scholastika platform has been inviting to presentations and lectures, as well as commented viewings in graphical, design or architectonic studios for a number of years. We support our students in their own exhibition activities and we organise for them collective, curated exhibitions in galleries.

The maximum number of students in one year is 25. Such capacity makes it possible for the teachers to teach in small groups (studios), which allows for the teachers to have individual approach to each student. This is one of the aspects that makes the presented project original and, with respect to the current situation on the level of post secondary education, quite unique. It unites top teachers, quality equipment, an emphasis on the ability to present and specific practical experience, with the complex approach to students as creative personalities who have a number of opportunities within the school, in practise, theoretical work or international cooperation.

The School’s Exceptionality

Compared to the current offer of Czech post secondary technical schools, Scholastika stands out with its focus on product and graphic design, which is not limited to printing art or learning to use digital equipment. Instead, it is directed at independent creative integrity of its graduates, their ability to orientate themselves in visual culture, as well as in the field of potential employers. The benefits of our study program are not only in the added value (practice, international cooperation, presentation skills), or in the reaction to demand, but they develop from the actual conception of the program and its focus.

All subjects at Scholastika Post Secondary Technical School are taught by respected professional personalities. For example, our teachers include the internationally renowned designer Jan Čapek, graphic designer and co-creator of the brand Botas 66, Jan Kloss, curator and design theoretician Adam Štěch, photographer Hynek Alt, illustrator Vladimír Strejček, art theoretician Terezie Nekvindová, or the communication and marketing expert Dominik Hrodek. Regular daily classes include studio work in the form of weekly appointments according to a previously established schedule. Each semester is concluded with a student exhibition, where a board of professionals, consisting of Scholastika teachers as well as invited professionals, evaluates the works exhibit at a public, student exhibition. 

Course Enrolment

To enrol in any of our courses please fill out our application form available for download on our website and send it by email to info(at)scholastika.cz. Upon receiving your application we will contact you with further information regarding an interview, as well as the account number for sending the administrative fee.

 

Fees and Courses Offered

Tuition fee in the studios of photography, fashion, interior, product and graphic design is 9 500 CZK per each studio.

Tuition fee in the studios of comic strip and illustration, object and glass, painting, and sculpture is 8 500 CZK per each studio.

Combination of two studios: 15 000 CZK

Combination of three studios: 18 000 CZK

Art history lecture course: 7 000 CZK

Design history lecture course: 8 000 CZK

Administrative fee for the entrance interview: 400 CZK

Tuition fees are not refundable in the case of cancellation

* One completed semester at Scholastika = 5% discount on the following semester. Two to three completed semesters at Scholastika = 10% discount on the following semester. Four or more completed semesters at Scholastika = 15% discount on the following semester.

How do I apply to study here?

 

Simply send a completed application, which can be downloaded on our website, to our email address vos@scholastika.cz.

Questions and Answers

Will studying at Scholstika prepare me for entrance exams to a University?

This is one of our goals. We try to prepare our students practically and provide information with respect to theory in a way for them to be better prepared for, hence more seccussful in fulfilling the entrance exams at Universities. Last year 16 of Scholstika students were accepted at AVU (Academy of Fine Arts), UMPRUM (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague), FaVu (Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno), FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague), UJEP (Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem) and FUD (Faculty of Art and Design at UJEP), etc.

Who has previously taught at the school?

Scholastika’s long-term teachers include finalists or laureates of the J. Chalupecky Award painters Michal Pěchouček, Jiří Franta, David Böhm or photographer Jiří Thýn, as well as internationally respected product, interior and fashion designers Jan Čapek, Roman Vrtiška or the duo Jan Kloss and Matěj Činčera. However, a number of other artists and designers have made presentations or held workshops including Krištof Kintera, Vladimír 518, Adam Budak, Aleš Najbrt, Maarten de Ceulaer, Veronika Ruppert, Eva Eisler, Jiří David, studio Dechem, Daniel Gonzalez, Elric Petit or Jiří Kovanda.

Whose idea was it to start up an art school?

Scholastika originated from the impulse of two artists Ondřej Brody and Evžen Šimera, classmates at the Academy of Fine Arts and Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. Overcoming common problems, during the five years of the school’s existence, they have managed to create a progressive environment connecting front Czech professionals from many fields, a clear vision and the attempt to open up the world of art and design to the wide public. And this was also the original intention. 

What is the school’s history?

Over 700 students have gone through the Scholastika platform since its origin in 2012. We are located in the unique space of the functionalistic building of the former Transportation Facilities. Since the beginning we have been offering professional cources for the public in 11 fields of study and since 2016 we also offer regular daytime study at the Post Secondary Technical School of Visual Communication.

Are there entrance exams to the Scholastika Post Secondary Technical School?

Yes, they take place during the winter/spring season in two terms. The applicant must present at least 10 pieces of own work, which will be evaluated by an expert commission, and attend a personal interview. We inform of the interview results within the following 14 days. 

Once I am accepted at Scholastika Post Secondary Technical School do I have the status of a student?

Yes. Since 2015 Scholastika Post Secondary Technical School has been accredited to be a post secondary school and guarantees the status of a student to all applicants accepted for the daytime studies. Upon the successful completion of the final exam students are awarded with the title DiS.

Who is the study at Scholastika Post Secondary Technical School intended for?

The Scholastika Post Secondary Technical School educational program is a unique, practically oriented, three-year study program, which offers new professional skills and practical knowledge to secondary school graduates or Bachelor Degree holders, which will help them in starting their own working career in the art-design field. Scholastika Post Secondary Technical School is also suitable for those applying to a University with the same major, as a professional preparation for a successful acceptance. 

How do I apply to study here?

Simply send a completed application, which can be downloaded on our website, to our email address vos@scholastika.cz.

Is there anything else interesting about Scholastika?

The Scholastika platform organizes for its students a number of accompanying activities such as guest lectures by artists, theoreticians and designers from the Czech as well as international scene. We organize guided tours of exhibitions in large institutions, but also in small, independent galleries and studios. Several times a year we organize international trips to see art and design (for example to the Venice Biennale, Milan’s Salone del Mobile, or Berlin’s Gallery Weekend). Our students are able to use the school premises including its equipment and library for their own work and individual studying. 

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