Czech Republic, Ostrava

Following the Path of the Czech and Central European Art and Culture

when 25 July 2016 - 29 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 320

This very special module will help you to understand some of the basic concepts used to describe all European cities, allowing you a richer experience when you visit any place on the Continent. It has been specially crafted to give you a unique taste of the art and architecture of the Czech lands across the centuries, from Gothic to Modernism, and what that really means. You’ll get the basics of Gothic, Baroque, Classicist or “Sorela” architectural in this course. Engaging lectures on the history of painting, sculpting, and architecture will be supplemented by a look at the 20th century art affected by Socialist ideology, which produced many intriguing phenomena such as city centres neighbouring heavily industrial sites. To understand the background of such design, we will bring you to the unique site of a former metal plant Dolní oblast Vítkovice, which is currently a national cultural monument, and discuss economic and social aspects of the transformation of heavily industrial regions.

Because our aim is to stimulate our students to not just think about but live the art, you will be able to learn some theory of music followed by joining in a choir group and learn the techniques of voice production such as breathing, phrasing and interpretation, and then take part in a visual land art activity using your smart phone. This module goes far beyond the usual lectures with site visits and hands-on experience incorporated into the activities.


Czech Art and Architecture: From Gothic to Modernism
Economic and Social Transformation of Industrial Regions
Czech Music – Known and Unknown
Singing in a choir
Land art activity

Course leader

Lucie Navratova - contact person

This module is taught by a dedicated group of teaching and research fellows in the Faculty of Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, Pedagogical Faculty and Faculty of Science at the University of Ostrava. Their research focuses on

Target group

No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in art and culture.

Fee info

EUR 320: Fee includes accommodation in Dormitory Halls of VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava and European style breakfast.