4.3. The number of graduates, inquiry and its analysis
4.4. Participation of students in the development of the Study process
5. Academic staff
5.1. Adequacy of the academic staff
5.2. Number of academic staff
5.3. Raising quality of the academic staff
5.4. Policy of staff selection, renewal, training and development
6. Research work an creativity
7. External and foreign relations
7.1. Cooperation with employers
7.2. Cooperation with similar study programmes in Latvia and abroad
8. Financial resources and infrastructure provision
8.1. Finances of the Study programme “Biblical art”
8.2. Material-technical and methodic provision of the Study programme
9. Strategy for the Study programme development
10. SWOT analysis of the Study programme
11. Advertisements and information about the study opportunities
SUPPLEMENT 1 – INVOLVEMENT OF STUDENTS IN RESARCH AND CREATIVITY
SUPPLEMENT 2 – CURRICULUM VITAE OF THE ACADEMIC STAFF
SUPPLEMENT 3 – SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY CONNECTED TO ACADEMIC BACHELOR STUDY PROGRAMME “BIBLICAL ART”
LATVIAN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
from the Senate meeting Nr. 3, 10.05.2006.
3. Decision about producing and submitting of documents of the Study programme “Biblical art” for accreditation
Since the term of previous accreditation of the Study programme will end in December 31, all the necessary documents must be submitted to the Accrediation committee of the Ministry of Education and science and and the person responsible for handling of the Study program for the accreditation should be appointed.
Senate members vote. Results of voting are as follows:
Decision Nr. 6
To submit documents of the Study programme “Biblical art” for accreditation.
To authorize administrator of the Study programme Beata Soloveja (personal code 130675-11220) as a person responsible for handling of documents for accreditation.
Chairman of the Senate /Signature/ D. Lasmanis
Secretary to the Senate /Signature/ D. Dolace
Keeper of the minutes /Signature/ L. Ozola-Marcinkeviča
Rector of the Latvian Christian academy /Signature/ S. Gūtmane
Jūrmala, June 19, 2006
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE LICENSE
Given to Latvian Christian academy
for rights to implement
an Academic study programme “Biblical art” (442123) for acquisition of Bachelor degree in arts Duration of License 04.07.2006 Date of issue July 4, 2003
Place of issue Riga, Latvian Republic
License Nr 04045-2
Minister of Education and science, Latvian Republic /Signature/ K. Šadurskis
Title of the higher educational establishment – Latvian Christian academy.
Study programme – “Biblical art”.
Duration of studies – 4 years in full-time studies, 5 years in part time studes.
Volume of the Programme – 160 credit points (240 ECTS). Required former education – secondary education or vocational education.
Available degree – Bachelor degree in Art.
1.1. Characteristics of the Study programme
The academic Study programme “Biblical art” is the first and only one of its kind in Latvia. An international team of specialists in sacral art, both scientists and artists from various countries worked on the development of the programme since 1994.
The Study programme contains an Academic module and Speciality module. An Academic module lays theoretical foundation for the Speciality module. Speciality module prepares students for the research and professional activity in two divisions of the Biblical art – Icon painting and sacral graphics. The balance between the both is almost proportional; it is determined by specifics of the Programme which requires solid insurance of both theoretical and practical skills in acquisition of theory and practice of Biblical art. Biblical art contain diverse research in resources of the Christian art, Early Christian art, various traditions of the Christian church, germs of aesthetics in the Bible etc.
Academic bachelor study programme provides basic academic education paving the way to further studies on the Master level both in Latvia and abroad.
1.2. Goals, tasks and planned results of the Programme
Goals of the Study programme:
To provide qualitative academic education in the Biblical art;
To promote research in the field of conceptually new direction – science of the Biblical and sacral art;
To create and develop an Icon painting school in Latvia based on tradition and canon of iconography;
To keep Latvian traditional heritage in both painting and graphics always closely linked with Christianity and Bible;
To carry out dialogue between Christianity and society and satisfy the need for harmonious artworks;
To create intellectually and spiritually powerful personality artists.
Tasks of the Study programme:
To secure acquisition of knowledge and research skills in the Biblical theology and respective art;
To secure acquisition of professional skills in Icon painting and graphics;
To provide the necessary knowledge, basic skills and professional competence so that students would be able to create technically impeccable artworks based on Christian world-view;
Acquisition of study subjects should be based on strong academic teaching system paving way to further studies in the Master study programme.
To ensure high level of interdisciplinary knowledge of the academic theology, especially ecclesiology, and art history and practice;
To ensure basic skills – capacity to think and work independently, to handle foreign language and present-day technologies of collecting and processing of information;
To secure special skills – high level competence in speciality;
To train powerfully creative personalities for research in the interdisciplinary field of sacral Biblical art and humanitarian and social research.
1.3. Contents and volume of the Study programme
The Study programme consists of three part - basic module for the interdisciplinary research in theology and art – Mandatory A part (70 crp), Speciality module or Mandatory-elective module B (85 crp) and free choice module or the Elective module C (5 crp).
1.3.1. Basic module for the interdisciplinary research in theology and art – Mandatory A part (70 crp):
1. Study courses which take basic understanding, principles, structure and interdisciplinary methodology of art and theology
2. Study courses which take history and topical issues of art and theology
3. Study courses which discuss issues from an interdisciplinary perspective
Critical thinking (introduction to philosophy), 2 crp
History of the Latvian art, 2 crp
Traditions of sacral art in Baltic region, 2 crp
Teachings of traditional Christian Churches, 2 crp
World history of art, 6 crp
World religions, 1 crp
Working out the research paper, 1 crp
Topical issues of contemporary art, 2 crp
Bachelor thesis, 15 crp
Liturgical traditions in the East and West, 3 crp
Theories of sacral art and symbols, 4 crp
Classical and modern languages, 10 crp
Total 30 crp
Total 17 crp
Total 23 crp
In order to obtain the Bachelor degree in Art in Art successful acquisition of the Study programme and working out and defense of the Bachelor thesis is required. One semester is given for the work on the Bachelor thesis in compliance with duration accepted in EU universities.
The elaboration and defense of the Bachelor thesis is carried out according to Regulations for the academic and professional studies at the LChrA (approved by the Senate in 12.06.2003) and Regulations for the final exams and awarding of the Academic degree and Professional qualification (approved by the Senate of the LChrA in 05.12.20010.).
Being the first research work Bachelor thesis proves initial skills and competence of the student to carry out the targeted research work independently and consciously. For the successful carrying out of the Bachelor thesis it is necessary:
To orient in specific problems in theology and theory of art,
To master and apply necessary skills for examination and analysis of facts in both theology and art.
Bachelor thesis consists of theoretical study of the chosen topic of sacral art and corresponding artwork – icon, altar painting or graphics.
Focusing theoretical competence and study skills the Bachelor thesis serves as the main criterion for evaluation and grading of the qualification of the nascent Bachelor.
1.3.2. Speciality module or Mandatory-elective module B (85 crp) assures acquisition of practical professional skills in icon painting and sacral graphics and basic competences in art – composition, drawing and painting. Being based on student’s requirements and academic’s offer this part is more flexible, taking into consideration research and interests in compliance with the Study programme.
Course papers are to be written and defended until the end of the 3rd year of studies. Topics for course papers are offered by academic staff or initiated by students themselves, they are approved by the Head of the module. Regulations for course papers are available in the Study department.
Practice in the Biblical art study programme is integral part of the study process, it assures strengthening and padding of the theoretical knowledge and skills acquired in the practical lessons of the Study programme.
1.3.3. Free choice module or the Elective module C (5 crp) widens student’s outlook and subjects may be chosen from the Catalogue of Study courses.
1.4. Balance of Mandatory A, Mandatory-elective B and Elective C courses in percent
Part of the Study programme
A part – Mandatory courses
B part – Mandatory-elective courses
C part – Elective courses
Total credits of the Study programme
1.5. Compliance with the Regulations on State academic education standard The Study programme complies with the requirements of the “Regulations on State academic education standard” Nr. 2 of the Cabinet of Ministers, January 3, 2002.
Academic Bachelor’s study programme
According to the Regulations
Programme at the LChrA
Duration of full-time studies
6 – 8 semesters
Total credits of the Programme
120 – 160
Mandatory A part:
Basic understanding, principles, structure and methodology
History and topical issues of art and theology
Description of the discipline and its issues from an interdisciplinary perspective
No less than 50 crp
No less than 25 crp
No less than 10 crp