ECTS & Grades
The University of Arts applies the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) as a means of creating transparent study programmes, promoting student mobility, comparing study programmes, as well as recognising the achieved results and acquired qualifications. ECTS credits evaluate student engagement necessary to master the course as a whole, all subjects in a semester, academic year, and overall studies. ECTS credits are accumulated for the total student’s engagement related to active teaching (lectures, exercises, seminars, colloquiums, exams, final work), professional practice and independent student work. In accordance with the European Credit Transfer System, the score of each subject is expressed by an appropriate number of ECTS credits, and the scope of the study programme is expressed by the total of ECTS credits. A total of 60 ECTS credits corresponds to the average student engagement within the 40-hour working week during an academic year.
At the University of Arts, basic academic studies require 240 ECTS credits, master academic studies 60 ECTS, specialist academic studies 60 ECTS credits and doctoral 180 ECTS credits. Final work at basic, specialist and master studies, a doctoral dissertation or a doctoral art project is expressed in ECTS credits. Among the different study programmes, ECTS credits can be transferred within the same level and type of studies and the criteria and conditions for the transfer of ECTS credits are prescribed by the general act of an independent higher education institution or an agreement of higher education institutions.
Methodology of allocating ECTS credits
In one academic year, the student accumulates at least 60 ECTS credits, corresponding to an average total engagement within the 40-hour working week. One ECTS credit corresponds to 25-30 hours of work. 60 ECTS credits are allocated for 1500-1800 hours of work per year in all forms of teaching and all forms of individual learning throughout the year in order to master the material. Total student workload consists of active teaching (lectures, practice, seminars, etc.), independent work, colloquia, exams, final work, student practice and other extracurricular activities (work in organs and bodies of faculties and the University, voluntary work in the local community, participation in sports competitions, participation in the organization and work of summer schools, workshops and conferences, etc.). Additional forms of student engagement are regulated by the Rulebook on extracurricular activities. The total number of hours of active teaching has to be at least 600 hours during an academic year.
Teaching takes place within 30 weeks, whereby in one week the student is required to attend at least 20 classes of active teaching. The class load of active teaching represents the minimum number of teaching hours in the study programme. A research study can also be a part of active teaching at graduate academic studies, specialist academic and doctoral studies. These classes of active teaching enable the student to prepare for the final work. The research study work must be specified in the book of courses. The difference between the total number of 1500-1800 hours and the hours of active teaching is the number of hours the student spends on: independent work, colloquia, exams, final work, voluntary work and other forms of engagement during the academic year. The number of ECTS credits per individual subject is determined on the basis of the total student engagement: the total number of hours of active teaching and the total number of hours of active individual work.
The grading system of the University of Arts fully corresponds to the ECTS system.
The achievement of the student is continuously monitored and expressed in points. By completing pre-examination and examination requirements, the student can earn a maximum of 100 credits. Each subject within the study programme determines the number of credits earned through the pre-examination and examination requirements. Pre-examination obligations participate with at least 30 and maximum 70 credits. The student’s success in the exam is expressed in grades from 5 to 10 with the corresponding number of credits allocated for each grade: grade 6 (six) from 51 to 60 credits, grade 7 (seven) from 61 to 70 credits, grade 8 (eight) from 71 to 80 credits, grade 9 (nine) from 81 to 90 credits and grade 10 (ten) from 91 to 100 credits. Grade 5 is not entered on the student report card.
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