Ján Skaličan

Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava – Type of mobility: Student mobility for Studies – Academic year: 2016/2017

Belgrade is the capital city of Serbia, the former capital of Yugoslavia, and it feels like it. It is a real metropolis and has nearly two million inhabitants. I called this city a big Bratislava, but with more open and friendly people. I did not feel threatened or in danger either. I found a one-room apartment in the center, right next to the Tašmajdan Park, a perfect location for living. There is always something going on in the city and I had everything, I just went to school by bus, but only three stops and in just under ten minutes.

The local people told me that Belgrade isn't Serbia. And it is true that the balance of the landscape is totally different. It is authentic Balkan, but the "feeling" of the Balkans is, of course also felt in the capital. I think it is worth spending a long time in this city, living within the environment, the atmosphere. The prices are similar to us, although food and services, and especially accommodation is cheaper. We lived almost half a year in “our" one-room flat in the center for 250 euros per month.

Young people all speak English and to a better level than us. So the language barrier does not exist, or even Slovakia and Slovaks are very popular, so to talk, to agree, there is not really a problem.

As far as school is concerned, I graduated from the New Media Studio under the direction of Professor Dejan Grba. It was a good time, I can say that on both sides. I do not know what to say. The Professor in his methods is current and up-to-date, and I am just hoping that the new media will become fully developed in this region. Mr. Grba is doing everything he can for students and the department; and doing it well. He certainly has something to say. As far as other departments (painting, sculpture, graphics, ...) are concerned, it is weaker and more formal, and I think it would be much more profitable if our school broadcasts just active teachers for this school. However, if someone just wants to change the environment, to systematically work on their concepts, they may be enjoying a very peaceful period. Well, this is a completely different formal and content basis. School is simply set up, students go through different departments, obligatory "courses", and do not advocate their work at the end of the semester. The Master's degree is only one year and ends with low-level theoretical work.

I have visited many exhibitions, vernissages, but I can't even tell them more about how much they surprised me. The city is trying to organize several international events, festivals (Resonate, Month of Photography, Art is science, ...).

The overall impression is more than positive, someone could be dissatisfied, but then it's all about an individual settings and tastes. The Erasmus stay is open to everyone, free and everyone can use it according to their ideas and needs. I can only recommend Belgrade and I would definitely like to go back there again.

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