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Academy of Fine Arts in Prague


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The Academy of Fine Arts is well placed to offer intensive, focused support for the development of talent. It has its own spacious north-facing historical ateliers with overhead lighting, as well as various technological workshops. It offers an individual approach and a transparent system of teaching, within the framework of possible transfer between ateliers and disciplines.

The Master’s degree is accredited within the Fine Art Programme. It offers the following disciplines: Painting/fine art, Sculpture/ fine art, Drawing, and Printmaking, Intermedia Studies, New Media, Art Conservation–Paintings, Art Conservation–Sculptures, and Architecture.

Courses usually last six years, and four years in the case of Architecture. Graduates receive a university diploma and the academic title MgA (Master of Arts).In order to be accepted onto the Master’s Degree program, a candidate must exhibit creative talent, motivation, general cultural awareness, and the ability to develop their talent and reflect theoretically upon their creative work. A candidate must have completed secondary education. They also have to pass an entrance examination and be able to speak Czech.

In the case of Architecture, an applicant must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree at a faculty of architecture. In exceptional cases of outstanding talent, it is possible to study at AVU without completing secondary education. However, in this case, there is no right to an academic title upon completing the Master’s program.

The Doctor’s Decree is accredited within the Fine Art Programme and offers the following disciplines: Fine Art, Architecture, and Art Conservation. Both the full-time and part-time doctoral programs last three years. Successful students are awarded the title Ph.D.

In order to be accepted to study for a Doctorate, an applicant must have a Master’s Degree in fine arts or a related field if the character of their project so demands, must be capable of working independently and attaining above-average results, and must also be capable of historical and theoretical reasoning. They submit a thesis to complete their course.

A doctorate at AVU comprises two parts: a practical part, i.e., a stu¬dent’s creative work, and a theoretical part, which allows a student to display their original thinking. When submitting their project, an applicant must set forth the topic to be studied and the links between the practical and theoretical parts.

Foreign applicants must submit officially authenticated diplomas. International students also sign a learning agreement, which they attach to their application form. This agreement must specify clearly which part of their program will be studied in a foreign language. They must also give the undertaking to pay any expenses related to translations and interpretation themselves.

The Academy of Fine Arts organizes two forms of short-term study trips, i.e., trips lasting one semester:

  • Exchange programs supported by the EU as part of the Erasmus Programme. AVU has agreements with 26 twin art schools and universities in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden Switzerland.
  • Exchange programs outside the EU based on agreements with eleven other art schools in Australia, Brazil, France, Israel, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, and the USA. Support is available for these stays from the Development Programmes of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. As part of this scheme, it is possible to travel abroad as a ‘free mover,’ provided the student independently secures a scholarship with a school abroad and gains acceptance to become a student for a term.

About 25 students go abroad every year, and the Academy can take in roughly the same number of students annually. In order to be sent abroad and awarded scholarship students from the 2nd through 5th year must submit a portfolio of their work in both printed and electronic form, a cover letter, CV, a recommendation from the head of their atelier, a certification that they have passed a language examination, and confirmation that they have duly met all their study duties.

The AVU archive is a unique collection of resources regarding the history of Czech fine arts in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is regularly updated with the latest documents. It possesses an extensive collection of drawings and graphic work by lecturers and graduates of the school from the end of the 18th century to the present day. In terms of its content, the entire collection, both written and visual, represents one of the most significant cultural and historical assets in the Czech Republic. In 2007 this newly accredited archive became one of the most important institutions of its kind. It was ranked alongside the Charles University Archive, the Czech Technical University Archive, and the National Gallery Archive. These institutions safeguard the most precious cultural testimonies of the national heritage.

Academic Research Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts is a center for basic scientific research, source documentation processing, critical evaluation, and the reinterpretation of Czech fine art from 1945 to the present day, focusing on interdisciplinary overlaps. It complements the existing range of scientific research activities of the Institute of Art of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and art history departments at Czech universities, as well as other state and private galleries, museums, and initiatives.

For many years the Academy has had a relatively stable number of students (approximate¬ly 330). The ratio of students to lecturers in specialist ateliers is based on the individual requirements of teaching young talents. Particular emphasis is put on theory and aesthetics, as well as on the teaching of crafts in individual workshops and many other courses within the framework of its Lifelong Learning Programme. It also has science and research departments, a library, a historical archive, and its gallery. The school is actively involved in inter¬national exchange programs and has several long-term bilateral agreements concluded with traditional partners around the world. The independent Guest Professor Studio is part of this structure.

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