Academy of Fine Arts, Prague
|Academy of Fine Arts, Prague|
|Akademie výtvarných umění v Praze|
Academy of Fine Arts in Prague - headquarters
|Rector||Jiří T. Kotalík (2010–2014)|
|Admin. staff||75 (58 academic staff and 16 researchers)|
|Location||Prague, Czech Republic
The Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (Czech: Akademie výtvarných umění v Praze, acronym AVU) was founded in 1799 and is the Czech Republic's oldest art college. The school offers twelve Master's degree programs and one Doctoral program.
Starting in the early 18th century a series of organizations were formed in Prague with an interest in promoting art and education. Thanks in part to their efforts, the Academy of Fine Arts was founded by Imperial Decree on September 10, 1799. It began with instruction in drawing. The academy was gradually expanded to include programs in architecture, painting, printmaking, and sculpture, among others. In 1990 drastic reforms were undertaken by rector Milan Knížák to reorganize the concept and internal structure of the school. By 1991 new media related study programs including film and computer animation were added.
The Academy Today
Today it is a modern, accredited university offering an education in modern and historic art. As an exclusively graduate school there are no student housing or on campus eating options offered. International programs offered in Czech, with a limited amount of classes offered in English. There are also select classes open to the general public such as basic drawing and painting. Such courses aim to increase public art education and community involvement. 
Current Departments/Fields of Study
- Drawing and Printmaking
- Intermedia Studies
- New Media
- Restoration of Artworks
- "Tisková zpráva ke jmenování Doc. J.T. Kotalíka, CSc. rektorem AVU" (in Czech). Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
- "Pedagogové" (in Czech). Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
- "Researchers". Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
- "ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS IN PRAGUE". Retrieved 25 November 2008.
- "Academy of Fine Arts, Prague". Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. Retrieved 25 November 2008.[dead link]