Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

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Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
Akademie múzických umění v Praze
Established 1945
Type Public
Rector Jan Hancil
Administrative staff
Students 1,541[2]
Location Prague, Czech Republic

The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Czech: Akademie múzických umění v Praze) is a university level school of music, dance, drama, film, TV and multi-media studies.

It is the Czech Republic’s largest arts school. With more than 350 pedagogues and researchers as well as 1500 students, AMU has extensive scholarly potential in numerous disciplines of theatre, film and music, some of which are not offered by any other school in Europe. The instruction is provided by top artistic professionals active in the most prestigious theatres, in film and television, musical virtuosos and other prominent members of the Czech cultural and intellectual scene. The school’s added value is that all faculties are located in the very heart of Prague - a cultural metropolis with a one-thousand-year tradition and a unique offering of live art, to which AMU contributes through its artistic activities.

Often an acronym "AMU" is used referring to the Czech name of the school "Akademie múzických umění".

AMU is a highly selective school with a multi-round admissions process; on average, every tenth applicant is admitted. Instruction takes place in small study groups which guarantee an individual approach and a relationship of partnership between students and teachers. In addition to Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, AMU also offers several doctoral programmes. The focus of AMU’s scientific activity is the area of artistic research, although specialized departments also pursue classic research in art history and theory. AMU students have access to high-quality faculty libraries with more than 180 000 volumes of scholarly literature, sound recordings and audio-visual works, and their creative activities are supported by specialised professional-level facilities (theatres, film and television studios, concert halls). AMU’s two cross-faculty pedagogical facilities are its Languages Centre and its Sports, Rehabilitation and Movement Centre. All three faculties are served by AMU Press (NAMU), which publishes literature focusing on all of AMU’s artistic disciplines, ranging from lecture notes and e-books to graphically demanding publications. The final projects of students studying disciplines with a significant graphic component are presented in the AMU Gallery (GAMU), where one-off thematic exhibitions are also held. AMU has its own accommodation centre in the very centre of Prague near Prague Castle. It also has a student dormitory in Old Town with special amenities for students studying music disciplines. Concentrated multi-day creative work is possible at two dedicated facilities outside Prague.


The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) was established in 1945 as part of the newly created arts university. At its inception were prominent personalities of modern Czech theatre. During the almost seventy years of its existence a number of outstanding artists among its teachers (i.e. Otomar Krejča, František Tröster, Ivan Vyskočil) has trained whole generations of exceptional actors, directors, dramaturges, stage designers and producers. Since the Velvet Revolution, the instruction at DAMU has built on the best traditions of Czech theatre and at the same time has successfully reflected the development of contemporary world theatre and performing arts generally. DAMU is a member of ELIA (The European League of Institutes of the Arts) and ENCATC (The European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres).

The Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) was established in 1946 as the world’s fifth-oldest university-level arts school with a programme in film education. It garnered unique international renown in particular at the end of the 1960s thanks to a series of graduates – directors of the Czech New Wave (Věra Chytilová, Miloš Forman, Jiří Menzel and others). Despite the repressive cultural policies of the communist regime, Czech and foreign directors who graduated from FAMU even in later years achieved international acclaim (among them Agnieszka Holland, Emir Kusturica, Jan Svěrák). After the fall of the communist regime, the school built on the best aspects of its tradition with thoughtful conceptual steps that reacted flexibly to rapid technological progress in the area of audio-visual production and led to the continual reorganisation, modernisation and internationalisation of instruction. FAMU is a founding member of CILECT (The International Association of Film and Television Schools), a member of ELIA (The European League of Institutes of the Arts) and GEECT (The European Grouping of Film and Television Schools).

  • HAMU (Czech: Hudební fakulta Akademie múzických umění v Praze), a Music Faculty. HAMU is a professional-level music school in Europe. Located in historical centre of Prague, Czech Republic, HAMU was founded in 1946 by President Eduard Beneš as one of three branches of the Academy of Performing Arts.

The Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU) was established in 1945 as one of the academy’s three components, following on from the master school of the Prague Conservatory. The school provides top-level education in the fields of music and dance at all three academic levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral) in Czech and English, At present, the faculty has 12 departments (the Departments of String, Keyboard, Wind and Percussion Instruments, Jazz Interpretation, Voice and Opera Directing, Musical Sound, Theory and History of Music, Conducting, Composition and Pantomime). The faculty also includes 3 research facilities: the Institute of Music Theory, the Institute for Dance Theory, and the Musical Acoustics Research Centre (MARC). HAMU is the organiser of the orchestral cycle “The Best” and the Skrznaskrz festival, in the realisation of which all three AMU faculties participate in cooperation with other fine arts schools.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Počty pedagogů a vědeckých zaměstnanců" (in Czech). Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Přehled počtů studií" (in Czech). Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 

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Coordinates: 50°05′15″N 14°24′07″E / 50.0875°N 14.4019°E / 50.0875; 14.4019