Academy of Fine Arts, Prague

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Academy of Fine Arts, Prague
Akademie výtvarných umění v Praze
Hlavní budova AVU.jpg
Academy of Fine Arts in Prague - headquarters
Type Public
Established 1799
Rector Tomáš Vaněk[1]
Administrative staff
75 (58 academic staff and 16 researchers)[2][3]
Students 294
8
Location Prague, Czech Republic
50°6′9.95″N 14°25′28.48″E / 50.1027639°N 14.4245778°E / 50.1027639; 14.4245778Coordinates: 50°6′9.95″N 14°25′28.48″E / 50.1027639°N 14.4245778°E / 50.1027639; 14.4245778
Website http://www.avu.cz/en/

The Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (Czech: Akademie výtvarných umění v Praze, initialism 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.[4]

History[edit]

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.[5]

Today[edit]

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 are offered in Czech, with a limited number of classes offered in English.[4]

Departments[edit]

Current departments include:[5]

  • Painting
  • Drawing and Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Intermedia Studies
  • New Media
  • Restoration of Artworks
  • Architecture

References[edit]

  1. ^ "vedení akademie - rektor" (in Czech). Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Pedagogové" (in Czech). Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "Researchers". Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Academy of Fine Arts in Prague". Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Academy of Fine Arts, Prague". Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. Archived from the original on October 4, 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2008.