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
TypePublic
Established1799
RectorTomáš Vaněk[1]
Administrative staff
75 (58 academic staff and 16 researchers)[2][3]
Students294
8
LocationPrague, 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
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The Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (Czech: Akademie výtvarných umění v Praze; AVU) is an art college in Prague, Czech Republic. Founded in 1799, it is the oldest art college in the country. 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 the academy is an accredited university offering an education in modern and historic art. As an exclusively graduate school there are no student accommodation or on-campus eating facilities. 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. Archived from the original on 2008-09-12. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Researchers". Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. Archived from the original on 2008-09-24. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Academy of Fine Arts in Prague". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. 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.