Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design
nám. Jana Palacha 80, 116 93 Praha 1
Metro station: Staroměstská
Phone: + 420 251 098281
Past and Present
The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová, AAAD/VŠUP) was founded in 1885 as the first and only state school of art in Czech lands. Built in neo-renaissance style, it is located in the very heart of the Old Town, surrounded by remarkable historical monuments. During the time of its existence, AAAD has gradually built complex educational structure that comprises of both studio classes and classes of art history and theory. Talent, practical skills but also the will to understand artistic creativity on the background of diverse historical and cultural issues are the most important criteria for selecting the students from many candidates that annually apply to study at our school.
AAAD offers education on both master and doctoral level. Master attendance studies last for 6 years and are completed by the Magister Artis (MgA.) title, which is comparable to Master of Arts. After ten terms students take the state final exam from art history and aesthetics; the last two terms are taken by diploma work. Foreigners may be accepted for studies if they comply with general conditions for acceptance and also prove an adequate knowledge of Czech language.Three-year program of Ph.D. studies is intended for graduates of master studies and emphasizes interdisciplinarity and highly challenging attitude towards a chosen research subject.
Within the framework of Socrates/Erasmus program, AAAD cooperates with a number of European universities on the basis of bilateral contracts. CEEPUS program supports collaboration with universities in Central and East Europe and enables awarding students’ and teachers’ scholarships. AAAD is involved in reciprocal exchange of students from all over the world, and also accepts foreign students on the basis of regular fee of EUR 2.300 per term. Students may also receive scholarships based on intergovernmental cultural agreements between the Czech Republic and other countries. Besides students’ and teachers’ mobility AAAD participates in various international competitions, fairs, exhibitions, and is a member of international associations Cumulus and NICA.
Students of AAAD may use a number of workshops in the areas of graphic art (gravure, serigraphy, offset, lithography), book binding, glass, grinding, carpentry, ceramics, stucco, industrial design, jewelry, fashion and clothing, textile, film and animation.
An important part of the school is the library. It is intended mainly for teachers and students of AAAD but the collection of fifty thousand books, catalogues and periodicals is also available to general public for on-spot reading and copying.
The gallery of AAAD is located on the ground floor of the building. The program is focused mainly on contemporary art and design, but historically oriented exhibitions are eventually run here as well. AAAD accepts exhibition proposals from both local and foreign curators and artists.
AAAD publishes books in the field of art history, theory and aesthetics, and at the occasion of important contemporary art exhibitions also catalogues. Two independent periodicals – Korpus and STUD – are published from the students’ initiative at AAAD.
Structure of AAAD
A studio is a key pedagogic unit of the academy. Studios with related specializations and educational programs form five departments (Department of Architecture, Department of Design, Department of Fine Arts, Department of Life Style and Department of Graphic). The sixth is the Department of Art History and Aesthetics.
František Štorm was born in 1966 in Prague, Czech Republic. He graduated in 1991 from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague where he studied book and type design under professor Jan Solpera, and was an assistant at the same studio between 1991-1995. In 1993 founded the Storm Type Foundry, and today he is a head of Studio of Typography on the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.
Jan Solpera was born in 1939 in Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech Republic. He is one of the most foreknown Czech graphic designers and typographers. From 1973 till 2003, he was a head of the Studio of the Book Graphics and Typography at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Besides his artistic work, he is also active as a writer and critic, contributing to various periodicals focused on graphic design. He was awarded many important prizes, including the IBA Leipzig (1989) or Brno Biennale (1986). In 1969, at the occasion of ATypI conference, Solpera’s solo show was held in Prague.
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