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Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
Academy of Fine Arts in Prague


Akademie výtvarných uměění v Praze (AVU) is one of the oldest academies in the Czech Republic. The prestigious institution for artists was founded in 1799.


Prague, Czech Republic

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About the institution

The Academy of Fine Arts offers a traditional education in painting and sculpture or a contemporary 'new media' programme.

Brief information

  • The academy teaches the Fine Art programme.

  • The studies are continuous for 6 years (4 years for the speciality "Architecture"). Applicants are accepted after school. Students study for 6 years, the studies are not divided into Bachelor's and Master's degrees, upon graduation students receive the title of Master.

  • There is also a postgraduate programme. The term of study is 3 years.

Master's programme


  • Painting (free creative work)

  • Drawing, graphics

  • Sculpture (free creation )

  • Intermedial creativity

  • New Media

  • Painting - restoration of paintings

  • Sculpture - restoration of works of sculpture

  • Architectural art

In the Czech Republic, creative universities do not engage in academic forms of creativity. Teachers do not teach students craftsmanship. Working in an atelier teaches them to find their own themes and forms, to dialogue and mutual exchange of ideas. Contemporary art can look like anything - what matters is how the author thinks about it and how he or she is able to interpret and put his or her thoughts into context. Collaborative discussions are emphasised in the teaching. Students learn to explain the meaning of the works in the context of contemporary art, art history and the state of the modern world.

Postgraduate studies


  • Fine Art

  • Restoration of works of fine art

  • Architectural art

Acceptance of applications

Applications will be accepted until 30 November.

Applicants must demonstrate talent, motivation, cultural knowledge and ability to further creative development and theorise their creative work.

Training is conducted only in the Czech language.

Entrance examinations

Examinations usually take place in January and February in two phases.

The first stage takes place outside the presence of the applicant. The committee considers the applicants' portfolios. The maximum size of works is 150 x 150 cm.

Depending on the speciality chosen, you need to provide:

  • Painting - 15 original works

  • Graphics, drawing - 15-30 works

  • Intermedial creativity - you can submit both original works (drawings, paintings, objects, etc.) and documents (photographs, sound recordings, videos) - maximum 15 works

  • New Media - concept work using sound, electronic image, light, photography, etc., as well as works from classical disciplines (drawings, plastics)

  • Sculpture - one portrait work (e.g. in plaster) and one spatial composition, the rest of the sculptural works - on photographs or sketches, format A0

  • Painting - restoration - 15-30 works containing realistic portrait drawings and figures, works in colour in any techniques, drawing copies (or own works in colour).

  • Sculpture - restoration - one work in real material, the rest on photos and drawings up to A0 format, description of the restoration and photos illustrating the restoration process.

  • Architectural work - portfolio of their own and collaborative works (at least 5 of their own works), one work in original.

The best applicants are admitted to the second stage - the creative examination.

Day 1 - drawing or modelling from a model Day 2 - composition on a given theme in any technique, test for the general level of culture Day 3 - free composition in any technique Day 4 - special control task from the leading teacher of the speciality and an interview



Academy of Fine Arts U Akademie 4, 170 00 Praha 7


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