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Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague
Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague


The Higher School of Applied Arts in Prague, Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová, was founded in 1885 as the School of Applied Arts. The school's ideological principles were based on the concepts of the art theorist and prominent 19th century German architect Gottfried Semper, who sought a synthesis of "artistic" and "technical".


Prague, Czech Republic

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About the institution

The Higher School of Applied Arts occupies a special place in the Czech educational system. The basis of the educational process is work in creative ateliers under the supervision of experienced masters. At the same time, the study of theory is also of great importance.

Brief information

  • UMPRUM is a prestigious modern art school, interesting not only for Czech but also for foreign students.

  • The teaching concept is based on three principles: theory and philosophy of art, technical disciplines and artistic creation in the atelier.

  • The institution aims to provide students with a comprehensive arts education in architecture, design, visual communication, liberal and applied arts.

  • Bachelor's degree studies last 4 years. Training in architecture is 6 years of continuous Master's studies.

Submission of applications

Until 30 November (only 1 application can be submitted to 1 atelier).

Together with the application form you must submit: nostrification, motivation letter, CV, proof of payment of the application fee, certificate of Czech language proficiency at the B1 level of Charles University (the B1 exam at Charles University takes place at the end of October). Applicants of the Department of Free Art (ateliers: sculpture, painting, intermedial confrontation and photography) submit a portfolio together with their application by 30 November.

How the training is organised

  • Classes are held in the atelier of the respective specialisation. Students also study accompanying disciplines and attend lectures on art history and aesthetics.

  • In atelier classes, students combine work on artistic concepts with technical and craft work. The student must master the basic principles of creativity and learn how to apply them to their work.

  • Students are challenged to develop conceptual thinking, learn to work from an experiment, and be able to analyse a problem.

  • Emphasis is placed on the development of the artist's personality. Author's projects are an important component of the educational process. The student must demonstrate the ability to plan his/her creative growth.

  • In parallel with practical training, the student studies a wide range of theoretical subjects in the fields of art history, aesthetics and philosophy of art. Part of the studies is an internship in an atelier of another speciality or an internship abroad.

Bachelor's degree

Term of study - 4 years

Specialities and specialisations


  • Atelier of industrial design

  • Atelier of furniture and interior design

  • Glass Atelier

  • Ceramics and porcelain studio

  • Metal studio K.O.V ("Concept - Object - Value")

  • Fashion Atelier

  • Atelier of costume and shoe design

  • Atelier of textile art

Graphics and visual communications

  • Atelier of illustration and graphics

  • Font and typography studio

  • Graphic design and visual communication studio

  • Atelier of film and television graphics

  • Atelier of Graphic Design and New Media

Artistic creation

  • Sculpture studio

  • Atelier of painting

  • Atelier of intermedial confrontation

  • Atelier of supermedia

  • Atelier of photography

Master's programme after secondary school

Term of study - 6 years

Speciality - Architecture

Master's programme (continuation of studies, after Bachelor's degree)

Fine Arts Programme


  • Architecture (3 years)

  • Design (2 years)

  • Graphics and Visual Communication (2 years)

Specialisations correspond to the above specialisations within these specialisations on the Bachelor's degree programme.

Programme Theory and History of Fine Arts

Speciality - Theory and History of Art Nouveau and Modern Art (2 years)

Entrance examinations

The exams are held in 2 rounds.

For applicants to the Department of Architecture, Design, Applied Arts and Graphics, the first round takes place in person at the beginning of February. The applicants submit a portfolio and are given a half-day creative task. The commission evaluates applicants on the level of "passed" - "did not pass". If the applicant receives a "pass" for both the portfolio and the assignment, he/she passes to the 2nd round.

For applicants of the Department of Free Art the first round is held remotely in the middle of December. The portfolio is evaluated on the level of "pass" - "fail".

The second round is held in person in early February. It is a test on the history of art and general knowledge in the field of culture. It is recommended to prepare on the book "History of Art" by Ernst Gombrich.

Then the applicant's portfolio, the results of creative assignments completed over three days and his or her prerequisites for studying are evaluated, which are checked at an interview.

Portfolio requirements

An applicant applying to the speciality "Graphic and Visual Communication" at UMPRUM must submit 15 works (it can be a poster, development of a unified visual style, a book project, photographs, illustrations, comics, etc.). You can also submit digital and interactive media in any format. You do not need to include figure drawings, still lifes, etc. in your portfolio.



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