prague, czech republic

Academy of Fine Arts in Prague

The Academy of Fine Arts is the oldest art college in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1799 as an institute for drawing and has been expanding ever since. Many of the Academy’s students have been influential in shaping Czech art and culture. An elite and prestigious school, the Academy fosters creative growth among young artists while developing theoretical reflection on the creation of art through contact with contemporary trends. The Academy seeks to provide the whole spectrum of current art activities, which allows students to develop their art in an open structure. For more information, visit the Academy of Fine Arts website.

About Prague

With a population of 1.9 million, Prague is the largest city in and capital of the Czech Republic, and has become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations since the fall of the Iron Curtain. It is located on the Vlata River and is the cultural center of the country. Because Prague was not bombed in World War II, the city’s beautiful architecture dates back centuries. Prague also has hundreds of music clubs, concert venues, theaters, and art galleries. A few of the most well-known galleries are the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Josef Sudek Gallery, and the National Gallery, home to works by Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Klimt, Rodin, Cezanne, Renoir, and Gauguin. (Source: Prague Guide)

Courses of Study

The Academy of Fine Arts is exclusively a graduate school, but undergraduate SFAI students have the opportunity to study there. Majors offered at the Academy of Fine Arts are painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, intermedia studies, new media, restoration, sculpture, and architecture. Every student can attend the evening drawing, digital laboratory, printmaking techniques, and Czech language and culture courses.

Language and Curriculum

International exchange students are enrolled in classes with degree students and other exchange students. Classes are primarily taught in Czech, and language classes are available for exchange students. Teachers who lead studio, printmaking, and digital lab classes will speak English. Lectures on Czech culture and history are offered. Approximately 80% of the students’ work is studio work, and all studios are shared.

Term Dates

The fall semester begins in October and ends at the beginning of February. The summer semester runs from late February until the end of June.

Deadlines to apply – April 1 for the fall semester; September 20 for the spring semester 

Housing Overview

The Academy of Fine Arts helps incoming students to choose student housing near the academy. Students generally pay $300-500 per week in rent.

Application Requirements

SFAI students who wish to apply to the Academy of Fine Arts are required to send the following:

- SFAI Study Abroad Application
- Two letters of recommendation from SFAI faculty. Download the recommendation form.
- Official SFAI academic transcript
- Letter of support from the SFAI Global Programs Office
- Portfolio (samples of art work; hard copies of 15-20 pieces; Prague prefers printed versions )
- Letter of intent
- Choice of department
- Resume