The Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague was founded in 1885. Throughout its existence it has ranked among the best educational institutions in the country. It boasts a number of successful graduates who have gone on to become respected professionals, garnering acclaim beyond the Czech Republic. The school is divided into the departments of architecture, design, fine arts, applied arts, graphic and theory and history of art. Each department is divided into studios according to their specialist area. The studios are all led by leading figures of the Czech art scene. Twice a year the school opens to the public for a presentation of student work, entitled “Artsemestr”. Each year the school organises over 15 exhibitions, half of which are shown abroad. Prague UMPRUM, as one of the only schools of former post-communist countries, is featured in the index of prestigious European and world art schools. In the worldwide QS World University Rankings UMPRUM ranked among the 50-100 most prestigious art schools in the world.

AAAD History

Having been inspired by Gottfried Semper` s ideas and concepts, the School of Decorative Arts in Prague was founded in 1885. At that time it represented the first and only state school in Czech lands. The school itself was built between 1882 and 1885 according to the project designed by Františěk Schmoranz junior and Jan Machytka.

Originally, the School of Decorative Arts used the only wing facing Alšovo quay whereas the part facing the square and Rudolfinum was occupied by the Painting Academy. Although the architecture design and lay-out drew inspiration from Italian High and Late Renaissance palaces, the role of immediate models was played by Fine Arts Academies in Paris and Vienna. The purpose of the building can be seen not only in the large studio windows but also in the sculpture work applied. On the front of the academy one can read names of significant Renaissance and Baroque artists and find copies of Antique and Renaissance sculptures (Medici Venus, Urania Venus, Dancing Satyrs as well as Michelangelo´s Dawn and Twilight) placed in the important parts of the facade. The original wall painting and decoration has been partly preserved in the school gallery and in some parts of the school corridor.


School Management

prof. PhDr. PaedDr. Jindřich Vybíral, DSc.

Vice-Rector for Graduate Studies
Ing. Jarmila Kemrová

Vice-Rector for Communication and International Relations
doc. MgA. Radek Sidun

Vice-Rector for Science and Research
Mgr. Zdeněk Bezecný, PhD.

Mgr. Petr Pelcl

Chairman of Academic Senate
doc. Mgr. Karel Císař, Ph.D.




The autonomous academic authorities of the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague (AAAD) are the Academic Senate, the Artistic Board, and the Board of Trustees.