Department of Design

Exhibition at Brussels Design September 


Event: 7. 9. 2017 - 30. 9. 2017

Three UMPRUM students selected for the Graduation Projects

Created: 6. 3. 2017

Successes of the Product Design Studio in the Red Dot Award 2016

Created: 12. 4. 2016
DMY 2014 

Berlin Design Week

Created: 5. 11. 2014

K.O.V. exhibition in Czech Centre Berlin

Created: 5. 11. 2014
Czech Centre Milan 

Milan Design Week 2014

Created: 11. 4. 2014

The history of design studies at AAAD traces its roots to the School of Art in Zlín, which was founded on the initiative of the Baťa footwear manufacturing company in 1939. It was the first school in the then Czechoslovakia dedicated to industrial design and advertising graphic design and it employed several important Czech artists, the most renowned of which was the sculptor Vincenc Makovský (1900-1966), who is rightfully regarded as the founder of Czech design.  
In 1959, the Studio of Machine and Instrument Design was established by Zdeněk Kovář. The studio was attached to the structure of AAAD in Prague.
In subsequent years, two more studios were added and in 1981 the separate Design Department was established, with studios in Zlín and in Prague.

The year 2011 marked a watershed for the department, with all studios being united in the main AAAD building in Prague, thereby creating a concentrated workplace with the optimum conditions for communication between students and between studios.
Today, the Design Department comprises three studios together covering a wide spectrum of design disciplines with both bachelors and masters (follow-on or independent) degree programmes. Teaching is conducted by both faculty and external lecturers and tutors in workshops. The department engages in ongoing cooperation with important Czech manufacturers and institutions. Alongside studio learning, the students also participate in national and international competitions and one-term exchanges with foreign partner schools.

The names of the studios correspond to their focus and curriculum:

Head of the Department
prof. M.A. Jan Němeček

Jiřina Bartáková
tel.: 251 098 135