ARTSEMESTR winter 2019
Created: 22. 1. 2019 from Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze

ARTSEMESTR winter 2019

Exhibition opening: Thursday, January 24th, at 7 pm

The event is taking place: January 25th – January 29th, 2019

Location: The entire building of UMPRUM, nám. Jana Palacha 80, Praha 1

Open: Daily 10am – 6pm

Free Entry


In January, before the official display of semester and final projects, at UMPRUM there is creating happening basically non-stop. Nervousness and the tempo of work increase before critique day, and students are finishing their final assigned projects. How well they did in this year's semester, visitors can see for themselves starting on the 25th until the 29th of January at ARTSEMESTR winter 2019.

The exhibition ARTSEMESTR should show, how students are on track gradually improving and preparing to be independent designers, architects, and graphic artists. It demonstrates how they are able to take on a variety of assignments, manage the technical aspects of projects, work with classmates, and clients outside of school. Students will present to the public their semester projects, that students were solving during the course of the entire semester, along with final projects, which they work on completely independently within a limited timeframe. Frequently, semester projects and finals assignments blend and complete one another.

This semester, assignments were very diverse and touched on various areas. We can mention the project by the Studio of Fashion Design which prepared a special collection for the exhibition Zika and Lída Arscher in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. The Studio of Type Design and Typography focused in on the appearance of Czech banknotes and designed their own series, the Studio of Film and TV Graphics continued to develop creative cooperation with the project Paměti národa (Memory of Nations). Not absent was the opportunity to work with concrete clients, the Studio of Product Design were designing elements for a private spa for the company Gessi, the Studio of Furniture and Interior Design once more proposed exterior and interior designs for a vacationing Inn in Český ráj (Bohemian Paradise). The Studio of Fashion and Footwear Design continues its successful collaboration with Baťa and is preparing a collection of shoes to select only a few from that will be produced and sold around the world. This year, for the first time, will be presented the work of the new Studio of Photography II focusing on applied photography. This year's students photographed the 2018 Designblok showcase which ensured materials for the Designguide catalog. In addition, they worked on the FEAT a student magazine project.

The work of all studios can be viewed at the school until Tuesday the 29th of January. During this time UMPRUM will become one big gallery, individual installations will be located in the studios, corridors and in other premises of the building.

Studios and themes


Studio of Architecture I – Square in Jihlava –  Without regard to the existing status of the department store, design a new building that will define the space of the entire square. Model and concept.

Studio of Architecture II –  Powerful places - Design two new architectural environments - one in a free landscape, and one in Prague. Design of real places (surrounding) for interconnecting man with the universe, with the essence of the world, a place for answering basic questions about mankind. Designing a site to motivate both individual and mass transcendence. / Bytový dům Plzeňská (Apartment houses Plzeňská) - Design of a residential building in a real urban environment.

Studio of Architecture III  – The Continuous and the Discrete - separation and continuity in architecture // final: New habitats and new beauties - housing project for Tallinn.

Studio of Architecture IV – 1st year: Concept; construction; Disposition; 2nd - 3rd year: Rental housing in Bráník; 4 - 5th year Water // Final: 1st year: Intervention in city planning., Others: Maximum minimal dwellings per minimum parcel.

Studio of Industrial Design – various assignments, 1st years natural stylization // final: Theme of weapon, 1st year: natural stylization.

Studio of Furniture and Interior Design – 1st - 4th year: theme joining - Inspiration defined by carpentry joining and its inspiration processed into a real product, 5th - 6th year - real competition to design a concept for the exteriors and interiors of the vacationing Inn in (český ráj) Bohemian Paradise for a concrete investor // Final: Book booth for the town of Melnik - drafting proposals for seven specific municipalities defined by the city.

Studio of Product Design – Gessi - elements for private spa and bathroom, 1st year: study of nature.

Studio of Sculpture – Social and environmental ecology - inspiration by exploring social, environmental and above all ecological aspects.

Studio of Painting – Open assignment on topic postmodernism // final: UDDER PRIZE - freely follows the semester topic of postmodernism. Today pictures are in a complicated situation... Perhaps it is time to talk about them as objects, re-contextualized pieces in space.

Studio of Intermedia Art – final: The topic "1 + 1> 2" - The resulting project of the cooperating components is more powerful than the sum of the effects of the individual components. It examines the effort to adapt, influence, persevere and cooperate.

Studio of Photography I – open assignment on the subject of exhibition installations and their links to architecture.

Studio of Glass – two themes - Party and Mirror, 1st year - design and realization of a carafe in cooperation with the glass factory Rückl – Nižbor.

Studio of Ceramics and Porcelain – four themes - House, Self Portrait, Animal and Bowl.

Studio of Concept – Object – Meaning (K.O.V.) – Sociologist, artist, designer, and visionary Dominique Imbert founded FOCUS, which has been producing original fireplaces for over 50 years. The task was to design a set of fireplace tools and wood basket // Final: Lamp - table, standing, wall mounted.

Studio of Fashion Design – Project "Try Your Hand 2019" - working with original fabrics of Ascher London Ltd .. Students created a special collection for the Zikka and Lída Ascher exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Original fabrics and scarves combined with modern materials and technologies have created unique models that represent history in a new context from the point of view of today's younger generation.

Studio of Fashion and Footwear Design – Cooperation with BATA - shoes for the given subject // Final: Ethical Message - a project on sustainability in the fashion and textile industry, zero waste, recycling, cooperation with Sue Ryder.

Studio of Textile Design – Slow-down - Textile collection using Preciosa glass beads and various forms of application and interconnecting new technologies with craft work.

Studio of Illustration and Graphics – Illustrated, booklet edition Hobbit (19 chapters and 19 illustrations) How to deal with literary classics? // Final: Create your hero and imagine it in one's favorite medium (puppet theater, comic, object, game ...)

Studio of Type Design and Typography – New Issue of Czech Banknotes // Final: International Currency Symbol of Czech Crowns.

Studio of Graphic Design and Visual Communications  – Author's Alphabet - a project led by Marek Pistora, which focused on the development of an original alphabet, focusing on the theme of an ABC book. The ABC book is a year-long task and the alphabet is the start of this assignment // Final: Specimen - introduction of the entire alphabet as a whole.

Studio of Film and TV Graphics – Processing of audio recording within the framework of the project Paměť národa (Memory of Nations) - illustration/comics on selected audio recordings and a collection of anthologies // Final: filming a short film from Memory of the Nations short personal animation, 1st year - business card.

Studio of Graphic Design and New Media – Graphic design education and possible new structures of our studio Treasure Island and also work as a master (redesign, authorship, postproduction, etc.) .// Final: A conference record of the above topics.

Studio of Photography II – photographic documentation of the Designblok exhibition and creating materials for the Designguide catalog, working on a project called FEAT. // Final: A free set in which students work with different subjects across photos and videos.