The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (AAAD/VŠUP) was founded in 1885 as the first and only state school of art in Czech lands. Built in neo-renaissance style, it is located in the very heart of the Old Town, surrounded by remarkable historical monuments. During the time of its existence, AAAD has gradually built complex educational structure that comprises of both studio classes and classes of art history and theory. Talent, practical skills but also the will to understand artistic creativity on the background of diverse historical and cultural issues are the most important criteria for selecting the students from many candidates that annually apply to study at our school.
The Gallery of AAAD is located on the ground floor of the building. The program is focused mainly on contemporary art and design, but historically oriented exhibitions are eventually run here as well. AAAD accepts exhibition proposals from both local and foreign curators and artists.