|Academy of Fine Arts and Design (AFAD)|
The Academy of Fine Arts and Design (AFAD) in Bratislava was founded on 9 June 1949. Today, it has entered a new era, lead by the architect and artist Prof. Karol Weisslechner (2007-2010). The newly appointed rector opened the perspective of revitalisation of life in the institution, concerning all, from students, members of faculty to the staff and services. The tasks faced by the new leadership and management are of the wide scale: from building the student halls, re-vision of study process, re-editing of operation and logistics, to bringing the new spirit into the life of the Academy.
AFAD is composed of 11 departments, Institute of Art and Science, Library and Medium gallery.
Departments: Architecture; Photography and New Media; Printmaking and Other Media; Intermedia and multimedia; Painting and Other Media; Industrial Design; Restauration; Sculpture, Object, Installation; Theory and History of Art; Textiles; Applied Art; Visual communication. The structure of study is divided into an undergraduate (bachelor's) and graduate (master's) level and a credits system was introduced.
AFAD is financed mainly from the state budget (founder: Ministry of Education). A part of the Academy’s revenues (around 10%) come from business activities, sponsorship donations and non-governmental grants. AFAD has 204 employees (101 pedagogical, 103 non-pedagogical, incl. researchers), 650 students and 75 PhD. students (October 2008). The Academy is included in the international institutions and networks: ELIA, CUMULUS ICOGRADA and Anna-Lindh Foundation.
AFAD sees the essence of its mission as lying in cultivating the organic interconnection of conceptual study (thought) and of the study of a technological and artistic, complexly perceived creation of a work from its idea through implementation to its application in communicative practice. The implementation of these values is based on contemporary thought around the world, acceptance of traditions from the aspect of contemporary thought and on the formation of ethical responsibility for the state and development of culture.
AFAD’s mission is to carry these values over into educational practice through the creation of a suitable educational environment and educational process.
The Academy’s aim is to create an educational environment that should fulfil the following parameters: stimulating climate, quality technological background, possibilities for cooperation and interchange, possibilities for student to create a variable study plan, communication with the external professional environment, possibilities for presentation, confrontation and exchange, critical evaluation.
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Academy of Fine Arts and Design
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