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November 4, 2022

Art in Context MFA

Academy of Fine Arts in Prague

Anetta Mona Chisa, 2021.

John Hill, 2016.

Simon Starling, 2018.

Alexey Klyuykov, 2019.

Pavel Buchler, 2020.

Muda Mathis and Sus Zwick, 2018.

Courtesy of Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

Courtesy of Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

Art in Context is an entirely new accredited small-scale international three-year MFA program aimed at deepening students’ skills & collaborative competencies in art practices across various visual arts media and theory. The Art in Context curriculum combines continuous studio and post-studio practice with collective seminars, projects and individual instruction by a dynamic, inclusive and internationally renowned team of artists, performers, theorists and thinkers. Two years of intense international learning culminate with a final third year focused around the creation of a diploma work and its public presentation.

Along with studio work, the Art in Context program offers courses in artistic research and writing, plus lectures in art history and critical theory. Our students are provided access to all the artistic and scientific departments and workshops at the oldest art school in the Czech Republic and benefit from exchanges with a unique and diverse community of students, alumni, artists, curators and art professionals from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Studio spaces are situated in a heritage-protected Art Nouveau building (the Šaloun Studio) in the heart of the cosmopolitan city of Prague.

Lecturers in Fine Arts
Jiří Kovanda was born in 1953, he lives and works in Prague. Kovanda is one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Czech art and, though he’s reluctant to catalogue his works as conceptual or political, he entered in the international European scene in the late seventies with different public actions, made in a deliberately subtle manner, avoiding any direct involvement by the public.

James Lewis is an artist based in Vienna. He completed his studies within the sculpture department at the Royal College of Art, London) and his work has been exhibited extensively across Europe. He has previously taught at universities including The University of Applied Arts, Vienna; Kingston University, UK and Paris College of Art, France.

Tomáš Džadoň is a conceptual sculptor based in Prague, known for his monumental works and reinterpretations of architecture.

Lecturer in Art Writing
John Hill is an artist, curator and writer based in Prague. As a founding member of the collective LuckyPDF, he has had work exhibited internationally and regularly writes for Czech and international art publications. .

Lecturers in Theory
Pavlína Morganová is an art historian and curator, based in Prague and director of AVU’s Research Center.

Václav Magid is an artist, curator and writer based in Prague. He works as a researcher and lecturer at the Research Centre of AVU and is editor-in-chief of the journal Notebook of Art, Theory and Related Zones.

The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague is an autonomous state university constituted on the principles of transparency, the promotion of democratic standards, diversity, inclusion and equity, and is committed to following sustainable practices.

The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague is an autonomous state university constituted on the principles of transparency, the promotion of democratic standards, diversity, inclusion, and equity, and is committed to following sustainable practices.

Apply
Students with a completed BA degree in the arts or related fields of study can apply. Application is possible from November 1–30, 2022 and the application procedure is available here. You will need to upload your CV, motivation letter, portfolio, a passport-size photo, and a certificate/diploma confirming your eligibility for the program. The program offers an MFA degree in Fine Art.

Admissions procedure for academic year 2023/2024
Application deadline: November 30, 2022 / First round of exams (portfolio, CV, motivation letter): January 16, 2023 / Second round of exams (online consultation, instant assignment): January 30–31, 2023/ Announcement of results: February 20, 2023.

Fees: Flat application fee 40 EUR. Tuition fee 6,000 EUR per academic year from October 2023. Contact: Head of Art in Context, Tomáš Džadoň, tomas.dzadon [​at​] avu.cz.

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