FFA Mission statement
The FFA offers prospective students a cutting edge artistic education in a balanced choice of disciplines – both classical (painting, figurative sculpture, drawing), and new media studios (such as the state-of-the-art 3D studio). Strict selection criteria for future students have been applied (the acceptance ratio is 1:10); academic staff are high-profile contemporary Czech artists; the faculty not only puts high demands on its students’ craft and technical skills, but also on their intellectual achievements. The curriculum consists of a large portion of courses in both art history and art theory and emphasizes the ability to use foreign languages. The faculty is divided into fifteen studios, each having approximately 15 students, one head, and one assistant, which makes an individual approach to students possible. Further assistance with technical problems is provided by the five supporting studios.
The school rates as the first or second in the whole country in the number of submitted BA applications of all Czech art schools. Out of eight Czech fine art faculties, the FFA is one of three that provide a Ph.D. cycle. In 2012, the first docents completed their habilitation at the faculty.
The Faculty of Fine Arts was founded in 1992, and as such is the newest faculty of the Brno University of Technology. Since then, a number of outstanding artists and lecturers both from the Czech Republic and abroad have become heads of studios, educating young and talented painters, sculptors, conceptual artists, and graphic and product designers.
Some FFA graduates have become laureates or finalists of the Chalupecky prize, the most prestigious Czech art award; some became finalists of other important Czech awards: the Critic’s Prize for Young Painting and the NG 333 Award for visual artists under 33.
A number of graduates have already become established on the Czech artistic scene or have themselves begun teaching visual arts at art institutes.
Thanks to fundraising activities, the faculty’s 3D Studio, in operation since 2007, has been equipped with the latest technology (3D scanner, 3D printers) and software. It is the first 3D studio founded at an art college and only the second one in Europe which has FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and 3D optical digitizing technologies at hand.
In 2012, the Studio of Sculpture I of the FFA started a three-year grant (The Studio of Digital Sculpture and New Media), which consists of implementation of 3D technologies in the syllabi of three faculties where 3D printing, modeling and scanning is taught: The Faculty of Fine Arts and The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Brno University of Technology, and The Faculty of Informatics of Masaryk University in Brno. The grant is organized within the Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness and is financed from ESF. The Faculty of Informatics of Masaryk University is our main partner in the project.
The faculty runs a professionally equipped U.fon recording studio.
In 2012, the FFA coordinated a joint grant with six other higher education art institutions – Czech faculties and academies of visual arts (ZUP, UTB, TUL, FUD, UJEP) – to enhance alternative forms of student mobility and to exhibit their artistic results.
Since 2010 (?!?) the FFA has cooperated with other art faculties and academies on developing the methodology and evaluation criteria for the Register of Artistic Accomplishments (the “RUV”) – an evaluation system enabling scholars to rate accomplishments in all spheres of art (drama, music, film, design, visual arts etc.). The purpose of the register is to achieve better and more transparent financing of higher-art education in the Czech Republic.
The FFA has long-term cooperation agreements with some of the top public exhibition institutions located in Brno as well as throughout the Czech Republic, in particular with The Brno House of Arts, where a great number of lectures and exhibitions have been co-organized. The institution also regularly hosts annual exhibitions of students’ diploma projects. The FFA has cooperated with the Moravian Gallery in Brno (the REWIND lecture series, the Studio of Digital Sculpture and New Media workshops). In addition to The Brno House of Arts, MFA graduate shows have been held in other important galleries in Brno, including the municipally-managed TIC galleries and the private ARS and Aspekt galleries. Individual studios of the faculty have held their exhibitions in the prestigious DOX Centre of Contemporary Art in Prague and in other private galleries in Brno and Prague (e.g. The Brno Gallery, CIANT, the Klatovy/Klenova Gallery, the Emil Filla Gallery, the Brno City Museum, etc.).
As for non-profit organizations are concerned, the FFA cooperates with SPKH n.p.o., which maps the role of art in public space of the Czech Republic and with The Grau Collective n.p.o., which manages Galerie ART and the Anne Frank Memorial in Brno. In 2011, cooperation with Artalk.cz n.p.o. e-zine on contemporary visual arts was established. Since then both Ph.D. students and lecturers of the FFA have published a number of exhibition reviews and theoretical theses on current artistic trends in this web periodical; photographic reports of FFA students’ exhibitions and information about their accomplishments have further contributed to the prestige of the faculty.
The 3D Studio of the FFA has regularly collaborated with the MCAE Company, which manufactures 3D printers and printing material. Mutual lectures have been held popularizing 3D printing media and the possibilities of their application in arts, architecture and industry.
With respect to international cooperation, the FFA is a member of ELIA and the SHARE network. It has ERASMUS partnerships with 30 European educational institutions, and in the past the FFA was a member of the CEEPUS network. A partnership with ISCP in New York which manages artists’ residencies was established in 2012.