About school



The Secondary School of Applied Arts in Uherské Hradiště belongs to the most complex educational institutions of secondary art education in the Czech Republic which provides educational programmes of highest quality. Currently there are nine departments with the following educational programmes: graphic design, multimedia, industrial design, design of footwear and accessories, fashion design, painting, photography, ceramics and stone sculpture.

The school is fully opened to general public several times a year on Open Days. It cooperates with a number of companies and exhibition galleries and responds flexibly not only to current trends and innovations in the entire field of visual art, but also to dynamic social developments. The study programmes combine traditional high-quality craft training with the development of knowledge of the latest technological procedures. Creativity and individual artistic growth of students are supported and encouraged throughout the programmes.

The school has recently celebrated its 80th anniversary. Throughout its existence, it has always been ranked among the most prestigious art schools in the country. Even today, it grows and changes according to requirements and can be viewed as a modern educational facility. Students are provided with vast opportunities to develop their potential and they can successfully participate in a number of national and foreign competitions.

The school departments are and have always been managed by highly qualified staff, among them a number of renowned artis of several generations. Current students thus have the opportunity to join previous successful graduates who have managed to establish themselves not only in the Czech Republic, but also far beyond its borders.

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The Baťa´s School of Art was founded in Zlín in 1939 when a group of progressive innovators in the management of the Baťa company came with an idea to establish an independent art school.

Teachers were selected with regards to Baťa wish: to cooperate with young artists, who were yet uninfluenced by academicism. A number of outstanding personalities such as V. V. Štech, A. Kutal, B. Fuchs, J. Sládek, R. Gajdoš, R. Wiesner were given the opportunity to teach.

When designing the study programmes, the school relied on adopted and partially modified Bauhaus principles. The level of courses was somewhere between a secondary school and a college level, and as the first art school in the country, the school decided to adjust the teaching to the needs of production and prepare its students for the career of industrial artists. Applicants chose from seven field combinations and could obtain a vocational certificate together with a diploma of chosen specialization. A year after its establishment, the school had four specialist departments – graphics, sculpture, decorative painting and interior design.

Unfortunately, the school had little time to successfully reach its goals. Due to forced labour during the Second World War, only the first two years of students managed to complete their studies. 

Although the school tried to protect its students with fake jobs for the Wehrmacht, it could not completely prevent them from being taken to the Reich. Nevertheless, after the end of the war, more than half of them continued to develop their talent at art colleges and only a fraction of students disappeared from the field completely.

The year 1945 brought not only liberation, but also great losses for the Zlín School of Arts. Both teachers and students were leaving. The school reopened with a different set of goals. The organization, methodology and focus gradually began to grow from completely different foundations. New fields of study were opening up with a new content of studies. In the 1949/1950 school year, there were seven departments again: tool and machine shaping, shoe design and construction, stone sculpture, exhibition managements, construction of new materials, advertising – graphics and decorative painting. The school was renamed and given the status of a state institution with the right to complete the programmes with a school leaving exam.

In 1952, the school finished its cooperation with the shoe company Svit in Zlín and moved from Zlín (formerly Gottwaldov) to Uherské Hradiště. However, the school hadn´t acquired the current premises (with the exception of Franklovka building) until 1964. Today's full official name of the school Secondary School of Applied Arts dates back to year 1962.

With the exception of name changes, adjustments of the curriculum and a minor reorganization of subjects, all departments maintained the content profile of their programmes until 1989. The only exception was the department of design of footwear and accessories which was inactive for 8 years.

With the Velvet Revolution and subsequent political changes, new options opened up for the school and the school began to develop intensively. Significant qualitative changes were supported with new equipment and modernization of teaching and study programmes. Futhermore, contacts with similar school from other European countries were established. The school very successfully participated in international educational programs, started organizing study tours to a number of European countries and expanded range of options for further development of its students.

After 1993, two new departments were opened at the school. The department of tool and machine shaping was closed down and instead a new department called design of toys and decorative objects was established. Subsequently, this programme was closed due to the reorganization in 2011. Also applied photography was opened as an independent department. A completely new department of fashion design, which followed up on the design of footwear and accessories, was created in 1994. The newest programme of the school is the department of multimedia, and it's been accredited since 2010.



Franklovka is an art nouveau-style building located on Maršál Malinovský Avenue and is the home to two departments of the Secondary School of Applied Arts: the stone sculpture and the ceramics.

The house was built in 1920 according to the project by the Hungarian constructor Julius Kopp for the company Josef Frankl & company, which was a distillery.

On January 1, 1949, after the establishment of the regional headquarters of State Security, its office was located in the premises of Franklovka. It stayed there for eleven years. The first floor of the building was occupied by the intelligence department, which had three rooms and a photo laboratory. There were interrogation rooms in the attic, cells were located on the ground floor and possibly in the basement as well. 


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