The EU4ART European University network aims to survey the teaching options currently available at all partner institutions, to expand the study options on offer by networking and to try out new teaching formats. It is founded on institutional structures which have long since proven their worth at European art academies and have been put to good effect. Members of alliance will work together to pool their expertise, infrastructures and resources to build new study programmes and artistic research projects. The network would like to place this successful experience on a shared European footing. The four full partners are Hungarian University of Fine Arts (Budapest), Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts of Rome and Art Academy of Latvia, Riga.

Magyar Képzőművészeti Egyetem

The Hungarian University of Fine Arts was the first and continues to be the most prestigious art academy in Hungary. Its traditions date back 150 years, and the institution represents and embodies a rich cultural heritage which it manages prudently, providing a home where artists of the future can nurture their talents and learn to navigate in the art world of the 21st century. Here, the old and the new are not vying with each other for dominance. Rather, they form an organic collective of the experience and knowledge of successive generations of artists who learn from and draw on one another.
From the outset, the profile of the training has been determined by the fact that the Hungarian University of Fine Arts provides opportunities to study the classical branches of fine arts: painting, sculpture, and graphics. Over the course of the past few decades, programmes created in response to new demands and aspirations in the fine arts were added to these traditional programmes, including the conservation programme, the scenography programme, the intermedia programme, and the art theory and curatorial studies programme.
Linked to the institutional education of artists, the Hungarian University of Fine Arts’ artist colonies, exhibition spaces, and courses facilitate the expansion of potential audiences for contemporary arts and the evolution and emergence of cultural approaches to the arts.



Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden

Founded in 1764 as a “Principal Academy of the Arts”, the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden is one of Europe’s oldest art academies. This was the successor institution to the first Drawing and Painting School which had been established in 1680. Numerous well-known artists taught here, including Canaletto, GiovanniCasanova, Caspar David Friedrich and Gottfried Semper, ensuring that the Academy enjoyed international recognition. The teaching of Oskar Kokoschka and Otto Dix established a long-lasting painting tradition in Dresden.
In 1950 the Dresden University of fine arts was merged with the State Academy of Applied Arts, the successor of the Royal Saxon School of Applied Arts which had been founded in 1875/76. Each year, nearly 550 students attend the Dresden University of Fine Arts to study Fine Art, Art Technology and Conservation Science, Restoration of Art and Cultural Assets, Stage Setting and Costume Design, Theatre Setting and Costume Design or KunstTherapie (a postgraduate course in art therapy).
Courses take place in spacious studios, workshops and seminar rooms at three locations. The Academy’s buildings on the Brühlsche Terrasse, Güntzstraße and Pfotenhauerstraße have been comprehensively refurbished, and now provide facilities which create an excellent study environment. These facilities include the Laboratory Theatre (a modern, practice- oriented stage test room) and the Octagon, a remarkable exhibition space used for the study and presentation of contemporary art.

Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma

The Academy of Fine Arts of Rome originates from the “Accademia di San Luca”, born at the end of the Sixteenth century and which became the papal seat for artistic studies, in fact it is one of the oldest Academies in Italy.

Strong in its history and facing the future, the Academy has the aim to prepare students to live in the today’s art world, as artists but also as curators, critics, specialized workers for museums, designers, stylists and, of course, web and graphic designers.

For this reason many avant-garde courses have been added at the classical ones, building one of the most innovative didactic offers. The entire “Campo Boario” headquarters was built specifically to host computer, photography and new media lessons and recently, following the activation of the joint Master with the Sapienza University, specific laboratories for digital animation were also provided.

On the other hand, in the historical building of Via di Ripetta specialized ateliers for painting, sculpting and engraving are hosted.

A great importance is also placed in opening up opportunities for further growth and employment for graduates. In fact the Academy is conceived as a meeting point for students and important figures of the global art world, hosting conferences, workshops and exhibitions of the students’ and of important international artists’ works in the exhibition hall, named “Sala Colleoni”.



Latvijas Mākslas akadēmija

The Art Academy of Latvia is a leading higher education institution and research competence centre in art and design in Latvia and it has a long history of internationally- recognised work. It was established in 1919 and has become an important art institution regionally and in Europe, providing enabling conditions for artistic creation and scientific research. The Art Academy of Latvia has always been the cradle of the Latvian art and culture, introducing the creative art space with numerous professionals highly appreciated both in Latvia and abroad. In order to promote the utmost development of the creative industries and their potential in Latvia, the main goal of the Art Academy of Latvia is to provide qualitative, globally competitive education to the young talents in art and design. Study programmes BA and MA degrees in faculties and departments:

Visual Arts (Painting, Graphic Art, Textile Art, Drawing); Visual Plastic Arts (Sculpture, Ceramics, Glass Art); Design (Functional Design, Environment Art, Fashion Design, Metal Design); Audio-visual Media Art (Visual Communication, Stage design, Motion, Image & Sound); History and Theory of Art (Restoration, History and Theory of Art and Culture). Academic and practice-based arts 3rd cycle degree, equivalent to a PhD program.

Number of Students: 700. Number of staff: 250.