Having been inspired by Gottfried Semper` s ideas and concepts, the School of Decorative Arts in Prague was founded in 1885. At that time it represented the first and only state school in Czech lands. The school itself was built between 1882 and 1885 according to the project designed by Františěk Schmoranz junior and Jan Machytka.
"The present-day concept of education at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design rests, as it did in the past, on three main pillars: artistic theory and philosophy, technical disciplines and creative studio work. At the same time, AAAD attempts to be a modern, prestigious art school sought out not only by Czech, but also foreign students with an open approach to topical questions formulated in the international art environment. The goal is to offer comprehensive art education in the areas of architecture, design, visual communication, fine and applied arts, overseen by important figures in the art scene. "