The school was founded by the shoe manufacturing firm of Bata in the town of Zlín in 1939.The teachers introduced the progressive ideas of Gropius’ Bauhaus as well as the ideas of American educational system. At that time, the Art School in Zlín offered art education almost on university education level and supported development of artistic skills of young artists in the WW II period. In 1952, the school moved to the town of Uherské Hradiště and not only followed the high level and tradition of the Zlín Art School but intensified and deepened it as well. During World War II many well known artists found asylum at the school because Nazis closed universities and colleges in the Protectorate of Moravia and Bohemia. The headmaster, Mr. Fantišek Kadlec, invited significant personalities such as  sculptor Vincenc Makovský and a well known historian of art V.V. Štech, historian and art theoretician Albert Kukal, architect Bohuslav Fuchs, sculptors Jiří Jaška and Luděk Havelka, painters Karel Hofman, Eduard Milén, Rudolf Gajdoš and Vladimír Hroch. As for the outstanding school leavers we can mention the following artists:Petr Nikl, a painter, musician, photographer and a member of the former artists group called Tvrdohlaví.Vladimír Kokolia, since 1992 the head of Graphic II studio at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague Maxim Velčovský – appointed to be the Professor at the College of Fine Art in Prague in 2006.


This field of study belongs to the oldest ones at our school having been founded at the Zlín Art School.Many of its school leavers belong to significant personalities in the field of ceramic design. The curriculum is phased to follow growing demands and to foster individual talent and skills of each student regarding inventional gift when designing and implementing free, applied, decorative and exterior creation. Mastering of basic handcraft and artistic skills like spinning on a pottery wheel, creating a model, a plaster mold, drawing a live model or an introduction to sculpture basic have always been emphasised. The students’ work has been presented on the school website. After graduation, the school leavers can go on studying at various universities or colleges specialized either in art or teachers training. They can also work as designers in ceramic workshops or firms; they can be freelance artists or pursue a career in ceramics restoring field.


This branch of study offers combination of fine art, craft skills and applied graphics. Stress is laid on students ability to use graphic conventionalization and graphic condensation, to cultivate their feeling for the type, they also deal with tasks linked with graphic design and advertising.They design publicity materials and uniform visual style of logos, billboards, packaging design, etc. They gain a special know-how to master special PC graphic programmes. They also concentrate on publishing techniques – designing leaflets, magazines, and books. In addition, they deal with book illustration and last but not least they specialize in traditional graphic techniques like dry point, etc. School leavers have prerequisites to work independently in graphic design or book illustration. They can find jobs in graphic studios, various advertising agencies, publishing houses or printing offices. They can also go on studying at various art colleges.


This department was opened in 1952 when the school moved to Uherské Hradiště and has followed the tradition started by Zlín Art School. It specializes in painting and decorative techniques including traditional painting techniques like watercolour, gouache, oil painting, stained glass and fresco. Students gain technological knowledge how to use colour to express their artistic views;they learn how to apply colour in individual works of art, architecture and contemporary publicity design. Students’ project work is often closely connected with public needs and commissions. School leavers can go on studying at various universities and colleges (most preferred are Academy of Fine Art, Prague, College of Fine Art, Prague, College of Architecture, or Restoring) including Teachers Training Colleges. The knowledge gained during their studies enables the school leavers to join advertising agencies, or they can deal with the techniques coming back into fashion like stained glass, mosaics or fresco.


The tradition of this subject goes back to 1946. Currently, we are the only school in the Czech Republic which offers this field of study. The education is based on broad artistic basis including drawing, painting, modelling shoes, IT, and this is followed by development of craft and construction skills of our students. During four-year study, the students learn about various craft techniques. They make use of them when creating simple accessories, more challenging models or shoe and accessories collections made of leather, textile, wood, plastic materials, etc. School leavers are well prepared to start their career in the shoe industry, but they can also go on studying at universities or colleges specializing in shoe or fashion design, design of fashion accessories or jewellery.


This branch of study represents a very special creative field which unites many scientific and technical areas. Students are gradually acquainted with all significant features of industrial design: beginning with basic means of expression as a point, line, colour, shape and going on to aesthetic, technical, ergonomic and social aspects. Last but not least they cope with demands of a common user. When working on particular projects, the stress is put on using an independent, creative and innovative approach to be applied when the product is designed. Students develop their artistic talent, their ability to see the shape and express their ideas in graphic and 3D form. School leavers can put their skills and knowledge into effect in the field of product design. They can work in small or medium size companies, either as their employees or within an external cooperation with developmental groups creating new production strategy of the company. They can also work as artists in firms dealing with applied graphics, interior design, advertising, etc. They can also go on studying at colleges specialized in fine art.


The branch was founded in 1994. This branch of study contains both modern interpretations of fashion design and precise craft working methods. The core of the study is to master a broad scale of art fields as drawing from nature, landscape drawing, drawing of architectural elements, still life drawing, figural drawing and drawing of a portrait. All this is followed by a high level of dressmaking skills included in the subjects of Dress Construction, Textile Materials, Technology and Practical Workshop. The students are well prepared to make most of their knowledge when designing and modelling original clothes. One subject of their study is History of Art. School leavers can go on studying at universities or colleges that specialize in fashion designing, or they can study at Teachers Training Colleges. They can also work independently as fashion designers in clothing firms, some of them work in theatres, film or TV studios designing historical and theatrical costumes.


This branch of study was opened only in 2010. Students gain knowledge how to work in a multimedia field. The study lays emphasis on broadening student’s knowledge in the area of IT. In addition, the students also develop their skills in practical aspects of graphic design, visual commercials, package design, 3D graphics, classic and digital animation, digital photography and web designing. The students are encouraged to work independently without supervision. School leavers can assert themselves in a wide sphere of activities. They can deal with multimedia production, designing PC games, creating digital and classic animation, film clips, web pages, etc. If they want to go on studying at a university or a college, there is a variety of possibilities, e.g. multimedia, photography, film or TV production, graphic design, or they can study art at Teachers Training Colleges.


Tradition of this branch of study - sculpture (and ceramics design as well) dates back to the foundation of the school. The sculpture branch opened when the first stone-cutting workshop was built in 1940. The students gain experience while working with various materials, mostly stone. The education is focused on three-dimensional inventional and creative artwork as well as on developing students craft skills while using PCs. Recently the sculpture branch has been strongly linked with industrial design, architecture or IT. The students are encouraged to work independently, to apply their creative thinking and good craft skills and artistic taste as an integral part when working on their project work. School leavers can go on studying at various universities or colleges in programmes demanding and expecting creative thinking. They can also be self-employed or free lance artists or after further specialization they can deal with restoring sculptures and stone works. Many of them become successful sculptors, architects or industrial designers.


This branch of study aims at developing the artistic skills of students and introducing them to creative and technical methods linked with both digital and classic photography. Students gain knowledge and practical experience in photographic professional techniques (pictures of architecture and glass objects, studio portraits, documentary pictures, etc.). Through the project work, they make black and white and also coloured pictures. They also learn about digital methods and computer aided design. The school leavers can find their fulfilment in many fields, like cultural institutions, media, advertising, publishing houses, etc. They are also capable of working independently or can go on studying at various universities or colleges.