Hungarian University of Fine Arts

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Andrássy út 69-71
+36 1 342 8556, 342 1738

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The Hungarian University of Fine Arts was founded in 1871. The central building, erected in 1876, is located on the most elegant avenue of Pest which connects the Danube with the City Park. The building was restored to its original beauty in 1997/8. The restoration includes the facade with sgrafitto portraits of Bramante, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, and also the Rector’s corridor and numerous internal decorations.
The University’s other main site is Epreskert (Mulberry Garden), which inherited its name from the mulberry trees that covered the area. Only a few minutes from the main building, Epreskert consists of five buildings each containing studios. It was founded as a master painter school in 1882 and has been an integral part of the Academy since 1921. The other sites of the University are the Feszty House and the Intermedia Department can be found close to the Epreskert. The five year course in either of the following fields leads to the award of the MA (Master of Arts) university degree: painting, sculpture, graphics, graphic design, intermedia (combined media), stage and costume design, and restoration. Having completed the first four semesters students can enroll for the visual education programme where they will obtain an additional secondary school teacher degree. Postgraduate courses are also available. Students may attend either the continuing specialization programme or the doctoral programme. The three-year doctoral programme leads to the DLA degree (Practical PhD) in the fields of painting, sculpture, graphics, graphic design, intermedia, and restoration. (From: mke.hu/english/index.php)

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The institution sits on Andrassy very close to the Octagon metro stop. Its building has been marred with pollution, but is nonetheless beautiful. Immediately inside and to the right, it has been fully restored and is quite amazing. To get in you must zig-zag through a series of doors and then ask the guard, who was soundly sleeping when we arrived, for entry. Students may enter with the use of their Student ID card. The Diploma 09 Exhibition, featuring work from recent graduates, was hung in several galleries during our visit, however a good portion of the show was behind a locked door. A nice student informed the same sleeping guard and he said it would be open in 15 minutes. 15 minutes came and went, no entry for us. I will try to see the remainder of the show before I leave.