Fakulta designu a umění Ladislava Sutnara

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head of the studio

doc. MgA. Gabriel Vach

contact information
office / LS-326
phone / 377636725
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about the specialization

The specialization Ceramic Design places emphasis on a good mastery of sculptural skills in a variety of techniques and technologies, on improving students' abilities to express themselves through shape and organization of space. This specialization focuses attention on ceramic materials and moves classical sculptural work to the area of design. A basic orientation towards creating a specific environment defined by specifications is accompanied by a certain utility value. Making lone-standing ceramics primarily allows objects in public space to have larger scales. On the one hand, utility or sanitary ware; on the other hand, supplements to architectural solutions − tiling, tiles and the like. Unconventional procedures are also used, such as objects from ceramic elements that are meant for other functions: recycling ceramic production waste in the form of a mosaic from broken bits and combination of ceramic with other materials. Teaching has the nature of studio work which is combined with work in various workshops and also in the particular environment towards which the task is directed. A distinctive feature of this specialization results from the technologies used − students learn a range of procedures under the guidance of technology specialists, and also acquire important knowledge from cooperation with ceramic companies which use specialized production equipment.

Graduates will be able to work in a team − to analyze a problem, to seek and find unusual solutions, to clearly formulate and implement ideas; in industry, they will be ready to communicate with a development team and pick up tools and methods of work for which they will have technological and structural creativity. They will be able to expertly combine artistic and aesthetic expression with technical possibilities and limits.

The best semester works, semester projects and Bachelor works can be regularly exhibited in two UWB galleries in Pilsen under the LSFDA management, and also in the exhibition spaces outside the city of Pilsen. Students of both specializations participate in design competitions at home and abroad. Students may complete the study and internships abroad; an obvious part of the study is the involvement of students, under the expert guidance of teachers, in many art projects and art events; students can attend various workshops and plein air courses at the UWB training center at Nečtiny Castle or abroad.

Graduates can enter directly into practice as employees of an institution or as independent artists in their field. Or they can complete a follow-up Master's Degree Study Program with educational focus and then teach at schools of all grades and at extra-curricular facilities of various types.

The most talented graduates can meet the conditions for admission and continue their studies in the LSFDA Master's Degree Study Program Design and Applied Art, or in another study program of their choice.

Bachelor’s Degree Study Program graduates also can, after completion of admission conditions, continue studying at any UWB faculty or another university in the Czech Republic or abroad.

entrance examinations for the above specializations

The entrance aptitude examination usually takes place in the first week of January, consists of two parts and lasts about 4 days. The first part evaluates the level of the candidate’s portfolio submitted (the applicant chooses their portfolio to create the broadest possible information about their artistic range). Based on the assessment of the portfolio, the committee decide which of the candidates proceed further to the second part. In this second part, candidates take several practical aptitude tests over a few days. (For more detail see www.fdu.zcu.cz, section Admissions.) Contact: E. Hellmayerová, +420 377636712, e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; contact: Mgr. M. Jeriová, +420 377636715, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; contact: Mgr. M. Kubová, +420 377636714, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

preparation for the entrance aptitude examination

If interested, the candidate has the possibility to consult their portfolio with the Head of the selected studio before the admission procedure, after prior arrangement (contact: Ms Balíková, tel. +420 377 636 801, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Consultations are provided for a free.

In preparation for aptitude exams, candidates may undertake, within the paid Lifelong Learning at the LSFDA, one semester art courses (see www.fdu.zcu.cz, section Lifelong Learning; contact: Mgr. Marcela Kubová, phone +420 377 636 714, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or intensive one-week art courses during the annual International Summer School of Art ArtCamp (contact: Mgr. M. Kohoutková, phone +420 377 636 716, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

When the conditions of the admission procedure and subsequent admission to the LSFDA have been fulfilled, students who have successfully completed these courses do not have to attend the same courses again and automatically get the respective credits, subject to specified conditions set by the Higher Education Act.

final state examination

The Final State Examination (hereinafter referred to as FSE) is carried out in the form of a general discussion according to the specified topics, published on the LSFDA website − see Final State Examination).

Parts of the Final State Examination:

  • Defense of the practical and theoretical parts of the thesis, which was submitted in advance
  • Exam in the theory and history of the field (specialization)
  • Exam in the History of Art

bachelor′s thesis

Part of the state exam is to develop and defend the final thesis, which includes a theoretical part and the student′s own work of art.

Examples of Bachelor’s thesis topics:


  • Ceramic interior tiles for the foyer of the Pilsen theater
  • Tiling for the foyer of the Pilsen theater − hard-burnt ceramics
  • Exterior prefabricated building elements − the facade of the new laboratory hall of the UWB Faculty of Mechanical Engineering − stoneware
  • Ceramic tiles for the renovated historic building Světovar − high-temperature ceramics, with colorful décor
  • Lone-standing ceramic garden statue for the atrium of the building at 22 University Street, water reservoirs − stoneware
  • A series of small porcelain souvenirs for UWB
  • Solutions for ceramic tiling wall cover of a villa as part of an architectural unit
  • Ceramic object as a landscape statue
  • Food and beverage set for a theater café − porcelain
  • Ceramic sculpture for the entrance hall of the municipal library in Pilsen
  • Ceramic sculpture − fountain for the NTIS building in Pilsen Bory


Each student has the opportunity to design and submit to the LSFDA Dean for approval their own individual thesis topic.

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