Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts  

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The Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, or Kraków Academy of Fine Arts (Template:Lang-pl, usually abbreviated ASP), located in Kraków, Poland, is the oldest Polish fine-arts academy, established in 1818.

It is a state-run university that offers 5- and 6-year Master's degree programs. As of 2007, the Academy's faculty comprised 94 professors and assistant professors as well as 147 Ph.D.s.



The Academy of Fine Arts was originally a subdivision of the Jagiellonian University's Department of Literature and was initially (1818-1873) called School of Drawing and Painting (Szkoła Rysunku i Malarstwa). It received the status of an independent institution of higher learning in 1873 as the School of Fine Arts (Szkoła Sztuk Pięknych). The first President of the Academy was painter Jan Matejko. The main building based on a neoclassical design by architect Maciej Moraczewski was erected in today's Matejko Square in 1879. The first professors were Florian Stanisław Cynk, Aleksander Gryglewski and Leopold Loeffler.

Following the death of Jan Matejko, the next ASP President was Julian Fałat, who remained at his post till 1909. Fałat gave the Academy a new direction hiring new art instructors associated with contemporary Western art philosophies; painters such as Teodor Axentowicz, Jacek Malczewski, Jan Stanisławski, Leon Wyczółkowski, Konstanty Laszczka, Józef Mehoffer, Stanisław Wyspiański, Wojciech Weiss, and Józef Pankiewicz.

On the 100th anniversary of its founding, in 1979, the Academy was named for Jan Matejko, its founder and first president, who contributed greatly to its artistic legacy.

In 2008 the Academy joined Icograda (the International Council of Graphic Design Associations) and became that organization's first educational member in Poland.


  • Painting
    • Department of Painting
    • Department of Drawing
    • Department of Additional Specializations
    • Department of Stage Design
  • Sculpture
    • Department of Sculpture (I, II)
    • Department of Drawing
    • Department of Architecture-Sculpture Design
  • Interior Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Graphic Arts
    • Department of Graphic Arts
    • Department of Graphic Design
    • Department of Drawing and Painting
  • Art Conservation
  • Interdisciplinary Department of Art History

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