”In the name of the most honourable Archduchess of Austria, Queen of Hungary, [...] since her holiness, considering the organization and daily perfection of the cultivation of trades and various types of crafts of utmost importance and usefulness for the entire Hungarian kingdom and its adjoined parts, based on the permanent system of upbringing, according to which so-called drawing schools (scholae graphidis seu artis ut vocant delineratoriae) should be introduced to the elementary schools, especially for artisans and craftsmen, has decreed that the drawing school should be established for the good of the public in the chief Buda elementary school, together with the neighbouring City of Pest as they lie in the heart of the country and are assessable for all artisans and craftsmen from every territory.”

Vienna, April 1778.

Today the school operates as an independent vocational secondary school where every student – in addition to the compulsory syllabus of a secondary school – also learns the basics of his chosen artistic profession.

In addition to traditional techniques and creative methods, they are also confronted with the expectations of today and contemporary technical solutions. The basics of design and execution are part of the curriculum, and the students learn to outline plans to find independent solutions to current artistic problems and are able to carry out these plans in a manner appropriate to their age. Freehand drawing, art history, typography, geometry and ethnography are basic subjects for all students, which means that they can change courses later on, if they wish.

Although a majority of our students remain in their chosen fields (i.e., continue their studies at universities of arts), some choose another visual field after graduation.

Budapest, January 2008.

Goals and operation of the school

Our school has manifold tasks. On one hand, we provide education for young professionals, well informed in artistic fields and who will receive an intermediate degree upon graduation, to prepare them for their lives in the field of fine and applied arts. We also give them a chance to make a living independently as artisans and craftsmen, in professions that are dying out today and therefore even more valuable. Our main goal, however, is to assist in preparing highly talented and hard-working students for admission to the College of the Arts or to other (less closely related) colleges or universities (Architecture Department of the Technical University, Art History Department of ELTE, Teacher’s Colleges, etc.).

From the very beginning, our students belong to a certain department and are instructed most intensively in that subject. In addition, they receive several hours of freehand drawing, art history and other supplementary artistic subjects; in other words, they receive a thorough general art education.

There are currently 10 professional departments at the Secondary School for Visual Arts:
Motion Pictures & Animation Films | Ceramics | Fashion Design | Glass Design | Graphic Design | Jewellery & Silversmithing | Painting | Photography| Sculpture | Textile Design