The Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art, also called ‘Sutnarka’ or ‘Sutnar Faculty’ for short, is a modern art school whose students, under the guidance of a number of important artists and designers, earn their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a wide range of fields focused mainly on design and applied art. It is located in an original building with state-of-the-art equipment and a number of unique studios. The faculty features a team of important art figures and renowned designers with experience from the private sector, under whose leadership students achieve significant success in Czech and international competitions, implement projects in cooperation with professional and international partners, and participate in a number of exhibition projects.
In addition to classic art disciplines, the Sutnar Faculty, following the example of renowned foreign schools, focuses on new trends and integrates the field of design with new technologies and research results with the aim of delivering socially beneficial and innovative solutions that respond to the challenges of the contemporary world. The Sutnar Faculty, as part of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, offers students unique opportunities for cooperation with other UWB faculties and research centres in order to find multidisciplinary and integrated solutions, under the guidance of experienced teachers, engineers, and scientists. With its activities and philosophy, the faculty continues the inspiring legacy of an important Pilsen native and internationally recognised Czech-American designer and visionary, Ladislav Sutnar.
The Sutnar Faculty manages the prestigious Ladislav Sutnar Gallery where visitors could already experience the works of such artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Malina, Ladislav Sutnar, and other important personalities of fine arts and design. Already for 15 years, the faculty has been organising the ArtCamp - an international summer school of art which is one of the largest of its kind in Central Europe.
The Sutnar Faculty features the largest collection of works and the largest archive of Ladislav Sutnar in Europe. Every year, it awards international awards – the Ladislav Sutnar Prize, which has been awarded by the Dean to such personalities and institutions as Steve Heller, Anton Beeke, Richard Saul Wurman, Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, Getty, Chicago Institute, MOMA, Pratt Institute, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, and others.
Sutnarka, or Sutnar Faculty – Pilsen is a symbol of excellence as you can see in the works of our teachers, students, and graduates.