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ELIA Welcomes New Member: Dresden Academy of Fine Arts
Welcome to our newest member: Dresden Academy of Fine Arts
The Dresden Academy of Fine Arts (HfBK Dresden) is an autonomous art college. It bases its autonomy on the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of art as well as teaching and research in art and science.
With more than 250 years of history, the Academy is one of the oldest educational institutions for visual arts in Europe. In 1764 it was founded by the Wettins as the “Main Art Academy” and since 1680 offered a "drawing and painting school" as a precursor. The academy gained a high reputation soon after it was founded. In the 18th century, the internationally oriented teaching staff included the Frenchman Charles François Hutin, the Italians Bernardo Bellotto, Giuseppe Camerata, Giovanni Battista Casanova and Lorenzo Zucchi as well as the Swiss Anton Graff and Adrian Zingg.
The university has a wide network of connections to international universities as well as artistic and scientific institutions. Its members actively participate in international and contemporary discourses on questions about art and society.
There are currently around 120 employees at the HfBK Dresden. In addition there are student, artistic and scientific assistants as well as lecturers. Approximately 550 students are currently enrolled in the fine arts, art technology, conservation and restoration of art and cultural assets, stage and costume design, theater equipment (FH) and in the postgraduate course in art therapy. Other subjects being taught are art history, philosophy / aesthetics, architecture and interior design, applied theater studies / production dramaturgy and artistic anatomy.
Their aim is to be a university for everyone, a place where various innovative and critical positions come together - a place that is open to international students and teachers.
ELIA is delighted to have HfBK Dresden join our growing network.