For a long time artists and art-lovers of South Transdanubia and County Somogy dreamed of a faculty of arts to serve as a locus for artistic activity in the region. In 2004 this dream became a reality at the dynamically expanding Kaposvár University. Though still young, this faculty is already well on its way to becoming an intellectual centre for art of all sorts. It is dedicated to preserving and building upon the artistic heritage of such famous Kaposvár painters as Rippl-Rónai and Vaszary and to fostering talents in other artistic fields such as acting; it serves the renowned theatrical workshop of the Csiky Gergely Theater.
Short introduction of the faculty
Young, dynamically developing, open, receptive—the Faculty of Arts is living life to its fullest and producing art that expresses it. Bohemian, creative students improve their skills as actors, photographers, web-designers, graphic designers, sculptors, painters, picture animators, art mediators, and more as they learn the ropes of the professional art world.
The Faculty of Arts provides artistic education of the highest standard. The unique majors and programmes mentioned above are taught by teachers honoured with many prestigious prizes. The members of the staff (media artists, designers, actors, photographers, choreographers, musicians, stage and costume designer artists, artists, industrial artists, directors, dramaturges, critics, , art psychologists, art-, photo-, music-, education-, and art historians) are well-known inside and outside Hungary. Their theatre performances, stage direction, set and costume designs, their works of art in various styles and techniques, exhibitions and publications are all outstanding. Several staff members have been honoured with the highest national artistic awards (examples include the Kossuth, Munkácsy, Jászai, and Balázs Béla awards).
Members of the staff include graduates from Dutch, German and Romanian universities; other members have enriched their knowledge at universities and workshops in Russia, Norway, Italy, Croatia and the United States. Many of them are active members of international trade organizations and associations. Lovers of art can see examples of their work on proud display all over the world. Besides their creative work, our artist-teachers pursue diverse activities such as curating national and international events, organizing research forums and symposia, and holding master courses.
A special infrastructure helps training in all academic specialisations:
In addition to pieces by faculty and international artists, the galleries and exhibition halls of Kaposvár University proudly display students' work, helping to launch them in the professional world. The acting students’ performances are extremely popular all over the country.
Our students participate in exhibitions, biennials, festivals, and conferences at home and abroad. They work for newspapers, television, and radio broadcasters. They design and create sets and costumes. They perform on stage at the Kaposvár Theatre, in theaters in Budapest, and abroad. Their success in all these endeavors has won them prizes at numerous art festivals and competitions. Photos on the front page of The New York Times, leading roles, enchanting stage sets and fancy dresses, prestigious prizes, and professional respect are the fruits of the talents they cultivate at Kaposvár University's Faculty of Arts.
The students’ perspective and international viability improve through studies in English and German languages and courses held by artists and researchers from several countries. These guest lecturers give the students professional insight, help them make the first steps into their careers, and, through their varied backgrounds, diversify the students' education. The Faculty of Arts also puts its students in contact with international creative camps in Hungary and abroad, professional institutions, and other universities in countries near and far. Co-operative relations with The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava, University of Theatrical Arts of Targu Mures, Kütahya Dumlupinar University in Turkey, and Burapha University in Thailand bring visiting professors from all parts of the world and provide both undergraduates and teachers the chance to study, introduce themselves, and exhibit their works abroad.
The Department of Motion Pictures maintains good relations and has running contracts with several institutions in Moscow, such as the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, the All-Russian State University of Cinematography, and one of the most significant film periodicals, ”Киноведческие записки”.
The faculty is exceptionally keen on expanding its national and international relations and continuously looks for opportunities to open the world for its students.
Art theory and history
Motion picture and media
Communication and Media Sciences
Study programmes offered:
MA Actor / Actress
Teacher of Visual culture
General Set Designer BA (areas of specialization: set design, costume design)
BA in 2D Art (areas of specialization: painting, graphics)
BA in 3D Art (areas of specialization: sculpture, numismatics, puppet design)
BA in Digital Design (3 areas of specialization: web-design, animation and electrography)
BA in Photography
Communication Expert BA (areas of specialization: journalist in printed media, journalist in electronic media)
BA in Motion Picture and Media (areas of specialization: motion picture and media education, multimedia development
Vocational higher education:
Media technology Assistant,
TV production Assistant
INTERNATIONAL PAPER ART COLONY
Kaposvár University Faculty of Arts – Simonfa Guesthouse
The art colony gathers students and teachers from far and wide to develop applied art forms in the creative use of paper and to channel the local beauty of Kaposvár into works of original and lasting quality.
In a framework of master courses, the members of the colony investigate the opportunities of paper—that simple,sensual, and versatile medium—with the help of national and international experts in the fields of fine and applied arts. The courses take place in an environment of expansive natural space, where rich vegetation, peace, freedom, and tranquillity facilitate the physical and spiritual-mental phases of the creative process and permeate its results.
The workshop hopes to provide a vocational forum to answer the practical and theoretical questions of paper art. To this end, paper industry specialists, paper dipping masters, and art theory experts are always invited alongside paper artists. Practical work is supplemented by lectures, courses, and discussions. Active contacts have been established with the Hungarian Society of Paper Art, Hungarian Society of Book Artists, International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists, paper mills, papermaking workshops, and educational institutions with paper art courses (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, University of Pécs Faculty of Music and Visual Arts, University of West Hungary, Kaposvár University Faculty of Arts, etc.)
Undergraduates are encouraged to take part in the colony’s work. Artistic educational institutions may, through individual agreements, make use of the colony's workshop during periods it is not in session.
The colony is open to all interested visitors and guests are welcome to try their hand at the ancient procedure on an open day organized every creative season. All symposia close with an exhibition arranged in either a home or a foreign art gallery.
The annually organized symposia are arranged and managed by Dr. József Jaksity and Dr. Erzsébet Lieber.
The paper art colony is not a single-model experiment but a series of different and ever-changing events organized in the framework of a ten-day-long programme from year to year.
Further information: Dr. Erzsébet Lieber – Kaposvár University Faculty of Arts
YOUTH IN THE COUNTRY
"Youth in the Country" is an international photography project in which photography schools from all over Europe work together on one theme. Along with Kaposvár University, two Berlin institutions, the neunplus Fotografengemeinschaft and Fotografie am Schiffbauerdamm, will participate in the project under the frame of the ongoing “Project Bipolar.”
The theme, "Youth in the Country," touches on numerous current questions and discussions that play an important role both across borders and within each individual country: the difference between town and country life, the different lifestyles and development opportunities in each, and the relationships between young and old and their contrasting priorities and hopes for the future. Organized around these subjects, the project hopes to shed light on the confrontation between instinct for preservation and desire for change and how these play into the perpetual conflict between local traditions and global innovations.
For Eastern Europe, a unique spectrum of theoretical and artistic fields and possibilities for development has opened up in the rapid transformation of socialist states to democratic ones and in the accompanying social and economic changes. Issues such as the expansion of the EU and the related expectations, fears, and changes have huge significance for all involved.
Though many of these changes are undoubtedly good, the downside of modern development in both East and West is also evident: in East Germany and elsewhere whole tracts of land lie waste, no longer appearing to offer young people any professional or social future; cities are crowded with emigrants from the countryside and immigrants from abroad, heightening social, racial, and national tensions. In many cases, only a few kilometres separate inner city slums from the gated communities of the privileged.
In other areas of countryside, agricultural industrialisation is on the advance, and village life as an independent form of being is giving way under the dictates of competition, pressure for efficiency, and standardisation.
Where the landscape is particularly charming another phenomenon emerges: countryside and village life presented as an idyll. Instead of power-lines and monotonous architecture, we see timber-frame houses, restored mills, and nature reserves; instead of factory farms, there are old forges and cosy inns serving local specialities. It is the rural and bucolic rather than the developed and efficient that are exalted here; instead of the profitability criteria of agrarian economy, those of tourism hold sway.
The project "Youth in the Country" sets out to investigate, document, and comment on these developments and their effects and contradictions without incorporating them into a single polemical agenda. All of the photographers involved in the project may approach the theme objectively, through interchange, research, and literature, or quite subjectively, from their own experience, perception, and intuition. Maybe this will lead to the discovery of completely new ideals or alternative viewpoints—maybe to drastic insights and disillusionment.
“Youth in the Country” hopes to become a chapter in “Project Bipolar” wherein one theme is illuminated thoroughly by the work of diverse young talents of Hungary and Germany. The national and cultural interchange the project fosters will sharpen participants' self-awareness while awakening consciousness of the other perspectives.
Austria – Kunstuniversität, Linz
Bulgaria – New Bulgarian University, Sofia
England – Photodebut, London
France – Picturetank, Paris
Germany – Neunplus, Ostkrezschule, Berlin
Hungary – Kaposvár University, Kaposvár
Poland – Warszawska Szkola Fotografii, Warsaw
Romania – Universitatea Nationala De Arte, Bucharest
ART COLONY AT PETÖRKE
The magnificent and picturesque Petörke Lake hosts this interesting and motivating event.
At the Art Colony the art students learn the different ways of perceiving and understanding the natural world. They are shown how to analyse and express its beauties. They primarily deal with applying colourful techniques, they are taught how to master the different tempera, watercolour and pastel crayon techniques
The faculty hosts the following departments in line with its programmes:
Communication and media sciences
Art theory and history
Motion picture and media
University of Theatrical Arts of Targu Mures
The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts Bratislava
Burapha University in Thailand, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
Kütahya Dumlupınar University in Turkey, Faculty of Arts
Институт повышения квалификации работников телевидения и радиовещания - Institute of Professional Development of TV & Radio Specialists (Russia, Moscow)
Всероссийский государственный университет кинематографии имени С. А. Герасимова –All-Russian State University of Cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov
Научно-исследовательский институт киноискусства - Film Art Research Institute (Russia, Moscow)
Киноведческие записки - Film periodical (Russia, Moscow)
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