|The Faculty of Music and Visual Arts|
The Faculty of Music and Visual Arts in Pécs is the only centre of higher education in Hungary that integrates training in music and fine arts. The Faculty was established in 1996 from various art departments of its legal predecessors. Its establishment was facilitated by the traditionally strong, nationally outstanding artistic life of Pécs.
The main body of the Faculty's artist teachers is constituted by fine artists and musicians who have settled down in Pécs. The private and public collections of the city - offering a uniquely comprehensive introduction to 20th century Hungarian art - the many concerts, the city’s symphonic orchestra, the long tradition of choral music and several other internationally renowned artistic groups, all provide a strong foundation for the Faculty as a higher educational centre in the arts.
This background has enabled the Faculty, with its five hundred students and eighty faculty members, to become a pioneering centre that shapes the cultural life of the region. The high- quality work performed here is unique in that it provides training in music and the visual arts in the context of an arts and sciences university not only at the bachelor and masters level, but also at the highest level, offering doctoral degrees in the arts. Training and research in the arts are run by four independent units: The Institute of Visual Arts, the Institute of Musical Arts, the Institute of Media Arts and the Master School of Fine Arts (Doctoral School).
Training at the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts includes, in addition to traditional academic programmes in the arts, contemporary trends in music and fine art, Media techniques that have a strong impact on a given era, and research in information technology related to music and visual arts.
The intellectual background of teaching and research is ensured by an exceptionally strong, highly qualified staff, while everyday work is supported by a well-developed infrastructure, including several well-equipped labs, a sound studio, special workshops, practice rooms, an exhibition hall, two special libraries and a media library. The Faculty attaches great importance to international relations and to the organisation of student and staff exchange programmes and artistic events.
Students can show their talent in various exhibitions, concerts, master courses, media festivals, music contests and auctions in the fine arts. The artist teachers and students of the Faculty regularly appear as authors or performers in its choirs, chamber ensembles and orchestras, which have won numerous prizes at artistic events in the city, region and the country, as well as at international artistic festivals.
It is a clear demonstration of the Faculty’s reputation that the contests organised by the Faculty (The International Piano Contest in Memory of Ferenc Liszt and The Imre Weidinger International Bassoon Contest) are attended by participants from all over the world. Also, its staff and students maintain fruitful contacts with several major business organisations in the region.