The main mission of the Faculty fo Fine Arts of Brno University of Technology (FFA) is education in the field of visual arts and design. As part of the university, and in accordance with its mission, the faculty ranks among the country’s top centres of education, independent knowledge and creative activity, and plays an important role in the artistic, research, cultural, social and economic development of society, by enabling access to higher education while respecting democratic principles, preparing for creative work, and obtaining appropriate professional qualifications, at all levels of university education. It also preserves and expands human knowledge, and performs artistic research, development, innovation, and other creative activities. As part of the university, the FFA is part of a higher educational institution (HEI) that develops the artistic talents of its students and links art education and artistic practice with artistic research as a unique way of exploring the world and cultivating society. It does so through the creative work of its teachers, staff, and students, who are active in the arts and/or research sectors. The aim of the FFA is to educate independent-minded artistic professionals who will determine the form of Czech, European and world’s visual art and design in a wide range of activities ranging from working in professional institutions to creativity manifested in the spirit of fine art practice across artistic expressions, media, and genres. The FFA also provides other forms of education and enables the acquisition, expansion, deepening and renewal of understanding from various areas of knowledge and culture, thus contributing to lifelong learning, and the development of a knowledge-based society. It also plays an active role in generating public debate on social and ethical issues, in fostering cultural diversity and mutual understanding, in shaping free civil society, and in preparing young people for life in such a society. It also develops international and, in particular, European cooperation as an essential dimension of its activities, supporting joint projects with similar institutions abroad, the mutual recognition of studies and diplomas, and the exchange of students, faculty, and technical staff. Academic freedom is the traditional value from which the FFA – and the entire university – derives the principles of its activities. This value is associated in particular with institutional autonomy, political independence, freedom of thought, the right to present and defend opinions, the defence of equal opportunities, active participation in self-government, and the development of the principles of democracy. In collaboration with other art and educational institutions and other partners, it creates space for public debate, and contributes significantly to the openness, criticality, expertise and sophistication of that debate. Aware of its position and role in society, the university emphasizes the ethical behaviour of its academic community, as well as all its employees.