Marián Laššák

Academy of Fine Arts and Design – Type of Mobility: Staff mobility for Teaching – Academic year: 2016/2017

Report from pedagogical mobility within Erazmus +, at the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry

Pedagogical mobility took place between February 20 and 26, 2017 and included planned lecture for students of furniture design, industrial and transport design and school tour. Lecture focused on presentation of my own work and students work of Art Design studio, along with basic information about AFAD.

I was also expecting a direct engagement in the education, in the form of a workshop I had planned. Finally there was no time realize it, because time of my arrival was, to my surprise, also the time of one of the largest Russian holidays when the school is closed. The fact that this was not the subject of our communication when planning my trip, suggests that the inviting party took the most formal form of visit. This also resulted from the overall nature of the visit, which was earlier on a personal level, with no deeper interest about school, or possible ways of cooperating for the future.

The school has a stunning historical building with plenty of spacious studios with a pleasant atmosphere. A part of the school is a gallery that serves pedagogues and semester exhibitions, a large library and even a museum. Overall, however, its operation is reminiscent of more high school than college. Access to teaching methodology is strongly conservative in the wake of the rich tradition of the school. It is felt especially in the field of fine art, which can be considered more academic than progressive. On the other hand, the Department of Design teaches in current trends in industrial, transport and furniture design. The most important experience for me was the department of furniture design, which has its own development and implementation centre equipped with state-of-the-art technologies necessary for the creation of prototypes, which then apply to series production outside the school environment.

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