Bratislava's architecture is replete with distinctive images, and there has long been a strong interest in design here. This is maintained by several of the city's institutions. Bratislava's Academy of Fine Arts and Design (VŠVU), which tutors students up to doctoral level in architecture, design and fine arts, also exhibits contemporary visual arts and design at its Medium Gallery in the city centre.
Design Factory, just outside the historical centre, was set up by Slovak private companies to provide a bridge between business and culture, and foster the development of design, architecture and art. It hosts events including exhibitions, seminars and presentations in its gallery space, a converted factory hall.