1793 the Department of Architecture was founded in Vilnius University. A famous Lithuanian neo-classicism architect Laurynas Gucevičius (Gucewicz) (1753-1798) was invited to head the department and to teach in it. It was the first institution of its type in Lithuania and Poland. Later on Vilnius Fine Art School grew on its basis.
1797 the Department of Drawing and Painting was founded in Vilnius University. PranciŇ°kus Smuglevičius (Smuglewicz), the initiator of the national school of painting was its first head. Jan Rustem, a celebrated portrait painter, entered the department as an assistant professor in 1798, and in 1807, after Smuglevičius died, took over the department leadership.
1803 the Faculty of Literature and Liberal Arts was founded after the reformation of the University. The faculty introduced studies of art history. The Department of Sculpture was established the same year.
1805 the Department of Graphic Art (Engraving) was founded. All the above-mentioned departments formed the Section of Fine Arts, called Vilnius Art School. Architects, land-surveyors, pai...
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Degree programmes offered at the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts follow the traditional continental curriculum and British-American pattern leading to Bachelor's degree after four years of studies and Master's degree after two more years.
The post-graduate doctoral programmes are of individual character and require up to 4 years of combined course work, exams, and research as well as contribution to international publications. Art and Architecture Licentiate lasts 2 years and aims to perfect the professional skills of artists and architects. Licentiate students have to commit a final project, which consists of two artistic and scientific parts.
Bachelor's Degree. The duration of Bachelor studies is four years, during which a student has to earn 160 national credits, 40 national credits per year. The first two years of studies are mostly comprised of compulsory subjects and are called basic studies. During the third and the fourth year of studies, a student is given more academic freedom to choose subjects.
The students of the Department of Art History and Theory graduate with a diploma thesis.... [ Read All ]
Information For Postgraduates
Master's Degree. The duration of Master's studies is two years during which a student has to earn 80 national credits. A tutor is assigned to every student. The tutor gives advice on professional matters during the whole period of studies. The studies are concluded with the presentation of a thesis and the final art work show, except for the graduates in Art History and Theory.
Doctoral Degree. The full programme takes four years and consists of two parts. One and a half year is devoted to theoretical courses and is concluded in five exams. The remaining one and a half year is devoted to individual research under the supervision and advice of an academic adviser. The viva voce defence of the doctoral thesis is open for public. The candidate has to face the Examination Board consisting of five specialists including the academic adviser plus two external examiners.
Art and Architecture Licentiate. 2 year Licentiate studies are an alternative of the PhD degree for practicing artists and architects. The program aims to perfect their professional skills. Licentiate students have to make and defend a final project, which consists of... [ Read All ]
Information For International Students
International students coming to VAFA under an exchange programme or a bilateral agreement are treated according to the conditions of the programme or the agreement. As a rule, they are exempt from tuition fees.
Other students, known as 'free movers', are expected to cover tuition costs, which vary from faculty to faculty and depend on the number of subjects chosen.
Exchange students are advised to contact the international relations coordinator at their home university in order to get more detailed information as well as application forms. The application forms and additional information can be also obtained directly from the International Relations Office at VAFA.
The filled Application Form, a Portfolio (documentary evidence of the artworks of the student), and a Statement of Purpose must be submitted to the Academy before the deadlines:
June 1 for the Autumn Semester
November 15 for the Spring Semester
If you wish to take a complete BA course, you are required to have at least completed your secondary education. For MA and Ph.D or Art and Architecture Licentiate studies, the applicant mus... [ Read All ]
The Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts Library is a department of the Academy. It functions under the resolution of the Government of Lithuanian Republic, Law of Libraries of the Lithuanian Republic, Statute of the Academy, resolutions of Senate, orders and regulations of the Rector.
The collection of the library has about 90 thousands documents in its stock.
The Library is participating in projects, that support the automatization of the library, implementation of integrated information systems, creation of electronic databases.
Limited accommodation is available at the Academy‚Äôs Student Dormitory, which is situated very close to the Academy (Latako St. 2, phone: +370 5 2120176). This kind of accommodation is cheap (LTL 270 - 420 per month) but rather modest. Two or three students share a bathroom. Bed linen and towels are provided, and some cooking facilities are available. Meals at reduced prices are offered at the Academy‚Äôs canteen. The Academy can assist in finding apartments let by private individuals. In this case the rent would rise up to LTL 900 per month. Early information about your arrival in Vilnius would make the housing problem much smaller.