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Study Programmes

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Fine Arts Programme

Banja Luka and the Republic of Srpska have a remarkable tradition of artistic creativity. Jovan Bjelić, Stojan Ćelić, Sreten Stojanović, Nedeljko Gvozdenović, Boško Karanović and many others painters have come from this area. They were trained at prestigious academies and gave a huge contribution to the cultural heritage of our nation. With their pedagogical work, they are, in a way, the founders of our teaching programme. Basically, our teaching modules are designed like the ones in the surrounding countries and beyond.

Centuries-long European experiences in the education of artists are woven into the curriculum. At the beginning of the study, the teaching is based on classical methods of studying fine art. In the final years, students establish their own contemporary artistic expressions; they translate classical knowledge into a contemporary context. Second cycle studies emphasize an independent research and accumulation of theoretical and practical knowledge about contemporary art.

The primary purpose of the Fine Arts Programme is educating the artists who will use their artistic activities to improve the art scene in the city, the Republic and the region. Encouraging the initiatives for their artistic activity is the most important goal as well as their developing critical awareness of their work and the phenomena that make contemporary art practice. The artists who have acquired their education at our Academy have been contributing to the popularization of positive artistic ideas and knowledge. This will improve the quality of the cultural life of the city, the Republic of Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well.

One of the purposes of the Fine Arts Programme is to produce educated young artists who will actively participate in the performance of pedagogical practice in the field of fine arts. Our graduates should be involved in all levels of education in the Republic of Srpska, from primary school to university.

The Fine Arts Programme includes these departments as follows:

1. Painting
2. Printmaking
3. Graphic Design

 

Dramatic Arts Programme

The Dramatic Arts Programme has been established at our Academy by the decision of the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska. The Academy is designed as a contemporary educational, artistic and scientific institution. We follow the latest achievements of contemporary artistic and scientific practices and the best traditions of the world pedagogy in higher arts education. The Academy of Arts has quickly developed into an important institution, one of the most successful organizational units of the University of Banja Luka.
There are many reasons socially justified for our existing. One of them is the historical fact that an educational institution of this kind has never existed in the region of the Republic of Srpka before. Also, many exceptional dramatic artists were born here but educated in other areas. Therefore, only since recently the National Theatre of the Republic of Srpska in its eighty years long existence has its own cadre trained at our Academy. On the other hand, modern media, film and television as essential social factors have a crucial influence on the overall social image. Hence, these personnel are in the literal sense of dire necessity.

The Dramatic Arts Programme is due to educate all personnel necessary for the artistic field and therefore contains the following departments:

1. Acting
2. Theater Directing
3. Dramaturgy
4. Film and Television
  - Film and Television Directing
  - Editing
  - Camera
5. Animated Film
6. Production

Music Arts Programme

A long tradition of development in music education, an extremely rich musical heritage, a creative cultural life and finally growing staffing needs of the art institutions of the Republic of Srpska were the basic assumptions which were the foundations of the establishment of Musical Arts Programme at our Academy.
Tasks and aims of this programme (and of our Academy, as well) are generally focused on the gifted young artists of different orientations in order to enable them reach the full affirmation of their artistic potentials, providing them at the same time with the possibility of free choice and influence in their own development. The high criteria they need to meet during entrance and study exams as well as individual teaching performed by prominent artists from home and abroad aim to provide high mobility and GPAs, too.

The development of artistic activities, shaped through the realization of art projects, seminars and master classes, represents a very important task, i.e., the goal that belongs to the activity of the Academy of Arts. Also, our Music Arts Programme includes the Orchestra as well as many famous bands and ensembles.
We continually follow and apply the latest scientific and artistic achievements. Through individual and group projects whose results are published in scientific journals, monographs or in joint publications, Musical Arts Program aims to enable continuous progress of student and teaching staff in this field, as well.

Providing an adequate high percentage - placement of our students in the labor market as well as monitoring the same in terms of improving employment opportunities are also an important area of activity of the Academy of Arts. The positive tendencies are reflected in highly growing staffing needs in the artistic and educational institutions of the Republic of Srpska.
Self-evaluation and continuous review of the tasks set and achieved goals as well as the improvement of the process of their implementation almost absolutely guarantee graduate advancement. Many of them have no problem of continuing their artistic development in ours, or any other domestic or foreign institution. There is extensive documentation concerning this issue.

Mobility and international cooperation achieved through numerous Partnership Agreements, as well as membership in the Association of European Conservatories (AEC), sets the Musical Art Programme at a very high and demanding position where social justification, tasks and goals are frequently revised, set and monitored in accordance with highly standardized and specific requirements of the Bologna Process in art and science education.

Our Programme is carried out in the following departments:

1. Composition
2. Singing
3. Conducting
4. Piano, Guitar
5. String Instruments
6. Wind Instruments
7. Ethnomusicology
8. Music Theory Pedagogy
9. Chamber Music (Master studies)