Vilnius Academy of Arts

Vilnius Academy of Arts

1. Introduction

Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA) is the largest and oldest art university in the Baltic States, established in 1793 as an Architecture department at the Chief school of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in Vilnius. At the end of the 19th century it was closed together with Vilnius University by the tsarist government, and then reopened in 1919. After the World War II Academy was merged with Kaunas Art Institute and since then was called The State Art Institute of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Lithuania. In 1990 the Academy regained its name of Vilnius Academy of Arts.

 

Since 1990, almost 100 alumni of the Academy were awarded National Art Awards. Today Academy has over 1,800 students in four cities – Vilnius, Kaunas, Telšiai and Klaipėda. Each faculty has its own unique study programmes, which offer Lithuanian students a possibility to find a specific art specialization in different cities. Vilnius faculty has a wide collection of most popular art study programmes varying from Painting to Culture Management and Culture Politics. Kaunas faculty offers Glass Art study programme that is unique throughout the Baltic region. Telšiai faculty is based on a solid craft competences and the newly established Klaipėda faculty offers programmes related to the most current art tendencies.

2. Study

Vilnius Academy of Arts provides all three university study cycles: Bachelor, Master, PhD of Arts and Humanities (Art history). The Academy offers 57 study programmes (30 first cycle, 23 second cycle, 3 third cycle, 1 non-degree), which all are accredited and registered in the State Study Programme Register.

The ideas of lifelong learning are implemented in a variety of forms and conditions: part-time studies, individual studies’ schedule, admission of college graduates. The Open School for Art, Design and Architecture of the Academy accepts pupils, students and adults seeking to prepare for the entry exam, to acquire pedagogic qualification or to practice art with an experienced mentor. The Academy’s Art and Design Lab, which consists of design, photography and media art, graphics, ceramics, monumental painting and scenography, restoration and preservation, metal, textile workshops and printing center furnished with the most modern equipment is open to all students.

2.1. Undergraduate (BA)

2.1.1. Animation

Graduates have to be able to define the field of their creative interests, formulate creative interests and reasonably choose the means of expression in implementation of their creative ideas. Graduates should ground used means of expression, be able to critically analyse their creation in the context of contemporary art, pass on the information to the specialists of animation and wider interested audience. They are to have career management and learning skills to study independently. In the process of studies the difficulty of formulated tasks is consistently adjusted to relevant animation technologies. Art theory and practice are studied and seeking professionalism, animation works are performed.

2.1.2. Architecture (Vilnius)

The study programme is concluded by a professional practice (18 credits) and the final project (30 credits), which represents student’s creative/design qualification work founded on a thorough pre-project applied research. It is a quintessential expression of all the competencies graduating students will have acquired. Successful defence of the final projects leads to the Master of Architecture qualification degree and the qualification of architect as it is defined by the Lithuanian Law on the Recognition of the Regulated Professional Qualifications.

 

2.1.3. Artworks Restoration and Conservation (LT)

· Easel Painting and Polichromy Restoration; Vilnius

· Wall-painting Restoration; Vilnius

· Sculpture Restoration; Vilnius

· Tekstilės restauravimas; Bakalauro studijos; Vilnius

 

2.1.4. Fine Arts Studies and Curatorship; Vilnius

the knowledge, abilities and skills of specialists with the BA degree are applicable in diverse areas: research, art expertise, cultural heritage protection, public information, cultural management, education, business, museology, publishing, etc. The need for such specialists is felt around Lithuania; therefore, the number of students admitted to the first cycle Fine Arts Studies and Curatorship programme has been constantly increasing and now it is projected to be around 20 students every year.

2.1.5. Design (LT, EN)

· Furniture Design and Restoration; Telsiai (LT, EN)

The mission of this study programme is to educate broad-minded personalities with critical thinking and specialists with general higher education who are able to creatively use acquired general and professional competences and practical skills which allow them to work on their own in the field of furniture design and restoration.

 

· Design; Kaunas (LT)

Design program focuses on creating products for the material environment that surrounds us every day. Students are encouraged to think creatively and to develop a conceptual approach to their work, where contemporary and future product ideas come to life. The key words for good design are aesthetics, adaptability, durability, social relevance, comfort and attractiveness.

 

· Design (Product and Spatial); (LT, EN)

The Department of Design is constantly changing, renewing itself, analysing and assessing local and international trends and challenges in design development. It seeks to form an interdisciplinary attitude towards both the speciality of a designer and different industries and initiatives directed towards solving human problems and to provide a wide field to various design activities in which both the students and lecturers could define their personal creative position.

 

· Product Design; Telsiai (LT, EN)

After studies graduates can work for companies as designers, consultants; work in the design offices or set up their own business, work as freelance designers or consultants, participate in educational and creative projects or they can continue further MA studies.

 

· Fashion Design; Telsiai

2.1.6. Photography and Media Arts (LT, EN)

The programme is to educate media artists who are able to independently use various photography and new media technologies, implement individual works of art and take part in group creative projects. Photography and media art bachelor programme encompasses such media art areas as photography, video art, interactive media, sound art and interdisciplinary art practice. Graduates will be able to define the field of their creative interests, formulate artistic goals and reasonably choose the mediums to implement the ideas. They will be able to professionally execute works, employing photography, videography and multimedia techniques and ground used mediums with arguments.

2.1.7. Graphic Art; Vilnius

The graduates can work as illustrators, book artists in publishing houses, as creative staff in design, printing and advertising agencies, art editors and executors, organise and take part in various art projects, curate exhibitions, set up their own art businesses, get engaged in individual creative activities and participate in Lithuanian and international art exhibitions and competitions. The students may continue with the academic and creative activities when studying for MA in Lithuania and abroad

 

2.1.8. Graphic Design (LT, EN)

Is able to discuss topics of graphic design, visual communications, to provide well-reasoned arguments regarding own creative ideas on the basis of world context, possesses a critical and self-critical attitude, is able to apply methods of critical analysis and other research methods;

Perceives possibilities for and needs of continuous professional development, self-dependent studies, active participation in professional associations and creative processes.

 

· Graphic Design; Klaipeda (LT, EN)

Our students learn to create graphic design works for printing, publishing, advertising, information and other forms of communication. Students also learn calligraphy, traditional publishing and digital design. Students can realize their ideas both in traditional and virtual or interactive media.

 

· Graphic Design; Vilnius (LT)

Is able to discuss topics of graphic design, visual communications, to provide well-reasoned arguments regarding own creative ideas on the basis of world context, possesses a critical and self-critical attitude, is able to apply methods of critical analysis and other research methods;
Perceives possibilities for and needs of continuous professional development, self-dependent studies, active participation in professional associations and creative processes.

 

2.1.9. Interior Design (LT, EN)

 

· Interior Design; Kaunas

The programme is delivered during 4 years of studies (8 semesters). The number of credits (hours for lectures, practical classes, consultations, and independent work) for every study subject is conditioned by the contents of the subject to be consolidated and by the nature of the abilities to be acquired.

· Interior Design; Klaipeda

The main goal of Interior design bachelor’s degree program in Klaipeda faculty – development of a professional who is able to create in Lithuania and in the global competitive environment. The study program aims to “grow” a professional, modern designer, proficient in interior design, architecture and art, capable not only design, but also the implementation of creative ideas, not only to work individually or in a team, but also in cooperation with related professions. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in interior design, graduates will be able to continue their education in a related Master’s profile in educational institution departments in Lithuania and abroad. A professional team of teachers provides excellent training and skills acquisition methodology.

 

· Interior Design; Vilnius

The degree is focused on an interior designer who is professionally employed in architecture or space design industry, has created own style of distinctness and is capable, individually or as a team member, carry on practical activity, make judgments of market situation, to employ technological knowledge, use principles of coherent development and to mature professionally.

 

2.1.10. Ceramics (LT, EN)

 

Ceramics; Vilnius

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples: Graduates execute individual creative activities, participate in local and international art projects, create orders for public and private spaces, work as artists in ceramic manufactures and art galleries; those who have acquired qualification of educationalists work in secondary schools, art studios for children and youth, healthcare institutions. After completion of Bachelor studies graduates have well-developed skills of self-study, necessary for continuing studies in the next cycle of studies.

2.1.11. Costume Design

Costume Design; Vilnius

The aims of the study programme, means of delivery of studies and results were compared to other fashion programmes at different international conferences, meetings and exhibitions. Examples of such are: competitions of the international conference of fashion design schools Habitus Baltija (Riga, Latvia), fashion and textile section sessions in the framework of the International CUMULUS conference (Helsinki, Finland), during Open Days ofL’ Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliques Duperre (Paris, France), the International conference and fashion high schools show „I Love International Fashion“ (Ljubljana, Slovenia), etc.

 

2.1.12. Culture Management and Cultural Policy

Qualified cultural managers can work in all types of creative businesses and service companies. Interdisciplinary student knowledge can be adapted to the social, business and political sectors. Graduates can continue their studies in related master programmes in Lithuania and abroad.

 

2.1.13. Metal Art And Jewelry (LT, EN)

This is the only study programme of BA in art in Lithuania which prepares art professionals, who have competencies to create functional and conceptual jewellery, medals, small size sculpture and architectural metal plastics. Graduates are provided with general competences of higher education, knowledge of world art heritage, contemporary processes of art and culture

2.1.14. Monumental Arts (Specialization: Fresco-mosaic, Stained Glass) (LT, EN)

Main goals of BA Monumental Arts programme are:

Provide general university education, i.e. the one that forms world outlook and helps to understand social processes and required knowledge for society.

Develop study environment that is supportive, socially equitable, based on principles of cooperation and democracy.

Provide and enhance transferable skills/core competencies (communication, information management; collecting, analysis and presentation of information, independent and team work, work planning) needed not only for creative jobs but also for adjacent areas.

Promote and develop need for education and maintain professional competence (expand, deepen and update their knowledge and skills through lifelong learning)

 

2.1.15. Scenography (Cinema and Media Scenography) (LT)

At present graduates Virginija Idzelytė, Adomas Jacovskis, Julija Skuratova, Giedrė Brazytė and Artūras Šimonis teach various scenography courses. All of them are well-known scenographers who have great experience in working in theatre. Adomas Jacovskis worked with Eimantas Ne­krošius and recently has participated in projects with Rimas Tuminas; he created set design for operas and ballets. Virginija Idzelytė started her career with Henrikas Vancevičius and also worked together with Irena Bučiene. She created scenography for numerous performances and is also known as an expert in costume.

 

2.1.16. Sculpture (LT, EN)

· Sculpture; Kaunas

All joined study process already have some reasonable initial preparedness, which, however, differs in levels as well as aspirations. Therefore, each of the teachers adapts / modifies both basic studies and other programmes for each student individually. Horizontal type of learning is considered the fundamental attitude the Department, so the student has the opportunity and is even encouraged to work with various teachers in order to be familiar with a number of programmes, approaches or methods. The Department believes that it is important for the maturity of the individual.

 

· Sculpture; Vilnius (LT)

All joined study process already have some reasonable initial preparedness, which, however, differs in levels as well as aspirations. Therefore, each of the teachers adapts / modifies both basic studies and other programmes for each student individually. Horizontal type of learning is considered the fundamental attitude the Department, so the student has the opportunity and is even encouraged to work with various teachers in order to be familiar with a number of programmes, approaches or methods. The Department believes that it is important for the maturity of the individual.

 

· Applied Sculpture | Undergraduate | Telsiai (LT)

Specialists of applied sculpture work individually, set up the creative sculpture studios, provide services of a sculptor and develop small business in the region or work in the companies as consultants, creators of sculptural elements, performers of unique forms. They can participate in the projects of visual art and restoration programmes of regional culture monuments. Graduates can continue further MA studies.

2.1.17. Glass Art and Design (LT, EN)

The university BA study programme of Glass of the first cycle is to educate wide-range specialists of artistic glass by giving them knowledge of art theory and practical skills to create objects of artistic glass sculptural plastics, functional (objects with practical purpose) and interior works of glass by using specific technological processes of artistic glass.

 

2.1.18. Applied Graphics (LT, EN)

Graduates of the programme participate in art exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad by implementing interdisciplinary creative projects, are able to work professionally in areas of publishing, visual communication, illustration, artistic poster and other creative industries.

 

2.1.19. Applied Ceramics (LT, EN)

The current VAA KF Department of Ceramics and Porcelain associates its roots with the Kaunas School of Arts, where studies of ceramics were introduced in 1931. Until 1951, ceramics was taught at the Kaunas School of Arts. In 1960, preparation of artists-ceramists began at the Kaunas part-time division of the Department of Applied Fine Arts in the Institute of Fine Arts. This department prepared ceramics specialists in Kaunas for the former fine ceramics factory Jiesia and the factory Dailė. After the introduction of the Porcelain specialization and the full-time specialization of Glass, in 1979, the department was named the Department of Glass and Porcelain.

 

2.1.20. Painting (LT, EN)

· Painting; Kaunas (LT, EN)

The BA study programme of Painting ensures sufficient quality and quantity of speciality and interuniversity humanitarian knowledge, enables students to orient themselves in the field of contemporary art and culture, gives them subject skills to use modern means of technology and communication, encourages attitudes of experimental search and critical thinking. BA graduates are able to apply knowledge of art history, philosophy, culture in personal practice. Graduates gain knowledge and practice necessary for understanding specific basics of branches of painting and art area, interrelation between art processes, fundamental historical features of cultural development. They have sufficient theoretical knowledge and skills to interpret painting (art) examples, evaluate their quality, historical features, explain causes and trends of stylistic changes in painting, links with other art disciplines. By building on knowledge and practice they are able to explain, define, depict, interpret works of art and theoretical attitudes. Speciality and subject knowledge is applied with regard to creative process, specificity of artistic tasks, prospective result of an implemented creative project. Knowledge and skills are applied as the basis for artistic search, enabling students to apply them purposefully and effectively, despite experimentation and risk, search for alternative artistic decisions.

· Painting; Vilnius (LT)

The BA study programme of Painting ensures sufficient quality and quantity of speciality and interuniversity humanitarian knowledge, enables students to orient themselves in the field of contemporary art and culture, gives them subject skills to use modern means of technology and communication, encourages attitudes of experimental search and critical thinking. BA graduates are able to apply knowledge of art history, philosophy, culture in personal practice. Graduates gain knowledge and practice necessary for understanding specific basics of branches of painting and art area, interrelation between art processes, fundamental historical features of cultural development. They have sufficient theoretical knowledge and skills to interpret painting (art) examples, evaluate their quality, historical features, explain causes and trends of stylistic changes in painting, links with other art disciplines. By building on knowledge and practice they are able to explain, define, depict, interpret works of art and theoretical attitudes.

 

2.1.21. Textile Art and Design (LT)

The study programme is to educate multidisciplinary contemporary textile artists having knowledge of the fundamentals, materials and techniques of textile and other art branches and abilities to independently create, design and implement creative ideas, think critically, reflect upon and represent their creative activities, understand fundamental features of cultural development, manage art projects and participate in them, work in a team and integrate into the processes of contemporary textile art.

 

2.1.22. Textile Art Media (LT, EN)

The aim of Textile Art Media bachelor study programme is to prepare specialists of broad profile in applied textile by providing them with theoretical and practical knowledge and skills of applied textile and art, practical skills of visual art and textile technologies, develop their creativity, ability to analyse and interpret textile art processes. After graduating, textile artist is able to independently solve creative tasks, work on group projects, apply practical skills in implementing new ideas, participate in exhibitions, develop a unique artistic style and attitude, continue with masters degree studies.

 

2.2. Graduate (MA)

2.2.1. Architecture (LT)

Training process, based on a rich architectural and Kaunas city history, aims to create a modern perspective of the world, responding to the needs of modern society, and therefore guarantees stable professional future. Due to the low ADT KF studying the number of students creates a special close creative connection between the student and the teacher, reminiscent of the classic master-pupil model and allows to highlight the values ​​and characteristics of artistic subtlety, which form a large complex of higher education.

2.2.2. The Restoration of Art and Interior Heritage (LT)

· Architecture Restoration; Vilnius

· The Restoration of Interier Heritage; Vilnius

· Easel Painting Restoration; Vilnius

· Wall-painting Restoration; Vilnius

· Sculpture Restoration; Vilnius

· Tekstilės restauravimas; Vilnius

 

2.2.3. History and Theory of Arts (LT)

The graduates of this programme work successfully in most important cultural institutions of Lithuania and participate actively in the present art scene, become important initiators of national cultural life and express themselves in the international context.

2.2.4. Art Therapy

 

2.2.5. Design (LT, EN)

Our graduates work as professional designers, as creative directors of industrial design companies, marketing departments or design offices, also work in the fields of education. Some graduates start their own design companies or work as freelance designers.

Those who acquire educational qualifications – work as Art teachers.

· Design; Kaunas

· Design; Vilnius

 

2.2.6. Photography and Media Arts (LT, EN)

The aim of the second cycle programme in Photography and Media Art is a highly qualified independent artist –researcher capable of artistic research in the field of contemporary art and realizing a creative project using the most advanced media. The main focus of the programme is encouraging creative thinking in the realm of contemporary art with regard of the role of photography and media in the contemporary culture.

 

 

2.2.7. Graphic Art (LT, EN)

The graduates of the programme who enter into permanent employment agreements or work on basis of author agreements are mainly employed by the publishing houses (Lithuanian Publishers’ Association has 45 members). The alumni of the course are employed as art directors, they do design, layout of publications and create illustrations. The teachers of the Department of Graphics also have labour relations with most of these publishers and can apply the sense of the real pulse of the market when training the specialists.

 

2.2.8. Graphic Design (LT)

 

2.2.9. Costume Design (LT, EN)

The MA degree in Fashion Design is intended to develop higher competences as compared to BA degree in Fashion Design offered by the Department. Graduates with MA degree are able to:

· apply the acquired knowledge and learning, and contemporary design methods to fashion industry where analytical abilities, innovativeness and skills to integrate knowledge are required;

· apply the acquired knowledge, understanding and abilities to solving of complex problems; make artistic solutions and employ them in different projects in a new and constantly changing national and foreign environment of fashion, in broad interdisciplinary, cross-field and cross-area contexts related with the field of their degree, be aware of ethical and social consequences of own solutions and assume responsibility;

· even in cases of limited information availability, underpin own conclusions with arguments and present them in adequate way to interested individuals of different backgrounds;

· continue self-guided learning, progress to a higher cycle of studies, keep doing research work.

 

2.2.10. Culture Management and Cultural Policy (LT, EN)

The programme is implemented by UNESCO Cultural Management and Cultural Policy department, operating in the UNESCO UNITWIN programme.

 

 

2.2.11. Monumental Arts (Specialization: Fresco-mosaic, Stained Glass) (LT, EN)

Master of fresco-mosaic/stained glass is able to integrate professional technological and intercultural knowledge acquired in the course of studies, as well as to influence participants of artistic and social processes, create new spaces or adapt them to existing heritage situation, accept social and ethical responsibility. Graduates can work in the graduated or contiguous art areas (prepare creative projects; participate in creating public buildings, initiate and supervise artistic projects of a broader profile).

 

 

2.2.12. Building Architecture (LT)

The completion of the second cycle studies enables an MA graduate in architecture to continue scientific activities, teach at a higher education institution, speeds up the process of professional attestation and increases competitiveness on the market of architectural design. Masters in Architecture can continue their studies by undertaking the third cycle to gain a degree of Doctor of Arts.

 

 

2.2.13. Scenography (LT, EN)

Department of Monumental Arts and Scenography was established. Until 1993 and 1995–2002 Romas Dalinkevičius (1950–2001) supervised the department. 1993–1995 and 2005–2007 the head was Bronius Bružas (1941) and 2002-2005 the position was given to Algirdas Dovydėnas (1944), 2007–2013 head was Gintaras Palenonas Janonis (1962). Since 2013 the department has been led by Ieva Skauronė (1978). During this period many scenographers were prepared for work in theatre and most of them are famous not only in Lithuania but also oround the World: Vilma Galeckaitė-Dabkienė (1970), Marijus Jacovskis (1972), Renata Valčik (1973), Giedrė Brazytė (1974), Julija Skuratova (1974), Artūras Šimonis (1976), Marta Vosyliūtė (1976), Laura Luišaitytė (1977), Andželika Šulcaitė (1972), Medile Šiaulytytė (1979), Kotryna Daujotaitė (1981), Simona Biekšaitė (1985) and others.

 

2.2.14. Sculpture (LT, EN)

· Sculpture; Kaunas (LT)

· Sculpture; Vilnius (LT, EN)

 

2.2.15. Glass Art and Design (LT, EN)

 

2.2.16. Applied Graphics (LT, EN)

MA graduates can work in the spheres of artistic creation, visual communications, publishing, advertisement, pedagogy, and education, as well as organize and run a private applied graphics business.

 

2.2.17. Applied Ceramics (LT, EN)

· Applied Ceramics; Kaunas (LT, EN)

· Applied Ceramics; Vilnius (LT, EN)

 

2.2.18. Painting (LT, EN)

· Painting; Kaunas (LT, EN)

· Painting; Vilnius (LT, EN)

 

 

2.2.19. Textile Art and Design (LT, EN)

Outcomes

· to identify and name artistic problems and to use methods of scientific research;

· to link scientific research work with the practical artistic work;

· to use methods of textile art creation and techniques of practical activity;

· to initiate, plan, organize and realize personal exhibitions, group art projects (within both a subject and interdisciplinary team), to present them in a narrow professional and a wide social contexts;

 

2.2.20. Textile Art Media (LT, EN)

It is important to prepare creative individual-textile artist and textile artist-practitioner, who are able to work together with creative from other disciplines and lead on creative projects. Therefore, in order to implement these aims, regular discussions and consultations with different specialists, professionals and experts of various fields take place on a regular basis throughout the study programme. This helps students to demonstrate their rhetorical skills providing them with an opportunity to present their ideas, projects and other works.

 

2.2.21. Visual Design (LT, EN)

 

2.2.22. Visual Communication Design (LT, EN)

to work in the interdisciplinary environment, to manage team work and be leaders, act independently, generate new ideas, communicate and cooperate with clients, colleagues, mass media; to be guided by the principles of social justice, equal opportunities, morality, responsibility and professional ethics, to satisfy diverse sustainable environment needs of the society and individual, to create harmonious environment; to continue studies in design PhD studies or work in the area of design education.

 

2.3. PhD

2.3.1. Fine Arts Doctoral Studies

 

2.3.2. Art Criticism Doctoral Studies

 

Design Doctoral Studies

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