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Latvian Academy of Art



The Art Academy of Latvia (hereinafter the Academy) was founded in 1919 by one of the first Latvian professional painters and the first rector of the Academy Vilhelms Purvītis (1872–1945). He favoured the development of Latvian art. A modernized tradition of academic education, openness to topical art processes and activities, contribution of the pedagogues in preparing young artists and a high-level performance of the students have ensured and preserved the Academy’s authority till nowadays.

During the dramatic events of the World War II, in spite of the hardships and repressions of occupations, the academic staff of the Academy continued to teach and hand over their knowledge to students. During the Soviet period (1944 - 1990), in the presence of constant ideological pressure, the Academy attempted to maintain democratic teaching traditions by building relations between lecturers and students on mutual trust.

Political awakening and the restoration of Latvia’s independence in 1990 originated the need to search for a dynamic balance between the academic tradition of art pedagogy and the modern cultural paradigm.

At present the Academy offers the following study programmes:
- Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor’s degree programme in art, duration of studies - 4 years;
- Master of Arts, Master’s degree programme in art, duration of studies - 2 years;
- Doctor of Arts, Doctorate’s degree programme in art, duration of studies - 3 years.



Faculty of Audio-Visual Art:
- Department of Scenography.





International Exchange Program




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Post Address

Art Academy of Latvia
   13 Kalpaka boulv.,

   Riga, LV – 1867

TEL+371 67332202


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