Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts is a dynamic division of the university, which is always full of original ideas. It seeks to prepare universal artists and theorists of art who would successfully integrate into job markets in Lithuania and abroad. Unique integrated studies of Art History, Criticism and Media, as well as innovative programmes of New Media Art, Acting, Creative Industries, Music Production and Fashion Design are offered here. Departments of Art History and Criticism, Theatre Studies and Contemporary Arts prepare Bachelors of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences as well as Masters of theatre studies and performing arts management, art historians and critics, curators, experts of cultural heritage and creative industries.
This is the only faculty in Lithuania which offers integrated degree studies of Theory and History of Arts (BA Art History, Criticism and Media): it prepares universally educated art critics and art historians who possess comprehensive knowledge of various arts (fine arts, architecture, theatre, music, cinema, dance, photography) and are capable of applying theory in practice. The faculty also offers master studies and doctoral studies of the same field.
New interdisciplinary programmes are also available at the Faculty of Arts. The aim of New Media Art studies is to provide knowledge of different media (photography, video, audio arts, computer graphics, multimedia technology) and skills of personal management, curatorship, art project organization and management. The new programme of Acting arms soon-to-be actors with interdisciplinary skills they can creatively employ in acting, text composition, directing, etc. Its graduates are prepared for professional careers in theatre, cinema, TV and other creative industries. In 2013, the faculty launched undergraduate programme of Creative Industries, which prepares managers and executives of creative industries. In 2014, the Faculty of Arts and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan, UK) started to organize two joint programmes in English: Fashion Design and Music Production.
Studies at the Faculty of Arts take place not just in lecture rooms but also in art laboratories, libraries, museums, theatre, cinema and concert halls, which serve as places for examination of art objects and creative practice. Lectures in the faculty are read by famous artists and experts of Lithuanian art.
The Faculty of Arts offers 6 Bachelor level programmes (Art History, Criticism and Media, New Media Art, Acting, Creative industries, Music Production, Fashion Design), 4 Master level programmes (Art Curatorship, Theatre Studies and Stage Arts Management, Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Creative Industries) and 1 doctoral study programme (Art History and Criticism).
New Media Art – a programme designed to prepare professional media specialists for creative work and media art projects management. The study of art (photography, video, sound art, computer graphics and multimedia technologies) is complemented by studies of audiovisual culture, communication, analysis and management of contemporary art processes, curatorship and principles of personal carrier management.
Acting – a programme designed to prepare highly qualified performing artists for success in the fields of acting, screenwriting, directing, dance and vocal performance. VMU acting students receive guidance in all of these areas, and are made ready for their careers in theatre, cinema, TV and other forms of contemporary art. The programme fosters independence and encourages openness to new forms of art, promoting the integration of different areas of contemporary art and sustainable collaboration within the creative industries.
Art History, Criticism and Media – a programme designed to prepare art critics and art historians who are capable of researching various art objects and phenomena, assigning them artistic and historical values, and presenting it all to the public. It offers insight into and facilitates the understanding of all spheres of art. In this programme, students become familiar with general development of art, learn how to analyze and compare different forms of art (architecture, visual arts, photography, theatre, cinema, dance and music).
Creative Industries – a programme designed to prepare specialists of creative industries, able to operate in a broad field of creative industries, analyse cultural and creative industries, initiate and implement the projects of cultural and creative industries, organize creative enterprise and promote communication between art, enterprise and society.
Fashion Design – programme encompasses practical, analytic and technological aspects of fashion design. Students are introduced to all methods of the process of garment production from the research and idea development to illustration, modeling, cutting, sewing and presenting. The courses are delivered by practitioners and theorists coming from various creative fields. All the lecturers have solid professional experience and innovative thinking, which will make your studies interesting and valuable.
Music Production – programme encompasses creative, commercial and technological aspects of music production. The courses are delivered by practitioners and theorists coming from various creative fields. All the lecturers have solid professional experience and innovative thinking, which will make your studies interesting and valuable.
Art Curatorship – a programme designed to prepare specialists in visual arts and architecture who are capable of not only researching works of art and related Lithuanian and European cultural processes, but also determining their artistic and historical value, and presenting it all to the public.
Culture Heritage and Tourism – a programme designed to educate students who are able to: evaluate cultural heritage in the context of social, historical and cultural phenomena; work in the cultural heritage field; perform heritage research; apply the acquired knowledge to the tourism industry.
Theatre Studies and Stage Art Management – a programme designed to prepare specialists capable of conducting research and evaluating both the aesthetic and institutional aspects of stage art. Students will learn how to: analyse and interpret theatre processes in a wide cultural context; initiate, organize and manage the processes of stage art.
Creative Industries – a programme designed to prepare specialists capable of crafting innovative models of cultural communication, entrepreneurship and creativity. Graduates will be able to create original projects, analyse and evaluate creative industries, and act as consultants, providing recommendations that would stimulate the economic growth of the cultural sector.
Faculty in Brief
- approx. 600 students
- approx. 40 teachers and research fellows
- Departments of Art History and Criticism, Theatre Studies and Contemporary Arts
- Arts Centre
Bachelor’s Degree Studies in English
BA and MA Courses in English
One-semester studies at the universities in Germany, Poland, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom by Erasmus exchange programme and by VMU bilateral collaborative agreements. Students may gain practical experience by making use of Erasmus work placement program in enterprises and organisations in all EU countries as well as in Island, Norway, Lichtenstein, Turkey and Switzerland.
VMU Arts Centre unites the activities by the VMU Gallery 101, Reading Room Cafe of the Arts Centre, folklore ensemble Linago, girls’ chamber choire, a modern dance collective, academic theatre ERRO, folk song and dance ensemble Žilvitis, dance collective INDIGO, Brazilian martial arts group Kaunas Capoeira.