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Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava

Country: Slovakia

City: Bratislava


Type of school: Public Universities


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VSMU has been founded in 1949 for the university level art education. It has three faculties:

  • Music and Dance
  • Theatre and Puppets
  • Film and Television


Though they have been thought some subjects like script writing or directing, the stand-alone Film and Television Faculty (with all necessary branches and departments to create a film) was established in 1990 as the only University level school for audiovisual media in Slovakia. The Academy offers a complete film and audiovisual education in seven ateliers and two departments: Production and Management as well as a special Department of Humanities and Cinema Studies, which serves for the whole school and covers the university level of education with subjects like Aesthetics, Philosophy, Fine Arts History, The History of Cinematography, Sociology, Psychology, etc.). There is a stand-alone Language Studies Department for all three faculties. Students have the option of going on to a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. (ArtD.) after the initial Bachelor of Arts degree.


There is a rector as a head of the whole VSMU, deciding about covering investments and negotiating with the Ministry and Government. But every faculty has its own enterprise and business freedom and rights for decision. The same is valid concerning the curriculum, etc. There is a dean as a head of Film and TV Faculty with three vice deans: for student affairs, for foreign affairs and for the student’s film production. There is an economical secretary and the Head of the Production Studio.


As visible by the structure, there is an aim to bring up young filmmakers, powerful in crafts as well as cultivated in the common cultural level and European tradition of education. The school is rather artistic. It is based on the tradition of so called Czechoslovakian New Wave, but it is opened to new trends and techniques in the world cinematography, too. It is still the state school, paid by the government, but it needs the grants a sponsors´ support nearly for everything. There is a question of paid studies in the air.




As an arts academy VŠMU is involved primarily in arts projects. Individual faculties organize several undertakings with international participation:


The Music and Dance Faculty is the organizer of the International Student Festival of Student Music ORFEUS, the International Summer Academy of Music, Concert Cycles of the Symphonic Orchestra of Music and Dance Faculty, yearly performance of the Opera Studio and the International conference Presentations - Confrontations.


Under the auspices of the International Theatre Institute – UNESCO the Theatre Faculty arranges every second year the International Festival of Theatre Schools (Istropolitana Project).


The Film and Television Faculty each year organizes the International Student Film Festival (Áčko) VŠMU is also involved in the organization of the International Contemporary Music Festival (New Music Evenings) and the International Festival for Contemporary Dance (Bratislava in Movement).


The Music and Dance Faculty publishes the monthly journal Tempo, Theatre Faculty publishes regularly journal Reflektor and the Faculty of Film and Television has the occasional publication Frame.


The Theatre Faculty operates the student drama studio “Mala scena VŠMU” (Small Scene of VŠMU), the Music and Dance Faculty Artistic Production Office and the APAB Orchestra.




The Academy’s premises comprise, besides classic tutorial rooms, primarily art studios, rehearsal rooms and studios.


At the Music and Dance Faculty, which presently has tutorial rooms available for the teaching of practical and theoretical subjects, ballet room and a concert hall, recently reconstructed, in the reconstructed building at 1 Zochova Street.


The building of the Film and Television Faculty on Svoradova Street houses two projection halls, serving also as auditoriums, tutorial and consultancy rooms for theoretical subjects, animated film studios and well-equipped editing rooms and a sound studio.


Tutorial rooms for theoretical subjects of the Theatre Faculty are located on Ventúrska Street. The Department of Puppet Theatre, The Department of Theory and Critics of Dramatic Arts and the Department of Stage and Costume Design of the Theatre Faculty are located at 1 Zochova Street, where tutorial rooms, and a puppet theatre studio and studios are used for the teaching process and presentation of the output from students’ studies. Student performances are currently being trained and presented in the drama studio “Malá scéna VŠMU” (Small Scene of VŠMU) on 7, Dostojevského rad Street. A new building of the Theatre Faculty is currently under construction on Svoradova Street , next to the Film and Television Faculty.


Premises of VŠMU are available to students also outside the main teaching process for preparation of their artistic works. By agreement other premises of public cultural facilities and institutions are also used for concerts, films and theatre performances.


All the departments and faculty workplaces are equipped with computers connected to the Internet and computers are available to students of the respective department or studio. Several departments are building up their own library sources, archives of student's works or video archives.

Music and Dance Faculty

Field of study: musical arts

  • keyboard instruments playing (piano, organ, accordion)
  • string instruments playing (violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, harp)
  • wind instruments playing (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba)
  • church music
  • opera singing
  • choral conducting
  • orchestra conducting
  • opera direction (joint 1st and 2nd degree, 3rd degree)
  • composition
  • theory of music (1st and 2nd degree)


Field of study: dance arts

  • dance interpretation
  • choreography


Film and Television Faculty

Field of study: film arts and multimedia

  • animated film
  • documentary film
  • dramaturgy and screenwriting
  • film and television direction
  • camera and photography
  • editing (1st and 2nd degree)
  • sound (1st and 2nd degree)
  • production and distribution of film arts and multimedia
  • film and multimedia studies



Field of study: dramatic arts

  • acting (joint 1st and 2nd degree, 3rd degree)
  • musical acting (joint 1st and 2nd degree)
  • puppet theatre acting (joint 1st and 2nd degree)
  • puppet theatre direction and dramaturgy
  • puppet theatre stage design and technology
  • stage and costume design (2nd and 3rd degree)
  • theatre direction and dramaturgy
  • theatre management (1st and 2nd degree)
  • theory and critics of dramatic arts


Field of study: fine arts

  • stage and costume design (1st degree)

Bratislava is at the centre of Europe, in the extreme southwest of Slovakia. The edge of the city actually forms Slovakia's borders with Hungary, to the south, and Austria, to the west, making it the only capital city to border two neighbouring countries.


Bratislava lies on the banks of the Danube, the second longest river in Europe, and at the foot of the Small Carpathian hills. The city forms part of the Bratislava Region, one of eight into which Slovakia is divided. The city covers a total area of 367.58 square kilometers. As well as the Danube, which crosses the city from the west to the south-east, the city also encompasses parts of the Morava River, which forms the north-western border of the city and enters the Danube at Devín, the Little Danube, and the Vydrica. The Carpathian mountain range, one of Europe's biggest, begins in the city as the Small Carpathians (Malé Karpaty).


Bratislava is not just the political, but is also the cultural and sporting capital of Slovakia. Owing to its historically multi-ethnic character, the city's cultural scene is a product of various influences: German, Slovak, Hungarian, and Jewish, among others. Bratislava boasts numerous theatres, museums, galleries, concert halls, cinemas, film clubs, and foreign cultural institutions. It also has the country's biggest football and ice hockey teams, a purpose-built white-water rafting centre on the Danube, and numerous walking and cycling trails in or near the city. High-quality spa and relaxation facilities, increasingly popular throughout Slovakia, are easily accessible. Bratislava has numerous coffee shops and restaurants, offering international as well as Slovak cuisine, as well as lively bars and clubs.


Bratislava is justly considered a city of music. In the past, giants of music like Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Rubinstein, and Hummel have written and performed here. The present-day ballet and opera of the Slovak National Theatre are world-renowned for their classical performances and have produced opera stars like Peter Dvorský, Lucia Popp and Edita Gruber. The Slovak National Theatre's opera house and the historical building of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra – more commonly known as the Reduta – are often used to host cultural and social events.


As well as music and opera, Bratislava has more than 20 galleries with permanent exhibitions of classical and modern art, along with many interesting temporary exhibitions. Among the city's cultural attractions is the original "Passage" art installation – unlike anything else anywhere in the world. It can be found in the Pálffy Palace (Panská 19), part of the Bratislava City Gallery.


Each year, Bratislava holds many cultural events. Among the best-known are the Bratislava Music Festival (BHS) in September and the Bratislava Jazz Days (BJD) in October. And, since 1999, a series of very popular outdoor events have also been held each year. The Bratislava Coronation Ceremony, in which the coronation of one of the Hungarian kings is re-enacted, is normally held in September and attracts large crowds.


The city's excellent public transport system, provided by trams, buses and trolleybuses, means you can move around easily outside the old town core. The same tickets are valid on all modes of transport and can be bought at any newspaper kiosk or from yellow coin-operated ticket machines located near most stops. A 15-minute, single-ride ticket costs €0.50; a 60-minute, multi-ride ticket costs €0.70. One-day tickets cost €3.50, and multi-day tickets are also available. To be valid, tickets must be stamped immediately upon boarding. Timetables, showing the origin and destination of each service, are posted at all stops.




Interesting Places

  • BRATISLAVA CASTLE- Historical construction that dominates the city and has been place of many historical events
  • THE ST. MARTIN'S CATHEDRAL - the Gothic cathedral with a nave and two side aisles, constructed in the 15th century over the ruins of one Romanesque church
  • THE OLD TOWN HALL- located in the heart of the city center, between the Main Square and the Primate's square, next to the Greek and Japanese embassies. It is easily recognizable by its colorful tiled roof
  • THE PRIMATE'S PALACES- imposing pink palace is one of the jewels of Bratislava's architecture. The palace was constructed for the archbishop of Esztergom J. Batthyany, based on the plan of M. Hefele, between 1777 and 1781
  • GRASSALKOVICH PALACE - residence of the president of the Slovak Republic in baroque style. The palace was made to build up from conte the Anton Grassalkovich after 1760
  • ST MICHAEL'S GATE NATIONAL SLOVAK THEATRE - neorenaissance building which was constructed in the 1886 by Vienna architects F. Fellner and H. Helmer
  • MIRBACH PALACE- Jewel of the rococò architecture from the 1770. Today it is the center of the Bratislava Civic Gallery
  • and many many others

Students entering the Film and TV Faculty VSMU need to finish the high education first.


High Education Degree (graduation or school-living exam) is required for this selective kind of studies as well as entering skills´ exams. FTF VSMU offers 3+2 years: 3 years of Bachelor’s studies (Bc. Degree) - students have the option to apply for Master’s studies after finishing it successfully. After passing the new entering exams they have 2 years to obtain the Master’s Degree in master classes. There is also an option to get a PhD. or ArtD. (Master of Arts) Degree after 3 years of after graduate studies.

Contact details

Address:Ventúrska 3

813 01 Bratislava



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