Department of Art

About the Department

Art instruction at Varna Free University commenced back in 1994 with the establishment of the two specialities forming the professional field of Fine Arts - Fashion Design and Textile Design. Initially, courses were delivered at the Faculty of Art, Culture and Mass Communications, comprised of the specialities of Cultural Studies and Journalism. The next three years saw the establishment of many new specialties in all three professional art fields – Fine Arts, Music and Dance Art, and Theatrical and Film Art. Later, we founded an Academic and Scientific Complex of Arts, while since 2007 instruction has been taking place at the Department of Art at Varna Free University.

With a view to the establishment and advancement of our specialities, we are employing prominent pedagogues and artists, including Academician Professor Petar Angelov, Professor Vladimir Ivanov, Professor Todor Tachev, etc. Today, the Department of Art boasts an own team of academics, including our young assistant professors who have graduated from our University. Our tutors guarantee the high quality of education according to Bulgarian tradition and the European and global standards in the field of art.

Graduates from the Department of Art have the chance to embark on a successful career in the field of art – designers, artists, conductors, choreographers, pedagogues, art directors at art institutes, as well as actors and directors for theatrical and film productions, the TV and the media.

All specialities are accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency. The VFU Department of Art is a member of the European League of Institutes of the Arts. The Department of Art has been working under agreements with over 20 secondary schools of art in Bulgaria, as well as with many European universities in the field of academic and creative cooperation. All students studying at the Department are provided opportunities for mobility to European universities of the arts under the Socrates and Erasmus programmes.

The needs of the educational process are met thanks to our modern campus equipped with the most cutting-edge technology.

The Department boasts creative student collectives, including an academic dance theatre comprised of two groups: a folklore ensemble and a modern choreography ballet group, performing a large set of art and concert shows in Bulgaria and abroad. Students from the Fine Arts specialities regularly hold fashion shows, exhibitions and plenary sessions.

All members of the art groups founded at the Department are eligible for a discount from their tuition fees.


Head: Assoc. Professor Kapka Manasieva, PhD
Tel.: +359-52-359-642
еmail: mti@vfu.bg
Room А-110
Reception day: Wed, 11:00 - 13:00

Secretary: Antoaneta Kancheva
Tel.: +359-52-359-579
еmail: mti@vfu.bg
Room А-245
Reception days: All weekdays, 10:00 - 12:00; 13:00 - 15:00