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Vilnius Academy of Arts 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 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 unique study programs, which offer Lithuanian students the possibility to find a specific art specialization in different cities. Vilnius faculty has a vast collection of most popular art study programs varying from Painting to Culture Management and Culture Politics. Kaunas faculty offers a Glass Art study program that is unique throughout the Baltic region. Telšiai faculty is based on solid craft competencies, and the newly established Klaipėda faculty offers programs related to the most current art tendencies.
The VAA study programs virtually meet the national cultural, social, and economic development needs since graduates of the school are employed in different areas of cultural, social, and economic development, public administration, and educational institutions. Regarding the needs of cultural and social development and the national economy, and considering the number of students entering the appropriateness of admission of students into different study programs is discussed in the Senate every year.
Faculty of Postgraduate studies administer Masters and Doctoral programs in Vilnius. The main goal of the Faculty is to strengthen the artistic and scientific research role in the educational process.
Academy is a member of international networks and associations of European higher education institutions of art and design. The diversity is brought in by international exchange programs, such as LLP/Erasmus or Nordplus, which positively affects the entire range of activities.
Today the Academy has more than 100 Erasmus partners within the EU, with 70 outgoing and 40-50 incoming students each academic year. Around 40 visiting professors ensure the development of international expertise and exchange new ideas of students and staff.
A prime example of international collaboration at the Academy is Nida Art Colony. Open all year round; it hosts workshops, intensive courses, seminars, artist talks and screenings, and the artist-in-residence program for experienced and emerging artists, designers, architects, curators, art critics, and researchers from around the world.
These defined strategic areas of activity incorporate all the principal fields of a higher educational institution. The targets set forth and the tasks prescribed in the Strategy are interrelated and correspond to the main strategic goal as defined in the Strategy –
improve the quality of preparing specialists of the highest qualification in arts, design, and art research meeting the present and future needs of Lithuania, support the progress in the area of art and design, ensure the national and cultural identity of the State, educate artists and designers able to compete in the Lithuanian and European art market, and enhance the competitiveness of the national economy due to achievements in Lithuanian design.
The tasks prescribed in respect of individual areas of activities are interrelated and accord with the tasks defined in respect of other areas of activities.
The purpose of the Quality Strategy of the Academy is to ensure the excellent quality of the relevant management processes while implementing the mission of the Academy. The Quality Strategy provides for the principles of constant renewal and improvement, criteria and procedures, and specifies the persons or groups of persons responsible for implementing specific processes.


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