8.3.2 Arts in schools
The recent reform of Albania's education system has affected high schools. Since 2009, the elementary school system lasts for 9 instead of 8 years, while high school lasts for 3 instead of 4 years. For the first time, arts are considered one of the nine areas of high school education, with the other eight being sports, foreign languages, Albanian language and literature, mathematics, technology, natural sciences, social sciences and training for life and career. High school students must make their choice of two subjects out of a total of six comprising: music, dance, theatre, visual arts, history of art and history of world art. Before graduation, each student must have taken at least 105 hours of arts lessons.
Arts have their share also in the part of curricula based on student's choice. Those who wish to major in arts can take an additional 105 hours in two subjects of their choice, but different from the two they have already chosen as part of their mandatory curricula.
Also, since 2006, Albanian cultural heritage is one of the four mandatory high school diploma exams, no matter what their major field is.