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Serbia/ 8.3 Arts and cultural education  

8.3.4 Higher arts education and professional training

Six public (Belgrade, Kragujevac, Niš, Novi Pazar, Novi Sad and Priština) and five private universities (Alfa, Educons, Megatrend,Singidunum and Union) in Serbia offer programmes in the fields of theatre, film, fine arts, radio and TV. Together, they provide the educational background for a wide range of artists, art teachers, cultural managers and other professionals in the cultural field. The education of cultural managers and animators already began in Serbia in 1960, introducing thinking about productivity, efficiency and market orientation in the fields of art and culture. In 2011, the Faculty of Dramatic Arts celebrated 50 years of teaching cultural management and there are now Departments for Management and Production in Theatre, Radio and Culture and a Department for Film and TV Production).

Higher artistic education is fulfilling the needs of different professional qualifications except in the fields of ballet, dance and choreography, as well as puppet theatre. Various initiatives are being planned to launch adequate courses for ballet students and choreographers. Graduates from art schools (except fine art graduates) can easily find a job, and there are many professions where the demand is greater than "the supply" (music teachers, various orchestra players, sound engineers, cultural managers, etc.).

Following the approval of a new University Law in Serbia in 2006, all faculties of arts have finished the process of reforming their curricula and methods of teaching according to the Bologna Process. The first doctoral studies in the arts have been introduced, in many art domains, as well as doctoral studies in art theory and culture and media management at the University of Arts in Belgrade. In 2009, the first PhDs in arts, under the new system, were awarded. Also, all those programmes have been approved by the State Commission for Accreditation and Quality Control in Education.

Chapter published: 18-08-2015

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