Arts in schools
Since 2009, arts are considered one of the nine areas of high school education, with the other eight being sports, foreign languages, the Albanian language and literature, mathematics, technology, natural sciences, social sciences and training for life and careers. 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 the curricula based on student’s choice. Those who wish to major in the 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.
Since 1946, the Artistic School Jordan Misja in Tirana has provided art education to Albanians aged 6-18 and most Albanian professional artists are alumni. The building underwent a full reconstruction in 2016, including a new concert hall in 2017. There are other specialized art schools168169 serving young students in provincial regions such as Prenkë Jakova in Shkodra, Jan Kukuzeli in Durres, Onufri in Elbasan, and Jakov Xoxa in Fier, to name a few. Private schools also offer music, fine arts and dance, beginning in the preschool system.
Retired National Circus professionals170 have called for an educational institution for teaching and exchanging with international professionals.