Until 2009, the Academy of Arts in Tirana was the only higher education institution dedicated to arts. The Academy was established and located at its current site in 1966, under the name of the “High Institute of Arts”, by the fusion of “Alexander Moissi” School of Drama, the State Conservatory of Music and the Fine Arts School. These three schools still remain the pillars of the actual Academy, namely the School of Performing Arts, School of Visual Arts and School of Music. In 2004, a new department, dedicated to film and television, was added to the School of Performing Arts.
The Academy has not yet launched masters and other post-graduate programmes, though it has reshaped its bachelor programmes which now last 3 instead of 4 years. The School of Performing Arts offers degrees in directing for film & TV, directing for theatre, stage and costume design, choreography and acting for theatre. The School of Fine Arts offers degrees in painting, monumental painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and fashion, graphics, and multimedia. The School of Music offers degrees in musicology, composition, conducting, piano, violin, violoncello, viola, tube, bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, horn, fagot, trombone, canto, and classical guitar.
The Academy of Arts remains very popular due to its long tradition and almost free admission. However, the private Kristal University launched its School of Arts in 2009, offering degrees in classical string and brass instruments, canto, composition and conducting, and also textiles and fashion design. Sources from Kristal University say they have plans to offer programmes in theatre arts starting from 2011.
A relatively older and more consolidated professional school is Marubi Academy of Film and Multimedia, offering three year programmes in directing for film and TV, editing, cinematography and scriptwriting. Following the implementation of the Law on Higher Education and its amendments, Marubi Academy will offer bachelor degrees.
Both the Academy of Arts and Centre for Art Studies, a department of the Academy of Sciences of Albania, have announced they will be offering masters and PhD programmes from 2011.
The private Kristal University launched its School of Arts in 2009, and plans to offer programmes in theatre arts from 2011.