Special arts education is carried out in primary and secondary schools of applied arts and design, music and dance schools. When attending primary music and or ballet school the pupils are obliged to concurrently attend regular primary school. At the university level arts education is carried in music, drama and fine arts academies.
On 16 of September 2011 an agreement on the establishment of two undergraduate university programmes in the field of dance art was signed between the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, University of Zagreb and Academy of Drama Arts. These are the first programmes in dance arts at university level – with the signing of the financing agreement in summer 2013, the undergraduate programmes in Contemporary Ballet and Ballet Pedagogy started in October 2013.
According to the Statistical Yearbook 2013, in 2013/2014 there were 124 ballet and music primary schools with a total of 17 363 pupils and 2 228 teachers. In the same school year there were 48 secondary arts schools with a total number of 5 448 pupils and 1 769 teachers. The number of primary and secondary school graduates in art schools remains steady in the last five years (this includes students in private schools as well).
In 2013/2014 there were 6 art academies in Croatia – at the University of Zagreb – Academy of Drama Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Academy of Music; at the University of Osijek – Arts Academy, and Academy of Drama Arts; Arts Academy in Split, and Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka. The total number of students enrolled in academies in 2013/2014 was 2 043, with 802 academic staff, which is a stagnation in the number of staff and an increase in the number of students in comparison to the previous year.