The Academy of Visual Arts (AVA)


The Academy of Visual Arts (AVA), Ljubljana offers advanced undergraduate and postgraduate (MA) programms in contemporary visual arts. It is a school that encourages its students to develop into confident, creative, and independent professional artists. AVA programms are approved by SQAA.

AVA’s mission is to establish a strong, successful and recognisable institutional identity with a discernible contribution to the communities that we serve. It is an identity based on promoting individual visions and creative excellence. The strategy of learning and teaching provides sound foundations for practical creative procedures and for the history and theory of visual arts that prepare students for their creative professional careers in the fields of fine art, theatre, film, video and photography, or for continuing their studies at postgraduate level. This strategy emphasises experimentation, research, problem solving and interdisciplinary collaboration based on global information and awareness.

Opportunity for study is offered in the following areas:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Performance arts
  • Installation
  • Photography and photo media
  • 3D Design
  • Digital imaging
  • Animation / Animatronics
  • Film / Video
  • Set design for Film, Theatre, Television and public events
  • Costume design
  • Puppet design and puppet fabrication


  • Fine art
  • Conceptualisation of space

AVA offers a unique programme of advanced study in visual arts with the following strengths:

  • A high staff:student ratio of around 1 tutor per 10 students
  • A personal workspace for each student
  • Specialist workshops and technical support
  • The two advanced courses offered, of Fine Art and Conceptualisation of Space, promote an exciting culture of interdisciplinarity
  • There is an intensive and stimulating theoretical programme of lectures and seminars of around 1200 hours per academic year
  • Theory and practice are balanced and interdependent
  • Our tutors – all respected professional practitioners – encourage students to fulfill their creative potential in the context of an awareness of current international professional practices
  • The school is partly funded by sponsorship and individual donors, which helps to keep tuition fees as low as possible
  • The school is situated in an outstanding building located in the centre of Ljubljana

AVA welcomes applications from Slovenian, EU and International students.


The Academy of Visual Arts (AVA
Trubarjeva cesta 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
+386 70 701 606