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IN BRIEF: STRUCTURE OF THE ART ACADEMY OF LATVIA

Rector
Rector is the highest academic official at the Art Academy of Latvia who is in charge of the quality of all the processes in the Academy - education, creative work, research etc. Rector is also responsible for the financial situation of the Academy. Rector is elected by the Senate for a five-year term. One person can hold this post for no more than two consecutive terms. The candidate for this post must be a Professor and must have excellent credentials. Certain periods in the history of the Academy are often associated with the personality of the respective Rector. Most Rectors have been and still are well-known Latvian artists. Since 2007, the Rector of the Art Academy of Latvia is painter and Professor Aleksejs Naumovs (re-elected as Rector in June 2012).


Prorectors
Prorectors are the Rector’s deputies who are in charge of particular areas of the Academy's work. Like the Rector, they are elected to serve in the respective post for a five-year term. According to the regulations, during the absence of the Rector one of the Prorectors manages supervision of the Academy. At the moment there are two Prorectors working at the Art Academy of Latvia:
- Prorector in Creative and Administrative Work who is in charge of economic activities and the creative processes at the Academy. At the moment the Prorector in Creative and Administrative Work is painter and Professor Kristaps Zariņš.
- Prorector in Study and Research Work who is in charge of the teaching process and scientific research at the Academy. At the moment the Prorector in Study and Research Work is art historian and Associate Professor Andris Teikmanis.


Faculty of Visual Art (2D)
The Faculty of Visual Art focuses on profound studies in two-dimensional art forms. Within the framework of studies at this faculty, students can specialize in painting, graphic art and textile art. In addition to that, the Department of Drawing, which is part of the Faculty, offers all students of the Art Academy courses in drawing. The ultimate objective of the studies is the acquisition and continuous improvement of visual language that has been formed throughout the history of civilization and that can be considered to be among the oldest and most important skills of the Homo Symbolicus – to draw images. Likewise, the study process encourages active employment of art processes in research and social activities. 

Head of the Faculty:
Professor Ivars Heinrihsons
E-mail: ivars.heinrihsons@lma.lv

- Department of Painting
  Founded in 1921.
Painting studies are essential not only to the students of the Department of Painting, but also to all those studying at other departments of the Academy. Studies at the Department of Painting mean working with a great variety of assignments - from classic compositions to modern interdisciplinary expressions.

Core courses include:
1. Composition studies - practical skills of painting must be also applied by using abstract and figurative language.
2. Painting by nature - still life, portrait, space, figures etc.
3. Painting in open air - plein air, landscape, distance, study of light etc.
4. Technological studies - techniques of painting, techniques of monumental painting.
5. Experimental 2D and 3D studies.

At the end of the studies, students focus on developing their own creativity in workshops and work in close collaboration with lecturers. The Department of Painting and its staff is well-known and highly appreciated on the Latvian art scene.

Head of the Department:
Assistant Professor Andris Vītoliņš
E-mail: andris.vitolins@lma.lv

- Department of Graphic Art
  Founded in 1921.
Emphasis at the Department of Graphic Art is put on composition and studies of techniques. The studies are divided into two specialities:

1. Graphic Art. Focus is on graphic techniques (print techniques) and just minimum attention is paid to book art. Alongside technical studies, the Department encourages creativity and experiments with emphasis on the current trends in print art. The main techniques taught at the Department:
- Relief printing. Woodcut, woodcarving, linocut.
- Intaglio (gravure printing). Etching, engraving, mezzotint, aquatint, chine-colle, dry-point etc.
- Lithography.

2. Book Art. Minimum attention is paid to print making, maximum - to the courses related to polygraphy. This specialization is suitable to those who want to become professional polygraphic and/or computer artists. In addition to books, the studies are focused also on other kinds of printed materials - catalogues, daily press, advertisements, CDs, video layouts etc. Student creativity is greatly encouraged. To complement the study process, the Department has launched several co-operation projects with publishing houses, typographies and other related organizations. Students participate in local and international art events. Prominent artists are invited to special courses or participate in the elaboration of diploma works. Over the past six years, the Department has seen significant improvement in terms of study planning and the material basis.

Head of the Department
Professor Guntars Sietiņš
E-mail: guntars.sietins@lma.lv

- Department of Textile Art
  Founded in 1961.
The Department of Textile Art encourages students to develop their creativity and to learn different textile techniques, so that they can express themselves freely in any of these techniques. During the studies, the young artists get acquainted with the classic principles of textile compositions. Each term is dedicated to a particular subject - ethnography, structures of nature, motifs of flora and fauna, human figure, stylization of forms, use of colours etc. At the end of the training, students are able to create unique artworks and to produce them industrially.

Core courses include:
1. Composition - projects, 2D and 3D exercises.
2. Studies of techniques - weaving, batik etc.
3. Experimental studies - research with alternative textile materials.
4. Interior studies, computer design.

The staff of the Department takes an active part in work of the Textile Association and keeps up with the latest developments in its field.

Head of the Department
Professor Ieva Krūmiņa
E-mail: ieva.krumina@lma.lv


Faculty of Visual Plastic Arts (3D)
The Faculty of Visual Plastic Arts has a similar aim as the 2D Faculty, i.e., to develop students′ individual creative work that is based on practical skills in art disciplines and on knowledge of cultural heritage. At the core of the programme is composition studies. Students work on composition projects under the supervision of a tutor. In some cases additional experts and consultants are invited to join the projects in order to ensure their success. Students′ individual work is of great importance both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Exercises are progressive: starting form simple compositions and moving on to complicated assignments that demand good professional skills and creative thinking.

Head of the Faculty
Professor Aigars Bikše
E-mail: aigars.bikse@lma.lv

- Department of Sculpture
  Founded in 1921.
Sculpture is one of the classic media in art. The aim of the programme is to prepare students for independent work in 3D, so that they can freely fulfil their own creativity and carry out social commissions. Modelling is one of the basic art disciplines, and it is obligatory for most of the students of the Academy, so is the creation of 3D objects. These courses are run by the staff of the Department of Sculpture and the course programme is accommodated to the specific needs and requirements of each faculty. Students master different techniques of handling materials, composition, anatomy, painting etc. The principles of classic and contemporary art are combined in the study programme. Students have to participate in obligatory summer studies where they can experiment with different materials and take part in international symposia and art events. Students can work with materials of their choice and develop their diploma works. Upon the completion of the studies, students carry out individual work in workshops in co-operation with experienced artists.

Head of the Department
Professor Bruno Strautiņš
E-mail: bruno.strautins@lma.lv

- Department of Ceramics
  Founded in 1924.
The aim of the programme is to provide students with knowledge about materials used in ceramics, as well as to promote their creative and research skills. The main emphasis is put on composition studies and technologies. Students master the classic methods of ceramics, experiment with different materials and learn their processing. The Department has modern technical equipment that favours students’ creative projects. Students also work with computer programmes, learn the basics of applied graphic art, computer design etc.

Core courses include:
1. Projects and creation of ceramic objects.
2. Studies of techniques and technologies of ceramics, computer studies - matrix-ceramics, glaze game, 3D studio max, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.
3. Summer studies - participation in symposia, application of unconventional techniques.
4. Creation of design objects.

The Department together with experienced ceramic artists organizes annual symposia in Zvartava, Roja and other locations, where students can be actively engaged. Upon completion of the studies, graduates do individual work in workshops in co-operation with skilled artists.

Head of the Department
Professor Dainis Lesiņš
E-mail: dainis.lesins@lma.lv

- Department of Glass Art
  Founded in 1992.
The aim of the programme is to provide students with knowledge about materials used in glass art, as well as to promote their creative and research skills.

Core courses include:
1. Studies of techniques and technologies used in glass art, including computer programmes.
2. Projects and creation of glass art objects.
3. Creation of design objects.
4. Summer studies - participation in symposia, exhibitions, art events.

The programme includes working in 2D (stained glass panels) and 3D (creation of glass objects). There are no thematic restrictions for student work and they are encouraged to experiment with materials, techniques and subjects. The Department of Glass Art actively participates in exhibitions.

Head of the Department
Associate Professor Vineta Groza
E-mail: vineta.groza@lma.lv


Faculty of Design
The Academy is a university type institution where one can acquire higher education with specialization in design. Students are provided with theoretical and practical knowledge in product and environmental design - from drafting to carrying out design projects. All lecturers are experienced design professionals. During the study process, students can also work on practical design objects and are free to work with utopian ideas and environmental visions.

Head of the Faculty
Professor Holgers Elers
E-mail: holgers.elers@lma.lv

- Department of Functional Design
  Founded in 1964.
The aim of the Department is to prepare future designers inspired to design new functional objects and projects for everyday environment. Students get introduced to materials, techniques and theoretical disciplines and, in addition to that, are encouraged to experiment with the surrounding world and the traditional perceptions of design.

Core courses include:
1. Design basics, principles of composition and theoretical disciplines of design - descriptive geometry, material technologies, ergonomics, bionics, functional analysis of an object.
2. Compositional designing - assignments have gradual level of difficulty: starting from simple objects to more complicated projects such as furniture and transport manufacturing. Students work with classic methods and learn how to work with different programmes - Corel-Draw, Photoshop, 3D studio, Auto Cad, Illustrator, Free-Hand.
3. Projects for materialization - students make models and prototypes of different materials - plaster, wood, plastics, metal etc. Students learn to work with different technologies and materials.
4. Art courses - 2D and 3D - painting, drawing and modelling. The courses are adapted to the specific needs and requirements of each department. 

Head of the Department
Professor Holgers Elers
E-mail: holgers.elers@lma.lv

- Department of Metal Design
  Founded in 1961.
The aim of the studies is to prepare skilful designers who can create different kinds of objects in metal: from unique artworks to mass-production, from jewellery to large-scale social projects. Upon graduation, the young designer should be able to work independently in all stages - from developing a good idea to fully carrying the project out. Main emphasis is put on the studies of composition, creation of 2D and 3D works, the basics of design, technologies of material, ergonomics and bionics.

Core courses include:
1. Basics of design, introduction of specialization, principles of composition, theoretical design disciplines: technologies of materials, ergonomics, bionics, engineering etc.
2. Special courses. Drawing, painting, modelling, principles of 2D and 3D.

Head of the Department
Assistant Professor Arvīds Endziņš
E-mail: arvids.endzins@lma.lv

- Department of Environmental Art
  Founded in 1961.
The Department of Environmental Art prepares students to work in both interior design and environmental art. Furniture design and creation of prototypes are also included in the programme. The study programme offers great variety of theoretical and practical knowledge that equips the students with skills necessary for the creation of new functional objects, interiors, buildings and environment. Students are taught to use classic and modern means in designing. Students work with the latest technologies and design programmes.

Core courses include:
1. Basics of interior, principles of composition, theoretical disciplines - technology of materials, geometry, ergonomics, technical drawing, bionics, colour studies, analysis of functional objects.
2. Designing of compositions. Assignments have gradual level of difficulty. Students learn to work with both classic and modern design methods, students work with Corel-Draw, Photoshop, 3D studio, Auto Cad, Illustrator, Free-Hand programmes.
3. By constructing models, students learn to work with different materials - plaster, wood, glass, metal, plastics etc.

Students are encouraged to experiment with unconventional materials and techniques. The Department has its own workshops and a laboratory.

Head of the Department
Professor Jānis Andris Osis
E-mail: janis.osis@lma.lv

Department of Fashion Design
  Founded in 1993.
Students can acquire practical knowledge and skills in fashion design. Currently, along the studies of classic and modern methods of design, students work on Dress-Art, i.e., use cloghting and fashion design to create artworks.

Core courses include:
1. Composition. Assignments are related to work in fashion industry. The assignments have gradual level of difficulty and include information about work in fashion industry: starting from simple compositions to creation of haute couture. Students also learn how to work with different design computer programmes.
2. Practical designing. Students create clothing in different techniques using great variety of materials.
3. Theoretical part. Technologies, principles of fashion design, analysis of clothing.
4. Art subjects. 2D and 3D art, drawing, painting, print, study of colours etc.

Head of the Department
Professor Aigars Bikše
E-mail: aigars.bikse@lma.lv


Faculty of Audio-Visual Media Art
The aim of the Faculty is to study new media and its interactivity with traditional values of art and culture. There are two specializations in the Faculty: Department of Stage Design and Department of Visual Communication. Both departments share the need for technologies and directing. The Department of Visual Communication has created the "Laboratory of Digital Technologies", which supports the study and creative work of the Faculty. It has its own funding and works according to its own regulations. Students work on contemporary art projects and they have proved to be especially active on the local art scene, during their study years acquiring also considerable international experience.

Head of the Faculty
Professor Jānis Murovskis
E-mail: janis.murovskis@lma.lv

- Department of Visual Communication
  Founded in 1987.
The Department of Visual Communication prepares audio-visual media artists. Students acquire knowledge in working with digital technologies, photo and video, web design, prints etc. Computer technologies, video and typo-print are the three main goals of the core courses.

Core courses include:
1. Composition. Each term students work with a different tutor so that the exchange of opinions is more interactive. Students work in 2D and 3D compositions and web-compositions.
2. Media composition. Different means should be combined in one result (light, sound, image, movie, etc.) in this composition.
3. Work in material. Work with print technologies. For two years students work with silk screening.
4. Publishing. Students are aquainted with publishing industry and its history. Students work on different layouts.
5. Web-design.
6. Video - filming, montage, recording.
7. Photo. Work in a photo studio.
8. 2D computer studies.
9. 3D computer studies. Animation and spatial composition in computer graphics.

The Laboratory of Digital Technologies, which has been established within the Faculty, offers all students of the Academy to pick optional courses they are interested in and acquire skills in animation, cinematography, photo and other related fields. 

During their studies at the Department of Visual Communication, students regularly participate in exhibitions and art projects. The Department organizes regular tours to international art events, such as the Venice Biennale, Documenta, Manifesta etc.

Head of the Faculty
Professor Jānis Murovskis
E-mail: janis.murovskis@lma.lv

- Department of Stage Design
  Founded in 1921.
The Department of Stage Design prepares professionals mainly for theatre, opera and ballet shows. The main task of the Department is to equip students with all the necessary knowledge for them to be able to visualize any literary work or a specific idea as envisioned by a director.

Core courses include:
1. Theoretical part. Students acquire the basic knowledge in stage design, principles of spatial and plane composition, theoretical knowledge appropriate to speciality: layout design, spatial geometry, perspective, principles of lighting, ergonomics, history of costumes and principles of costume design.
2. Special courses. Students attend courses in drawing, painting, modelling, tectonics and colour studies. The main emphasis is put on stage design for plays. Students also learn how to work with design computer programmes, they make spatial models, draw sketches for equipment (furniture, installations etc.), costumes and materials.
3. Practical studies. There are two types practical studies: actual stage design at a theatre (or other performing arts institution or setting) or project development, which focuses on an idea that has to be adapted for staging a performance. In collaboration with established directors, diploma works often are actual plays produced for Latvian theatres. When possible, the Department takes part in the Prague Quadrennial (in 2007 and in 2011 the Department won several gold medals for its exposition).

Head of the Department
Assistant Professor Mārtiņš Kalseris
E-mail: martins.kalseris@lma.lv


Faculty of History and Theory of Arts
The aim of the Faculty's study programme is to prepare researchers for work in different fields of art and culture. The main tasks are research, interpretation and preservation of historical heritage, combining practice and research. The faculty has two departments: the Department of History and Theory of Visual Art and Culture and the Department of Restoration.

The Faculty provides:
1. Studies of humanities for all students of the Academy.
2. Studies of speciality for the students of the Department of History and Theory of Visual Art and Culture.
3. Research work of the Academy.

Deputy Head of the Faculty
Associate Professor Silvija Grosa
E-mail: silvija.grosa@lma.lv

- Department of History and Theory of Art and Culture
  Founded in 1959.

The department works on:
1. Theoretical and special courses tailored for the students of the Department.
2. Theoretical courses for the students of art and design.
3. Research work of the Academy.

The main task of the Department is to prepare professional specialists in the fields of art history, art theory and art criticism. According to the programme, students learn history and theory of art, focusing also on art and culture of Latvia and its neighbouring regions. The Academy is the only university-type institution where Latvian art materials can be studied in such breadth and depth. There is a great range of theoretical disciplines: from antiquity to contemporary art. Studies are focused on history, politics, aesthetics, philosophy, art theories and critics. Students also master courses of management, art pedagogy and journalism.

Head of the Department
Associate Professor Silvija Grosa
E-mail: silvija.grosa@lma.lv

- Department of Restoration
  Founded in 1990.
As soon as humankind understood the value of Art, the sphere of restoration emerged. Students obtain knowledge and skills necessary for restoration of icon painting, easel-painting and wall-paintings. Theoretical studies consist of courses in technologies of painting, specialized courses in chemistry and biology, material studies, diagnostics of damages and research of painting structure. Students work on real artworks and master different techniques of restoration in practical classes. Practical and theoretical courses supplement each other. Theoretical knowledge is always examined in practice. Students also master copying paintings and print works. In this way students obtain more detailed knowledge of different techniques, treatments and diagnostics in restoration. In the course of their academic training students actively participate in scientific conferences. The Department cooperates with museums, Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry at the Latvian Academy of Science, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry at the Riga Technical University and leading specialists in Latvia and abroad.

Head of the Department
Professor Andris Začests
E-mail: andris.zacests@lma.lv


Latgale Branch
In the begging of 1990′s the Academy established a branch office in Rēzekne (region of Latgale). The original objective of the branch was to educate local textile artists and art pedagogues, however, at the moment the Latgale Brach offers Bachelor's degree programmes in the following four specialities: painting, graphic art, textile art and sculpture. One of the future plans is to establish a separate department of restoration, which would be strategically important for the region. After acquiring Bachelor's degree, the young graduates usually continue studies in Master's programme at the Academy in Riga. After their studies in Riga or abroad artists usually return to Latgale and become active participants and event managers on the local art scene. Students from the Latgale Branch also take part in the Erasmus programme.

Head of the Latgale Branch
Ilma Rapša
E-mail: ilma.rapsa@lma.lv


Library
The Library provides students and employees of the Art Academy of Latvia with literature necessary for research and studies in arts and culture. The library has more than 30 000 units, and it also subscribes to various art-themed newspapers and magazines. The library also offers students and employees of the Academy an opportunity to use computers and access Internet. According to the agreement reached between the institutions of higher education in Latvia, the library is accessible to students coming from all over the country.

Head of the Library
Jānis Putāns
E-mail: janis.putans@lma.lv

Working hours:
Every week day: 10am - 6pm
E-mail: lma.biblion@gmail.com


Laboratory of Digital Technologies
The Laboratory of Digital Technologies, opened by the Department of Visual Communication, supports the study process and the creative work of the Faculty of Audio-Visual Media Art. The Laboratory operates according to the study plans of the Academy, and it works on the basis of its statutes. The laboratory has its own funding, which is used for professional and learning goals, as well as funds work of guest lecturers. The Laboratory of Digital Technologies offers optional courses such as animation, cinematography, poligraphy, photo and other courses for all the students of the Academy.

Head of the Laboratory
Professor Ojārs Pētersons
E-mail: ojars.petersons@lma.lv


Laboratory of Design Innovation and Technologies
The Laboratory of Design Innovation and Technologies was founded thanks to the financial support of PHARE, European Regional Development Foundation and the Academy. The aim of the laboratory is to develop design research, manage copyright protection and patents of students’ works by creating and supporting databases of design projects, secure funding for projects etc. The laboratory also organizes conferences, seminars and other educational activities. The laboratory plans to use the latest scientific discoveries and technologies for the development of design.

Head of the Laboratory
Asociate Professor Gita Straustiņa
E-mail: gita.straustina@lma.lv

Project Manager
Jānis Gailītis
E-mail: janis.gailitis@lma.lv


Department of International Relations and Exhibitions
The aim of the Department of International Relations and Exhibitions is to promote the students’ and lecturers’ work on a local and international level by organizing different art activities in Latvia and abroad and by co-ordinating study and experience exchange with partner institutions abroad. The Academy is a member of various international organizations like NICA (Network for International Cooperation in Arts), ELIA (European League of Institutes of Arts), CUMULUS, NORDPLUS networks CIRRUS and KUNO. The Department regularly participates in and organizes a variety of innovative international projects, presents the Academy in the field of art, design and art history. It also manages projects with international partners at the Academy. Besides international projects, workshops, study exchange programmes, exhibitions and art activities, the Department also organizes local exhibitions. Every year local and international exhibitions are held at the Academy's Great Hall. However, the strategic priority is student exhibitions.

Since 1998, the Academy is a member of the EU student and lecturer exchange programme Socrates/Ertasmus, which aims to promote international mobility of students and lecturers. As of 2007 the ERASMUS programme is incorporated into the new Lifelong Learning Programme. Thus the Academy has obtained the rights to arrange student internships in enterprises and staff exchange. The Academy has concluded bilateral agreements with more than 100 partner universities in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Island, Estonia, Great Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Lithuania, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Chezh Rebublic, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus etc. Thanks to international agreements, also foreign students can study at the Academy. The Department establishes and develops international contacts, promotes the Academy in Latvia and abroad, coordinates student and lecturer exchange, collects statistics about art events and participation of the Academy in different national and international activities.

The Department is located on the Academy's ground floor, Room 7.

Exhibition Coordinator
Inese Bauģe
Mob. phone: +371 22307302
E-mail: inese.bauge@lma.lv 

International Relations Coordinator
Inta Rubule
Mob. phone: +371 20016463
E-mail: inta.rubule@lma.lv