"George Enescu" University of Arts from Iasi-Romania is the only artistic higher education institution in Romania that gathers under its dome the three Arts: Music, Fine arts and Theatre. The main objective of the "George Enescu" University of Arts is the organisation and the shaping of education in the national priority domain Art, which includes the following options for graduation: "Music" (with the specialisations Music Performing, Voice singing/ Opera, Music education - music teachers, Composition, Musicology, Conducting, Religious music), Fine arts and decorative arts (with the specialisations: Painting, Sculpture, Graphics, Textile arts, Mural art, Pedagogy of fine and decorative art - arts teacher, History and theory of art, Conservation - Restoration, Environmental,industrial and graphic Design) and Drama (with the specialisations: Acting, the Art of puppetry, Theatrology).
The endeavour to excel in three different art domains causes the University of Arts "George Enescu" of Iasi to have a special configuration in the field of the art higher education. It meets the requirements of quality and diversity of the education offer, whose parameters are determined at national as well as international level, with a permanent connection to the international reality of the domain.
To the same extent, the University stands as a beacon of culture, militating for the protection, preservation and promotion of the Romanian artistic creation, for the fostering and development of the taste for beauty and for authentic creations.
The duration of the academic studies is the following:
Level 1 (Bachellor of Arts): 3 and 4 years of study
Level 2 (Master's): 2 years
Level 3 (Doctoral): 3 years
17 years and more (no age limit)
Places: ”state” and ”tax”
Period of admission: July and September
Entrance Tests: I – eliminatory - vocational
II – specialty
Entrance for Master: - I test
For Doctoral studies: theoretical test
The courses are organised in an academic curricula, at each level of study. The contents are organised in sets of disciplines with a duration varying from two to four semesters mostly.
The University of Arts "George Enescu" of Iaţi has creates numerous opportunities for scientific research and artistic creation, excellence coming precisely from the thoughtful balance of the two, as a professional means for development and evaluation of the educators' and the students' activity.
The research and creation activity is organised within the University by Faculties and specialisation domains, being polarised around strategic points as the following research centers:
1. Music science
2. The art of drama - Study and creation
3. Aesthetics and artistic creation
4. CREART - conservation, restoration and fine arts
The Iasi art education makes its appearance in the second half of the 19th century, when the authorities saw the clear need to initiate an organized higher education process for art. The initiative belonged to the great scholar and politician Mihail Kogălniceanu, then minister for Religious Affairs and Public Education of Moldavia. In a report addressed to the authorities at the time, he defines the role of art in the formation and education of a nation: "arts cannot thrive unless they are both protected and encouraged by the government".
On October 1st 1860 , the first Ruler of the United Principalities, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, signs the decree for the foundation of the first higher education institution in Romania – the Music and Declamation School in Iasi. 26 days later, with the signing of the decree for the foundation of the University, the School for Sculpture and Painting and the National Painting Museum are born.
On October 6th 1864 , Cuza approves the Charter for the Music and Declamation Conservatory , with two schools, one in Iasi and one in Bucharest. On October 23 rd the same year, the Charter for the National Schools of Fine Arts is approved, establishing the departments: painting, sculpture, gravure, architecture and the art of landscape architecture; the charter was later revised in 1869 and 1883 .
The first Charters were improved constantly, the study area widening substantially over the years. Between 1917 and 1918 , George Enescu, a top-ranking personality on the national and international music scene, reunites under his conducting baton, within a symphonic orchestra of exceptional value, all the renowned musicians of Iasi, most of them professionals working at the Music and Declamation Conservatory, whose honorary direction he accepts.
In 1931 , the Conservatory and the School of Fine Arts are elevated to the rank of Academy through a decree given by the renowned historian and politician Nicolae Iorga. In the same year George Enescu accepts the proposal that the Academy of Music and Drama in Iasi bear his name, and he is appointed, at the initiative of the teaching body, honorary Rector for life.
In 1948 , the education reform brings together the art education institutions under one roof, that of the Art Institute, which had in Iasi, the Music, Drama and Fine Arts Faculties.
The interval 1950-1960 influenced in a negative manner the natural development of the art education in Iasi, because of misdirected institutional reorganisations that separated the art domains, their subsequent evolutions being different one from the other.
The Music Conservatory, re-established in 1960 , becomes, little by little, a pole for the rest of the domains, the professional commitment of its staff warranting a special place for it in the national perimeter. In 1977 , the fine arts are included in the structure of the Conservatory and between 1990 and 1991 , drama is also included. The year 1992 re-unites the three domains of art under the name the Academy of Art "George Enescu".
The great transformations taking place in Romania after 1989 prompted a new analysis of the art education, the cultural centre in Iasi reaching again the parameters it deserved in light of its historical evolution.
In 1997 the institution receives, through a decree of the Romanian Government, the name of «University of Arts "George Enescu"» and it organizes through its structure the three main artistic branches in three specialised faculties: the Faculty of Composition, Musicology, Music Education and Drama, the Faculty of Music Performance and the Faculty of Fine Arts, Decorative Arts and Design.
Iasi, Cuza-Voda no. 29, 700040 Iasi, Iasi, Romania
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The Village Museum
National Opera of Bucharest