As a unique higher education establishment in the field of visual arts in Bucharest, with a good reputation nationally, the University ensures the appropriate training for future practitioners and theoreticians, and the essential premise of the education we provide is its responsiveness to the demands of contemporary Romanian society, as well as the synchronicity with the significant artistic trends and tendencies in contemporary universal art. This receptivity to continuous renewal takes into account the tradition of the local artistic education characterized from the beginning by an openness to European values. In order to attain these goals, the University has an elite teaching body, well connected, both nationally and internationally, to the present cultural life, as well as technological assets. The University’s Library holds a varied collection of specialized books, including an audiovisual section whose rich patrimony represents a good source of visual documentation. A large number of exhibitions, some with international participation, take place within the exhibition area of the University, which is located in its immediate vicinity. The events organized within UNAGALERIA support especially the projects which are innovative for the curricular agenda or for the extra-curricular activities carried out by students and by the members of the teaching personnel, thus contributing to the promotion of the University’s image. Even from the launching of its first events, UNAGALERIA has won the attention of artists, journalists, art critics, curators and the public, due to its high standards and seriousness of the exhibition agenda, but also to the elegance of the exhibition space. The University also owns a dormitory building in the central area of the capital, close to the studios, not far from Gara de Nord.
Within the reform in Romanian higher education and aiming to ensure the students’ institutional mobility in Europe, the University introduced back in 1998 the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Starting with the academic year 2005-2006, in conformity with the new regulations in Romanian education, the long-term academic studies are carried out in three years. By signing the Lisbon Treaty in 1997 and the European agreement regarding the recognition of diplomas, Romania started a process within which the Ministry of Education and Research signs international conventions for the recognition of certificates and diplomas.
The administration of international relations, as well as the endeavors concerning the promotion of the University’s image in the current artistic and cultural context is the task of the Department of Image, Communication and International Relations, which advances and drafts to this end specific strategies and programs. Its main activity is launching, facilitating and coordinating collaboration agreements with other universities and similar departments in the country and abroad, with an increased attention to education and research programs promoted by the European Commission, by international organizations and by other states’ governments. In order to integrate the University in the European network of institutions in the same field, the Department promotes and develops studies abroad, through international cooperation programs in research and education.
A research center which coordinates fundamental and applied research within the University similarly operates within the institution, in conformity with national and international standards, with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity. The subfields of research are the study of tradition in artistic creation, the study of traditional and modern technologies and the applicative research in visual arts.