After the Second World War, the need for a special department of scenography emerges within the “Nicolae Grigorescu” Institute of Fine Arts, with a program meant to take into consideration the specificity of the future scenographer’s training, whose profession involves a synthesis of the arts. The first professors in the department were V. Sigfried, Alexandru Bratasanu, Mihai Tofan, Paul Bortnovschi, Ileana Patrascanu Veachis, Vasile Roman, Constantin Albani, Vittorio Holtier and Ștefan Antonescu. The Scenography Department has the task to train the future décor and costume artist, the creator of the plasticity of spectacle. Scenography is a language very important in the context of artistic events, and the scenographer takes on, in specific historical, cultural and technical conditions, the Renaissance ideal of the universal artists who can express him/herself in any art genre, emotionally and convincingly. The achievements in the field of theater scenography, film and television scenography and scenography for animation (puppets) shows reaches international standards; throughout the times, the Romanian school provided the world of spectacle art with scenographers nationally and globally acclaimed. After 1989, the Scenography Department was revived by new specialists, which led to the establishment of new specializations: film and television scenography, puppet and event scenography.

Through their content and teaching methodology, the subjects aim at developing concrete competences. Consequently, during each year of study, one of the core subjects investigates mainly the issues of different variants of scenographic solutions, able to provide optimum conditions for the show in an appropriate environment, with functional elements of décor, the ensemble having, beyond verisimilitude and functionality, a spiritual level which approaches the spectacle as a work of art. The Department aims to create and promote the theatrical artistic values in our country and wishes to stimulate creativity in the art of dramatic shows. The program includes meetings between students with persons in theater production, critics, dramatists, but also with the public. At the same time, we organize related activities, such as scenography colloquia and exhibitions, graphics and scenographic installation. This dynamic is based on the collaboration between students and professors, in conformity with the influences of the national and international artistic, social, historical and cultural environment.

As a consequence of the demands on the labor market, there are several main directions of labor market integration. One is that of cinematography – in artistic films production, in the field of advertising (advertisements) or in video production. Another direction is that of the theater (dramatic, lyric or animation and puppet theater) or television. The graduates of the Scenography specialization can also be found in advertising graphics, some of them in leadership positions in important companies in the field. A final direction is that of freelance artists, members of the Plastic Artists Union in Romania and whose activity can be observed in their participation in national and international exhibitions, or members of UNITER (Theater Union in Romania).

The Department of Scenography and Artistic Event owns three working areas, a computer laboratory and a Master and lighting design studio. The hallway renders visible the activity in the Department through permanent exhibitions.

The Department of Pottery, Glass, and Metalwork aims at turning its graduate students into highly skilled artists of the crafts it teaches and promotes.

The Department of Pottery, Glass, and Metalwork was founded as an independent academic section more than sixty years ago, when its present-day faculties as we know them today got separately individualized from The Academy of Fine Arts. The outstanding personality of Professor Mac Constantinescu left his trademark upon the entire development of this department: that of an exceptionally complex artist, with a Renaissance cast of mind, who managed to open it to a modern, European way of further evolution.This he achieved by an exemplary work of self-commitment and dedication to his professional mission. He was followed by such distinguished colleagues as the professors: Zoe Băicoianu, Dan Parocescu, Dumitru Voicu, Romeo Voinescu, Lucia Ioan, Lucia Neagu, Marcel Brici, Costel Badea, Lazăr Florian Alexie, Nicolae Adam, Dan Popovici. Many generations of artists have remained morally and professionally indebtedto all of the above enumerated great and gifted teachers.Likewise, the present generation of this department’s professors and technicians owe these predecessors all their gratitude for the good foundation of this sucessful department.

The technical and material resources of the Department of Pottery, Glass, and Metalwork consist of workshop rooms for the basic educational activities, and a series of laboratories which are specialized in the three fields of study. Among these there should be mentioned the following: the room for ceramics mass preparation, the room for plaster casting,the room for ceramics transposing, the room for ceramics baking, the laboratory of pottery technology, the workshop for hot glass melting and processing, the workshop for glass engraving, the jeweller’s workshop, the metal processing workshop, the computers room – all of which provide the neccessary basis for the specialized activities involved in these three main fields of study and work: pottery, glass, and metalwork. The department is equipped – among others – with the following: three pottery baking furnaces, one furnace for hot glass shaping, one furnace for hot glass melting, rebaking furnaces, as well as specialized equipment for pottery, glass, and metal processing.

The Pottery, Glass, and Metalwork Department Curriculum is structured according to the three specialized domains, with a view to ensuring the students’ development of the specific skills and knowledge required by a complex artistic education in the fields of pottery, glass, and metalwork. The subjects are configured to correspond to the full graduation cycle: three years’ undergraduate studies and two years’ master studies. By its carefully chosen subjects, this curriculum aims at students’ artistic skills development and identifying theparticular artistic research possibilities which correspond to this vast field of specialization. The research is designed to find solutions for the study of both utilitarian and artistic ambiental forms, thus offering students the choice of a certain direction in their higher education. Our syllabuses are adjusted to the modern society requirements, with a generous approach of contemporary artistic tendencies.

The best proof of this is the fact that our graduate studentscarry on their outstanding activities, taking part in various national and international artistic events and competitions, thus contributing to the tradition of Romanian art as a vivid presence within the larger artistic European context.

The foundations of the current Department were laid out by the establishment of the weaving and artistic embroidery workshops within the School of Fine Arts in Bucharest. After the Second World War, the Fine Arts Institute “Nicolae Grigorescu” expanded with a department strongly oriented toward textile arts. The future development of the textile industry asked for the emergence of a powerful creation body both for textures and for printing. It is in this context that the graphic artist Maria Pana-Buescu was appointed coordinator of the specialization of printing with serigraphic sieves; her artistic personality and her pedagogical talent left their mark on generations of graduates. At the same time, with respect to the fabrics specialization, Titina Calugaru taught the tapestry course and collaborated with great artists such as the mural artist Stefan Constantinescu and the ceramist-sculptor Mac Constantinescu. The true competition in the field of tapestry emerged with the first generations of artists-graduates in the decade 1955-1965. Until the ‘70s, a strong generation of tapestry artists was created, and by the ‘80s and ‘90s tapestry had many adepts in Romania, graduates of higher education. The Textile Arts specialization was developed in two directions based on distinct technologies: tapestry-textures and textile printing. Among the professors who carried out their work in the field of textile arts one can name the following: Emilia Niculescu Petrovici, Ileana Balota, Leontina Mailatescu, Ecaterina Teodorescu, Maria Mihalache-Blendea, Teodora Moisescu-Stendl, Florica Vasilescu, Irina Stanga, Radu Avram, Lucia Pepenaru, Olga Birman Sabau. Nowadays, from a category of decorative arts, textile arts have become a means of expression compatible with the contemporary spirit, which answers to the necessities of articulation and conceptualization. Over the last decades, we have witnessed the transformation of textile matter from a carrier of plastic message into plastic substance in itself. Consequently, the study program Textile Arts – Textile Design is undergoing a process of correlation with the labor market, with the possibility of introducing in the course description the newest developments in the design method, in the use of new materials and of the digital transfer technology.

We are represented by the history of our specialization, the seriousness and correctness of our teaching personnel consisting of professional artists in the field, the good reputation and the professional success of our graduates. We believe that the student’s individual study and the professor’s educational effort with each student is essential in the correct, personalized training of the future professionals.

The Bachelor’s studies cycle offers general knowledge and develops abilities in the field of textile art and design: textile arts as artistic expression (fiber art, object, installation) in textile medium; textile design for interior design collections; textile design for clothing collections (fabrics or prints). The Master’s studies cycle in ambient textile arts offers the students the opportunity to complete a proposed project with an emphasis on: creativity, original personal contribution, investigation, interpretation and innovative experiment. There is also the opportunity to enroll in the professional doctorate program, the final phase in the development of an authentic artistic personality.

Our activities are carried out within areas / study and design workshops, technological areas – laboratories for the transfer of creations in textile medium, experiments and applied research subjects in the educational activity (textile printing, tapestry-textures and computerized image processing), a specialized library (over 250 reference titles in the field, periodicals).

The Mural Art Department was founded within the faculty of Decorative Arts through the education reform of 1948-1950, with the mission of training specialists in traditional techniques of ambient creation, capable to design and accomplish in situ works of mural art, sgraffitto, mosaic, and to work in their turn in the field of secondary or higher artistic education.

The development of the Department over time answered the social demands, being permanently connected to aesthetic and artistic thinking, to scientific discoveries, continuously assimilating new techniques and technologies, due to which it diversified its means of artistic expression and the methods of technological transfer. The educational process capitalizes on creativity, scientific and artistic research, on the development of design skills, on acquiring the artistic practices specific to the field of study.

The study aims at initiating and training students in public mural and ambient site specific art, both secular and religious, in traditional or new media techniques, as well as at initiating them in classic or modern design systems.

The participation of students and professors in national or international exhibition events is very important. The Bachelor’s or Master’s dissertations are sometimes made for public establishments, which demonstrates the professors’ pedagogic potential and the graduates’ degree of specialization. The works of art in public space represent at the same time an active factor in increasing the visibility of Romanian art education and partakes in the aesthetic remodeling of the city landscape, and in enriching the Romanian cultural patrimony.

The tradition of Romanian decorative arts combined with the current experiments and innovative concepts generated by the new media, technologies and materials, underlie some studies, projects, works in situ signed by students, Master’s students, doctoral students and professors within the Faculty of Decorative Arts and Design of the National University of Arts in Bucharest. The goal of the courses organized within the Mural Art Department and Master’s Studies, which include courses of Public Space Art, is to train visual artists capable to design and accomplish projects of contemporary Urban Art. At present, Romania hosts an unexploited creative potential with respect to the presence of visual arts in the cities. We are all aware of the seductive spectacle of the new materials / technologies / artistic means integrated in urban art, which demands that the artistic educational system diversify the study offer specific to the traditional Mural Art Department toward becoming familiar with and acquiring new art forms in the public space with a significant history in the field of contemporary visual arts.

The Mural Art Department owns five course rooms – studios, laboratory of techniques and technologies for mural transfer: fresco, mosaic, sgraffitto, a.o., a media laboratory / digital image processing, a laboratory for icon art. The theoretical courses are carried out in the Amphitheater Hall of NUA and in the course rooms in the building in General Budisteanu 19.

The Fashion Department within the “Nicolae Grigorescu” Institute of Arts, initially founded in close connection with the clothing industry (in 1971), has transformed in presents times due to the accumulated experience, into a department responsive to the contemporary cultural phenomenon, including both artistic, scientific and technological directions, being open to all means of expression in the field of fashion, of costume creation and unconventional experiments related to garments. This interdisciplinary direction, started in the 1990s, reached remarkable performances acknowledged both nationally and internationally.

All throughout the years of study we pursue the issue of garment under all guises, from regular clothing, perfectly useful, to nonconformist costumes with artistic value. We hope we will continue to achieve garments rigid as sculptures, fixed in their moment of glory, but also costumes sagely built which determine or restrain movement and which live just as long as the performers give them life within a particular event.

Approaching the numerous means of artistic expression through garments will open new perspectives for future students toward the interdisciplinary areas, as well as toward all spectacle genres. We are convinced that this permanent challenge of ingenuity represents the best lesson and that these experiments will generate ideas that the future local fashion designers will believe in and develop. The cultural openness to experimental means brought about the opportunity of carrying out new interdisciplinary programs and courses, organized by specialists with great achievements in different areas of activity. We wish to continue our collaboration with as many personalities in the artistic field and the fashion domain as possible.

Taking into consideration the supervising professors’ different areas of expertise, we have developed a modular curricular system which allows for all the students’ access to the experience of the entire teaching personnel (covering multiple fields: fashion design, styling, brand launching, company image, costume performance, performing, object-garment). We similarly take into account issues related to fashion design per se integrated in the EU (by studying the same trends, technical methods of production and fashion management) as well as costume creation for spectacle. We encourage unconventional experiments which place the garment in the area of visual arts and we pay particular attention to the interdisciplinary artistic genres. With respect to the Master’s studies, in the program “Fashion and Costume Strategies” we aim to carry out interdisciplinary projects in the area of contemporary art phenomena or even at the border with scientific research, but also to experiment some fashion survival formulas projected into the future. The Master students participate in excellence programs with their professors, within projects focused on developing creativity and the formal and conceptual experiment. Starting with 2011, the Fashion Department also organizes doctoral studies.

Wishing to expand the area of study, but also in order to capitalize on the professors’ experience, we have recently founded (in 2010) an Event, Fashion and Image research center (EMI), which operates alongside the fashion Department within the National University of Arts in Bucharest. EMI emerged with the aim of concentrating and correlating the various projects initiated and carried out by the Fashion Department and in order to establish the necessary framework for the different research themes.

Due to the efforts of architect professor Paul Bortnovschi, the Department was established in 1969 within the Faculty of Decorative Arts, the specialization the Aesthetics of Industrial Forms and will be developed over the years in conformity with the social needs to its current stage. Among the former renowned professors, Ion Bitzan occupies a special place, due to his work method marked by the irony specific to neo-avant-garde, but also by the acknowledgement and internalization of the cultural dimension of existence.

The Design Department ensures the reaching of a professional level adequate to a future career in industry, in agencies of design or advertising graphics. The specialization is approached methodically, the properties of materials and the processing techniques being experimented by the students through the creation of models and prototypes; over the years of study the students develop their research abilities, synthesizing and applying their knowledge holistically, being creative and original in communicating their ideas in design. They study the particular relation between the object, space, user and producer, so that they answer both to the emotional and cultural parameters, and to the economic and technological factors; this study involves multidisciplinarity, a certain balance between a humanist, artistic and technical education.

After 1990, the pedagogical endeavor set new goals and critically reevaluated its methods; sets of major issues became priorities: the analysis of the object and of the graphic sign through techniques and methods of investigation of the visual; the strategy of the object of design (involving the comparative study of visual culture and the technical-economic field, in order to identify the specificity of the socio-cultural symbols and their rhetoric); the optimization of the relation between tradition and innovation, between the artistic and the technical-economic base, together with the selection of techniques, the study of variants and their adjustment to the imperative of cultural and technical emancipation. Consequently, the educational infrastructure was rehabilitated and completed, and the introduction of new subjects was possible with the aim of rendering more flexible the pedagogical offer.

At this moment, there are 3 main directions of study: ambient design, graphic design and product design. The subjects taught within workshops in the Department are grouped in three main categories: the core subject for ensuring a basic plastic training – the study making reference to the analysis and general understanding of visual phenomena, through practical and theoretical techniques and methods; subjects which are prerequisites for the specialization; subjects which provide specialization paths within the profession (industrial and ambient product design, visual communication), as well as complementary subjects for the two specialization paths.

Area of taught subjects: The research of plastic expression through technical and technological solutions, Ordering the compositional space in the language specific to the material, Techniques of two- and three-dimensional representation, Composition and traditional techniques, The design of commercial forms, Ambient shapes and structures, Specialized technology / M.A.

Head of the Department

Area of taught subjects: The bases of drawing, The study of color, The bases of modeling, The bases of composition and the analysis of visual language, Techniques of two- and three-dimensional representation, Composition and traditional techniques, Ambient shapes and structures, Specialized technology.

Head of the Department

Area of taught subjects: History of costume, Trends in contemporary fashion, Costume performing.

Area of taught subjects: Space design, Culture and ambiance.


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