YSAFA offers bachelor and master programmes in Painting on full time basis. The programmes offer exceptional methodology to promote and enhance student learning, are based on national cultural traditions and values, elaborate upon investigation of modern technologies as well as international experience. Students learn to get dimensional – spatial images through the help of lines and colours, to use plastic dimensions, to seek the technique and the technology of completing work of fine arts, to find unique solutions to compositional structure and colour. A unique opportunity to work with life models to ensure one-to-one choice of colour and relevant professional skills is guaranteed.
The academic programmes underpin individual approach to teaching and learning. Thus, starting from the third year of bachelor studies, the teaching and learning process mainly takes place in studios run by the most prominent artists of the republic. At master’s level the programme focuses on creativity, critical thinking as well as development of research abilities of a student. At all levels student preferences for the style is taken into account while assigning a lead professional for supervision.
Sculpture is offered through bachelor and master’s programmes on full time basis. The focus is to prepare qualified specialists with high potential for creativity. The main emphasis is to develop skills that enable working at and production of easel, monumental, animalistic and decorative sculptures. Students enrolled in this programme make reproductions from antique sculptures, sculpture life models. Life models are also used for compositions.
Further, students carry out special study of human body structure, proportionality and plastics. While studying they acquire the skills of revealing the artistic peculiarities of a figure. The programme also underpins the use of sculpture in architectural projects. The knowledge gained in studios is turned into skills during internships and creative work at studios of renowned sculptors.
YSAFA is the only provider of BA and MA programmes in Graphics in Armenia and the programme has its set traditions formed throughout years offered on full time basis.
The programme aims at preparing highly qualified specialists for the fields of machine graphics, book graphics and book illustration. The students learn to get dimensional images using lines, to create graphic compositional projects (machine, book design). As work on material is the main means of expression for graphic arts, special attention is drawn to it within the programme and the students obtain required skills and abilities for choosing and using graphic materials appropriate for the composition.
The programme also offers in-depth knowledge on techniques and technologies /lithography, linography, zincography, etching, different types of engraving, etc./. Further, the programme offers internships in the laboratory of the YSAFA or in publishing and printing houses. The variety of graphic techniques and materials offered by the programme opens wider opportunities for the future artists while turning ideas into plastic works.
Art History and Theory
The academic programme in Art History and Theory aims at training highly qualified art-critics in general and specialists in history of fine arts, fictional criticism, museum activities, tourism and other fields requiring high professionalism of fine arts. It is offered at BA, MA and researcher levels on full time and extramural basis.
The programme offers courses in Armenian and world art history, history of Armenian and foreign architecture, ethnography, archaeology, history of Armenian and world theatre, history of music, museology, foreign language, etc. A particular emphasis is attached to developing critical thinking and analytical skills of the students. At practical level, the programme offers internships in exhibition halls, galleries, museums, state archives, and publishing houses.
Painting chair was founded the first year with the academy’s establishment in 1945. Throughout the decades of its existence an exceptional educational methodology has been developed that enriches students with deep painting knowledge during their six-year education /Bachelor – 4 years and Master – 2 years/ and encourages them to achieve high professionalism. This methodology has been developed with the efforts of the best lecturers of the chair on the basis of national cultural traditions, international experience and the investigation of modern technologies: Study mode is full-time.
The chair prepares painter-artists by four-year Bachelor and two-year Master educational programmes. The students learn to get dimensional – spatial images through the help of lines and colours, to use plastic dimensions, to seek the technique and the technology of completing work of fine arts, to find unique solutions of compositional structure and colour. Special attention is drawn to the work with model /nude figure/ as the right portray of a model, the right choice of colour scale are stable guarantees for professional skills.
Beginning from the third year of Bachelor programme the study of painting and composition is organized in creative studios. They are run by the best and well-known artists of the republic. The student has the right to choose both the studio and the master who is closer to his spirit from creative as well as educational methodological point of view and with whom he prefers to continue his education.
As a result of the reforms made in the academy during the last few years the education is actualized in compliance with ECTS. This fact gives the students an opportunity to move freely both within the HEI and outside it, to make a free choice between the educational programmes. In Master educational programmes a special attention is drawn to students’ creative inclinations, development of experimental and research abilities.
Life always sets new problems that require brave undertakings; search of new means of expression, use of new technologies and techniques from the painter and the professional knowledge gained within the academy opens new perspectives for the graduates to further develop their talent and to seek and find their path in modern art.
Highly appreciated compositional works, landscapes, portrait paintings made by graduates from painting department can be periodically seen at the exhibitions organized by RA Artists’ Union, RA and famous International galleries, as well as in private collections.
All the professors of the chair are also practically creative people:
Anatoli Grigoryan – Head of the chair, Professor, RA Honoured Painter, Director of creative studio
Aram Isabekyan- Professor, RA Honoured Art Worker
Edward Vardanyan – Professor, RA Honoured Cultural Worker, Director of creative studio
Jhora Hayrapetyan – Professor, Director of creative studio
Paravon Mirzoyan – Professor, RA Honoured Art Worker
Vilik Zakaryan – Professor
Grigor Geghamyan – Professor
Masis Grigoryan – RA Peoples’ Artist, Professor, Adviser
Armen Savayan – Assistant professor
Graphic art is one of the most expressive types of fine arts. It is not only a means of expression but also way of thinking. The variety of graphic techniques and materials opens wider opportunities for the artist to turn his ideas into plastic works. Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts is the only higher educational institution in RA carrying out education for the specialty of graphics for many years.
The main priority of graphics chair is to prepare highly qualified specialists for the fields of machine graphics, book graphics and book illustration. With four years’ Bachelor and two years’ full-time Master education the students learn to get dimensional images using lines, to create graphic compositional projects (machine, book design). As work on material is the main means of expression for graphic art, special attention is drawn to it within the educational programme and the students obtain required skills and abilities for choosing and using graphic materials appropriate for the composition. They learn the techniques and technologies of its use /lithography, linography, zincography, etching, different types of engraving, etc./. The majority of gained credits for the educational programmes is devoted to the composition and work on material. The following specialty subjects are also taught: drawing, font, plastic anatomy, perspective drawing. Students can also choose some selective courses or modules. Practice is too important for professional education. Students from graphics department pass their internship in the laboratory of the academy or in publishing and printing houses. Graphics chair has decades’ experience in teaching and firmly developed methodology. It has a great number of International students. The works made by the graduates of this department can be frequently seen in the RA and International exhibitions, galleries. The lecturers of this chair are also actively involved in creative activities.
Baghdasaryan Ara – Head of the chair, Professor
Sahakyan Abraham – Assistant professor
Harutyunyan Ashot – Assistant professor
Gevorgyan Karine – Assistant
Sahakyan Tigran – Assistant
The chair of sculpture is one of the first chairs of the academy. It was founded in 1945. The first head of the chair was SSRA people’s artist, real member of SSRA Academy of Fine Arts, professor Ara Sargsyan. Due to the efforts and lecturing experience gathered through decades of the best specialist-sculptures in RA a methodology has been processed within the chair that is constantly being improved and revived in compliance with time requirements.
The main priority of sculpture chair is to prepare highly qualified creative and executive specialists for easel, monumental, animalistic, decorative sculptures. In Bachelor (4 years) and Master (2 years) educational programmes the study of bas-relief, bust, high-relief, etc. is also included. In Master educational programmes the development of students’ research and analyzing abilities are of great importance.
Unlike painting and graphics, sculpture is three dimensional and deals with real volume. It is one of the ancient and complicated branches of fine arts. Students from this department make reproductions from antique sculptures, they sculpture nude figure; model is also being used for composition. They carry out special study of human body structure, proportionality and plastics. While studying they acquire the skills of revealing the artistic peculiarities of a figure. The educational programme also includes the use of sculpture in architectural projects. The main specialty subjects included in the chair are: sculpture and composition. Different techniques and technologies of sculpture are also being studied. Knowledge gained in studios is reinforced during internships.
Beginning from the second year of study the education is organized according to creative studios. The latter is run by the best artists of the republic who are strongly involved in creative activities in parallel with lecturing. Their excellent compositional sculptures can be seen not only in exhibitions but also in architectural complexes of other cities in Armenia besides Yerevan.
Educational-creative process is continually revived and the educational methodology itself aims at utmost revealing of students’ individual abilities and skills. Study mode is full-time.
Here are the lecturers of sculpture chair:
Getik Baghdasaryan – Head of the chair, Professor, RA Honoured Painter, Director of creative studio in Master programme
Garegin Davtyan – Professor, Director of creative studio
Gagik Stepanyan – Professor, Director of creative studio
Tariel Hakobyan – Professor
The objective of the chair of history and theory of fine arts is to prepare highly qualified art-critics. With four-year Bachelor and two-year Master programmes and adopted credit system the chair prepares specialists for the history of fine arts, fictional criticism, museum activities, tourism and other fields requiring high professionalism of fine arts. In Master programme a special attention is drawn to art management and research programmes. Such subjects as painting and drawing are also included in Bachelor educational programme since it is necessary for art-critics to have practical painting knowledge along with theoretical one.
Bachelor educational programme also includes Armenian and world art history; Diaspora Armenian art is taught as a special praogramme. Some credits are provided for the history of Armenian and foreign architecture. The study of the following subjects is also carried out: ethnography, archeology, history of Armenian and world theatre, history of music, museology, foreign language, etc. A great number of credits is provided for art criticism that aims at teaching students to analyze with high aesthetic conceptions and professionally and to value the works of fine arts.
Curricula and educational programmes are periodically revived and updated in compliance with modern requirements. Students are offered the opportunity to choose some subjects from the selective courses. As a result of educational reforms they get the chance of obtaining some credits from foreign art institutions that have bilateral contracts with our academy on student and lecturer exchange. Apart from theoretical study the academy organizes internships in exhibition halls, galleries, museums, State achieve, publishing houses, State Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg, “International center of art” in Paris, etc. in case of necessity.
The teaching of history and theory of fine arts in the academy for all the specialties is centralized in this chair.
“History and theory of fine arts” is the only specialty in the academy to have both full-time and part-time educational programmes. All the lecturers in the chair of history and theory of fine arts are the best theorists of art, many of them having scientific titles, are the authors of numerous monographs, books and articles, from time to time take part in scientific sessions with their reports. Some of them conduct lectures in foreign HEIs as well.
The lecturers of the chair are:
Vigen Ghazaryan – Head of the chair, Doctor of Arts, Professor, member of RA NAS, RA State prize winner
Ararat Aghasyan – Doctor of Arts, Professor, RA State prize winner
Davit Kertmenjyan – Doctor of Architectural Sciences, Professor
Murad Hasratyan – Doctor of Architectural Sciences, Professor, RA State prize winner
Anna Galstyan – Candidate of Arts, Assistant professor
Hakob Simonyan – Candidate of Historical Sciences, Assistant professor
Simon Hmayakyan – Candidate of Historical Sciences, Assistant professor
Armenuhi Stepanyan – Candidate of Historical Sciences, Assistant professor
Knarik Avetisyan – Candidate of Arts, Assistant professor
Vardan Azatyan – Candidate of Arts, Assistant professor
Nelli Avetisyan – Candidate of Arts, Professor
Marina Stepanyan – Assistant
Ruzan Mikayelyan – Assistant
Hasmik Makvetsyan – Assistant