Member of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts

National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, Bulgaria

In 2018, the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts (NATFA) “Krastyo Sarafov” celebrated its 70th anniversary. It started as a two-year school of theatre at the National Theater “Ivan Vazov” and in 1948 developed into the first Bulgarian State Higher School of Theater.

The academy is continuously expanding, updating and enriching its activities. Today it offers to its students a wide range of subjects and programs, some of which are unique for Bulgaria and can only be studied at NATFA. The academic staff of NATFA includes highly qualified professionals with strong creative and pedagogical experience. The process of applying theory to professional practice is essential to our educational philosophy. The graduates of NATFA acquire a wide range of creative, critical, performing and productive skills and qualifications. Many of them build rewarding careers in Bulgaria and abroad.

The documents for acquired professional qualification issued by NATFA are recognized both in Bulgaria and abroad, in accordance with all of the conventions concluded by the State.

NATFA establishes itself as a unique educational, creative and scientific center of high national and international recognition. Indicative is the steady interest to the subjects taught at NATFA in a highly competitive market of educational services.

International co-operation at all levels of academic and artistic exchange has always been among the top priorities of NATFA. The outstanding achievements of academy’s graduates are recognized through yearly participation in many national and international students’ and professional festivals, workshops, seminars, congresses, conferences and symposia. NAFTA is actively engaged in many international projects in the field of theatre and film arts. Since 1982, the academy is a full member of CILECT (Centre International de Liason des Ecoles de Cinema et de Television), since 1990 it is a full member of ELIA (The European League of Institutes of the Arts). Since 2008, NATFA is a founding member of ITI (The UNSECO International Theatre Institute). It has established long-term contacts with universities and art academies all over the world. We are an active partner in projects developed through ERASMUS, TEMPUS, SOCRATES and other educational programs.

The educational philosophy of the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts is based on cultural pluralism and the democratic values of the civil society. The Academy follows a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, religion, ethnic and other elements, as well as on basis of disability and diseases, as long as the latter are not contraindicative for the study of a subject.

Address:
National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts
Национална Академия за Театрално и Филмово Изкуство
“G.S.Rakovsky”str. 108A
Sofia 1000
Bulgaria

Email: Rector.office(at)natfiz.bg
Website: www.natfiz.bg
Phone: +359 2 9231 225

Specifications
    Institution
  • Academy with Department dedicated to performing Arts

    Teaching Languages
  • Bulgarian and English

    Degrees Offered
  • Bachelor BA and Master MA
  • PhD

    Faculties / Departments
  • Stage Arts
  • Film & TV Art

    Students
  • For local and for foreign students
  • Foreign students accepted for BA, MA, PhD
  • Foreign students need to have basic knowledge of the local language
  • Local language courses available for foreign students
    Teachers/Educator Related Information
  • Local educators allowed
  • Foreign educators allowed on temporary invitation, on invitation or call

    Regular Activities of the Institution
  • Every year the students from the Academy participate in national and international film and theatre fesitvals in Russia, Germany, China, France etc.
  • Every year the students from the Academy participate in national and international student film and theatre fesitvals in Russia, Germany, China, France etc.
  • During all the academic year in the Academy there is a courses in Film and Theatre.
  • Every year in the Academy there is different conferences dedicated to the history, theory and practice of the film, TV and stage arts.

National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
• NATFA is actively engaged in many international projects in the field of theatre and film arts and arts education.
• Since 1982 NATFA has been a full member of CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinema et de Television), and since 1990 it has been a full member of ELIA (The European League of Institutes of the Art).

• NATFA is also a member of UNIMA (International Puppeteers Association), ITI (International Theatre Institute) and GATS (Global Alliance of Theatre Schools). It has established long-term contacts with universities and art academies all over the world.
• Since 2005 NATFA has been a holder of the ERASMUS charter and has concluded several programmes.

Now, we are partners in the TIP project (Transfering Innovative Practices).