Culture and Arts Studies

Annual Admission

Course Brief

  • Language of study: Latvian
  • Full-time undergraduate programme
  • Number of budget and paid study places: to be specified
  • Tuition fee per year: to be specified
  • Duration of studies:  four years (8 semesters)
  • Degree to be obtained: Bachelor of Arts
  • Place of study: Latvian Academy of Culture (24 Ludzas Street)
  • International mobility opportunities: studies, internships and graduate internships within the ERASMUS + exchange programme, opportunity to use foreign government scholarships and participate in summer schools
  • Head of the programme: prof. Raimonds Briedis

The programme aims to provide in-depth knowledge of culture, philosophy and different forms of art (theatre, fine arts, literature, music, cinema), to raise students’ awareness of cultural processes and regularities and to develop students’ analytical and critical skills in analysing cultural phenomena.

Potential students who are interested in various cultural and artistic processes and are ready to get involved in the analysis, the cognition, the impulsion and the organization of these processes. 

The study programme offers to acquire theories and history of culture and arts, cultural anthropology, art anthropology, art sociology and philosophy in a consistent and systematic way. The programme also provides knowledge on different research methods, as well as on the basics of culture management, cultural marketing and entrepreneurship. In addition to theoretical courses, students are able to develop their creativity in the workshops on aesthetic experience.
Contemporary cultural processes in their openness and variability seek people with profound knowledge and a broad view of life, with the ability to be critical and analytical, to be open-minded and creative. The purpose of this programme is to provide the foundation for the development of culturally experienced personality who would recognize the key words of the programme as his own:

[to see - to notice - to comprehend - to get involved - to create - to be]


Graduates of this programme will be able to orient themselves in contemporary cultural and artistic processes, to apply the acquired knowledge, skills and experience creatively and to take part in the further development of cultural processes. They may either continue their studies at the MA level in humanities and social sciences or engage in cultural projects and work in cultural institutions. 

The design of the programme allows students to learn about different cultural phenomena, develop analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as practical skills.

Theoretical fundamentals of arts and humanities

Students acquire the ability to orient themselves in different typologies and periodization systems of culture, as well as familiarize themselves with the different concepts of culture and art. Study courses in the history of philosophy enable students to perceive the relevance of philosophical theories in the broader cultural, scientific and social context.


Students are provided with the historical background of literature, theatre, visual arts, music and cinema, as well as with the current use of these art forms, thus gaining an understanding of the different principles of aesthetic thinking.


In the workshops on aesthetic experience, students check their abilities in different artistic expressions. These workshops in both acoustic and visual arts expand students’ experience and allow them to comprehend the process of creating an artwork.


Students are introduced to different research methods as a building fundament for their Bachelor thesis and the argumentation behind it. This includes getting acquainted with interdisciplinary research methods and the basic principles of analysing the phenomena of cultural and artistic creations.

Culture Management

Students acquire the basics of culture management, cultural marketing and entrepreneurship, as well as the management of different culture projects and the ability to raise funding for such projects. The acquired skills can be further developed in practice while managing culture events during studies.


All students are required to become proficient in one foreign language; however, starting from their third year of studies students can acquire also a second foreign language, as well as the basics of Latin.

Work placement

During the whole study process, there are two work placements scheduled, one of which takes place in a cultural institution or organisation and the second is a placement related to project and culture event management. Combining the practical work during work placements with the theoretical skills gained during lectures, students will be able to get acquainted with the specifics of cultural industries, build their professional network and learn about their own interests and abilities to apply after graduation.

Department of Theory and History of Culture

The Head of the Programme: prof. Raimonds Briedis,

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Ivars Bērziņš
Guest Professor, Professor Emeritus

Doctor of Philosophy Ivars Bērziņš has been a lecturer at the Academy since 1997. He has designed a Master’s program in Cultural Management and has managed a Master’s sub-program in International Media and Cultural Management.

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Raimonds Briedis

Dr.philol., Kultūras teorijas un vēstures katedras vadītājs un docētājs Akadēmijā kopš 1992. gada. Literatūras vēsturnieks R. Briedis ir vairāku grāmatu autors: “Teksta cenzūras īsais kurss: Prozas teksts un cenzūra padomju gados Latvijā” (2010), “Latviešu literatūras hronika sastatījumā ar notikumiem pasaulē un Latvijā, 1888–1944, 1945–2005” (1–2, 2006), ko Guntis Berelis raksturojis kā “interesantāku lasāmvielu nekā aizraujošu detektīvu”. u.c.

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Zane Šiliņa

Z. Šiliņa holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree from the Academy (dissertation “The Idea of the New World in Rainis’ Dramaturgy”, 2007), she has been working at the Academy since 1996. In 2014, the Senate of the Academy elected Prof. Z. Šiliņa as the Vice-Rector of the Academy in academic work. She regularly participates in scientific conferences both in Latvia and abroad, has also participated in organizing several conferences.

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Ieva Zemīte
Associate Professor

Ieva Zemīte, Dr. oec., Business Administration and Management, General, is the director of the joint Master’s study program “Creative Industries and Growth Management” of the Latvian Academy of Culture and Riga Technical University.

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