Culture and Arts Studies

Annual Admission

Course Brief

Full-time undergraduate programme

Tuition Fee*: 2100 EUR/ per year

*Citizens from countries that have signed an agreement with Latvia or offer scholarships for Latvian citizens can apply for the Latvian state scholarships. For more information and the list of eligible countries visit:

Language of Tuition: Latvian

Duration of studies: Four years

Degree: The Bachelor of Arts

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.

All applicants must submit:

1) A completed application form;

2) A copy of passport or identity card (the original should also be presented);

3) A copy of the secondary education certificate together with the academic transcript of records (the original should also be presented)*;

4) A copy of the secondary school centralized examination certificate with results in Latvian and English (or German or French as a foreign language) (the original should also be presented)*;

5) Two photos of the applicant (3x4 cm);

6) Printout of the payment order for the applicant’s registration fee of 20.00 EUR

*Before applying for studies at the Latvian Academy of Culture the international applicants are required to undergo the procedure of recognition of their secondary education certificate at the Academic Information Centre (for further information please see: )


The admission tutor may request academic references at a later date as well to help make a decision on your application.

Please make sure that your application is received within the application period. Application period 2019 is from July 2 till July 7.

All applicants are evaluated based on their results in:

  • The secondary school centralized exams in English (or German or French as a foreign language)* and Latvian**;
  • The specialization exam, carried out during the application period at the Latvian Academy of Culture - an essay on a literary theme that shows the applicant's creative approach to the topic, ability to balance ideas with the appropriate form of presentation, ability to argument one’s opinion and to introduce one’s style of expression, knowledge of classical and contemporary cultural issues. Each applicant is given 4-6 topics to choose from and 4 hours to finish the essay.

Criteria for assessing the essay (on a scale from 0-200 points): the ability to express one’s thoughts independently, the ability to approach the theme creatively, composition, consistency in the sequence and interconnection of the paragraphs, the ability to argument one’s opinion and to introduce one’s style of expression, the ability to use literary language and appropriate vocabulary.

*International applicants and applicants who have completed their secondary education abroad and have not taken the state centralized exam in English (or German or French as a foreign language) can take it on the spot at the Latvian Academy of Culture during the application period.
**International applicants and applicants who have completed their secondary education abroad are required to register their average mark in their Mother Tongue and their average mark in Literature, which are both recorded in their secondary education certificate.

The Head of the Programme: prof. Raimonds Briedis,

For more information regarding the programme and the application procedure:

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”.

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