Audiovisual and Performing Arts

Annual Admission

Category: Master Studies

Course Brief

Full-time graduate programme

Tuition Fee*: 2700 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: Two years

Degree: The Master of Arts in Audiovisual and Theatre Arts


The programme aims to provide unique, in-depth insight into the fields of audiovisual and performing arts and the interaction between those fields, thus ensuring fully interdisciplinary studies that would focus on excellence and innovation in research.



The programme offer a choice of three fields of study: Audiovisual Arts, Performing Arts or Contemporary Dance with specializations in theory, drama, stage directing, film directing, choreography, cinematography, stage acting and stage and cinema production. The programme is based on the idea of using interdisciplinary approach both in research and in creating works of art. The programme pays special attention to research and encourages student collaboration in projects and masterclasses. The structure of the programme offers a good balance of theory and practice, as well as wide opportunities for the students to design their own study curriculum and gain international experience. 



Graduates of this programme will have gained in-depth knowledge, skills and competences necessary to create artistic and theoretical works in the fields of audiovisual and performing arts. They will be proficient in understanding the historical development different theories and practices in humanities and arts, as well as will be able to apply this knowledge in their creative and research work. They will have gained both local and international contacts, thus building their professional network. Graduates of this programme will be able to work in interdisciplinary and international wide-scale artistic and research projects, as well as to continue their studies at the doctoral level.


Theoretical fundamentals of arts and humanities

The theoretical courses, such as Interdisciplinary Aspects of the Theory of Culture and the Anthropology of Art, Research Methodology and Academic Writing, The Genesis of Artistic Creativity and The Legislation of Cultural and Creative Industries provide the academic foundation and prepare students for the elaboration of their MA thesis.

Theory of audiovisual and performing arts

A variety of courses is offered to strengthen the knowledge on the theory of audiovisual and performing arts, e.g. Theories and Concepts of Contemporary Audiovisual and Performing Arts, The Theory of Drama, Modern Drama and Literature, Techniques of Narrative and the Art of Film Editing.

Theory and practice of the specialities of audiovisual and performing arts

Courses such as Performing Arts and Cinema in Latvia: Stages, Trends, Personalities, Theory of Dance, Drama of Theatre and Cinema, Seminars on the Theory of Thematic Field, Creative Workshops of the Speciality and Speciality Practice offer knowledge as well as practice on the specific fields of Audiovisual Art, Theatre Art and Contemporary Dance.

Work placement

During the whole study process, students must obtain two work placements, which take place in a company or organisation in the field of audiovisual and performing arts. Combining the practical work during work placements with the theoretical skills gained during the lectures, students will be able to get acquainted with the specifics of creative and cultural industries, build their professional network and learn about their own interests and abilities to apply after graduating.

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 BA (undergraduate) diploma together with the academic transcript of records (the original should also be presented)*;

4) Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae (CV);

5) A letter of motivation (2000-3000 characters), indicating the chosen thematic field and specialization;

6) A selected list of applicant’s creative works related to the chosen specialization (audiovisual works, drama works, photographs, framing samples, theoretical articles or essays, project descriptions, etc.) or a description (including visual materials) of applicant’s creative works;

7) Printout of the payment order for the applicant’s registration fee of 30.00 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 2020 is from July 6 till July 11.

All applicants are evaluated based on their results in*:

Creative Exam

The creative admission exam consist of three rounds. Each round is evaluated independently on a scale from 0-100 points. In order to continue through the admission process, the applicant must receive at least 40 points in each round.

Round 1

The evaluation of the submitted list of works by the applicant. Works are evaluated without the presence of the applicant.

Round 2

The creative task (individually or in groups) in relation to the chosen thematic field and specialization: the interpretation of a theme chosen by the admission commission in the form of a theoretical essay, dramatic text, a piece of film, a short stage production or a presentation of a project. Each applicant receives their creative task at the beginning of the 2nd round and is informed about the time given for the implementation. Applicants then presents their results to the admission commission and give answers to any questions in relation to their creative work.

Round 3

The Interview. The applicant must clearly outline the intended Master’s thesis, including the applicant's interest and efforts in the area of the intended topic, present their motivation and knowledge of the processes of audiovisual and performing arts in Latvia and in the context of the world. The admission commission may ask additional questions about culture and arts from the viewpoint of the applicant, as well as about their future plans in relation to creative work.


*All admission examinations take place during the application period.

The Head of the Programme: asoc. prof. Zane Kreicberga,

For more information regarding the programme and the application procedure:

Zane Kreicberga

Mg. art. Zane Kreicberga strādā Akadēmijā kopš 2000. gada, sākotnēji kā skatuves kustības pasniedzēja aktieriem un režisoriem, bet kopš 2010. gada aptverot arī laikmetīgā teātra teoriju un menedžmentu. Viņa ir viena no nu jau leģendārā aktieru un režisoru kursa absolventiem, kas Pētera Krilova un Annas Eižvertiņas vadībā pabeidza Akadēmiju 1997. gadā.

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