The mission of NATFA “Kr. Sarafov” is to:
- develop as a leading modern scientific, educational, social and cultural institution offering a wide spectrum of specialities and programs with theoretical and applied as well as applied science focus in the field of stage and screen arts, theatre and film critical studies;
- train highly qualified specialists adaptable to the dynamically changing cultural and social needs; build in students the knowledge and skills that will ensure their successful professional fulfilment;
- develop students’ creative gifts, analytical and communication skills, to encourage their critical thinking and broaden their cultural horizons;
- confirm in its educational activity the principles of tolerance, dialogue, cooperation, activity and initiative.
The international partnership on all levels of artistic and academic exchange is of leading priority for NATFA. The outstanding achievements of the Academy’s graduates are proven by their yearly participations in many national and international student and professional festivals, ateliers, seminars, congresses, conferences and symposiums. NATFA participates actively in many international projects in the field of the theatre and film arts, and in the field of education in the arts. From 1982, NATFA is a full member of CILECT (the International Association of Film and TV Schools), from 1990 is a full member of ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts and from 2008, is a founding member of the International Association of Theatre Schools to UNESCO-GATS. Long-term contacts are established with universities and academies of the arts all over the world and successful partnerships in projects, developing on different educational programmes.
The National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts is the first Bulgarian school for higher education and one of the most prestigious European educational institutions in the field of the stage and screen arts. Established in 1948, it is the only educational institution of this type which is financed by the state. Today the Academy is a modern European institute with established possibilities and standards for education. The Academy works in effective partnership with the state educational and cultural institutions on national and European programmes, other universities and academies of the arts, integrating the business to the potential of the education and its students’ creative projects invariably enrich the city environment.
Training persons for the theatre and audiovisual media, with extensive practical abilities and theoretical knowledge corresponding to the contemporary professional requirements for creative work in the theatre and audiovisual medias or self-employed practice. Also to train young individuals with highly professional skills, with an individual creative style.
faculties and departments
Stage Arts Faculty and Screen Arts Faculty
bachelor level programs
Bachelor programs, 4 years of study, full-time:
Drama Theatre Acting
Puppet Theatre Acting
Drama Theatre Directing
Puppet Theatre Directing
Theatre Critical Studies and Management
Film and TV Directing
Film and TV Cinematography
Film and TV Editing
Film and TV Sound
Film and TV Producing
Film and TV Design
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Screen Studies and Journalism
master level programs
Master programs, 2 years of study, full-time:
Stage Arts Management
Acting for the Stage and Screen Arts
Stage Arts Directing
Screen Arts Management
Film and TV Art
Aesthetics of Apllied Photography
Educational and Therapeutic Puppet Theatre
Design for Interactive Media
research activity and main areas
Audiovisual Media and Theatre Art.
doctorate level programs
The doctorate level programs are in two main directions - Theatre Studies and Theatre Art AND Cinema Studies, Cinema Art and TV, for 3 years, full-time.
subject areas for exchange students
Stage and Screen Arts.
The application deadlines depends on the type of exchange. Generally from September to 15 June.
Bulgarian, English and Russian.
Winter semester: from 15.09. to 03.02
Summer semester: from 04.02. to 30.06.
cost of living per month (studying and living)
Living: approx. 400 euro per month.
Studying: Depends on the citizenship, subject and longitude of the choosen subject.