The Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the art education sphere, and in September 2004 celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Our history begins in 1904 from the Musical and Drama School of Mykola Lysenko, who was a great Ukrainian composer and one of the establishers of the Ukrainian classical theatre. In September 1918 the M. Lysenko Musical and Drama School was transformed into the M. Lysenko Musical and Drama Institute. In 1934 as the result of reorganization of the institute on the basis of the drama faculty was created the Kyiv State Theatre Institute. In 1945 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the famous Ukrainian dramatist and actor Ivan Tobilevych (Karpenko-Kary) the institute received its present name. In 1961 in the institute was established the cinema faculty, and in 1975 it began the education of television specialists (since 2005 the cinema faculty was promoted to the Institute of the Screen Arts which is now an essential part of the University). Since 1966 and till this day University welcomes international students from countries all over the world. On the 23rd April 2003 The Kyiv State I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre Arts Institute was reorganized into The Kyiv State I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University, which in 2004 by decree of the President of Ukraine was granted the National status for the contribution in the development of the national education and science.
The scientific and teaching body of the university includes 4 academicians and 7 corresponding members of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 15 doctors of sciences and professors, 64 candidates of sciences and associate professor, honoured arts workers of Ukraine and others. All in all the educational process is provided by around 680 members of staff, among them nearly 370 professors and teaching assistants. The total quantity of students, who study 20 specializations, is close to 1500 people. The specificity of education at the University is the orientation on building a unique creative personality. Besides the full-time study the University also offers a correspondence and part-time forms of studying in certain specialities.
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