The Academy of Performing Arts with its 1050 students is the largest artistic educational institution in the Slovak Republic. Students can enhance their talents and skills in theatre, film, music, and dance undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Academy´s objective is to offer deep understanding of the European cultural context as well as the specific qualities of Slovak art and culture. VŠMU graduates have become leading personalities in Slovak cultural life. The curriculum is constantly reviewed, the teachers of the Academy are involved in basic and applied research projects. Leading professionals teach at the Academy, the study programmes are regularly updated to meet the latest standards in the profession. Theatre and dance performances, film screenings, concerts of students and teachers are open to the general public. School public activities form an integral part of Slovak culture.
At present, the VSMU consists of three faculties: Music and Dance Faculty, Theatre Faculty and Film and Television Faculty. Each faculty has its production departments, which provide necessary services for artistic productions and students’ projects.
The VŠMU also includes the following units: the Department of Foreign Languages, Central Library and the Study and Information Centre, the Centre of Art and Science.
Outstanding artists and teachers have worked at the VŠMU within 70 years of its existence and many generations of renowned personalities of Slovak culture graduated from this Academy.