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Faculty of Arts

“Welcome to the vibrant world of creativity and expression! Step into the Faculty of Arts – where imagination knows no bounds. Unleash your potential, explore our diverse disciplines, and embark on a journey of inspiration. Your artistic adventure begins here. Dive into a tapestry of knowledge, culture, and innovation. Discover the limitless possibilities that await you in the realm of the arts. Explore, engage, and let your creativity flourish. Welcome to a community where every idea has the power to transform. The canvas is yours – paint your academic masterpiece with us!”


Welcome to the Faculty of Arts at South-West University “Neofit Rilski” in the picturesque town of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. Nestled at the crossroads of tradition and innovation, our esteemed faculty is a hub of creativity, intellectual exploration, and cultural richness.

Established with a commitment to fostering a deep appreciation for the arts, our faculty stands as a testament to the university’s dedication to nurturing well-rounded individuals. Our academic community is comprised of passionate educators and talented students who collectively contribute to the vibrant tapestry of artistic expression.

At the Faculty of Arts, we offer a diverse range of programs spanning literature, fine arts, music, theater, and more. Our curriculum is designed to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities necessary to thrive in the dynamic world of the arts.

Beyond the classroom, our faculty provides a supportive and collaborative environment where creativity flourishes. Students have the opportunity to engage in hands-on projects, performances, exhibitions, and cultural events that enrich their educational experience.

We take pride in our faculty’s legacy of producing accomplished artists, scholars, and cultural contributors. As part of South-West University “Neofit Rilski,” we are dedicated to upholding the university’s commitment to academic excellence, research, and community engagement.

Join us in the exploration of the boundless possibilities within the arts. Whether you aspire to be a novelist, painter, musician, or theater director, the Faculty of Arts is here to guide you on your transformative journey. Welcome to a community where creativity knows no limits, and every artistic endeavor is celebrated.


Associate Professor Valeri Pastarmadzhiev

Dean of the Faculty of Arts 

Email: valstz@swu.bg 


Vera Dulgerova

Secretary of the Faculty of Arts 

Email: art@swu.bg 

Phone: +359 73 588 533 / +359 893 459 217


Fine Arts

Music Arts

Cultural Studies

Performing Arts: Television, Theatre, and Film


Learn more about the Faculty of Arts

“Embark on a transformative journey into the realm of creativity and knowledge. Discover the Faculty of Arts at South-West University ‘Neofit Rilski’ – where passion meets education. Continue reading and unlock the door to a world of artistic exploration and academic excellence.”

Student Life and Activities

Step into a world where creativity takes center stage! At the Faculty of Arts, we believe in the transformative power of artistic expression, and our vibrant student activities reflect just that. Dive into a kaleidoscope of events that celebrate talent, innovation, and the boundless spirit of our artistic community.

1. Art Exhibitions: Unveiling Masterpieces

Immerse yourself in the visual feast of our student art exhibitions. Witness the evolution of creativity as our talented artists showcase their masterpieces. From captivating paintings to thought-provoking sculptures, these exhibitions serve as a canvas for students to express their unique perspectives and narratives.

2. Talent Shows: Spotlight on Brilliance

Get ready for a spectacle of raw talent! Our talent shows provide a platform for students to shine in various disciplines – from musical performances to theatrical acts. Feel the energy as performers captivate the audience with their skills and passion, creating an atmosphere that resonates with the vibrant heartbeat of our artistic community.

3. Student Performances: Where Stories Come to Life

Join us in celebrating the performing arts through captivating student performances. Whether it’s a riveting theater production, a mesmerizing dance routine, or a musical extravaganza, our students bring stories to life on stage. Engage with the emotion, creativity, and skill that define our dynamic performances.

4. Cultural Events: Connecting Through Art

Our calendar is adorned with cultural events that bridge diverse artistic traditions. From multicultural festivals to collaborative projects, students have the opportunity to explore and celebrate the rich tapestry of global artistry. Connect with fellow students in an environment that fosters cultural exchange and appreciation.

5. Creative Workshops: Nurturing Artistic Growth

Participate in hands-on creative workshops designed to nurture your artistic skills. Whether you’re a budding painter, musician, or actor, these sessions offer a space for experimentation and growth. Learn from experienced professionals and fellow students, creating a supportive community dedicated to honing artistic abilities.

At the Faculty of Arts, we believe that the journey of creativity extends far beyond the classroom. Join us in the exciting realm of student activities, where every brushstroke, note, and performance contributes to a dynamic tapestry of artistic excellence. Be part of a community where passion knows no boundaries, and artistic expression is celebrated with enthusiasm and applause.

Campus Life

Welcome to a vibrant and engaging campus life at South-West University in the picturesque town of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. Our university community, steeped in academic excellence, offers a diverse and enriching environment where students build lasting connections and create memories that last a lifetime.

1. Academic Hub: A Center for Learning and Innovation

Experience a dynamic academic environment where cutting-edge research meets inspiring teaching. With modern facilities, well-equipped libraries, and state-of-the-art labs, our campus provides the ideal setting for intellectual exploration and academic growth. Engage with passionate faculty members dedicated to shaping the minds of tomorrow.

2. Cultural Diversity: A Global Campus Community

Immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of cultures. South-West University attracts students from around the world, creating a diverse and inclusive community. Explore different perspectives, forge international friendships, and broaden your worldview through cultural exchange events and global initiatives.

3. Extracurricular Activities: Beyond the Classroom

Discover a plethora of extracurricular activities that cater to diverse interests. From student clubs and sports teams to artistic performances and cultural events, our campus is alive with opportunities for personal development and recreation. Engage in activities that align with your passions and expand your horizons.

4. Green Spaces: Serenity in Nature

Nestled in the scenic town of Blagoevgrad, our campus offers serene green spaces that provide a tranquil retreat for students. Whether studying under the shade of trees or taking a leisurely stroll, the natural beauty surrounding our university enhances the overall well-being of our campus community.

5. Student Support Services: Nurturing Success

At South-West University, we prioritize the success and well-being of our students. Access a range of support services, including academic advising, counseling, and career guidance. Our commitment to your success extends beyond the classroom, ensuring you have the resources and support needed to thrive.

6. Social Events: Celebrating Milestones

Participate in a lively calendar of social events that celebrate milestones, traditions, and the spirit of togetherness. From academic ceremonies to festivals and parties, campus life is filled with opportunities to create lasting memories and form connections that extend beyond graduation.

South-West University “Neofit Rilski” is not just an academic institution; it’s a community that values holistic development, embraces diversity, and fosters a sense of belonging. Join us in creating a campus life where every student’s journey is uniquely enriching and where lifelong friendships are forged.

Academic Life

Step into a realm where academic pursuits merge seamlessly with artistic expression at the Faculty of Arts, South-West University “Neofit Rilski” in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. Our academic life is characterized by a commitment to fostering creativity, critical thinking, and a profound appreciation for the arts.

1. Inspiring Classrooms and Studios: The Canvas of Learning

Engage in an immersive academic experience within inspiring classrooms and well-equipped studios. Our faculty provides a dynamic learning environment where ideas come to life, and artistic visions are nurtured. From literature discussions to hands-on art creation, every class is an opportunity for intellectual and creative exploration.

2. Renowned Faculty: Mentors and Guides

Collaborate with passionate and accomplished faculty members who are experts in their respective fields. Our dedicated educators not only impart knowledge but also serve as mentors, guiding students through their academic journey and encouraging them to push the boundaries of their creative potential.

3. Interdisciplinary Opportunities: Bridging Artistic Frontiers

Embrace the interdisciplinary nature of the arts. Our programs encourage students to explore diverse artistic disciplines, fostering a holistic approach to creativity. Whether combining literature and visual arts or blending music and theater, our faculty supports the cross-pollination of ideas to inspire innovative artistic expressions.

4. Student-Centric Approach: Tailored Learning Paths

Experience a student-centric approach to education, where individualized attention and support are prioritized. Our faculty is committed to understanding the unique strengths and aspirations of each student, tailoring academic experiences to cultivate personal growth and success in their chosen artistic endeavors.

5. Exhibitions, Performances, and Showcases: Bringing Learning to Life

Immerse yourself in a vibrant academic life that extends beyond the classroom. Participate in student art exhibitions, theatrical performances, and musical showcases that provide platforms for showcasing your talent. These events not only enrich your education but also contribute to the dynamic cultural fabric of our academic community.

6. Research and Innovation: Pushing Boundaries

Join a community that values research and innovation in the arts. Contribute to groundbreaking projects, collaborate with faculty on research initiatives, and push the boundaries of artistic exploration. The Faculty of Arts at South-West University encourages students to be active contributors to the evolving landscape of artistic scholarship.

At the Faculty of Arts, academic life transcends traditional boundaries, creating an environment where intellectual curiosity and creative expression intertwine. Join us in a journey where academic rigor meets artistic passion, paving the way for a future where your artistic voice becomes a powerful force in the world.

Bachelor Programs

Industrial Arts  – Fashion

Pedadogy in Fine Arts

Pedagogy in Musical Arts

Instrumental Music and Folk Singing

Musical Theatre

Pop and Jazz Singing 

Bulgarian Folk Choreography 

Film and TV Editing 

Film and TV Directing 

Film and TV Cinematography 

Theatre Acting 

Cultural Studies

Culture and Media 

Contemporary Choreography 

Master Programs

Marketing and Advertising in Fashion Design

Pedagogical and Social Format of Visual Arts 

Musical Education and Training 

Film and TV Directing 

Film and TV Editing 

Film and TV Cinematography 

Theatre Directing 

Internet, New Media, and Culture 
Cultural Management and Visual Communication

Cultural Heritage and Cultural Tourism 

Theory and Criticism of Choreographic Art 

Choreography Production

Musical Instruments or Singing with Mastering of Vocal and Instrumental Formations 

Doctoral Programs (PhD Student Programs)

Theory and History of Culture


Theory and Practice of Art of Performance 

Film Studies, Art of Cinema and Television 

Fine Arts Teaching Methodology 

Music Teaching Methodology 

“At the Faculty of Arts, South-West University ‘Neofit Rilski,’ our mission is to ignite a passion for creativity, cultivate academic excellence, and inspire a diverse community of students to become visionary leaders in the arts. Through innovative teaching, interdisciplinary exploration, and a commitment to inclusivity, we aim to nurture the talents of our students, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to shape the future of artistic expression. Our dedicated faculty is devoted to fostering a dynamic learning environment, where research, collaboration, and cultural appreciation converge, creating a transformative educational experience that transcends boundaries and celebrates the limitless possibilities within the arts.”

Faculty of Arts