A.V.A. Institute, Academy of Visual Arts

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Inštitut A.V.A., Akademija za vizualne umetnosti
Trubarjeva 5, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 425 5006, 386 (0) 40 195 606
Fax386 (0) 1 425 5006
Pepi Sekulić, Principal
Miran Mohar, Deputy Principal
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A.V.A. Institute, Academy of Visual Arts, officially established in 2007 by Pepi Sekulić and Igor Grm, with the inauguration of the first lectures in the school year 2008/2009, offers the Bachelor of Arts with Distinction (BA Hons.) studies of classical and contemporary programmes of visual arts with the motto of encouraging its students to develop into confident creative artists. It offers three programme modules: Foundation Studies in Art and Design, Fine Arts, and Conceptualisation of Space.

Among the tutors are acknowledged artists (Pepi Sekulić, Irwin members Miran Mohar and Andrej Savski, Aleksandra Vajd, Bjanka Adžić, etc.) and theoreticians, who work on the basis of individual approach. As the only school in Slovenia using the British model of higher education, the A.V.A. Institute is in the process of gaining international validation through the OUVS – Open University Validation Service.

Programme modules

The school provides students with their own personal work space (studio) from the beginning of the specialised (BA hons) programme in their second year. The theoretical and practical part of the study are strongly intertwined.

The studies

The Foundation Studies in Art and Design programme is intended to help students reveal their creative potential and achieve a clearer vision of their specialisation with the possibility of continuing with courses at A.V.A. or at similar British or national higher education institutions.

The interdisciplinary three-year study of fine arts enables a flexible approach with strong consideration to the fast changing cultural and social environment of today’s post-industrial era. The focus of the fine arts programme is to provide a solid foundation in the visual arts and to build a broad based experience with an emphasis on idea/concept development. The programme promotes research of possible approaches in all useful visual disciplines, such as: painting, sculpture, installation, photo media, digital imaging, video/film, performance art, etc.

The Conceptualisation of Space programme, based on art practices that combine fine art (mainly painting and sculpture), architecture, film, video and theatre encourages students to take full control of visual and other perceptual aspects of production with the possibility of expression through different realised forms and contents. The course is a combination of new theories and technologies and well-established practices, such as: objective drawing and modelling, making of storyboards, scale models and technical plans, and digital imaging.

Tutorial staff

The Dean of the A.V.A. Institute is award-winning film and theatre set designer Pepi Sekulić. Recent lecturers in theoretical courses have included Željko Hrs (History of Theatre), Tevž Logar (History of Art), and Jaka Bonča (Art Theory).


As an independent private institution, A.V.A. Institute relies on relationships with partner artistic businesses and institutions and donors. These relationships help to improve the institute's programme and enable better conditions for its students. Among its partners are Gigodesign and the Pristop advertising agency. Among its funders is the Information Office of the European Parliament.

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