Throughout his whole history, YSITC has had prepared many specialists in the field of theatre, cinema, TV and culture. The courses are thought by well known specialists of Armenia.
YSITC was established in 1944 as Yerevan State Institute of Theatrical Arts, since 1952 Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Fine Arts, since 1994 Yerevan State Institute of Theatrical Arts, since 1999 Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography.
Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography was founded in 1944. At its founding, the Institute had three departments: Acting, Directing, Drama Studies. In 1999 the professional direction of the Institute was expanded and subsequently it was renamed State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography. At present the education is carried out according to the following 9 specialities and several specializations: Art of Acting (actor of the dramatic theatre, actor of the musical theatre, actor of the pantomime theatre, actor of the puppet theatre, actor of variety and circus, television announcer), Directing (drama theatre directing, musical theatre directing, variety and public celebrations directing), Cinematographic Art (feature film directing, documentary film directing, animation directing, television directing, sound directing), Drama Studies, Literary Work, Cinematography, Painting(set design, film and television set design, animation design), Socio-Cultural Activities (arts management).
The Institute has branches in other cities of the Republic: in Gyumri, Vanadzor, Goris. The student body is comprised of 700 people at the State Institute and 90 people at the branches. The Institute offers full and part time education and three types of degrees: the bachelor’s degree (four years of education), two-year master’s program of study. The graduate receives a certified document of higher education: State Diploma. There is also post-graduate program at the Institute (full and part time studies). Currently the Institute is in close collaboration with several universities and academies abroad. The students of the Institute participate in Republic-wide and international art contests, festivals and become prize winners. Foreign students have been learning at the Institute since 1961, Diaspora Armenians among them. At present their number is increasing. They are citizens of Georgia, Russian Federation, Syria, Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Bulgaria, USA.
Course work at the Institute of Theatre and Cinematography is organized in specialized lecture-halls and auditoriums, studios, cinema and video halls, pavilions, in Student Theatre which is a repertory theatre and includes 225 seats. The library of the Institute is large and rich with professional (special) literature, it has about 40.000 volumes of books, there are also film and video libraries within the Institute. The Institute publishes “Handes”(Review) yearly journal, where the research and methodological works of the professors and students are being published. The best and internationally-known artists, prize winners, state laureates of the Republic teach at the Institute, the staff includes 39 professors, 38 docents, 102 lecturers.
Recently, the department of foreign relations has been established. Its aim is to collaborate and establish ties with foreign art institutions of higher learning and to carry out students’ practical training, teachers’ retraining, master classes within the scope of the curriculum.