One of the most prestigious Bulgarian folk music and dance institutions, in the Balkans and beyond
The Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv commenced its existence in 1964 as a branch of the located in Sofia Bulgarian State Conservatoire of that time.
In 1972 the Branch was reformed as an independent Higher Institute of Music and Pedagogy. That was the time to begin the education of specialists in music and folklore, by means of which the mission of the new higher school attained unique nature.
In 1975 the education of specialists in choreography began, which in 1995 naturally resulted in a new rename of the higher school, this time into the Academy of Music and Dance. Shortly afterward, education in the sphere of fine arts began. This quite naturally assumed the present image of the Academy as the Academy of Arts today. AMDFA is one of the four schools of arts in Bulgaria and the only one located outside the capital. It is among the first higher schools in Bulgaria to receive the regular state institutional accreditation, as well as accreditation for all academic subjects that the students are majoring in.
The diplomas provided by AMDFA are recognized everywhere, all over the world. The wide range of cooperation with the higher schools and reputable Bulgarian and foreign institutions of arts provides many opportunities for them to show universally their abilities as well as for professional development and a successful career growth.