The first Bulgarian university in the field of theatre and film arts
In 2018, the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts (NATFA) “Krastyo Sarafov” celebrated its 70th anniversary. It started as a two-year school of theatre at the National Theater “Ivan Vazov” and in 1948 developed into the first Bulgarian State Higher School of Theater.
The academy is continuously expanding, updating and enriching its activities. Today it offers to its students a wide range of subjects and programs, some of which are unique for Bulgaria and can only be studied at NATFA. The academic staff of NATFA includes highly qualified professionals with strong creative and pedagogical experience. The process of applying theory to professional practice is essential to our educational philosophy. The graduates of NATFA acquire a wide range of creative, critical, performing and productive skills and qualifications. Many of them build rewarding careers in Bulgaria and abroad.
The documents for an acquired professional qualification issued by NATFA are recognized both in Bulgaria and abroad.
NATFA has well-equipped academic facilities: Drama Training Theater, three small stages, Puppet Training Theater, Training Audio-visual Complex with Cinema and Video halls (a big one with 80 seats and a small one with 12 seats), Training Cinema Studio, Training TC Center, Digital Multimedia Center, Academic Library and Archive, dance halls, modern lecture halls, studios and laboratories, as well as a variety of highly professional workshop facilities that add to academy’s image of a place for mastering professional skills. As for the social amenities, there is a canteen and a hostel available to the students.