Photographic Art

Established: 2017

Educational Degree: Master of Arts

Duration: 1 year (2 semesters)

Form of Education: Full-time


Program Director:

Assoc. Prof. Iglena Ruseva







Key Academic Team:

Prof. Dr. Atanas Kanchev (Genres in the Commercial Photography and Photography Art, Mass Media Photography), Assoc. Prof. Iglena Russeva (Contemporary Visual Language), доц. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Krassimir Andonov (Digital Photo Editing), Assoc. Prof. Nikolai Lautliev (Photographic Theory and Criticism), Assoc. Prof. Nikolai Tsachev  (Photography and Illustration), Assoc. Prof. Vladislav Budinov (Special photographic effects, digital editing and animation), Prof. Dr. Sc. Miroslav Dachev (Semiotics)



The dynamic development of media resulting from the use of the digital technologies, requires its appropriate implementation and use in photography.

Besides NATFA graduates, the programme is also open to students who have graduated other higher educational institutions in Bulgaria and abroad. In this case, they have to follow up an enriched curriculum, consisting of additional electives and activities that provide specialized knowledge in the field.


The scope of the obligatory disciplines covers modules in contemporary visual language, digital photo editing, mass media photography, photographic theory and criticism, photography and illustration, special photographic effects, animation, genres in the commercial photography and photography art, semiotics.



Education is only full-time, lasting 1 year (2 semesters). The educational process ends up with a final defense of a Master’s thesis that includes an author’s exhibition of 20 photographs and a theoretical research text.



Graduates acquire the educational qualification degree “Master of Arts”, with professional qualification “Master of Arts in Photography”. They may work as experts in the field of audiovisual productions and new media, as specialists in the field of restoration, conservation, storage and archiving of photo images, as curators of photo exhibitions and collections.



When submitting their application, candidates must also submit a portfolio. It may contain scripts, essays, poems, short stories, plays, novels, paintings, drawings, photographs, films, original music, performances of songs and musical instruments, recordings of musical performances and other artistic materials of the candidate’s choice. Textual materials must be in a pdf format and not exceeding 5 pages. Images must be in jpg format. Audiovisual materials must be in mp-4 format and not exceeding a total duration of 10 minutes. Sound materials must be in mp-3 format and not exceeding a total duration of 10 minutes. The purpose of the portfolio is to show the applicant’s interests, artistic preferences, potential skills and mindset in as many details as possible. All materials must be uploaded in the Google Drive cloud space with a limit up to 3 GB.

The portfolio obligatory includes a detailed creative CV of the candidate as well as a set of 20 black and white or color photographs, minimal format 20/30 cm.


Oral Exam:

The Selection Committee interviews the applicants about the materials, included in their portfolio. The aim of the interview is to understand the applicants’ potential capabilities, interests, overall cultural knowledge and mindset, ability for independent thinking and artistic reflections. Candidates who receive a score lower than average (3.00) cannot participate in the final ranking.