The International Academy of
Art Palestine (The Academy) is an institution, which
specializes in higher education programmes in the
visual arts. The Academy currently offers a BA in
Contemporary Visual Art and aims to develop a range
of courses at BA and MA level in this field. The
Academy is a unique place for the development of the
creative talents of Palestinians via its four-year
programme of study, which is open to all applicants.
Our main aim in establishing an academy of art is to
nurture the creative potential of Palestinians and
to foster originality of thought, while creating a
space for the development of individual expression.
The intention of the Academy
is to develop a new generation of artists who are
conversant with contemporary debates and methods of
artistic practice who will be able to contribute to
the local and international art arena. We envisage
that our students will play an important role in
developing the creative industries of Palestine and
in shaping our visual culture. The Academy is an
initiative that is anchored in Palestine and aims to
maintain collective memory, history and identity
through its education programmes and activities.
Our mission is also to be a creative hub for
international students and artists, via our exchange
programmes, visiting lecturers, activities and
The project to establish the
International Academy of Art Palestine is generously
funded by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, for the first three years (2006-2009).