About the Faculty of the Arts

The David and Yolanda Katz Faculty of Arts at Tel Aviv University is a Unique Place in Israel for Studying the Arts

Mexico building, The Faculty of Arts
Laying the cornerstone for the Mexico building, The Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts was established in April 1972 with the aim of promoting and developing the teaching of the various arts and researching these fields within the framework of the university, to be an influential and enriching factor in the cultural and artistic life of the State of Israel through the training of professionals, laws, teachers, creators, and critics in all fields of the arts. Within a faculty focused and dedicated exclusively to research, teaching, and training in the fields of the arts, such as: Art History, Architecture, Music, Film and Television, Theater Arts - individually and in various combinations.

Tel Aviv University was the first to unite the departments of theater art, art history and musicology under one faculty together with the Academy of Music which was already established in those days. The unification arose out of a principle, according to which the cooperation between theoretical research, teaching and practical implementation will lead to the mutual fertilization of the artistic disciplines and the enrichment of creative activity in all fields. The combination of practical and theoretical studies at all levels of academic teaching has proven over the years to be particularly successful in training actors, designers, musicians, directors and more. Many of the departments, such as the School of Cinema and Television, the Department of Theater History, and the School of Music, offer practical majors alongside theoretical majors.

In 1991, a special fund was established to finance the operations of the faculty by Mr. David Katz from Venezuela together with his children in memory of his late wife Yolanda and thus the faculty received its current name, "The David and Yolanda Katz Faculty of the Arts ".

Today, the Faculty includes the Department of Art History, the Department of Theater Arts, the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, the Buchman-Mehta School of Music, the David Azrieli School of Architecture, the Multidisciplinary program in the arts, the Interdisciplinary program in arts for a master's degree, the program for Excellence in stage design, film and television, a special program for Expression and Creation in the arts, and Certificate studies in Curation and Museology.


Photo: Rainbow over the Faculty of Arts

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