Four decades have passed since the establishment of the Academy of Arts in 1969, and it is the first university to teach arts of a unique nature in the Arab world. These years mean a lot to the scale of giving and real contribution to civilized construction, even if they do not represent anything in the age of time. Arts is one of the foundations of civilization.
The state gave it all care, care and encouragement, so the state established a number of high institutes of art, the first of which was The Institute of Performing Arts in 1935 and the art institutes rolled out. After a period of instituting the institutes, the need for a body that organizes them all, coordinates among them and helps them to perform its function and start its work, became apparent.
In 1969 Law 78 was issued to establish the Academy of Arts, but its provisions were very brief and did not address the important matters regulating the activities of the Academy. In 1981 the law was amended by another law No. 158 to reorganize the academy. In 1989 Law No. 401 of the provisions of the executive regulations of the Universities Law No. 49 of 72 of the Academy of Arts was issued.
The first article of Law 158 of 1981 specifies the terms of reference and goals of the Academy as being concerned with everything related to teaching arts and scientific research carried out by its institutes in order to serve the society and to advance it civilly.
The Academy consists of the following institutes:
- The Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts.
- The Higher Institute of the Conservatory.
- The Higher Institute of Ballet.
- The Higher Institute of Cinema.
- The Higher Institute for Arab Music.
- The Higher Institute for Artistic Criticism.
- The Higher Institute of Folk Art.