The Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) is Cambodia's Primary centre of education and research in arts and culture. Its main objective is to train a young generation of artists, architects, and archaeologists capable of active participation in the preservation and development of the various forms and expressions of Khmer culture.
The Royal University of Fine Arts consists of five faculties:
RUFA also maintains the Culture and Science Research Centre
- The Faculty of Archaeology provides teaching in five main fields of study: prehistoric and historical archaeology, anthropology, epigrapphy, heritage and tourism. Particular focus is given to Khmer cultural heritage including its history and management.
- The Faculty of Fine Arts facilitates students to develop their individual talents to become visual artists, interior designers, painters, sculptors and communication designers. It is an educational center of national and international arts. instructors guide students to think independently in order to develop their full potential as artists.
- The Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism trains future architects and urbanists. Teaching is based on proctical applications and theory in areas ranging from the fields of construction, urban planning and land management.
- The Faculty of Music instructs students in Cambodia's diverse musical forms, to become musicians, singers, composers and conductors. Classical Western music is also taught, with study ranging from individual performance and instrumnets to ensembles.
- The Faculty of Choreographic Arts consists of three main sections: dance, drama and cinema. Dancers, choreographers, and directors are trained to perform and direct compositions based on Cambodian classical forms of performing arts. Students are also taught the fundamentals of modern audiovisual production.
, which assists students and teachers to utilise modern technology and methodology in teaching, study and most importantly, research. The Centre aims to increase the quantity and quality of cutural documentation as a scholarly resource.
Found in 1918, the Roral School of Arts became the Roral University of Fine Arts in 1965. Classes were offerd in numberous disciplines including archaeology, architecture and urbanism, interior design, painting and sculpture ( as well as secondary education classes in choreographic arts, fine arts and music). Due to the Khmer Rouge regime the university was forced to close from 1975 to 1979. The institution reopend in May 1980 as the School of Arts with five sections: fine arts, circus, dance, music, and drama.
In October 1988, by Sub-degree, the Univeristy of Fine Arts was reopened with its current five faculties: architecture and urbanism, archaeology, fine arts, choreography and music. It became the Roral University of Fine Arts in 1996. A futher Sub-degree in June 2003 clarified its status as an Administrative Public Institution.
Approximately 800 students attend RUFA's diverse classes. The academic year is divided into two semesters, and each semester is 15 weeks.
The educational program is implemented in compliance with national and internationa teaching standards. The university constantly strives to teach current methodologies and to utilise modern technology, keeping in mind Camboadia aesthetics and the significance of conservation as well as the continued creative growth of Khmer culture.
RUFA is also participating in the ongoing process of reform and improvement of the higher education system in Cambodia. In this regard, each undergraduate student must complete and initial Foundation Year. which includes a number of required course providing essential orientation and general knowledge before they enter into the second year.
RUFA implements a credit system based on international standards to objectively determine student progress and class level. Each course is assigned a specific number of credits. Earned credites serve to determine a student's class level.