National University Institute of Art (Buenos Aires)

National University Institute of Art. It is a more ambitious project of Argentine artistic and cultural life in recent decades, which seeks to take full advantage of the rich experience of the various artistic disciplines that until then were produced separately.


It was created by the National Decree of the Executive Power 1404- on December 3, 1996 and meant the concretion of a long-delayed project whose criterion was to transform the artistic education dependent on the Nation based in the City of Buenos Aires into a university. This transformation was not only a formal matter, but also sought to prioritize artistic education, recognizing art as a generator of knowledge.

Seven prestigious conservatories, schools and tertiary and higher art institutions – the “Carlos López Buchardo” National Superior Music Conservatory, the “Prilidiano Pueyrredón” National School of Fine Arts, the “Ernesto de la Cárcova National Superior School of Fine Arts ”, the National Higher Institute of Ceramics, the National School of Dramatic Art “Antonio Cunill Cabanellas”, the National Higher Institute of Dance and the National Higher Institute of Folklore – formed the capital with which the IUNA was created.

The incorporation of new artistic languages, in addition to the specific training of teachers and specialized critics in the different disciplines, made it essential to create and put into operation four new units dedicated to teacher training, multimedia arts, audiovisual arts and art criticism.


One of the main objectives that support the foundation of the IUNA is the hierarchization of artistic education through the creation of an autonomous and self-sufficient university institution that allows the adaptation and updating of the study plans in order to achieve a graduate profile suitable for its incorporation to teaching and artistic production.

Activities carried out by the institute


IUNA postgraduate courses aim to specialize in specific areas of knowledge and artistic production based on the emerging demands of graduates and the community in general, taking into account cultural, scientific and technological advances.


Extension activities are not only actions of transfer and socialization of the knowledge generated by the university, but also spaces for dialogue and interaction in which the knowledge produced within it is recreated and modified in its articulation with the society that supports it.


IUNA’s research activities aim to form a body of researchers capable of producing and developing the artistic and scientific knowledge necessary for the advancement of the institution and the community in general.

National University Institute of Art