The Kyiv Children’s Academy of Arts (KCAA) was founded by the Kyiv City State Administration in 1994 and is a professional higher art educational institution of an innovative type for children and youth.
The author of the concept and the first Rector of KCAA is People's Artist of Ukraine, Professor, academician of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, corresponding member of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine (NAPS), composer Mykhailo Chemberzhi. He created the concept of educational activity of KCAA – the idea of continuous art education, the combination of four levels of training (preparatory – initial – primary – high school) in one institution.
The Academy trains specialists in different artistic disciplines: music art, fine arts, theatre art and choreography.
In addition to the educational complex, KCAA structure also includes a variety of specialized centres and five faculties: the Faculty of Musical Art, the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Faculty of Theatre Arts, the Faculty of Choreographic Art, and the Faculty for Preparation Young Students, Special Courses and Master Classes. The graduates of the Academy obtain basic secondary education, "bachelor" degree.
The Academy has about 600 students. Among the teachers and consultants of KCAA are leading artists and scientists of Ukraine, academicians and corresponding members of NAPS, experts holding honorary titles and academic degrees.
The studies are carried out on the basis of the principles of early professionalization, optimization of educational process, the use of modern achievements of scientific thought in the field of artistic pedagogy, historical and theoretical art studies. The combination of fundamental research into problems of art education, introduction of modern information technology, comprehensive computerization, intellectual property protection for young students, in-depth study of several foreign languages, the enhanced aestheticism of classroom space are among the cornerstones of the educational process at KCAA.
The Academy actively cooperates with similar institutions in Europe and America, as well as in Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam and CIS countries. KCAA also cooperates with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Kyiv City State Administration. Many foreign delegations visit the Academy annually within the framework of this cooperation. The Academy was involved in joint projects with the UN and UNESCO, the French Cultural Centre, the British Council, the Goethe Institute, the Swedish Cultural Institute, a number of embassies and diplomatic representative offices of foreign states in Ukraine.
In 2005 KCAA became the winner of the contest to receive a cultural grant from the government of Japan in the amount of $650 thousand. The funds were used to purchase musical instruments for the symphony orchestra, various studio audio and video recording equipment.
The Academy has won numerous, including international, awards for its scientific, creative and educational achievements.