The higher education institution was established in 1969 as a branch of the Leningrad State Institute of Culture named after N.K. Krupskaya, and in 1974 it was reorganized into the Kazan State Institute of Culture. In 1991 it was renamed as the Kazan State Institute of Arts and Cultures, in May, 1995 it received the status of academy and began to be called the Kazan State Academy of Culture and Arts. It received the status of university and was renamed the Kazan State University of Culture and Arts in July, 4, 2002.
Today the Kazan State University of Culture and Arts (KSUCA) is a dynamically developing leading regional centre of culture, science, education and art where classical traditions of the higher school are combined with the newest educational technologies.
The university is a progressively developing higher education institution that is constantly adapting to modern social, economic and political conditions. It is playing a more and more active role in integration in regional, federal and international educational spheres.
Nowadays, in the republics of the Middle Volga region there is no establishment of culture or educational institution of culture and arts in which our graduates do not work.
In view of modern inquiries in the development of culture and language of the Tatar people of our republic, the university carries out reception of entrants into some specializations, mainly on national language.
In 2001, on associative beginnings the Regional University Educational District was created, uniting more than twenty educational institutions of culture and arts of the Middle Volga region. The methodical and science centre of this district is KSUCA.
The central place of a young university in the dynamics of the region's development is determined both by its historic connection to the St. Petersburg University of culture and arts, and its orientation to research of interrelations and interconditionalities of culture, national creativity and classical art of the region.
Over 300 teachers, including 42 professors, 132 senior lecturers, more than 80 honored workers of art and science, 46 honored and national artists of Russia and the Republic of Tatarstan work in 30 departments of the university. Preparation of future workers in sphere of culture is carried out in 25 specialties and 45 specializations. About three thousand students are trained here annually.
Teachers of KSUCA actively participate in scientific and creative activities, study problems of history, philosophy, classical art, national cultures, ethnographies and folklore of people of the Volga region, cultural science, museum science, social pedagogics of library-information work, book promotion, documentary maintenance of management, and applied computer science. Scientific conferences of regional, all-Russia and international levels are annually spent at the university.
In cooperation with the Tatar State Academic Theater named after G. Kamal, the musical - drama theatre named after K. Tinchurin, the Theater of the Young Spectator, the TV Company "TNV" our University prepares actors and directors for professional and amateur theatres and film studios not only for Tatarstan, but also for other regions of the Russian Federation. Performing groups; orchestras and ensembles of national instruments, mixed and Tatar choruses, and choreographic collectives are created and successfully performing in KSUCA.
Together with the largest library-informational centres, (The State Library of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Republic Medical Library -Informational Centre, Scientific Library of Kazan State University named after N. Lobachevsky and others), our university trains specialists in the spheres of applied informatics, library-informational work, documents organization.
In 1999 and 2000 the University was awarded with the rank of winner for successful preparation of experts in the field of culture and arts, for achievements in educational, scientific and creative activity in the all-Russia competition of establishments and educational institutions called "'Culture' the Window to Russia". In 2000 it was awarded with the UNESCO exceptional gold medal "Outstanding Branch of the World".
In 2006 a group of scientists from the University was awarded with The Russian Federation State Prize in the sphere of education for the series of books called "Methodology and Technology for the Creation of a Regional System of Continuous Experts for the Sphere of Culture and Arts Training in the Middle Volga Region ".