In the academic year 1993/1994 professionals in the field of applied and decorative art, architecture and design founded the Department of Plastic Arts. Prof. Serafim Serafimov, Prof. Ognyan Shoshev, Prof. Rumen Raichev, Assoc. Prof. Magdalena Lazarova PhD, Assoc. Prof Yordanka Chernaeva, Tatyana Georgieva, Svetla Chakurova are among the founders. The Department has been built on the model of Western European and North American universities and is unique for Bulgaria.





By decision of the Academic Council of NBU in 2007, designers and architects from the Plastic Arts department formed an independent Department of Design and Architecture. In 2012 the latter split into two separate departments -- the Department of Design and the Department of Architecture.

Each year the Department of Design implements a number of creative projects, fashion shows, exhibitions, conferences, projects and seminars in which students and teachers present their works. Among the events organized by the Department is a charity donation of prom suits to children from the orphanage in Gorna Banya.
A high-tech Assyst Bullmer CAD Software for lay planning and pattern grading in garment production has been purchased for fashion design students with the kind support of INA Trading ltd. A team of teachers have developed a specialized textbook on Apparel design and lay planning.


The Department of Design offers the following programs:
• the Fashion Bachelor's program
• the Interior Design Bachelor's program
• the Fashion Master's program
• the Interior Design Minor program
• the Spatial Design Master's program
• the Fashion and Business Strategies Master's program
• the Book and Text Design Master's program
• the Design of Electronic Publications and Websites Master's program
• the Design Doctoral Program


The Department has signed agreements for student and teacher exchange under the ERASMUS 2014-2020 program with the Graduate School of Design in Palma de Mallorca, the Institute of Fashion in Burgos, the Institute of Design in Zamora (Spain), RUFA Academy in Rome (Italy) and Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul (Turkey).
The Department of Design is an associate member of three international organizations: the German Rooms for Free and SES and the South Korean International Silk Road Conference.

Under the Rooms for Free program students and teachers of the Department of Design have participated five times in the Heimtextil world fair of textile and interior in Frankfurt, as well as in four exhibitions and two installations in Germany, Poland and France.

Scientific reports, posters and presentations are regularly submitted to be published in the Silk Road conference proceedings.

Two master classes with participation of international experts have been organized so far as a result of the collaboration between the Department of Design and SES.


Department Chair:
Assoc. Prof. Kristina Savova, Ph.D.
Building 2, Room 509
tel.: 02/8110 519
e-mail: ksavova@nbu.bg

Valentina Popova
Building 2, Room 509
Tel: 02/8110519 ext:25091
e-mail: vpopova@nbu.bg