The Department of Puppet – Theatre Arts was set up in 1975 as Białystok branch of the Academy. It offers MA in puppet – theatre acting and MA in puppet-theatre directing; both assigned for students with secondary education certificate. During studies students have an opportunity to get acquainted with acting with a puppet. Beside typical acting exercises other elements, particulary useful in puppet theatre, are stressed (pantomime, gesture, acting with a mask on, object theatre and hand theatre). Apart from practical training students are also instructed in general subjects. To complete the studies students have to write Master’s thesis and take part in two spectacles or produce one final exam show. Every year there are about fifteen graduates of acting and two or three of directing specializations.