T. K. Zhurgenov Kazakh national Art Academy is a multistage multidisciplanry educational institution, recognized training center of the creative intellectuals which graduates make gold fund of world and national culture and art. The history of T.K. Zhurgenov KAZNAA begins since 1955, Kurmangazy Art Institute (nowadays Conservatory) opened the theatre faculty. In 1977, on the base of the Conservatory, Almaty State Theatre and Art Institute (ASTAI) has been created. According to the Decree of the Republic of Kazakhstan № 236 dated 14 February 2000, on the basis of former Kazakh theater and cinema State Institute and the Kazakh state art Academy created T. K. Zhurgenov Kazakh State Art Academy, where the rector was the doctor of pedagogical Sciences, Professor T. A. Kishkashbayev.
According to the Republic of Kazakhstan President’s Decree № 648 dated July 5, 2001 “On granting special status to certain public higher educational institutions”, the Academy was given special status “T. K. Zhurgenov Kazakh national Art Academy”. In 2008, Arystanbek Muhamediuly, Honored Art Activist of RK, and Doctor of Philosophy, appointed as a rector of T. K. Zhurgenov Kazakh National Art Academy, according to the President’s Decree of the Republic of Kazakhstan. A. Muhamedikuly’s targeted and daily work in the position of the rector in T. Zhurgenov KNAA fostered transition of the academy from traditional to modern technology of education, like a credit system.