The University of La Laguna (Universidad de La Laguna), also known as the ULL, is situated in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, on the island of Tenerife. It is the oldest university in the Canary Islands.
The University’s origins date to the year 1701 when a center for advanced studies was established by the Augustinians in the town of La Laguna. A Papal Bull of 1744 proposed that it be converted into the Ecclesiastical University of San Agustín.
In 1792, by royal decree, Charles IV of Spain ordered the establishment in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, then the capital of Tenerife and Canary Islands, of the first Universidad Literaria of the Canaries. Because of the political situation on the mainland this was not possible until the restoration of the House of Bourbon. The university was eventually established at La Laguna as the Universidad de San Fernando.
The ULL has six campuses: Central, Anchieta, Guajara, Campus del Sur, Ofra and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The Fine Arts Section
The Department of Fine Arts of the Faculty of Humanities has about 700 students and a staff of 61 teachers. In 2014 the new Campus of Guajara building was inaugurated. Following the process of adaptation to the European Higher Education Area, the degrees currently being taught are: Degree in Fine Arts, Degree in Design and Degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage. These allow access to the current postgraduate offer: Interuniversity Master in Innovation in Design for the Tourism Sector; Master in Art, Territory and Landscape; And Doctorate in Fine Arts.
With a sporadic background dating back to the 18th century, Fine Arts studies on the Island of Tenerife began to be taught, with academic validity and High School status, in 1947.
After its definitive incorporation to the University of La Laguna as Faculty in 1978, there is a renewal and updating of its pedagogical and technical content. Since then, as Faculty of Fine Arts (now Section of the Faculty of Humanities) has focused its teaching on the classic Art domains such as drawing, painting, sculpture and engraving, as well as in the arts of image and design, the techniques of restoration and also in the theoretical reflection that generates the complexity of the artistic process and its multiple interconnections with the present society.