The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice was founded in 1929. Located in a neo-Gothic building the Academy combines its luminous past marked by such outstanding graduates as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Wojciech Kilar, Krystian Zimerman with its present artistic and didactic activities. The school also prides on its new spectacular Concert Hall which meets the latest spatial and acoustic requirements. The building is also the seat of one of the largest music libraries in Poland. The Academy offers full-time as well as part-time BA and MA studies adjusted to European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) at two departments: Composition, Interpretation, Education and Jazz Department as well as Vocal-Instrumental Department.