The Institut Seni Indonesia Denpasar is a government art institute under direction of the Directorate General of Higher Education on behalf of Ministry of Education and Culture. It was established based on the Presidential Decree No.33/2003 of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, May 26, 2003. It constituted the Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia (STSI) Denpasar/an Indonesian college of arts to be integrated with The Program Studi Seni Rupa dan Desain (PSSRD) Universitas Udayana / a fine art and design program of Udayana University.

Originally, the ISI Denpasar was established as an Indonesian dance academy which was widely renowned as Akademi Seni Tari Indonesia (ASTI) Denpasar.

It was founded based on the Governor’s Decree No. 2/Pem/5/I/a/1967 of the Government of Bali, January 28, 1967 on the initiative of the Advisory Council and Cultural Development (known as Listibya) in accord with prevention, conservation, exploration, reconstruction, supervision, fostering and development of Balinese culture.

The interaction between culture and technology is increasingly developed; on the contrary, many artists passed away which affected particular Balinese art forms caught into extinction. Therefore, it needs to organize an art education for the young generations as the inheritors and saviors of the national cultures.

The ASTI Denpasar then received its status as a state-managed institution after two years term from the Department of Education and Culture with the Decree No. 066/1969 dated 7 August 1969. ASTI Denpasar was declared a department of ASTI Yogyakarta of which management was handled by Directorate General of Culture and due to changes occurred within the organization of Department of Education and Culture.

Since 1976 the management of ASTI Denpasar was administered by Directorate General of Higher Education, Department of Education and Culture as well as the supervision was directed to the formation of the Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI) together with other art academies throughout Indonesia.

By the Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture No.0445/0/1998 the status of ASTI Denpasar was then upgraded into the Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia (STSI) Denpasar/an Indonesian college of arts. Establishment of the STSI Denpasar was reinforced by President Decree No.22/1992. Finally, it was then completely integrated with PSSRD Udayana into ISI Denpasar on July 28, 2003.

The ceremonial inauguration and the establishment of ISI Denpasar were marked with inscriptional sign, wherein the Minister of National Education Prof. Drs. Malik Fadjar, MSc was directly acted as the signatory. Since the establishment of ASTI / STSI Denpasar and PSSRD Udayana University until upgraded to ISI, the Institute has been experienced several periods of leaderships.

Our integration into ISI is the most memorable milestone.