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EDUCATION

Study art in Russia

The best schools of cinematography, design,
architecture and contemporary art

Russia has always been famous for its centuries-long artistic traditions—which brings traditions of art education along with it. We examine what modern art education looks like in the country and how it brings out the best in students.


Rodchenko Art School

This school is named after a venerated Russian designer and photographer Alexander Rodchenko. It is a part of a contemporary art centre that also encompasses the Moscow House of Photography and the Multimedia Art Museum. The School’s main programme is the three-year postgraduate degree in Photography and Multimedia Art that covers documentary and artistic photography, the moving image and sound art.

City
Moscow

Scholarship
No

website
mdfschool.ru

Moscow School of New Cinema

City
Moscow

Scholarship
No

website
newcinemaschool.com

Moscow School of New Cinema’s course catalog is split into four major domains: directing, cinematography, screenwriting and actor training. The programs are either one or two years in length, with classes taking place in the evenings. The School regularly announces grant opportunities, often together with commercial partners like InRussia.

Da. at Far Eastern Federal University

Da. is Russia’s first practice-oriented master’s programme in Digital Art, taking place at the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University on Russky Island, just across the strait from downtown Vladivostok. The program operates at the intersection of science and art and aims to train professionals for the world of new disciplines. The curriculum covers 3D mapping, AR/VR, robotics, computer vision and neural networks. Students ‘learn by doing,’ presenting interim projects bi-weekly and building their portfolios right from the start.

City
Vladivostok

Scholarship
No

website
dafefu.cc

Art & Science at ITMO University

City
Saint Petersburg

Scholarship
No

website
en.itmo.ru

This is Russia’s first master’s programme that combines world-class art expertise and cutting-edge science labs, all in hopes of fostering a dialogue between artists and scientists and equipping a new generation of experts to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. The two majors in the programme are Arts & Science in Natural Sciences and Arts & Science in Exact Sciences, with several specialisations at students’ disposal: BioArt, NeuroArt, AI Art and others.

Contemporary Art Philosophy
& Art Systems Analysis at HSE University

This recently-announced initiative treats contemporary art as a lingua franca between science, tech, and politics—a medium that explores our environment and realities, just like the natural sciences and the humanities. The curriculum includes modules on new media, avant-garde museology, post-colonial theory, gender studies and post-structuralism. The programme is part-time and runs for two years.

City
Moscow

Scholarship
No

website
design.hse.ru

British Higher School
of Art and Design

Since its launch in 2003, The British Higher School of Art and Design (BHSAD) has become one of the focal points for arts and design education in Russia. Part of Universal University, it works in close partnership with the School of the Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire and offers BA degrees accredited by its British counterpart. Additionally, there are multiple vocational, foundation and pre-foundation courses across disciplines like communication design, visual arts, marketing and business, fashion and more.

City
Moscow

Scholarship
No

website
britishdesign.ru

MARCH Architecture School

City
Moscow

Scholarship
No

website
march.ru

Also part of Universal University, MARCH was Russia’s first independent architecture school. It was developed in partnership with the Sir John Cass Faculty of Arts, Architecture and Design of London Metropolitan University. The British university validates MARCH’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Beside that, the School also offers a wide range of architecture- and urban design-centered short courses, summer schools and part-time professional development programmes, as well as a programme for children.

TEXT: Vlad Ilkevich

Sources: All of this information was gathered form the universities main websites and latest annual reports.

Photos: 1,8,9 – Da. Digital Art in FEFU/Vkontakte, 2,3 – British Higher School
of Art and Design/Press kit, 4 – MARCH Architecture School/Facebook, 5,6 – Rodchenko Art School/Facebook, 7 – Moscow School of New Cinema/Facebook, 10 – Art & Science at ITMO University/Facebook, 11,12 – HSE University/Facebook