Start date
October 2024
2 years
Part-time, evenings and weekends
Contemporary art
About the course
The course curriculum is intended for applicants who wish to realize their creative potential and develop their ability to express ideas with the help of contemporary art methods and means, as well as to start or continue professional career as an artist, a curator or an art manager in this field.

The purpose of the programme is to teach students to think and express meanings using the tools of contemporary art, to help form an individual and conscious creative method of art practice. The course prepares students for integration into the global artistic environment and immerses students in the most important aspects of successful cooperation with international institutions and the art industry.

The school offers many development opportunities in the field of contemporary art: students participate in exhibition projects, collaborations with leading Russian and international institutions, attend major biennials and events from the world of contemporary art.

Recent exhibition projects of the course:

Cube Moscow — “Obsession” 2019
Zaryadye — “In Search of a Beginning” 2019
Winzavod — “Coexistence: Designation of Borders” 2019
Richter Space — “The Labyrinth” 2019
Fragment Gallery — Communication Ways, 2018
Winzavod — “Ritual” part of the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, 2018
COSMOSCOW — Sponsorship project “Seasons”, 2018
Solyanka VPA Gallery — Essam, 2017
Artplay Moscow — Final Exhibition of BHSAD, 2017
Gallery A3 — “Before: Foy”, 2017
K35 Gallery — Final Exhibition of the first course, 2017

Starting from May 2020 programmes that cover different areas of contemporary art become a part of a new BHSAD and Universal University platform — Moscow School of Contemporary Art.

What makes the programme unique

Educational trips

Each year students have the opportunity, together with tutors, to attend the most important events, such as the Venice Biennale, Documenta in Kassel and Manifesta, as well as to meet with curators, artists and organizers of these art forums. Personal acquaintances and communication with curators, artists and gallery owners in the art world broaden their horizons and give a more complete picture of contemporary art in a global context.

Experimental platform

Throughout the length of the programme, students gain access to the School's unique technical resources — photo laboratories and photo studios, a printing workshop, a workshop on 3D modeling and ceramics, and a VR laboratory. This allows students to try themselves in a wide variety of artistic techniques, to experiment with mixing and crossing all kinds of arts, giving them a non-trivial form. This approach reveals the students creative potential and helps to create an individual artistic language.

Global context

The programme is composed by professionals with international experience from leading art institutions in the world, and the educational process is built in accordance with the approaches and requirements prescribed not only by the Russian, but also by the world art community. Lectures and seminars from foreign speakers and teachers with international education and exhibition experience allow students to gain unique experience and knowledge and also to inform students with the complete overview of current industry trends and an understanding of global art processes in order to help in further career growth.

Unique speakers

Studying on the course "Contemporary art" includes meetings with contemporary artists, critics, curators and gallery owners. This is very important in order to start dialogue between students and representatives of the professional art community. Discussions and seminars are also held on a regular basis, where there is a critique of current projects and works by famous personalities of contemporary art. Photo: Taus Makhacheva

Opportunities for art practice

The course provides many development opportunities: students participate in exhibition projects, collaborations with leading Russian and international institutions, undergo internships at leading art institutions, and gain access to the School’s workshops throughout their studies. Thanks to this, students have the opportunity to carry out projects, receive publicity and make important contacts for a successful future career in the field of contemporary art, as well as interact with students of other courses and schools at Universal University, which makes it possible to create unique, creative, interdisciplinary projects and collaborations at a high and professional level.

Interdisciplinary approach

The programme prepares artists who can work at the borderline of different artistic fields, cultures and practices. Graduates will not only freely navigate in contemporary visual codes, but also create them independently on the basis of new multidisciplinary alliances with cinema, science, medicine, economics, philosophy and other areas.
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Programme Structure
Semester 1 and 2
The practical history of art
- An overview of the development of the history of art
- Theoretical and practical study of the directions of the art of modernism, postmodernism and contemporary art (20-21st century)

The context of contemporary art
- Meeting with well known practicing Russian and foreign artists
- Discussions with famous representatives of the art community
- Visits to the most significant exhibition projects
- Artists' studio visits
- Meetings with representatives of museums, galleries and foundations

Guest speakers:

Teresa Mavika — Director of the V-A-C Foundation
Aiza Prudnikova — Commissioner and Artistic Director, the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art
Ekaterina Bochavar — Director of Solyanka VPA
Alina Saprykina — Director of the Museum of Moscow
Margarita Pushkina — founder of COSMOSCOW
Mariana Huber-Gogova — head of the Gogova Foundation and founder of the Artwin Gallery
Olga Nestertseva — Deputy Director of the Multimedia Art Museum
Vasily Tsereteli — Director of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Vladimir Logutov — curator of the Smirnov and Sorokin Foundation
Oleg Kulik — artist
Irina Korina — artist
Dmitry Gutov — artist
Taus Makhacheva — artist
Michael Armitage — artist
Polina Kanis — artist

2D Media
- Graphic skills
- Street art
- Collage techniques
- Colour usage
- Experimental painting technology
- Analog photography
- Screen printing and other printing techniques
- Individual project

3D Media
- Sculpture
- Installation
- Assemblage
- Readymade
- Experimentations with materials
- Individual project

Digital Media
- Digital Images
- Digital photography
- Work in a photo studio
- Video art
- Work in virtual reality
- Multimedia art
- Sound art
- Individual project

Performative Media
- Actionism
- Performance
- Happening
- Principles of working with audiences and viewers

Final individual project for the first year of study
- Research on the proposed topic
- Presentation of the development process
- Individual tutorials
- Presentation of the project at school and the exhibition of the project at the external site
Semester 3 and 4
Individual practice
- Forming personal artistic practice
- Concept development and project ideas
- Writing a personal statement
- Creation of personal website and promoting strategies
- Writing applications for art residences, competitions and grants
- Presenting individual exhibition project

Curatorial practice
- Critical analysis and art criticism
- Various types of curatorial activities
- Work with relevant topics and directions in the framework of exhibition activities
- Consideration of curatorial approaches in a global context

Group practice
- Exploration of group art activities
- Practical approaches and strategies in group work
- Development of a collective project
- Presentation of the project in the exhibition space

Art management
- Components of the contemporary art market
- Exhibition design process
- Gallery business
- Specifics of Art institutions: museums, foundations, residences
- The specifics of Russian and Western art markets

Final degree project
- Determining the type of project for the degree show
- Formalisation of ideas and concepts for the project
- Working in collaboration with other participants of the final project
- Installation and presentation at the external exhibition site
Student works
Course students
Student projects
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Lena Ash
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Lena Ash “What is yours?”
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Anastasia Rotenberg
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Anastasia Rotenberg Remember
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Alexandra Nesterkina
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Alexandra Nesterkina Student work
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Christins Dontsova
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Christins Dontsova Student work
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Anastasia Rotenberg
Anastasia Rotenberg
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Students Labyrinth
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Christina Dontsova
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How to apply

Entry requirements

To enroll to the programme you need to fill in an online application form and successfully pass an interview on the selected day.

It is possible to apply for the second year of study for applicants who:

- are able to work with most of the following media and practices: 2D media, 3D media, digital media, performative media
- able to independently conduct a creative project at all stages: from creating an idea, developing a detailed concept and practical experience to physical implementation
- possess relevant knowledge in the history and theory of contemporary art and an understanding of the context: from the art of the post-war period to the present.

For applicants for the second year, the experience of exhibiting works is required.

Required documents

- Application form - The original or a certified copy of previous education certificate - 2 photos 3x4 - Passport (presented upon submission of documents)

Tuition fee

370 000 rubles per year

The standard form of payment for educational services is equal payments, twice a year. The School also has its own installment plan, which allows you to pay for education on a monthly basis.

Upon acceptance in the first round of interviews, a 5% discount provided on the first payment.

Additional expenses of students during the period of study:

During the course, you may need art and stationery, supplies for projects, printing and photocopying services, and other types of services and supplies. Their list, degree of commitment and cost depends on the requirements of each program and the specifics of the learning tasks. Also, during studies, you may be recommended to visit museums, art galleries, professional events, so it is advisable to plan the costs of tickets.

An approximate list of art materials most often used by our students: sketchbook, portfolio, soft and medium hard pencils, black bold pencil, sharpener, charcoal, eraser,, color markers, black markers, black ink, brushes synthetic, masking tape, scissors, palette, set of acrylic paints, set of capillary pens, liners, colored adhesive tape, glue stick, foam roller, watercolor A4 paper, color A4 paper, dry pastel, color stickers, craft paper etc.

The full list will depend on the specifics of the project and the chosen method of its realization.

In addition to the curriculum, you may be invited to participate in activities that are not part of the curriculum, but that can be beneficial in terms of professional development (for example, an exhibition at an external site). The costs of such events are not included in the cost of the course and become known at the stage of preparation of an event.


Applicants must submit a portfolio of work, undertake an interview with a representative of the school and to write an essay on a provided topic. It is important for the admissions committee to assess the level of motivation of the applicant, so during the interview questions may be asked related to the educational and professional experience of the applicant, his personal qualities and vision of his own development in contemporary art.


Any projects in such areas as drawing, painting, graphics, photography, decorative art, etc. are considered for submission as a part of applicant's portfolio.
Cost and terms of payment

Cost and terms of payment

370 000 ₽ per year
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