Doctorate school of art and design

The Graduate School for Art and Design offers a PhD program in the Moscow campus.

PhD students study in the direction «Fine and decorative arts and architecture» through the following profiles:

  • history and theory of art;
  • sociocultural, economic and political contexts of art and design;
  • sociology of art and cultural industries;
  • «The world of art» and its institutions, the modern art process and the institutional aspect of the dynamics of visual arts;
  • history and theory of architecture;
  • fashion theory.

The postgraduate school of art and design is an innovative program that opens up opportunities for professional development for both students and alumni, not only in the field of academic research and teaching, but also in the field of socio-cultural design. Training on the program will allow, along with research competencies, to master the applied skills of project work in the field of culture.

The learning track

The program of the Graduate School of Art and Design provides a unique opportunity to combine research with an applied project developed on the basis of dissertation materials. Among the possible project tracks:

  • development of an exhibition project, which can be implemented in virtual space or at the site of one of the museums or galleries and program partners;
  • development of an online course that will turn a dissertation into an online educational project;
  • development of a publishing project, etc.You can come to our graduate school with your topic, or you can formulate it in the process of discussion with the supervisor. The school of design offers only a few examples of research areas.

Our Graduate School is a community of scholars with a wide variety of academic interests that range from contemporary art, comics and video games to cinema, performance and wearable technologies. Our Graduate School is a design laboratory that brings together theorists and practitioners of art and design.

In a word, if you are ready to immerse yourself in serious research work and at the same time want to see how your academic studies find their continuation in applied projects — come and we will do it together!

Entrance exams

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The interview consists of two parts. The maximum possible grade for an interview is 50 points.

In the first part of the interview, the applicant receives 1 question from the topics of the interview program presented below.

The interview is conducted individually and involves an interactive dialogue between the members of the selection committee and the applicant. The members of the selection committee reserve the right to ask additional clarifying questions on the topic.

  • Primitive art, its forms and features.
  • Art of the Ancient East (fine art and architecture of the countries of the Near East).
  • The art of ancient Egypt (architecture and art).
  • The art of Ancient Greece (main stages, features of development).
  • The art of ancient Rome (architecture, sculpture, painting).
  • The art of Byzantium (the main stages of development and their features, architecture, mosaic, icon painting).
  • Romanesque art.
  • Gothic architecture and sculpture.
  • Old Russian art.
  • The art of the Renaissance.
  • Baroque art.
  • Western European art of the 18th century
  • 19th century Western European art
  • Russian art of the 17-19th century
  • The origins of the avant-garde. Gauguin. Cezanne. Primitivism. Fauvism. Cubism.
  • Expressionism and neo-expressionism.
  • Picasso and Cubism. The role of Picasso in the art of the 20th century.
  • Italian futurism.
  • Dadaism. Marcel Duchamp and conceptualism.
  • Surrealism. Picasso. Klee. Miro. Dali. Magritte.
  • Art Avant-Garde in Russia 1910-1917 The main representatives and trends.
  • Constructivism.
  • Art between the wars.
  • Post-war American art.
  • N. Cage and Fluxus. Situationalist International.
  • Postmodernism in art.
  • Young British Artists (YBA).
  • Street art.
  • Performance: origins and modernity.
  • The official art of the Stalin period.
  • Soviet unofficial art. Lianozovo school, Moscow romantic conceptualism, social art. Moscow actionism.
  • Russian art of the 2000s
  • Photography in art of the 20-21 centuries.
  • The importance of new technologies in the development of contemporary art practices. Video art, technological art. Science art. VR (virtual reality), mixed reality.
  • Not-art, post-internet art.

In the second part of the interview, the applicant talks about their research interests and the research topic that they plan to work on during their postgraduate studies, as well as how they sees the implementation of their research in the project format.

Portfolio competition

In order to participate in the portfolio competition, the applicant submits a motivation letter in which they describe their interests and motives for entering the PhD program, and also indicate the proposed research topic (in this case, the applicant can either choose one of the topics proposed by the HSE Design School or propose their own topic).

The motivation letter should contain an overview of the most important research achievements in the selected field (with bibliographic references), as well as an assessment of the current situation in academic discourse (analysis of gaps, omissions and errors in current studies).

The applicant must list the questions that they would like to answer in the process of working on their research (at least five). In addition, it is necessary to identify the research strategy (a set of procedures for answering research questions, empirical data and proposed research methods).

Motivation letter structure:

Field of study;
The alleged topic of the dissertation;
Research problem / main research question;
Relevance and novelty of the research topic;
The degree of scientific development of the research topic;
The purpose and objectives of the study (correlated with the methods and focused on the result);
Object and subject of research;
Theoretical and source research base;
The approximate structure of the dissertation (short or detailed plan);
Expected results of the study;
List of sources mentioned in the text.
In addition to a letter of motivation, applicants can provide additional documents.

Other documents

CV (CV);
Information about participation in conferences, exhibitions, competitions, schools, research projects, scientific grants, olympiads, etc .;
List of publications;
A copy of a diploma of education or a certificate of academic performance with a list of subjects studied and grades obtained;
A letter of recommendation from a specialist who is familiar with the achievements of the applicant;
Documents confirming the work experience of the applicant.

Research laboratories

Dance and performance studies

Professors and curators

Liudmila Alyabieva

Academic Director: Doctoral School of Arts and Design

Associate Professor: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design / HSE Art and Design School

Member of the Editorial Board, Fashion Theory — Journal of Dress Body and Culture. Editor-in-chief, Теория моды: одежда, тело, культура. Candidate of Sciences (PhD) Russian State University for the Humanities. Degree in Philology. Russian State University for the Humanities.

E. A. Asonova
E. A. Asonova

Кандидат педагогических наук. Область исследований: антропология детского и семейного чтения, современная детская и подростковая литература.

A. D. Borovskiy
A. D. Borovskiy

Кандидат искусствоведения, куратор. Заведующий Отделом новейших течений Государственного Русского музея

T. U. Gnedovskaya
T. U. Gnedovskaya

Доктор искусствоведения. Область исследований: немецкая архитектура второй половины XIX-XX века.

A. S. Kolesnik
A. S. Kolesnik

Кандидат исторических наук. Старший научный сотрудник в научных проектах ИГИТИ. Область исследований: история музыки, история и социология знания, новая культурная история.

A. A. Novikova
A. A. Novikova

Доктор культурологии. Кандидат искусствоведения. Область исследований: антропология медиа, цифровая культура, массовая культура.

E. Lapina-Kratasuk
E. Lapina-Kratasuk

Кандидат культурологии. Область исследований: социология культуры, городское развитие, цифровая среда, кино.

N. U. Molok
N. U. Molok

Кандидат искусствоведения, куратор. Область исследований: современное искусство.

N. V. Plyngyan
N. V. Plyngyan

Кандидат искусствоведения, художник. Область исследований: современное искусство, гендерные исследования.

A.S Salin
A.S Salin

Кандидат философских наук. Область исследований: феноменология, герменевтика, исследования науки, game studies.

I.M. Sahno
I.M. Sahno

Доктор филологических наук, культуролог, искусствовед. Область исследований: русский авангард 1910-1925-х гг.: живопись и поэзия, вербальное и визуальное: грамматика культуры, искусство модернизма.

N.V. Smolyanskaya
N.V. Smolyanskaya

Кандидат философских наук.Сфера исследований: философия искусства, философия языка, эпистемология искусства.

A.D. Strayseva-Persheeva
A.D. Strayseva-Persheeva

Кандидат искусстоведения, кинорежиссер, видеохудожник. Область исследований: современное искусство, визуальные исследования, видеоарт.

I. E. Sirotkina
I. E. Sirotkina

Кандидат психологических наук, PhD (социология). Сфера исследований: интеллектуальная история, история психологии и психиатрии, история танца и двигательной культуры.

V. Strukov
V. Strukov

Доцент Университета Лидза (University of Leeds). Исследователь, куратор, основатель и главный редактор международного журнала «Исследования российских, евразийских и центрально-европейских новых медиа кино и цифровой культуры».

T. E Fadeeva

Кандидат искусствоведения. Старший преподаватель Школы дизайна НИУ ВШЭ. Область исследований: современное искусство, дизайн.

Academic conferences

Online conference «Aesthetics of Good and Evil in Video Games»

Еhe conference «Aesthetics of Good and Evil in Video Games» that will be held online on 24th and 25th of September 2020 by means of ZOOM.

The deadline for proposals is the 25th of August.

Conference «Theories and practices of art and design: sociocultural, economic and political contexts»

Canceled due to measures introduced in Moscow aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. Stay tuned.

International conference «Imagining the Unusual»

«Introducing the unusual: cognitive dissonance, pattern breaking and other fantastic creatures»

Dates: September 19 — 21, 2019

The participants focus on the prospects for the development of art and the science of art, questions about the place and role of art in modern society.
Dates: April 10 — 12, 2019

About HSE

40 300
7 000
professors and researchers
educational programmes

HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL is a subdivision of the Higher School of Economics National Research University, one of the leading universities in Russia, a participant of the majority of authoritative international educational ratings (QS, ARWU, Times Higher Education, U.S. News Best Global Universities Subject).

It’s not only a huge scientific laboratory, but a representative expert platform as well: the HSE personnel are actively involved in the key expert discussions, they are members of many collegiate and consultative bodies and are opinion leaders of the most important issues in the sphere of education, social policy, healthcare, demography, labor market, transport, public administration, and technological development.