"Everything — from banners on websites to special effects in cinema is the creation of animators. A modern artist, animator or multimedia designer is a multidisciplinary specialist who is able to replace a whole group of professionals — from designer and illustrator to director«
— Alexey Ryumin, Head of «Animation and Illustration» profile, HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL.
The area of animation and illustration employment is extremely wide: spectacular visual effects in blockbusters, authentic realms of videogames, printed publications graphic design, advertising banners, and experimental animation. It is wrong to think that to be good at drawing is enough for the work with such sophisticated products. Illustration and animation require a skill of expressing one’s thoughts with the help of the graphic language. Specialists in these spheres not just bring the viewer into the parallel world but also know exactly how it works. If you want to learn to be an animator, illustrator, comics artist or CGI specialist, HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL invites you to study in one of the best universities of Moscow and Russia.
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In the beginning of the second year students of the profile «Animation and illustration» can choose one of four specializations.
Multimedia design specialists are highly required in the media and advertising. They must be able to work on media resources’ visual concepts and elaborate brand ideology, communication strategy and guidelines. The students of this specialization study animation and illustration and adapt it for advertising, TV, and Internet. The products produced by them are two- and three-dimensional animation, commercials, landings, video loops, interactive installations, and major special projects.
Visual effects is an inherent element of the cinema, video, advertisement, and TV production. A professional in this sphere must be able to develop photorealistic characters and animate them, elaborate detailed scenes and fill the cadre with demolitions and smoke. Students study this under the guidance of the CG training center personnel. The center cooperates with major animation and cinema studios: students get an opportunity to work with real studio materials already during their studies.
Availability and impact of moving pictures turned animation in the «hottest» involving method of telling stories. Cinema, commercials, newsmaking, and education — these spheres learn to use animation and speak its language. Within the framework of the «Animation» specialization the HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL trains perception laws specialists and searchers of new visual expression means.
It’s not enough just to be able to paint in order to be an illustrator. This profession requires a full-fledged immersion in the history and practice of illustration and its technologies. An illustrator is a person with a conceptual thinking. Illustrator is ready to act as a co-author of the text: it depends on him how the readers perceive the content. Students learn to work on various types of projects — calendar, comic book, journal, and books for children and adults. Their competences comprise not only creation of covers and illustration cycles but also font selection, layouts and book trailer creation. Examination of image direction and composition laws helps to reveal students’ creativity.
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.