Curators & professors

Visual Effects


«CG (computer graphic) today is a huge area of the digital reality, which allows you to create and manage unlimited visual content. A successful CG industry specialist is a creative person, masterful of technical tools, striving for constant search and development», — Maria Polisadova, curator of the «Visual effects» profile.


Visual effects are an essential element in the cinema, video, advertising and television production. A professional in this field should be able to develop photo-realistic characters and animate them, create detailed scenes, fill the frame with destruction or smoke. HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL students learn under the guidance of CG-training center employees who collaborate with large animation and film studios: this is how students get the opportunity to work with real studio materials during their studies.

First-year students of the Visual Effects program receive basic training in the field of animation: they make classic and large-format illustrations, comics, short animated films and 3D videos. In the second year, you will work with concept art, animated 3D modeling, sculpting, rigging, designing the environment in the 3D scene and rendering. In parallel, you will learn how to develop a character — from an idea, a legend and a concept of the world to textures, surroundings and the smallest props — and create an effective video with the character in his environment based on the course results. The third year of study is devoted to further deeper specialization, students can choose one of two areas: related to the classic animation «Character Animation» or «Locations in the 3D Scene and Visual Effects», focused on working in the most modern and popular program Houdini FX. In the fourth year, students create large-scale graduation projects in the format of short films, honing a wide range of their individual professional skills.

Future career routes

Entry Exams

Required score
Russian language
Required score
Creative competition

Creative competition includes:

  • interview
  • creative project
Details about exams


Programme of entry exam in Russian language

Russian language entrance test. Sample 2017

If your knowledge of Russian language is not sufficient to pass the exam there is a special HSE course for international enrollees. HSE’s Preparatory Yeartrains international students with little or no knowledge of Russian before they pass the exam. Over 10 months of intensive study, students improve their basic language skills (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), study in a chosen academic field (humanities, economics, or engineering), and adapt to the new educational environment. Upon completing Preparatory Year, students are expected to possess intermediate-level language skills (CEFR level B1, TRKI level 1) and be ready to pass Russian language exam at HSE and other Russian universities.

Learn more about Preparatory year for international students


Creative competition includes interview and creative project.


The interview is conducted individually and involves an interactive dialogue between members of the selection committee and the enrollee. To successfully complete an interview, you should be ready to name at least two authors / artifacts / style tendencies / artistic trend characteristics of the following periods in the history of art and culture, and be able to give them a brief description: Antiquity, Early Middle Ages, High Middle Ages, XIV century, XV century, XVI century, XVII century, XVIII century, XIX century, XX century.

Creative project

Creative project is a series of works (from 6 to 12) united by one theme, connected by a single concept and a single stylistic decision.
The themes of the projects are chosen by the enrollee and must reveal her / his creative potential and level of artistic thinking. HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL offers possible but not mandatory topics. If applicants choose a different theme for their project, then, provided the principle of seriality, the commission will consider such a project on an equal basis with all.

As a project subject, enrollees can choose an existing work / cycle of works in one of the established genres or formats: fiction / non-fiction literature / folklore / mythology / fairy tales / historical books / diaries.

On this topic enrollees should complete a series of 6–12 works as a project, for example:

a series of characters for a cartoon or computer game, depicted in their respective contexts with backgrounds or in a storyboard;

a series of frames for a cartoon or computer game;

3D models of objects / characters (accompanied by 6-12 screenshots);

3D video (reel), duration — up to 1 minute (accompanied by 6-12 screenshots);

cartoon (accompanied by 6–12 screenshots).

Timeframe for submissions of applications

International students can apply for undergraduate programmes for the next academic year starting from October 29. Our admission boards evaluate applications for state-funded places (government scholarships), as well as fee-paying places.

October 29 — February 28, 2019 — applications for state-funded and fee-paying places are accepted (find out more about Russian government scholarships).

March 1 — August 10, 2019 — applications for fee-paying places only are accepted.

How to join

Submit an Application Form

Set Up Your User ID and Password

International applicants may get access to their accounts after they apply for a User ID and a password using the link. Once you have submitted a form, an e-mail will be sent to the address you indicated during registration with your User ID and password. Please make sure уou have provided the correct e-mail address. Your User ID/password application will be considered within 72 hours (including weekends and public holidays).

Fill in the Form

You can use your User ID and password to enter your account. Don’t forget to read through the form fields to be filled in (required fields are marked with an asterisk).

Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to access it again. Only an application’s supporting materials can be updated. Please do not resend your application.

All of your supporting files must be in .pdf or .jpeg format. Their size should not exceed 15MB.

After your application materials have been attached, please click ‘SUBMIT’. You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your application within 24 hours.

Full instructions on how to use the application form can be found here.

Application Evaluation

Once you have selected a programme, you can sign up for exams. If none of the exam dates on the list is suitable for you, you may choose any of the available dates. You will have an option to change it, as the schedule is regularly updated.

If you plan to take an on-site entrance exam in your home country (as per the schedule for exams held outside of the Russian Federation), your results will be included in your Foreign Applicant’s Personal Account within 2 weeks following the end of the examination period in your home country.

You can also access your account to find out whether or not you are recommended for admission to a fee-paying place, as well as whether or not you are eligible for a discount based on your entrance exam results.

Online entrance exams are conducted using HSE’s own information resources and the Examus service. An e-mail with your ID and a password for obtaining access to the online system will be sent to the e-mail address indicated in your registration.

We recommend making sure that your computer meets the requirements of the Examus system:

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or Mac OS (version 10.9 or higher);
  • Google Chrome web browser (the latest version as at the date of exam);
  • a built-in or external webcam;
  • Internet connection of 1 Mbps or faster.

Your exam results will appear in the Foreign Applicant’s Personal Account after the completion of the exam process within a week.

Once your application has been reviewed by the examination committee, the status in your account will be updated as follows:

  • recommended for admission to a state-funded place;
  • recommended for admission to a fee-paying place;
  • rejected.

A final decision on admission to state-funded places shall be published on the ‘For International Applicants’ page in your personal account, once all respective applications have been approved by the HSE Student Selection Committee.

Prepare Your Documents

If you are successfully accepted to HSE, you have to start preparing your documents for your visit to Russia.

List of required documents

Arrival and Enrolment

Before Arrival Instructions

Before you arrive in Moscow HSE campus, please make sure to:

1. Prepare all documents listed and upload them to the Enrolment Consent section in your personal account

2. Legalize your academic credentials (degree/high school certificates/diplomas)

The specific legalization procedure will depend on the country where your diploma was issued. Please refer to this page for a full list of countries and relevant legalization requirements. Each country may have its own legalization terms and conditions.

3. Make your academic credentials (degree/high school certificates/diplomas) recognized in Russia

Once you have received the original of your degree/high school certificate and obtained its notarized translation into Russian (if applicable), please submit an application for the recognition of your academic credentials via your personal account on the HSE website. If you have any questions regarding recognition, please contact us at

Information on recognition of foreign academic credentials by HSE

IMPORTANT! Recognition procedure is mandatory for all foreign citizens applying to HSE and is offered free of charge. If you have a Russian high school/degree certificate issued by a Russian academic institution, you are still required to submit an application for recognition of academic credentials.

4. Apply for a Russian visa

If you have been admitted as a state-funded student (tuition waiver), your visa reference will be issued by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (MES), once HSE staff uploads all documents listed to the MES information system. The list of visa reference numbers will be published in your personal account in the Visa section. Normally visa references should be available in early August.

If you have been admitted to HSE as a fee-paying student, please submit an application to obtain a visa invitation via your personal account (Visa section). More details are available in your personal account.

Please note that citizens of the following counties DO NOT NEED a student visa to study at Russian educational institutions: Azerbaijan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Armenia, and Uzbekistan.

If you are a citizen of Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan or Ukraine, you may use your national (internal) passport when crossing the Russian border. If you are a citizen of any other country, you must obtain a travel passport to enter Russia.

Russian nationals arriving in Russia must also show an ID (Russian travel passport for Russian citizens residing abroad). To enrol in HSE, you must also have your national (internal) passport readily available, even if you are residing abroad. Please make sure to make your plans in advance, since it may take up to 2 months to issue a national passport in Russia (if you don’t have a permanent registration and only have a temporary one).

5. Enrolment procedures for foreign applicants

To officially enrol in HSE and secure a place at an HSE dormitory, please visit us at the following address starting from August 20, 2019:

Room 330, 3rd floor, 11 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa.

Make sure you have the following documents with you:

— your passport + its copy + notarized translation of your passport into Russian (if applicable);

— original high school/degree certificate/diploma + its copy + a notarized translation of your high school/degree certificate/diploma into Russian (if applicable);

— migration card issued upon entry to Russia (at the airport or another border checkpoint) or a copy of your Russian visa;

IMPORTANT! In the migration card, please make sure to underline Education («учеба») as your purpose of visit.

— 4 photographs (on matt or glossy paper), size: 3×4cm;

— original of your medical certificate (must be dated no later than March 2019), and negative HIV test results. Please note that a medical certificate is valid for 6 months, and an HIV certificate is valid for 3 months.

— your voluntary health insurance policy (if available). You can purchase an insurance policy fromany insurance company of your choice or obtain one at our office. For your convenience from August 20 to August 31, representatives of 3 Russian insurance companies will be working on 11 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa.

Enrolment procedure includes the following steps

1. Submitting documents for enrolment to HSE.

2. Preparing documents to obtain a migration registration.

Please note that foreign students must register at their actual residence address:

— if you are staying at an HSE dormitory, please contact the dormitory staff to get registered via a local migration office;

— if you are staying at a rented apartment, please contact your landlord/landlady to get registered via a local migration office.

Please visit our office to for more details regarding the registration of students who are staying at rented apartments.

IMPORTANT! Citizens of the following countries may stay in the Russian Federation without registration for a fixed period of time only:

· citizens of Ukraine — 90 days;

· citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia — 30 days;

· citizens of Tajikistan — 15 days.

3. Dormitory check-in.

Dormitory places will be allocated via applicants’ personal accounts. You will get access to the Dormitory section in your personal account, once you’ve completed the Enrolment Consent and Recognition of Foreign Education and (or) Qualifications sections but no earlier than August 10. Therefore, by the time you visit us to submit your documents starting from August 20, a place at the dormitory will have already been assigned to you.

About HSE

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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.