and illustration

Students search their unique style, which they express in practical projects: animated videos, comics and design of printed publications.


The area of animation and illustration is extremely wide: spectacular visual effects in blockbusters, authentic realms of videogames, 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, the HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL invites you to study in one of the best universities in Russia.

Head of the direction, artist, multimedia designer, designer of the TEDxMoscow team, author of a series of projects in the «paper architecture» genre, music videos (СПБЧ, Петр Налич), animation and documentary films and video art, winner of architecture and short film contests.


If you are interested in screen art then you have an opportunity to enter BA profile «Animation and Illustration», there you can choose one of four specializations: «Animation», «Visual Effects», «Illustration», «Multimedia Design».


For those who want to continue their education in the field of illustration, to improve their skills and get additional specialization, there is an option to enter MA profile «Illustration and printed graphics».


If you want to learn a new profession or to upgrade your skills and reach a new career level, we offer annual and short additional education programs.

Студенты этого курса вникают в технические основы цифровой трёхмерной анимации, учатся рассказывать истории и создают сложный мультимедийный продукт.

Курс рассчитан на подготовку 3D-дженералистов — специалистов по компьютерной графике, которые занимаются отрисовкой, «оживлением» и внедрением 3D-персонажей в сцену фильма, рекламный ролик или видеоигру.

Курс предназначен для начинающих аниматоров, которые хотят научиться реалистичному риггингу — созданию «скелета» анимационного персонажа.


Professors and curators

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.


Design lab

HSE Design Lab — bureau where talented senior students work teaming up with experienced art directors. The Laboratory integrates commercial projects in the areas of branding, book publishing, animation, museum design, digital design. Due to the harmonious combination of an analytical approach, in-depth knowledge, practical competence and constant study of the most modern approaches and design tools, the Laboratory successfully works with both large customers and young startups.

HSE ART Gallery

The display area and experimental territory has been opened in 2018. The gallery is to become a platform for a teamwork of students and modern art professionals. We aspire to give the floor to a new generation of artists and throw together successful cultural institutions, famous artists and curators, the students who are just beginning to search their own ways, and sophisticated audience in search for something new.

Fashion workshop

Four clothing engineering shops work in the HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL to implement creative ideas. They are equipped with advanced gear. Household and production sewing machines, overlock machines, coverlocks, and ironing and steaming equipment are at the students’ disposal. To develop complex forms and constructions flexible dummies are used and cutting tables and mirrors, storage racks, brackets and other appliances necessary for students’ efficient work are installed.

Prepress and digital print

The HSE PrepressLab performs a whole cycle of prepress operations. The laboratory personnel includes professionals with many years of experience in book production and magazine printing. The laboratory carries out open consultations for bachelors and magisters as well as extended education students. The lab equipment makes it possible to calibrate printing and projection equipment. Optional calibrating of notebook computer screens is available for students. The laboratory makes it possible to print images of the highest quality, including certified proofs for print shops with possible control of color nuances by special viewing.

Porcelain workshop

In the porcelain workshop students can watch the casting process as well as try themselves as porcelain ware makers under the guidance of an experienced master or work independently with ready-made forms. The workshop offers an opportunity to practice the full cycle of manufacturing a porcelain product — from sculpture plasticine modeling to pouring of porcelain, baking and painting. The workshop is equipped with a furnace, driers, plaster pattern machine as well as paints, glazes, and pigments. In addition, training forms and models are also present.

Screen printing workshop

In the silk screening workshop the students under the guidance of professional typographers study the whole stage of printing technology beginning from the preparation of image and prepress on various types of carriers up to drying of the objects produced and gain knowledge on methods of printing, storing, layout, and presentation of graphic works. Using silk screen printing allows designers to significantly extend the range of their professional methods and skills and find a new sphere of expression.

Photo studios

There are two photo studios in the HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL. They are available not only for those who study photography: any student who needs making photos may register and get both modern photo equipment and studio employees expert assistance. The studios suit for all types of photography: portrait photography, product shots, fashion photography, and art projects photography.

Art and design history

Academic discipline «Art and design history and theory» includes lectures on history of arts, architecture, design, photography, cinema, theatre, etc. The exact set of courses depends on the students’ specializations. Besides, we regularly arrange public lectures where top-ranked designers, artists, photographers, and fashion professionals speak in front of the audience. These events are attended not only by HSE ART AND DESOGN SCHOOL students — we are always happy to see there our enrollees, professional designers and modern art aficionados.

Art practice

Artistic skills are not obligatory for the applicants of the HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL, however, it is necessary for every designer to practice them. Art practice is a series of educational disciplines that imply enhancing students’ creative abilities. Depending on the profile chosen the students are engaged in art practice in various formats: study basic principles of drawing, illustration, and painting, sketching and photosketching. They draw comics, paint pictures in oils and acryl, and create pieces of art and installations.

Jewelry design workshop

Bachelor’s profile «Jewelry art and object design in fashion» was launched only in 2018, however, any HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL student may venture into jewelry choosing the respective elective course. In the jewelry workshop the students master both the most ancient and most advanced techniques. These are simple form casting, molding, 3D design, vacuum casting, electrochemical processing of metals, titanium vacuum deposition, etc.

Design technologies

The HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL adheres to a project-based approach to education. From the first lesson students start drafting their original project under the guidance of the group curator (an academic group numbers up to 24 persons). One of the key courses is «design technologies». The «design technologies» supply students with all the basic tools needed for a complex work on any project. Depending on the chosen profiles these tools include various elements: software for graphic design, animation, 3D models, motion design, and web products. In the HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL there are 25 IT rooms and 20 training clusters which are equipped with over 500 Mac computers and licensed software PCs. Computer rooms are used not only for lectures and lessons but also for independent work of the students.


The HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL library grants open access to the most recent publications on design, art, fashion, and media industry for all the students.