HSE ART & DESIGN SCHOOL is a creative division of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, a leading educational institution in the fields of design, fashion, and contemporary art in Russia.

We teach contemporary design and art skills with a special attention to systematic design thinking, elaborating concepts, and breaking traditional design rules with a deep knowledge of classic design instruments and techniques.

HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL includes 4 campuses in different cities and more than 15 educational areas. More than 5 000 students study in our undergraduate, graduate, additional education and postgraduate programs. HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL has its own art workshops and studios, a film pavilion, theater and fashion clusters, and a contemporary art gallery HSE ART GALLERY.

Today, we have grown enough to share our expertise with the international community and implement the best educational practices in collaboration with our partners.


Online Bachelor Program. 4 years

An innovative program that combines the benefits of a project-based approach to education in design with the competences of remote learning. The learning process is organized through our Digital Platform that includes such tools as Students Portfolio, Contests & Design Competitions and Map of Creative Competences.

Communication Design Basic Level. Online Course. 1 year

A year-long online course that helps to create a professional portfolio, master the software, develop creative skills and the ability to visualize ideas. Similarly to the 4-years Bachelor program, the course is set on our Digital Platform.

Offline Bachelor Program. 4 years

While the majority of the learning process is moderated through the Digital Platform, our program can also be launched offline.


HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL offers establishing Digital Campus or an affiliate/partnership program with a partner university or a business structure.


  • a scalable digital platform for the full organization and operation of an online campus at partner universities

  • comprehensive training for the curators and mentors, support and control of the educational process

  • materials for educational programs our know-how in the field of design and visual arts education

  • unique stable and effective educational program with strong results

  • localization of the program (language/national syllabus requirements)

WHAT IS REQUIRED from our partners?

  • either a private university or a business structure

  • ensuring the legal side of business operation in the region (including banking)

  • promotion of the online campus product in the region


> 5 000 students

> 5 000 students

> 500 professors & employees

> 500 professors & employees

8 bachelor programs

8 bachelor programs

9 master programs

9 master programs

60 CPD programs

60 CPD programs

>10 years of successful work in the field of design, art and fashion

>10 years of successful work in the field of design, art and fashion

50% of alumni start working and earning their living during education

50% of alumni start working and earning their living during education

95% of alumni find employment within 6 month of graduation

95% of alumni find employment within 6 month of graduation


QS by Faculty’23: 153 (Arts&Humanities)

U.S.News & World Report Best Global Universities by Subject’22: Top-200

THE World University Rankings by Subject’22: Top-200 (Arts&Humanities)

THE Young University Rankings’22: 66


Cutting edge contemporary educational program.

Project-based approach forming a professional portfolio.

Curators and mentors are outstanding practitioners working in the design industry.

Awards received by students, curators and mentors at reputable international exhibitions and competitions.

Fully digital platform covering all aspects of teaching online and already confirmed by results of students studying online.



HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL students on a regular basis participate in and win international design competitions, perform at design festivals, and are featured on prestigious professional digital platforms.

These activities are important for young creatives — to keep abreast of the international agenda, to imagine the professional level of colleagues and receive feedback from jury members and other participants.

Our academic staff and graduates have won and been shortlisted for a number of national and international professional competitions such as: Bienal del Cartel Bolivia BICeBé, Dieline Awards, World Brand Design Society, ADD AWARDS, ADCR Awards, TDC Awards (Type Directors Club) and many others.


The HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL has launched an open portfolio system which is fully transparent to applicants, students, lecturers, and external users.

In this system, students create and defend projects, track their professional progress, and participate in general examination reviews with students from all campuses of the school. This ensures a unified approach when assessing project quality. The portfolio also gives students an instrument for taking part in competitions and collaborations, as well as finding potential clients and employers.



Projects in the curriculum gradually become more complex, starting with the basics of design project planning in the first year.

Students then move on to specialize in the areas that interest them and work with real clients briefs, and in the fourth year, they create complex projects that are ready for implementation.


HSE Competitions is an open international space for uniting original ideas, new meanings and spectacular projects in all current trends of design, contemporary art and fashion.

It is also an excellent mechanism both for developing the creative professionalism of participants and for branding and implementing the boldest and most accurate marketing strategies of any company or creative institution.

The team of the HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL are experts-practitioners and leading professionals in all areas of design. Thanks to the modern practical approach in design education, we focus on the real needs of the global creative industry and think like a futurological bureau.

The Design School competition platform is a special digital space with an opportunity for online dialogue with leading experts in the field of design, meeting with famous brands and the reality of independent professional self-expression. Our competitions bring together original ideas, new meanings and spectacular projects on one platform, reveal the modernity and relevance of all areas of design, contemporary art and fashion; allow to be in dialogue with the world’s leading educational and cultural institutions and to form a unified professional communicative and cognitive space.

Everyone who is ready to show and develop the capital of their creative competences can take part in the contests: beginners and students, experienced professionals and graduates of any higher education institutions, regardless of geography.


Mitya Kharshak Delivered a Lecture at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

Mitya Kharshak, Head of HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL in Saint Petersburg, presented a lecture on “Branding and Visual Communications of Cultural Institutions” at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

Design Day #2 in Yerevan

In April, HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL and Russian-Armenian University (RAU) hosted Design Day #2 in Yerevan. The highlight of the event was a public talk moderated by Mitya Kharshak and Igor Gurovich, centered around the theme "Girl Power". Some of the brightest representatives of the contemporary Armenian design scene joined the discussion.


HSE Art and Design School and HSE Doctoral School in Arts & Design invite to take part in the international conference «Theories and practices of art and design: sociocultural, economic and political contexts», will be held on April 10-12, 2024.

Mitya Kharshak hosted a communication design workshop at Chitkara University

In this year's edition, the focus of the event centred around the expansive domains of Art and Design, highlighting key disciplines including Animation, Communication, UI/UX, Fashion, Architecture, Interior Design, Media & Mass Communication, and Filmmaking.

Mitya Kharshak delivered lectures on branding and communication design at several Indian universities

Mitya Kharshak, the supervisor of HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL in Saint Petersburg, recently embarked on a visit to India as part of an international delegation from NRU HSE. During this visit, he delivered lectures on branding and visual communications at esteemed institutions such as Subharti University, the Indian Institute of Arts & Design, the UPES School of Design, and LPU.

Posters by students and curator in the shortlist of the OITA Awards in South Korea

The results of The Oesol International Typography Award, the first annual typographic award, have been announced. Its shortlist includes the students of HSE Art and Design School, St.Petersburg, and Andy Martin, curator.

Projector. Turkish Design. Open presentation of a special issue of a design magazine in St. Petersburg and Istanbul

The new issue of the Projector magazine dedicated to Turkish design will be presented on September 13th in Istanbul by its publisher and editor-in-chief, the head of the HSE School of Design in St. Petersburg, a well-known designer Mitya Kharshak.


Students of the HSE Art & Design School on the short-list of Dieline Awards 2023

Case studies affiliated with the HSE Art & Design School were included on the short-list of Dieline Awards 2023. Alumni of the School Nikita Gavrilov introduced Beaky — a conceptual cosmetic brand that reimagines childhood-like bath time. Another work selected by the jury — Foodzilla — pet food packaging designed by the second-year student Zhenya Zhuk.

«Design is not all about work, it’s about the approach to solving life problems»

Misha Nekrasov, a graduate of the Communication Design profile in St. Petersburg, already during his studies managed to work with such brands as BMW, MINI, and the St. Petersburg Motorcycle Center. Now Misha works at the Creative Mind Bureau branding agency. In the interview, he told us about his creative and professional path, the principles of working with clients and gave some advice to young designers.

HSE in the ranking of the world’s best universities in the Art & Design category

According to the results of the prestigious world educational rating QS-2021, published on March 4, HSE has improved its position by entering the top 150 world universities in the Art & Design category and becoming the only Russian university listed in it.

Poster Every Day: international poster exhibition in St. Petersburg

A large-scale poster exhibition Poster Every Day is running at Brusnitsyn Arts District, St. Petersburg, until the end of the summer. The project is curated by Anna Gerasimchuk, the graduate of Communication Design. Basic course, HSE Art and Design School.

About HSE

51 000
7 000
professors and researchers
educational programs

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.

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