St Petersburg School of Art and Design

The St Petersburg HSE Art and Design School is a division of HSE University, the leading educational institution in the field of design, fashion, and art in Russia.

We teach contemporary design and art skills, including the most important one: not to act according to a template, but to think systematically, create concepts, and know the rules of the profession in order to break them properly.

We implement a project-oriented approach to education and have a close relationship with the industry. This allows every student to gain experience in real project work and become skilled designers capable of solving complex problems in the teams of leading design studios.

From their very first year, students start building an impressive and extensive portfolio. This is thanks to the well-designed and dynamic training programme, which allows students to gain all the necessary design skills.

Students are immersed in a professional creative environment that fosters growth and development. Their initiatives are encouraged by mentors and curators who are current practitioners in the field of design.

Degree Programmes

20 state-funded places/ 110 fee-paying places/ 12 fee-paying places for international students
Instruction in Russian with some courses in English
State Accreditation
3 state-funded places/ 65 fee-paying places/ 1 fee-paying place for international students
Instruction in Russian

Creative Courses

The St Petersburg HSE Art and Design School offers a wide range of educational courses. You can choose from seven areas of study at various levels to find the course that's right for you.

There are more than five courses for children and teenagers aged 9 to 15. These students not only gain specific skills and knowledge of the history of art and design, but also become prepared for the future and learn to study according to a project-oriented approach. During the classes, children learn to think creatively and work either in a team or independently. Each course culminates in personal or team projects, which form the basis of a personal portfolio.

Facts and Figures

  • >700 

    students study at the St Petersburg campus

  • >40 

    student exhibitions and events held per year

  • 95% 

    of alumni find employment within six months of graduation

  • 50% 

    of alumni start working and earning a living during their education