HSE University-St Petersburg Art and Design School to Open Master's Educational Track in Interior Design
In 2024, HSE University-St Petersburg will open the new educational track 'Interior Design' as part of the Master's programme 'Design'. Its curator will be Andrey Punin, artist, architect, and main curator of the Bachelor's track 'Environment and Interior'.
The new Master's track 'Interior Design' at the HSE University-St Petersburg Art and Design School allows students to get a fundamental education in interior design. This involves an innovative project-based approach where a significant part of the training includes practice and projects for real customers according to design briefs. Having learned from practicing industry experts, students of the track will become confident and sought-after professionals in the sphere of interior design. The high-quality portfolios prepared during their studies will help graduates of the track to build careers both at design agencies and on their own.
In the first year of studies, students gain basic knowledge and master the main tools and skills in interior design by studying the general design disciplines of public spaces and residential interiors. In the second year, the master's students will choose one of two specialisations to pursue throughout the year, culminating in the presentation of a comprehensive final project (HoReCa and public spaces or the interior design of a cottage). Over two years of training, the students will learn to create bright conceptual projects, prepare the necessary technical documentation, build up a quality professional portfolio, and have the chance to start their professional career while still studying.
Andrey Punin, Main Curator of the Master's track 'Interior Design' and the Bachelor's track 'Environment and Interior' at HSE University-St Petersburg Art and Design School
St Petersburg is an amazing city whose environment creates a special mood and sets a high bar for its architectural environment. The campus in St Petersburg fosters the unique synergism of the city and the process of professional education in interior design. The project-based approach, which is the core of our educational system, creates opportunities for students to try their hand at high-level projects during their studies.
Demand for this profession is driven by the growth of the interior design sphere. According to HeadHunter, in comparison to October 2022, the demand for such experts in St Petersburg has increased by more than 30%—there are currently 295 such vacancies in the city. Thousands of people are looking for interior designers via specialised services and applications, and tens of thousands of apartments are being built and renovated in St Petersburg every day.