ART & SCIENCE
Partner University: ITMO UniversityPlace of Study: Russia
Outcome (diploma or credits): Master
Duration: 2 Years (120 credits)
Application Deadline: 01 July 2018
Admission Requirements: Bachelor degree in art or science or related fields with good/excellent grades. CV & motivation letter. Upper-Intermediate level of English (B2 according to CEFR)*
Price: 199 000 Rub for Russian students, 219 000 for foreign students.
Career Options: graduates may become artists within Art & Science; art-entrepreneurs, or create their own projects and startups in Art & Science; work as museum or independent curators, museum designers; graphic designers and 3D-modelers for hi-tech companies; science illustrators; artists who work with hi-tech innovations for the enterprise industrial cluster. Besides, graduates may study Art & Science in academia and then become PhD students.
Art & Science is an interdisciplinary area of contemporary culture, located at the intersection of the rationally scientific and intuitively artistic ways of exploring the world. These two areas are connected, allowing not only to understand science but also to see its beauty and creative capacity. Art & Science provocatively and defiantly goes beyond the traditional understanding both of art and science, creating a wide field for innovations in society.
The first “Art & Science” program in Russia is created for those whose wish is to overcome any disciplinary boundaries. It allows to master the required skills in science and engineering for artists who are already engaged in the artwork and who would like to find new ways of expressing their creative initiatives. At the same time, the program is designed to reveal the creative potential of those who have some practical experience in the spheres of IT and Computer Science, Robotics, Photonics or Biotechnology, and who are seeking for new ways of development and communication.
The basis of the studying process is a problem-based learning approach which allows you to fully immerse yourself in the chosen area, which forms critical thinking and the skills of independent search for solutions and teamwork. Interpretation of the global world challenges is the backbone of this program. Theoretical knowledge and practical skills that help you to consider the topical problems of present human being in new context are built up on this backbone. Within two years, students are working with global challenges of modern world, creating their own artistic project that is connected to one of the challenges. This project work takes the form of art-residency.
Benefits of the Program
The cultural environment of St. Petersburg allows students to get immersed in the atmosphere of art, and the modern scientific laboratories of ITMO University provide great opportunities for creative collaboration in the context high technology.
A unique atmosphere of a research university with a huge range of modern laboratories in IT and Computer Science, Optics and Photonics, Robotics, and Biotechnology.
Addressing global challenges of the world is a way to think globally and ambitiously.
The interaction with international partners is an integral part of the program. Faculty of the program is theorists, curators and artists from Russia, the USA, France, Great Britain and Denmark.
The program structure provides opportunities for international academic exchange and internships in European universities that allows to obtain unique international experience in a new and modern domain of digital culture. Among the partners of ITMO University are Liverpool John Moores University (UK), Aalborg University (DK), Aalto University (FN), The University of Arizona (USA).
Content of the Program
The program contains 4 main units:
Science, society and the modern world challenges. Students consider the range of global challenges of modern society; form some ideas about digital culture and the concept of life forms 1.0, 2.0, 4.0; study design thinking, entrepreneurial culture and innovative practices in various areas of life.
Theory and history of Art & Science. Students learn the history of technical figurative art; theory and philosophy of Art & Science; theory of contemporary art and the critical theory; ethical issues in Art & Science.
Modern science and technology. This unit is dedicated to the study of modern scientific research, and hi-tech science research at ITMO University; social criticism of science; Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Ethnographic Laboratory Studies approaches; approaches to technology and scientific research foresight.
Project work. Through the project work students learn how to manage projects and find funding for them (master fundraising); explore curators’ strategies; meet the diversity of museums and art venues, festivals of Art & Science; work on their individual projects and some team projects.
*The applicants are required to pass entrance examination sucessfully.
manager of ITMO Art & Science Center,
manager of the program