Moscow school of contemporary art

Moscow School of Contemporary Art is a faculty of the Universal University. It is a continuation and development of, more than 10 years of experience, in the field of fine art and international education at the British Higher School of Art and Design. Throughout this period the school has collaborated with many key art institutions in Russia, the UK and beyond.
The school offers educational programmes in conjunction with the British Higher School of Art and Design, as well as new short-term and long-term programmes in various formats in the field of art management, art business and curating.
Universal University
Moscow School of Contemporary Art is a part of the university for the creative industries, Universal University. It is the only university in Russia that offers internationally recognized English-taught degree programs in the creative industries.

Universal University is home to ten schools: British Higher School of Art & Design, Moscow School of Contemporary Art, Scream School, Moscow Film School, MARCH Architecture School, Moscow Music School, School of Education, Business & Marketing School Ubusiness as well as the project for teenagers, Uteens.

Our mission is to unlock people’s creativity and help them make a leap to a new life. Over 6000 students attend the university each year.
Board of Trustees
The board of trustees is a consultative panel of international experts who advise the Moscow School of Contemporary Art. This group of highly respected artists, curators and art educators lend their experience and expertise to ensure that the school develops and delivers the highest level of educational practices.
  • Juan Cruz
    Artist, Professor and Principal at Edinburgh College of Art
    Professor Juan Cruz was the Dean of the Schools of Fine Art and Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA). Juan is a director of the IAAC (International Awards for Art Criticism) , and a trustee of the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust, which governs the John Moores Painting Prizes in Liverpool and Shanghai, both projects established to develop greater cultural understanding and exchange. He has been a trustee of the Liverpool Biennale, a member of Tate Liverpool Council. Juan is a member of AICA and a fellow of the Royal College of Art.
  • Sofia Trotsenko
    Founder of the Center for Contemporary Art WINZAVOD
    Sofya Trotsenko is one of the leading Russian art producers, the founder of the WINZAVOD Center for Contemporary Art (Moscow), the president of the Winzavod Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Art, the director of the School of Design at the RANEPA , the chairman of the commission of the Public Chamber for Youth and Sports and the deputy chairman Commissions of the Public Chamber for Culture and Cultural-Historical Heritage.
  • Olga Sviblova
    Soviet and Russian art critic, documentary filmmaker, doctor of art history, professor
    The founder and director of the Moscow House of Photography (now — "Multimedia Art Museum"). Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts (2012). Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (2018). Member of the Union of Artists of Russia. In 2011, Olga Sviblova entered the international ranking of the 100 most influential people in the world of art according to Le journal des Arts.
  • Sepake Angiama
    Artistic director of the Institute for International Visual Arts
    Sepake Angiama is also a curator and educator interested in discursive practices, the social framework, and how we shape and form our experiences in understanding the world. Previously, Angiama was Head of Education for documenta 14, Kassel, 2017; Director of Education for Manifesta 10, Saint Petersburg, 2014; and Curator of Public Programmes at Turner Contemporary, Margate. She has created education programs for several institutions, including Tate Modern, London, and Hayward Gallery, London.
  • Susan Collins
    British artist and academic
    Susan Collins is currently Slade Professor and Director of the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England. She is one of the UK's leading artists working with digital media. For the past decade the collision between the real and the artificial or virtual has been a key area of investigation. Collins works across public, gallery and online spaces.
  • Andrew Stahl
    Head of Undergraduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art
    Andrew Stahl is an artist and a Professor of Fine. He has exhibited frequently in London and the UK and widely internationally across Europe, Asia and America. He has received many awards including the Abbey Rome Scholarship and the Wingate scholarship for travel in South East Asia. His works are in many private and public collections both in the UK and abroad including the, Arts Council England, the British Council, the Government Art Collection, the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
  • Michael Armitage
    British-Kenyan artist, participated in the Venice and Lyon Biennale
    Michael Armitage has more than 15 personal exhibitions in leading museums around the world, including the MOMA in New York.

  • Timothy Hyman
    Writer on art and a painter
    He was elected a Royal Academician in 2011 and is an honorary research fellow at University College London. He has exhibited widely and his work is in many public collections, including the British Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Deutsche Bank Collection. He was lead curator of Tate's major Stanley Spencer retrospective exhibition and has written a pioneering monograph on Bhupen Khakhar. His articles have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and the London Magazine, and he is the author of Bonnard and Sienese Painting, both published by Thames & Hudson.
Academic board
The academic board is the fundamental unit of the school and it is responsible for ensuring academic quality and high standards in the field of teaching, learning, collaboration with international partners and the integration of graduates into the professional community.
The main aim of the school is to form a professional community and contribute to the comprehensive development of the contemporary art scene in Russia: through the education of artists, curators, as well as specialists in art management and the art business. Cooperating with key Russian and foreign art institutions, we strive to give students a global view of the profession, relevant knowledge and skills for further successful professional practice.
Mikhail Levin
Director of Moscow School of Contemporary Art
For over 10 years we have been implementing international programmes on contemporary art and photography within the British Higher School of Art and Design. But today we see that education in contemporary art should develop autonomously, as part of a separate faculty. While the BHSAD will continue to develop educational programmes in the field of design, the Moscow School of Contemporary Art will form a new field of opportunities for the contemporary art industry.
Katerina Cherkes-zade
Director of Universal University
Infrastructure for students
MSCA students get access to the services and resources of the Universal University, which allow them to work on projects to a high level, in a creative atmosphere and get the most out of their studies.
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