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Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University

Higher School of Design and Architecture

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Mission Statement

We see our mission as promoting higher level of design and architecture culture in Russia through works of our students, to educate our students in accordance to timely issues and challenges in these fields. We try to use the background of traditional Russian art education and to expand it by implementing modern digital technologies, making the result more interactive and innovative. That’s why international connections to other design and architecture institutions are very important for us to be on modern lines in design and visual culture.

International Role

Higher School of Architecture and Design has educational agreements in force with following universities: Aalto University (Finland), Hochschule Ulm (Germany),  L'ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique (France), Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (England), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Finland) The school of visual communication (France), Tongji University (China), HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Germany).
The activities between the partner universities include not only students and teacher exchanges, but also interchange of ideas and information on design and architecture competitions inside and outside of Russia. There are also strong connections with GK design group (Japan), Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, Southampton Solent University (United Kingdom). 

National Role

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University is the largest technical university in the country with historically strong scientific schools, which has undeniable results and achievements in scientific, educational and innovative activities. The strategic goal of SPbPU is to modernize and develop the university as a globally competitive research and education center that integrates multidisciplinary research and world-class technologies and is one of the world's leading universities. 

Main Focus

The main focus in education at the Higher School of Architecture and Design is to combine classic art education with use of modern multimedia technologies to discover new approaches to contemporary design process in the areas of architecture, industrial and environmental design, graphic design, web-design and computer animation. We aim to be a globally competitive scientific and educational center and to become one of the world's leading universities, to provide advanced training of a new generation of personnel and technological modernization of system-forming industries based on the use of multidisciplinary knowledge and advanced supra-industry technologies.

Faculties and Departments

Graduate School of Design and Architecture – is a digital technology, innovation, fundamental, research, advanced application knowledge, creative development, management.

Bachelor Level Programs

The Higher School of Design and Architecture carries out recruitment and training in the direction of "Design":
Bachelor's programs:
Industrial Design
Graphic Design
Information Design
Environment Design

Master Level Programs

Master's programs:
Communicative design

In 2022, it is planned to open a new direction of study: DAS – Design of Architectural Spaces.

Research Activity and Main Areas

Higher School of Architecture and Design research activity is carried out by PhD students on the basis of complex education, research and development laboratory which is situated in IIEP campus (Institute of International Educational Programs). The main areas of research are: – Interface and interaction design – Design and communication – Computer graphics visualization technologies – Visualization of scientific data and research results with the help of multimedia technologies – Modern education methods and approaches.

Doctorate Level Programs

1. PhD in visual art studies (art history, criticism and theory) 2. PhD in technics (in IT) 3. PhD in pedagogics

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

1. Graphic design (painting, drawing, chromatics, typography, corporate identity, illustration).

2. Media design (computer graphics, three-dimensional modeling, animation, multimedia technologies).

3. DAS – Design of Architectural Spaces.

Application Deadlines

Summer term: 01 November Winter term: 01 June

Teaching Languages

Russian and English

Semester Dates

Summer term: 01 February – 20 June Winter term: 01 September – 20 January

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)



Bachelor: 280
Master: 20
Doctorate: 4

Exchange Students

Incoming: 20
Outgoing: 20

Teaching Staff

Professors: 4
Lectures: 10
Other permanent teachers: 15
Part-time Teachers: 10

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