Curatorial Research

50.04.01In english and russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses
  • Curatorial Studies: Theory and Practice
  • Foundations of Critical Theory
  • Writing Techniques in New Media (in English)
  • Feminism and Postfeminism in the Contemporary Art
  • Philosophical Aesthetics
Our advantages
  • Development of the ability to design communication projects and support intercultural dialogue, and the formation of critical thinking and creative approach in professional activities;
  • Gaining experience in creating exhibition projects, contemporary art festivals, as well as writing reviews, and critical and analytical articles on contemporary art;
  • Opportunity to attend regular seminars with the engagement of leading Russian and foreign critics, curators and artists;
  • Access to library resources, photo lab, video-editing lab and multimedia, electronic music lab, multimedia systems, video conferencing classroom.
Practical training and future career

Practical training locations

  • Department of contemporary art of the State Hermitage
  • Department of the latest trends of the State Russian Museum
  • St Petersburg charity Fund of Culture and Art Pro Arte
  • Museum of nonconformist art
  • Funds and galleries of contemporary art in St Petersburg and Moscow

Graduates' fields of activities

  • Development and implementation of curatorial and exhibition projects
  • Preparation of museum expositions and exhibitions, the formation of museum collections in the field of contemporary art
  • Organisation of information and educational activities, writing articles and reviews of events in the field of contemporary art
  • Implementation of research projects in the field of contemporary art


The graduates can work at scientific and educational institutions, research organisations, cultural institutions (museums, galleries, art centres, festivals), on radio and television, at information and analytical services, advertising and PR agencies, investment companies and banks, IT companies.

Main areas of research
  • Art management: theoretical and practical methods of curatorship
  • Implementation of curatorial projects
  • Contemporary critical theory and practice (genesis, principal directions and trends)
  • Theory and history of curatorial research (main names and key exhibition projects of the second half of the 20th — 21st centuries)