History of Arts

50.03.03In english and russian

Level of education Bachelor

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 4 years

Programme description
  • The programme preserves the classical traditions of the St Petersburg school of history and the academic nature of teaching. The curriculum successfully combines the traditions of classical historical education with the modern approaches and tasks of history science. Students acquire in-depth theoretical knowledge in the humanities related to the research and academic area of study ‘History and Archaeology'
  • The programme is unique in that it provides an understanding of the history of arts as part of historical studies. This is ensured by in-depth courses in the history of Russia and general history. Students study the methods and approaches typical of the school of art history which has developed within the University over a century and a half
  • The programme is aimed at training art historians with advanced research skills and analytical thinking, who can apply the methodological tools of modern art history and related sciences
  • Graduates of the programme meet the basic requirements in various fields of professional activity and can therefore be competitive in the labour market. They acquire the whole set of knowledge and competences necessary for this, and are capable of applying the gained academic and practical skills to various fields of activity: research, museum, display and exhibition, gallery, antiquarian and tour guide fields
  • A wide range of experience with potential employers enables graduates to adapt to the current labour market conditions 
Main courses
  • Fine Art Techniques
  • Description and Analysis of Works of Art
  • History of Ancient Greece
  • History of Ancient Rome
  • Byzantine Art
  • Old Russian Art
  • Russian Art of the 18th Century
  • Russian Art of the 19th Century
  • Russian Art of the 20th Century
  • Russian Wooden Architecture
  • Western European Medieval Art
  • Renaissance Art
  • Western European Art of the 17th Century
  • Western European Art of the 18th Century
  • Western European Art of the 19th Century
  • Western European Art of the 20th Century
  • Contemporary Art
  • Monuments of St Petersburg Suburbs
  • History of Applied Art
  • Art of Armenia and Georgia
  • Fundamentals of Christian Iconography
Our advantages
  • Students are involved in the professional environment and direct contact with the objects of research due to St Petersburg's status as the museum capital of Russia and one of the leading museum centres in Europe
  • The curriculum combines classroom and practical training, field workshops, three field trips and a museum internship
  • Graduates acquire unique competences in the history and theory of Russian and Western European art
  • The programme provides an opportunity to be well-versed in the current aesthetic and artistic issues, and contemporary artistic practice
  • Graduates acquire the skills to carry out research, educational, cultural, expert, analytical, organisational and managerial activities related to art history
  • The academic programme has been designed taking into account professional standards and the views of employers on the correlation of graduates' competencies and job functions in their professional activities
International relations
  • Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
  • University of Greifswald (Germany) 
  • University of Bergen (Norway)
  • University of Wrocław (Poland)
Practical training and career opportunities

Training involves the following internships:

  • Museum practice at the Hermitage and the Russian Museum
  • Two field internships, including at Moscow State University
  • Architectural and archaeological practice at the Novgorod State Open-Air Museum


  • Auction house expert
  • Manager in art communication
  • Analyst and expert in gallery work 
  • Researcher
  • Archive worker
  • Museum worker
  • Librarian
  • Mass media professionals, including editorial offices and publishing houses
  • Specialist in historical, cultural and experiential tourism
  • Guide
  • Educator (children and youth leisure centres)
  • Educator (cultural and educational centres)
  • Educator (secondary schools and professional vocational education)