Level of education: Master programme

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: Russian



  • Classical Choreography and Modern Dance
  • Curatorial Studies in Performing Arts
  • Music of the 20th Century: Text, Techniques, Author
  • Performers' Interpretations of Music Styles
  • Opera: From the Score to the Stage
  • Opera and Ballet Theater in the Context of Modern Culture
  • Russian and Soviet Music in the Context of Cultural and Political History
  • Contemporary Music: Styles and Ideas
  • Modern Musicology: The Key Concepts
  • The Performance as a Text

Our advantages

  • Development of the ability to design communication projects, and facilitate intercultural dialogue; the most personal approach possible during the learning process; the formation of critical thinking and creative interpretation in professional activities;
  • Gaining experience in personal curatorial project design; writing reviews, critical and analytical articles on music and musicians in contemporary culture; as well as preparing materials for websites and booklets;
  • Opportunity to attend regular seminars with the engagement of leading Russian and foreign composers, choreographers, critics, curators;
  • The possibility of practical training and internships at festivals in St Petersburg, Moscow, Perm and Bard College (USA); as well as participation in creative and scientific and practical projects that are implemented by teachers of the programme, and in cooperation with the portal ‘Arzamas’, the Internet resource of the festival "Golden Mask" and others;
  • Gaining experience in preparing booklets for Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres, Perm and Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet theatres, as well as participating in the publication of the annual collection of Schola criticorum and the competition for young music critics ‘Resonance’;
  • Access to library resources, photo lab, video-editing lab and multimedia, electronic music lab, multimedia systems, video conferencing classroom.

Practical training and career opportunities

Practice training locations

  • Diaghilev Festival in Perm
  • National Theatre Festival "Golden Mask" (Moscow)
  • Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg)
  • EarlyMusic Festival (St Petersburg)


Our graduates can work as

  • Music critics and journalists
  • Specialists in public musicology and musical enlightenment
  • Curators capable of initiating and implementing projects within the framework of modern cultural institutions: opera and ballet theatres, philharmonic societies, concert organisations and festivals

Interested in this programme — set up your personal account to proceed with your application.