Art & Science Master’s program
Art & Science is Russia’s first-ever Master’s program to combine top-tier science art expertise and state-of-the-art laboratories in order to train specialists who will tackle the global challenges of the 21st century.
Students of the program have the opportunity to pick one of two majors, as well as an area of specialization in the field of art&science:
- AI Art
- Video/AR/VR +Art
- Robotic Art
Art & Science in Natural Sciences
Art & Science in Exact Sciences
Who is this program for?
We welcome graduates of technical and art majors to join us as we explore the opportunities for interdisciplinary dialog and creative collaboration.
Working alongside accomplished curators, artists, and scientists, students of our program develop and showcase their own art projects based on the languages of new technology and creativity.
The Art&Science program aims to create the conditions in which we can foster individuals who are innovators, creators, and active members of society – simply put, future leaders
Unique educational program
Access to ITMO University’s state-of-the-art laboratories and research centers
An opportunity to work on your own creative projects
ITMO University boasts top positions in international rankings
A deep dive into the creative and scientific communities of St. Petersburg
International program taught in English within a multicultural environment
Take the entrance exams from anywhere in the world
thousands rubles yearly tuition
Among the world’s top 200 universities according to the QS WUR subject ranking in Art & Design (2019)
Key subjects and specializations
The course focuses on a theoretical approach which maps out and engages with the ongoing deconstruction of humanism. Students will seek the answer to what it means to be human in the conditions of technoscience, climate change, late capitalism, and other new circumstances that mark the blurring distinctions between science fiction and science facts. The course covers these and other questions, including posthuman ethics, as well as posthuman subjectivity in art and philosophy.
Contemporary ethics, especially in science and laboratory work, takes on many issues that question familiar values and reveal the ontological heterogeneity of our world. This course addresses the issues of laboratory testing on animals, semi-living beings, borderline states of the living and the non-living, reductionism in science, and combines different approaches to provide new insights into bioethics.
As part of the course, students will study the key movements of Western European 20th-21st centuries’ art, as well as learn about the major concepts and approaches used to study the phenomena and transformations of contemporary art at the turn of the century.
The course provides insight into developmental trends that have influenced the science museums, institutions, and exhibition projects of the 20th-21st centuries, as well as the strategies and principles of art & science project management, including organizational aspects such as planning, fundraising, budgeting, and strategic marketing.
Students of the course will explore the structure and special features of creative organizations and innovative processes occurring within them. Students will use the knowledge gained throughout their studies while working on their group projects, which they will present during a final examination.
The course provides students with knowledge of the key principles of data-related work, including: data preparation, principles of sampling, the use of data processing and visualization software, as well as the basics of developing visual solutions for the representation of data (infographics, diagrams, graphs, maps, and multi-dimensional objects).
Throughout the course, students will acquire practical skills that would allow them to apply a varied selection of technologies relevant to their chosen area of specialization. Practical skills and an ability to outline topics and pick materials and technologies with the help of scientific specialists, as well as to set goals and prototype and visualize results will help students make the right choice of research strategy and its practical implementation in group and individual projects alike.
Artist, co-founder and director of the Aesthetic, Art & Science Institute at the CNRS, professor and head of the Art & Medium program at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University.
Biologist, PhD, artist with a focus on interspecies communication. Founder of the 18 Apples science art group.
PhD in Literary Studies (The University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland), expert in biotechnology ethics, researcher in the field of posthumanism.
Founder and Director of LABORATORIA Art & Science Space (Moscow). Curator of numerous international science art exhibitions.
Art historian, curator, head of Hermitage Museum’s Department of Contemporary Art, director of the Hermitage 20/21 Project.
Artist, programmer, co-founder of the Mathrioshka studio of interactive art and design, partner and R&D engineer at Habidatum.
Professor, PhD in Engineering Sciences (ETH Zurich), researcher, strategic and innovation management consultant.
Media artist, researcher of linguistic media art and curator of the 101 Mediapoetry Festival.
Art historian, curator, founder of Aperto Raum (Russia/Germany), chief editor of Masters Journal.
Media artist, curator of the art program of Science Fest, educational program of the Festival of Light, and the Episode media project.
Projects by our students
Let’s Art & Science!
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The Art&Science Center is a place for cooperation, research, new projects and ideas. We are open to collaboration with artists, researchers, curators, and entrepreneurs.
The Art&Science Center is a place where:
- artists can get access to ITMO University’s scientific laboratories (with focuses in IT, optics, photonics, biotechnology, and robotics) and conduct collaborative research;
- scientists can discover a new artistic dimension of their research works;
- businesses can obtain artistic solutions with a scientific approach.
Art.ITMO.Residency is a space for free experimentation, open dialogue and interdisciplinary collaboration between art and science. We invite you to our art laboratory to blur the boundaries between theory and practice, spark insights, and discover new meanings and aesthetic dimensions of science art.
Open Call 2020
We invite artists and scientists who are interested in fostering interdisciplinary creative, scientific, and technological dialogue to bring their projects to life together with the staff of ITMO University. Learn more about Art.ITMO.Residency here.
To submit your application, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Art.ITMO.Residency : Open Call 2020” before April 15, 2020.
Please attach the following documents in your email:
- Your filled out application form download template
In the early 18th century, buildings 14-16 on the Birzhevaya Liniya were part of the estate of Prince Aleksander Menshikov. In the 1790s, the Cadet Corps, which now owned the estate, began selling the lots along the street to private individuals.
In the early 19th century, the area of the building 16/2 on the corner of Birzhevaya was built up into a two-story warehouse in the classical style. In 1824, the merchant Pyotr Eliseev, the founder of the famous Eliseev dynasty, began a wine-making business that was the foundation of his trading empire. In the 1860s, the Eliseev brothers became owners of the entire premises and moved their houses and offices here.
In the 1920s, the building was transferred to the State Optical Institute (SOI) as a residence for its staff. In 1918-1940, among the residents of building 14 was Dmitri Rozhdestvensky, the creator and first head of the SOI; in 1932-1951, it was home to Sergey Vavilov, a physicist, optical scientist, and President of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
ITMO University establishes a new venue for interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists and artists.
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Head of the Art & Science Master’s program
PhD, head of the State Hermitage Museum’s Department of Contemporary Art, director of the Hermitage 20/21 Project for Contemporary Art
Head of the Art & Science Center at ITMO University
Manager of the Art & Science Center at ITMO University
Lecturer of practice
PhD, posthuman studies scholar, biotechnologies expert
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