The Rodchenko Art School (Moscow) was founded in 2006. The School is a part of the Multimedia Centre of Actual Arts incorporating the Moscow House of Photography and the Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow) and was established by the Department of Culture and Education of the City of Moscow.
The main 3-year educational program of the Rodchenko Art School is based on the experience of leading international photography and art schools and is inspired by the Russian Avant-garde Art and Technical schools.
The School aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge of contemporary art such as documentary and art photography, video art, new media art, bio and science art, sound art, contemporary sculpture and installation; to introduce students to the history and theory of photography, media and contemporary art; and to assist students in selecting a field of specialization. The Rodchenko School offers the study of tools not only for photography, filming, lighting and sound recording, but also for new directions of media art such as generative graphics, neural networks, AR/VR, 3D printing, development of hardware/software interactive systems and musical instruments, robotics and others.
The main program is made up of lectures, seminars and practical classes. Each semester, the student chooses 2 workshops and at least 5 theoretical and practical disciplines to study. At the end of each academic module students present their projects completed under the guidance of a master-curator. The projects are reviewed by the lecturing committee and exhibited. At the end of the third year, students have the opportunity to present their degree projects in a group exhibition at one of the major exhibition venues in Moscow.
The main educational program of the School is available for applicants who have passed the necessary admission exams. Every year the School takes in around 30 new students. Budget and paid places of study are provided.
The masters and the professors of the School are leading Russian and international photographers, artists, art historians, art theorists, curators and critics – Sergey Bratkov, Antonio Geusa, Gray Cake (Alexander Serechenko, Ekaterina Pryanichnikova), Vladislav Efimov, Alexander Evangeli, Polina Kanis, Irina Kulik, Igor Mukhin, Nikola Oduro, Ulyana Podkorytova, Alexander Shaburov, Alexei Shulgin and others.
Graduates and students of the School annually become nominees and laureates of prestigious awards in the field of contemporary art, photography and cinema (The Kandinsky Prize, The Innovation Prize, The Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award, STARTS Prize, World Press Photo Award etc.), participate in major festivals and exhibitions, receive residencies and grants.
In addition to the main 3-year program the Rodchenko Art School provides an additional program of courses, both face-to-face and online. The courses are suitable for beginner photographers and artists, as well as for those who already have an education or work experience in the field, providing an opportunity to study with the teachers of the School, to practice in a photo studio, printing laboratory and computer classes, and participate in group projects and exhibitions. The courses are assigned to three scales of age – children (8-11), teenagers (12-15) and adults (16+). The present assortment of courses includes photography and video editing for beginners and advanced, contemporary art practice, illustration, 3D modeling, hand-printing, studio lighting and others.