Cinema in Modern Society: Analytics and Production

Cinema in Modern Society: Analytics and Production

Specialisation: 50.03.01 Arts and Humanities

Form of study: full-time
Term: 4 years

Cost of tuition in 2023: 360,000 rub./year (the price is fixed for the entire period of study)
Discounts for the first year of study in 2023: 
In order to receive a tuition discount, the student needs to have a certain total score for all of the entrance exams (including points for individual achievements)
30% – 250 points and more
10% – full payment for the first year of study when enrolling
The program prepares directors, producers, film critics, and allows students to choose their own path during their studies. Students simultaneously study film theory and acquire practical skills in film production. They undergo internships in film companies and enter the film industry while studying.

Programme’s advantages

  1. The only film programme in Moscow that is integrated into a flexible educational system, which allows students to complete courses for other programmes in order to “calibrate” their own interests and form an individual educational path.
  2. Unlike specialised film schools that traditionally only see cinema as a form of art or an artistic practice, this programme suggests students view cinema as a social institution and it focuses on issues related to the legal and economic framework of the film industry which are very rarely addressed in art schools. 
  3. The programme implies students’ professional self-identification in the course of study and not prior to their enrolment.
  4. Internships in international companies grant students actual work experience in the industry and introduce them to the professional community.
  5. In the course of study, students learn foreign languages for professional purposes, which allows them to effortlessly communicate and collaborate with foreign colleagues.

Head of the Programme

Andrey Apostolov is the Assistant to the Rector, Lecturer at the Faculty of Film Studies, VGIK (The Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography), and Chief Editor at the Mars Media Entertainment film studio.

Programme content

The programme presents a unique combination of theoretical and practical film education without a strict division into research and creative specialisations. The programme’s courses cover cinema in all of its aspects: history, aesthetics, social reception, current state of the industry, production basics, and practical skills.

The entire educational programme can be divided into four main thematic modules:
  • film history
  • film theory
  • general humanities
  • creative workshop


Theoretical block

  • history of the Soviet cinema
  • history of the American, European, and non-Western cinema
  • film theory

The theoretical block places a particular emphasis on film history in order to form the general informational background of the programme’s students. In classes, students learn basic principles of film theory and aesthetics – in particular, they identify the specifics of cinema’s expressive means through a comparative analysis of other media. 
In addition to discussing the theory, students watch a large number of films and read a lot of texts in class. They will be maintaining constant communication with their colleagues and talking about everything they watch, hear, and read.

Practical block

  • dramatic composition and storytelling
  • editing
  • film crew and filming process
  • structure of the festival system

The logic of practical courses stems from the logic of the production process:

1. first, students learn to work with the photography and space in the frame while studying the basics of dramatic composition,
2. then they master individual filming and editing practices,
3. they start working on collective assignments, gradually forming into film crews.

Practical classes are conducted by teachers with actual field experience in the industry.

Elective courses that we have in the first year are a way of trying our hand at different jobs. I took photography and music and cinema history. It’s a very cool synthesis, I like it. When you are watching a film, you usually miss a lot of things. But after our classes with Andrey Apostolov, you start noticing certain details on your own. We started out with silent black and white films. I had watched them before, but it used to be difficult, I used to think: “Bad melodramas. Why do I have to watch this? I don’t understand”. And now, certain frames get into your head, and there’s nothing you can do about it. I can’t remember a movie I saw a week ago, but I can still see shots from “Ivan the Terrible” when I close my eyes.
Liza Chugunova, student of the programme


Thanks to our international partners, the programme’s graduates can enter the international industry arena where they will be able to compete with Hollywood and European directors on equal terms. The students will get to undertake internships in foreign companies as proper team members.

Alumni’s career

The programme is designed for three main future scenarios:
  • career in film criticism/film journalism;
  • career in television or film production;
  • career in film industry management or, more broadly, cultural industry as a whole.

Today’s world is filled with images and video content and yet, the industry faces a shortage of professionals who can not only generate ideas but also implement them, properly organise the filming process, and skilfully work with the image. The programme meets these demands and prepares specialists who have the necessary flexible skills. The programme’s alumni can easily apply the gained knowledge not only in cinema but also in the advertising industry, adjusting their range of skills for a potential client. Moreover, the programme’s graduates will also be in demand in the field of education.

Everyone talks about movies and TV shows, but we will teach our students to make them well, show what no one noticed but them, and have intellectual conversations about not only complex but also emotional elements of films.
Alexander Kostrichkin


Our students study in the campus in the very centre of Moscow. Modern library, comfortable coworking, open classrooms, a computer room, a café, and a space for recreation and communication – everything you need for pleasant and productive learning.

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