Master's Course

Duration of studies: 2 years

Qualification: MA (Theatre Art)


- Directing,

- Theatrical Dramaturgy and Screenwriting,

- Scenography,

- Theatre Management.

Who can apply

Persons who have higher education of appropriate level (specialist, BA or MA) preferably in the sphere of Scenic Arts.

Who can study for free

Citizens of the Russian Federation, compatriot and foreign students according to the international treaties and intergovernmental agreements of the Russian Federation, as well as under the agreements of the Institute and international schools, which provide payment of the cost of training by legal entities and individuals.

Foreign citizens can also study for free according to the quota established by the Government of RF. To apply for an international quota, you must contact the Rossotrudnichestvo organization in your country of residence. Electronic submission of documents for participation in the competition for the quota is possible. For more information please visit

Stages of the admission process.

1. Documents for admission can be submitted through the Applicant's Personal Account from June 21 to July 20, 2022. You can find full information about the Applicant’s Personal Account on the Russian version of the web-site.

   - Passport.

- Document about the level of education (qualification) and the appendix to it (if it's applicable to the law of the state where the document was issued), legalized in the order established by the law of the Russian Federation) or with apostle and notarially certified translation. The procedure for the legalization and recognition of foreign education (recognition of educational documents) can be found on the website of the Federal State Budgetary Institution Glavexpertcenter

- A copy of visa allowing entrance to the Russian Federation.

- 4 matt pictures 3x4 sm.


2. Go through creative tests (after July 20, 2022):


The creative entrance test includes the production of director's sketches on a given topic (fable, prose, proverb).


The creative entrance test includes a discussion of a play written by the applicant, the text of which must be sent by e-mail no later than a week before the entrance test. The e-mail address will be posted on the Institute's website.


The creative entrance test is a discussion and defense of a small project in the field of theater / concert activities, which must be sent by e-mail no later than a week before the introductory creative test. The e-mail address will be posted on the Institute's website.

Requirements for the content and design of the project

The theme of the project should be related to theatrical / concert activities, for example, with the creation of scenery / costumes / promotional materials for a performance / concert, printed materials about the theater / children's theater studio, modernization of the theater's website, organization of a concert, tour advertising campaign, etc. The project may be an already implemented one, or intended for implementation, or reflect a dream of the applicant (welcome!).

The choice of the project topic depends on the professional interests of the applicant and is limited only by the training profile — Theater Management.

The project volume should be 8-15 pages without attachments (Times New Roman font, size 14 pt, one and a half intervals, width alignment, paragraph indentation size 12.5 mm).

The project must contain:

- title page (the form is given on the next page),

- table of contents,

- introduction (1-1.5 pages),

- the main part (5-12 pages),

- conclusion (1 page),

- list of references (1 page),

- attachments.

The introduction should justify the relevance of the project, describe its purpose and objectives.

The main part should include at least two sections, including a description of the product being created and its features, the target audience (if available); a calendar plan for the implementation and an estimate of the project containing the calculation of costs and revenue; a description and assessment of possible risks, other sections at the discretion of the applicant.

In conclusion, the results of the project implementation should be succinctly formulated in relation to the purpose and objectives set out in the introduction.

The list of references (literary sources) should contain only those sources to which there are references in the text of the project (at least 4 and no more than 10, including regulatory legal acts).

The appendix may contain any documents, drawings, diagrams, photographs and other information reflecting the specificities of the project.

A sample of the title page of the project can be found in the appendix below.


The applicants should have higher art education or secondary art education in addition to higher education in any of the types of fine arts. Persons with higher theatrical education and experience in practical directing are also allowed for the entrance examinations. The applicant must have primary computer literacy in the volume of secondary school.

Before the entrance tests, the applicant submits 5-6 of his/her scenographic works to the creative competition. The works are presented in the form of sketches or photographs of ready-made scenery mounted on a stage platform (at least 1 GB in size). One of the sketches (at the choice of the applicant) must be described: the justification of the scenographic solutionshould be presented in writing in the context of the general director's and staging plan of the play. The text (no more than 2 pages) and sketches (photo images) must be sent by e-mail no later than a week before the introductory creative test. The e-mail address will be posted on the Institute's website.

Sketches or photo images of the finished stage design should demonstrate:

the presence of artistic talent;

mastery of drawing and composition;

the ability to rhythmically organize the stage space in the interests of creating an artistic image;

ability to control the color system of the image;

ability to understand the genre and type of culture of the performance;

the ability to artistically perceive the stylistic features of the era in which the action of the play is set.

The introductory creative test includes:

1. Creation (in writing) of an artistic project assignment for the development of a set design for a performance.

Applicants are offered a choice of three plays.

The artistic and design assignment must contain:

a clear formulation of the essence of an artistic statement;

definition of the presentation genre;

definition of the range of artistic tasks that are solved in this performance by means of visual impact on the viewer;

determination of the emotional and psychological coloring of the stage space and the essence of its change (if necessary) according to the movement of the performance;

formulation of the boarders and characteristics of artistic convention in the scenographic definition of places of action;

scenario of the beginning of the play;

scenario of changing pictures (if necessary);

scenario of the finale of the play;

a brief statement of the creative task for the light designer;

a brief statement of the creative task for the costume designer.

The artistic project task should demonstrate:

understanding the essence of the artistic statement of the director;

the ability to determine the artistic paradigm of the performance in accordance with the general staging solution;

understanding the meaning of the choice of the measure/scale of artistic convention in the scenographic determination of places of action;

understanding the causal construction of the play;

the ability to design the plasticity development and changes in the scenography during the performance;

the ability to set tasks to other participants of the production, creating a visual image of the performance.

2. Creating a forescript of the scenography for a performance based on the selected play.

Sketches should correspond to the artistic task formulated in the project assignment.

Sketches are made on paper with colored markers or on a computer in Adobe Photoshop.

3. Defence of the project assignment and sketch.

Applicants must demonstrate:

the meaningfulness of artistic decision-making;

the ability to defend your own artistic vision of a scenographic project.


3. Go through interview on History of world literature and drama that  is supposed to demonstrate the general cultural level of the applicant and the ability to participate in a discussion as part of a creative team.

Topics for the Interview.

1. A.Pushkin and N.Gogol - reformers of the Russian drama and theatre.

2. A.Ostrovskiy is a creator of the national theatre in Russia.

3. Theatre of Shakespeare.

4. Theatre of comedy del arte. It's influence on the European theatre.

5. Literature of Russia abroad.

6. Mikhail Shchepkin - actor and teacher.

7. Main themes of poetry of romanticism.

8. Appearance of directors' theatre in Europe in 19-20 century.

9. Vsevolod Meyerhold and directing in Russia.

10. Moscow Art Theatre. Principles of its creation. Konstantin Stanislavskiy and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko.

11. Main themes in the novels of the Renaissance.

12. Creative work of Mikhail Bulgakov in the context of literature of 20-30s.

13. Bertolt Brecht and the theory of the epic theatre in the 20th century.

14. Main themes in the novels of the Age of Enlightenment.

15. A character and a plot in the novels by Feodor Dostoevskiy.

16. Hero in the European literature of the 19th century.

17. Anton Chekhov and "New Drama".

18. Absurdity Theatre (Beckett, Ionesko).

19. Hero in Shchiller's plays.

20. Molier - actor, playwright, head of theatre.

21. Leading trends in the literature of Silver Age.

22. A.Artaud and theatre of the 20th century.

23. Main directing trends of the second half of the 20th century (Tovstonogov, Yefremov, Efros, Liubimov).

24. Hero of the ancient tragedy.

25. Russian realistic prose of the 19th century (Turgenev, Goncharov, Tolstoy)


The language of exams, interview and training is Russian.

Start of training – September 1, 2022.