Higher School of Arts and Design opens at Lobachevsky University
The Higher School of Arts and Design, a new structural unit of Lobachevsky University, has been established within the framework of Priority 2030 strategic academic leadership programme. It reflects Lobachevsky University's long-term goals to develop creative industries and expand opportunities for the humanities in the field of culture and art.
According to Rector Elena Zagaynova, interdisciplinarity, integration of creative areas with basic and applied research are a priority for UNN as a classical university.
"The mission of Lobachevsky University’s new organizational unit is to become a regional and, in time, a federal research and educational centre, a creative cluster of experimental art and cultural innovations at the interface of art, science and technology," said Elena Zagaynova.
Besides, the opening of the Higher School of Arts and Design reflects the need for Nizhny Novgorod and the region to form a continuous training system for professionals in creative areas, the cultural elite. It also reflects the dynamics of event life in the region, growing interest in domestic tourism, import substitution objectives and related new challenges for representatives of creative industries. First of all, the new school will train art directors, producers, curators, directors, choreographers, culture and museum managers, as well as creative entrepreneurs - those who set up creative businesses.
"The establishment of the Higher School of Arts and Design at Lobachevsky University is a step forward in the development of creative industries in the Nizhny Novgorod region and the entire country. Specialised professional education offers more prospects for the development of both the sector’s individual representatives and the community as a whole. Also, the approach to the educational process at Lobachevsky University gives confidence that high-level professionals will emerge here. Nizhny Novgorod already has a readily available infrastructure for the students in this field to gaining experience and grow further," said Oleg Berkovich, Deputy Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region.
On the part of the region and representatives of the cultural community, the Higher School of Arts and Design was commissioned by the Government of the Nizhny Novgorod region, while the partners are the Volga-Vyatka branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Arsenal), the National Centre for Industrial Design and Innovation "2050.Lab", the Pushkin State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Nizhny Novgorod, the Autonomous Non-profit Organisation "Centre 800", and the Dreamlaser company.