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Classics studies


The goal of the program is to study the ancient cultural codes that underlie European civilization and which will make it possible to reach a completely new level of understanding of both classical and modern art.

Terms and price of the training:
2 years (4 terms)
215 000 rub per year
Training start: October 1, 2019
Application deadline: May 1st to August 19th, 2019


We will immerse into philosophy, literature and art of ancient Greece and Rome, and will see how the ancient heritage was interpreted in later epochs up to the 21st century. At the same time, a gradual movement from antiquity to modernity will allow to form a complete picture of European culture.
The study of ancient Greek and Latin will give us the key to the structure of many European languages, while practical application of this knowledge in museums will make them relevant.

Who it is for

This program is for those who want to:

  • Continue learning through practice and are interested in a strong language basis
  • Link their lives with culture and art (art criticism, supervision, teaching, cultural projects management, artistic practices, scientific research, literary and scientific translation)
  • Reach a new level of professional development in their field, having received a fundamental and holistic humanitarian education
  • Be in the center of the intellectual events of the city


  • Fundamental courses in literature, history, philosophy and art
  • Theoretical courses providing necessary tools to work with written and visual sources
  • Original author’s courses, offering an unusual point of view on antiquity and other epochs
  • Ancient Greek and Latin studies and reading original texts
  • In-depth studies of theatrical art from antiquity to modernity


At the end of the program, the graduate receives a Master’s diploma in “Management in culture and arts”, as well as a diploma of advanced training course in «Classics studies».


There are obligatory basic courses, which consist of subjects that form a holistic view of European culture; original courses telling about modern approaches in the field of humanitarian studies; foreign languages (optional), which during the period of study become working tools. There are also subjects devoted to cultural management and necessary in order that the knowledge gained could acquire a material form of studies, exhibitions and art projects.
Subjects and courses:

1st term

  • History of European philosophy
  • History of European literature
  • Introduction to the history of arts
  • Introduction to psychoanalysis (Sosland Alexander)
  • Cultural studies (Kirill Kobrin)
  • Organization of museum spaces (optional)
  • Publishing basics (optional)
  • English

2nd term

  • Philosophy of the XX and XXI centuries (Elena Petrovskaya)
  • The latest trends in philosophy
  • The history of the culture of the new time (Oleg Aronson)
  • Digital marketing in art and culture
  • HR-management
  • Russian literature.
  • Socio-cultural design (optional)
  • Entrepreneurship in the cultural field (optional)

3rd term

  • Contemporary art theories (Stepan Vaneyan)
  • Psychosemiotics (Marina Novikova-Grund)
  • Project management in culture
  • Basics of PR in culture
  • Optional second foreign language
  • Arts history and psychoanalysis

Specialty courses in classics studies (1st-3rd term)

  • Ancient philosophy
  • Ancient literature
  • Latin
  • Ancient Greek
  • Patterns of everyday life in ancient Greek and Roman cultures
  • History of theatre
  • History of sculpture
  • Architecture theory/Temple architecture
  • Interpretations of ancient images in European art
  • Interpretations of ancient plots in European literature
  • Key biblical images in European literature
  • Key biblical plots in European art
  • Artistic culture of Byazantium
  • History of icon painting
  • Perception of antiquity in Russian philosophy and literature of the XIX century
  • Antiquity in the XX century philosophy

Research seminars

  • History and theory of everyday life
  • Memory studies
  • Basic concepts of critical theory (Ilya Budraitskis)
  • Postcolonial theory (Madina Tlostanova)
  • Gender studies (Irina Zherebkina)

Practice, internships, field trips

Practical immersion of students in the professional field occurs in stages:

1st year of studies:

1st term — weekly seminars where an intensive study of critical theory with leading theorists in the field of culture and art takes place

2nd term — internships in partner organizations: Stanislavsky Electrotheatre, Moscow School of New Cinema, SHAR School of Animation Film

June — visiting sessions in St. Petersburg and visiting museums under the supervision of teachers of the European University; practical seminars related to the museum life of Moscow

2nd year of studies:

3rd term — internships in partner organizations

4th term — work on your own project

Special programs

  • «Orphic Games” at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre
  • “Roman Holidays” (a separate paid program of visiting Rome, accompanied by a supervisor and art teachers)
  • “Istanbul is not Constantinople” (a separate paid program of visiting Istanbul, accompanied by a supervisor and art teachers)

Educational environment and events

This is the periphery, which turns into an energy center of the educational process, because it is here that freedom is possible, which is necessary for the intellectual and creative transformation of reality.

Original author’s courses:

  • Music theory. Music criticism (Vladimir Martynov)
  • History of philosophy of technology. China (Vladimir Malyavin)
  • Language of eyesight (Artur Aristakisyan)
  • Theatre. Language (Anatoliy Vasilyev)
  • Anthropology of death (Sergey Mohov)
  • Autobiography (Valeriy Podoroga)
  • Research of science and technology (Denis Sivkov)
  • Color symbolism from antiquities to the XX century
  • Antiquity and modern popular culture
  • History of physicality and sexuality


  • Laboratory of Lacanian psychoanalysis
  • Open translation laboratory
  • Interdisciplinary laboratory for the study of communication problems within the semiotic approach

Art projects:

  • «Collective norm» — an online project dedicated to Vladimir Sorokin’s “Norm” novel and timed to his lecture, held at our University
  • «In search of Hamlet» — a project to create costumes for a play; implemented together with Stanislavsky Electrotheatre
  • «The Melting Apocalypse» — an exhibition, carried out together with Stanislavsky Electrotheatre
  • «Lost & found» — an audio installation interpreting the sound space of the university


Open lectures, events, reading groups, film screenings, and performances

The current schedule can be found here