Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University Department of Engineering Graphics and Design

mission statement

We see our mission as promoting higher level of design culture in Russia through works of our students, to educate our students in accordance to timely issues and challenges in design. We try to use the background of traditional Russian art education and to expand it by implementing modern digital technologies, making the result more interactive and innovative. That’s why international connections to other design institutions are very important for us to be on modern lines in design and visual culture.

international role

Department of IT in Design has educational agreements in force with universities in Finland (Kymenlaakson University of Applied Sciences), Germany (HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts), France (École de Communication Visuelle) and Italy (Politecnico di Milano). The activities between the partner universities include not only students and teacher exchanges, but also interchange of ideas and information on design competitions inside and outside of Russia.
There are also strong connections with GK design group (Japan), Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, Southampton Solent University (United Kingdom), Ukrainian association of graphic designers “4th block” (www.4block.org) and Kharkov State Academy of Arts. These organizations take part in ECODESIGN conference which is set up by Department of IT in Design.

national role

We organize international biennale ECODESIGN, which includes conference, exhibitions and student competition. By ECODESIGN conference we bring the best design institutions of Russia together with our international partners to outline the common level of design and to set the standards for educational process.
Another impact is interaction with local design industry, when 3rd year students are given possibility to work in an advertising agencies or other companies dealing with design for three weeks. This experience shows how the education at the Department of IT in Design coincides with the need of design industry and helps to adjust study plans and methodologies.

main focus

The main focus in education at the department of IT in Design is to combine classic art education with use of modern multimedia technologies to discover new approaches to contemporary design process in the areas of graphic design, web design and computer animation.

faculties and departments

IT in Design Department (Information technologies in design)

bachelor level programs

1. BA in applied informatics in design (4 years); major: media design
2. BA in graphic design (4 years)

master level programs

1. MA in applied informatics in design (2 years); major: media design
2. MA in graphic design (2 years)

research activity and main areas

Research activity at the department of IT in Design is carried out by PhD students on the basis of complex education, research and development laboratory which is situated in IIEP campus (Institute of International Educational Programs).
The main areas of research are:
– Interface and interaction design
– Design and communication
– Computer graphics visualization technologies
– Visualization of scientific data and research results with the help of multimedia technologies
– Modern education methods and approaches

doctorate level programs

1. PhD in visual art studies (art history, criticism and theory)
2. PhD in technics (in IT)
3. PhD in pedagogics

subject areas for exchange students

1. Graphic design (painting, drawing, chromatics, typography, corporate identity, illustration)
2. Media design (computer graphics, three-dimensional modeling, animation, multimedia technologies)

application deadlines

Summer term: 01 November
Winter term: 01 June

teaching languages

Russian and English

semester dates

Summer term: 01 February – 20 June
Winter term: 01 September – 20 January

cost of living per month (studying and living)

€400
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