Over the past half century, photography has become a real and, importantly, a mass craft. And this craft has long been taught and done at the highest level. There are both short courses in photography, as well as photo schools and directions in universities. Today we will tell you where photography is fundamentally taught in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia
Duration of training: 3 years. There are also various courses, master classes and open lectures.
Receipt: from 18 years old. Portfolio contest and interview.
Price: if you go to a free program (30 budget places), then a one-time fee of 50 thousand rubles at the beginning of training for hardware, software and other expenses. The price for the tuition fee is 150 thousand rubles per year (also does not exclude competitive admission).
What is the output: non-state diploma, certifying the passage of a daytime educational program at the School.
Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. A. Rodchenko was founded in 2006 and is a structural subdivision of the State Budgetary Institution “Multimedia Complex of Contemporary Arts”. As part of a three-year training program, the school trains specialists in photography, multimedia and video art.
Among the lecturers of the courses are leading photographers, art critics, critics both from Russia and foreign masters as guest lecturers. The training is focused on modern photography experience, organizing exhibitions, creating photojournalism and project activities. Suitable for people who are already filming and familiar with the basics.
Duration of training: depending on the chosen course. If we take the basic education and calculate it from scratch to the end — about one and a half to two years.
Receipt: no competitive basis, no preparation required.
Price: varies depending on course selection. Thus, the first stage of photography training will cost 149 thousand rubles (22 weeks), and the final stage — 249 thousand rubles (32 weeks).
What is the output: the training system involves a three-step process. After passing each stage, a certificate is issued, giving the right to enter the next course. After the end of the third, according to the results of exams and certification, a diploma is issued.
The Academy of Photography has been operating since 1997 and is the oldest educational institution in the field of photography in Moscow. She has an official license to carry out educational activities in additional professional education for children and adults and has a wide range of courses in the field of photography, covering directions from street to fashion. In addition to long-term courses, the Academy’s schedule includes many intensives, express programs and trainings that anyone can sign up for. Suitable for beginners.
School of modern photography Photoplay
Duration of training: depending on the chosen course. From short intensives to long-term training. The latter are Fashion Media Photographer (4 months), Commercial Photography (1 year), Contemporary Photography (4 months) and Documentary Film and Documentary Theater Directing (14 months).
Receipt: portfolio review and interview in the case of long-term professional programs (a separate set of entrance tests for directing). Free entry for short-term.
Price: depending on the chosen course. The cost of the longest in the field of photography (Commercial photography) is 285 thousand rubles.
What is the output: upon completion of long-term programs — a licensed certificate of completion of studies. For short-term — certificates confirming training in a photography school.
Photoplay was founded in 2005. The institution has an official license and often brings for creative meetings as part of the training of masters of photography from Maksimishin to Steve McCurry. The photography school has a wide range of courses, as does the photography academy. From the basics of product photography to working with colored light. Suitable for photographers already familiar with the basics.
Graduate School of Photography
Duration of training: “Profession — photographer” — 9 months, short-term — depending on the specific program.
Receipt: without a competitive basis and entrance exams, for everyone.
Price: 300 thousand for a long-term program, the rest depending on the choice.
What is the output: long-term program — state diploma.
The Graduate School has existed since 2008 and specializes in fundamental photography. Only the classics, including the basics: portrait, landscape, retouching training, product photography and storytelling. The institution has a small set of short courses and one main course, which includes a complete introduction to the work of a photographer from scratch.
British Higher School of Design
Duration of training: 3 years, bachelor’s degree.
Receipt: portfolio review, interview and entrance exam in English (or the presence of an IELTS certificate at level 6.0).
Price: only paid basis, 625 thousand per year.
What is the output: international diploma.
The British Higher School of Design was opened in 2003. Since its foundation, the institution has been cooperating with the Faculty of Creative Industries and the Faculty of Business of the University of Hertfordshire (UK). This is one of the few such places in Russia where you can get a foreign diploma, which is listed in other countries.
Education takes place only in English, and all training programs one way or another relate to the creative industries (art, design, marketing and business). Intensive courses are also held at BHSAD, where anyone can get. It should be considered only by people who shoot and know the basics.
Academy of Photography
Duration of training: full course of study — 2 years, advanced course — 1 year.
Receipt: in the case of a free basis — a portfolio review, a story about yourself and an interview. To enroll on a paid basis of training, you must pass a creative show jumping.
Price: about 100 thousand rubles (month of study 5400, paid every month) for any of the courses.
What is the output: a diploma of graduation from the Academy with a list of disciplines and the hours allotted for them.
The Academy of Photography specializes in documentary and art photography. Since opening in 2015, the institution has retained two main courses of study (full, advanced, as well as online formats of these two courses).
Among the teachers are well-known photographers and curators of St. Petersburg, and classes are only full-time and strictly during school hours. The full course of study (2 years) is aimed at completely beginners in photography, advanced (1 year) for amateur photographers.
Photo school “Workshop”
Duration of training: 8–9 months.
Receipt: it is necessary to leave an application for training, competitive selection.
Price: two grants for free education (Moscow, St. Petersburg and online), for other students — the full cost (depending on the chosen course, about 100 thousand rubles).
What is the output: not specified.
Formally, the “Workshop” is not quite a photography school: it is a combination of three author’s courses of great photographers. Namely: Sergey Maksimishin — “Photographer as a storyteller”, Anatoly Maltsev — “Reportage photography” and Dmitry Konradt — “City as an artist’s palette”. Training takes place in Moscow, St. Petersburg and online. The courses are built on the theoretical and practical parts. In fact, these are mentoring programs with almost face-to-face interaction and feedback on portfolios and academic work.
School of academic photography
Duration: 15 months in the case of a long-term training program. There are also short courses and intensive courses.
Receipt: portfolio review and motivation letter and interview following the results.
Price: 124 thousand rubles.
What is the output: non-state diploma on completion of studies
The school, opened in 2009 by Vladimir and Veronika Vishnevsky, is interesting for a long-term photography course. It takes people who are already filming, who choose a certain direction and develop in it. Education in SHKAFU is built as a full-fledged education on a balance between theory and practice. In addition to basic training, intensive and short-term courses are also often held.
School of Contemporary Photography “DocDocDoc”
Duration: 11 months.
Receipt: portfolio review and motivation letter.
Price: 63 thousand rubles for any of the courses.
What is the output: not specified.
The school was founded in 2015 by documentary photographer Mikhail Domozhilov and artist Theodora Kaplan. The educational institution has three main areas — “Documentary photography and photojournalism”, “Post-documentary photography” and “Experiences in modern photography”. Each course lasts 11 months and includes not only theoretical and practical hours, but also free admission to all meetings and master classes within the school.
The school closely cooperates with international publications, and graduates participate in international photo projects and exhibitions. The training focuses more on the contemporary photography experience and new vision than on the classical academic teaching of the basics. Admission is possible only on a paid basis, and a serious selection awaits future students. For residents of other cities, online training is possible.