Admission Announcement

We are delighted to introduce the new educational curriculum of the School of Art Criticism and Curatorial Studies and invite all those interested in artistic research projects and art criticism. Applicants must have higher education in arts and art history or culture and humanities, freely read and understand English.

Educational Program Description 

It is difficult to imagine the creation of an artwork without a research section. The research appears to be a vital activity sought out for contemporary art. This work is carried out not only in the preparation and production phases but often in the stage of the presentation itself. Very often, this is nothing else than the presentation of the research itself within its specific demo setting. 

On the other hand, contemporary art is difficult to perceive without an adequate criticism. The critical approach in all its stages opens opportunity in public understanding for all new definitions, languages and codes by which artists present each new offer. 

But research and criticism are interconnected, and therefore, transposed. Today, art uses the power of criticism just as much as the art criticism itself. On the other hand, it is difficult to imagine art criticism without the original work and more or less profound study of its context. 

Educational Program Structure and Content 

The program consists of three educational modules as well as from two studios: The Module of general professional subjects, a The Module of special professional and methodological subjects, The Graduation module, Research project and critical writing studio. 

Educational Program Working Language

The working language of the educational program is Armenian. Certain lectures will be conducted in English and Russian.

Module of general professional subjects 
15 March-15 June 

The first module focuses on general professional subjects. Historical and theoretical courses with general professional features will allow future students to get acquainted with contemporary art development trends, both in philosophical thinking and in social, urban and media contexts. 

Module Courses 
Contemporary Art History (Anna Galstyan
History of Armenian Contemporary Art (Nazareth Karoyan
Urban Studies (Ruben Arevshatyan
Media Studies (Hrach Bayadyan
Art and Social Reality (Zhanna Andreasyan
Contemporary philosophy and critical theories (Naira Mkrtchyan) 

Module of Special Professional and Methodological Subjects 
15 September-15 November 

In this module, special methodological courses will be taught, which will focus on the analysis of the current art processes, discourses and practices, the forms tools of mapping of places and phenomena. 
The lectures will be delivered by lecturers from abroad, who will be featured in thematic lectures. 

Module of Completion of Work (Graduation Module)
15 February-15 May 

In this module, the learning process will be organized in studios. Students will be able to develop and summarize their graduation work with the help of studio heads. 

(Will operate during all modules) 

The studios will operate in parallel with the Modules of Common and Special Subjects. During the Graduation Module, they will be transformed into workshops. 

Students of the Research-based art Workshop (Ruben Arevshatyan) will learn to reveal the topic of the research, plan research, develop its methodology, find out the media to complete and display it. Representatives from the international art scene - artists, theorists, curators - will be invited to conduct workshops and seminars. 

Students of the Critical Writing Studio (Nazareth Karoyan) will acquire written skills combined with critical thinking, which are essential for different places and events (catalogs, press releases, critical reviews about art exhibitions), will learn how to formulate the idea be clear, how to analyze and evaluate the art in reasonable and meaningful manner.