It will be run annually during summer time, in the main building of the Academy, in the workshops where used to study and teach the most profound Russian artists.
The program duration is 4 weeks:
June Session (1-29 June 2012), or
July Session (2-27 July 2012)
5 academic hours a day, 5 times a week;
Total amount of hours: 96 hours
Total amount of students in a group: minimum 14, maximum 16.
At this time one group is recruiting English speaking students, another group is set up for Russian graduate students (Advanced Training Program). A third group is intended for international students who speak Chinese.
The studying is concentrated on classical drawing and painting. The program and its time frame are offered exactly the way as it was traditionally taught at the Academy:
By the end of the program you'll receive an official certificate about your completion of the program, stamped and signed by the Academy Board and a provost. Credit units will be listed there, as well as description and duration of disciplines you've been taking and completed.
The certificate is acceptable by most art institutions worldwide as the Academy is an accredited institution by the Russian Ministry of Education.
Please be aware that a certificate is issued only by the fact of successful completion of the program. On the last day of the program there will be an Evaluation by the Academy Board that will be reviewing all your work completed within the program.
If you don't need a certificate, please still make sure you follow up with the studying process.
4 week program (96 hours) = 1250.00 euro.
96 hours of practical studying with one of the best professors of the Academy
3 guided lectured tours: The Academy, The Hermitage, The Russian Art Museum
official invitation for your entrance visa (sent to you by Certified International Airmail)
a certificate of completion
Not included: transportation, food and accommodations.
Money must be sent in either Euro or Rubles (equal to the listed amount in euro) to the Repin Institute bank account. The bank details can be found on the website and will also be listed in your Agreement.
250.00 euro application fee must be submitted to start an application process and to reserve your space in the program.
/Application fee is paid only after our confirmation letter of your acceptance to the program based on reviewing your portfolio./
1,000.00 euro must be submitted by the end of May (for June program) and by the end of June (for July program).
Only the best professors of the Academy faculty will be teaching this program. The course is very intensive, so we make sure only those who're very knowledgeable and highly experienced will be responsible to handle this task. Interpreter as well as models will be provided, their fees are included in the total cost.
For all kind of administrative questions, program preparation and organizational issues please send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call +7 (921) 317 9890.
Your managers will be responsible for helping you with your accommodations. They will make sure you have a good place for your staying here. There are several options nearby the Academy: appartment rentals, hotels, hostels. The Academy is located about one mile from the Hermitage as well as from the main artery of the city, the Nevsky Prospect.
Send a copy of your passport to the same e-mail address
Submit an Application (available online via website)
Send a non-refundable 250.00 euro application fee (included in total payment).
/Application fee is paid only after our confirmation letter of your acceptance to the program based on reviewing your portfolio./
For June Session - until the middle of April;
For July Session - until the middle of May.
Please be aware there are only 16 spaces available for international students. At this time we can't handle any more groups. In the future we might be able to run two international groups (with 4 groups in total).
You won't have to study Russian as the program will be run with an interpreter, but please make sure your art skills are acceptable to be able to catch up with such an intensive course.
Send your portfolio to email@example.com or provide a link within your Application.
Make sure you archive your file as .zip or .rar and the total file size doesn't exceed 5mb.
Your portfolio must be in JPEG or PDF format and being printable.
Your portfolio must present 6-10 good quality samples of the following *:
Figure (nude) drawing
Figure (nude) painting
The following media and materials are accepted for your portfolio:
- Drawings: pencil, paper
- Paintings: oil, canvas
* Consider this list as mostly recommendation, not a requirement (e.g, not everyone has nude figure drawings, so you can substitute this with your still-life or portrait samples, etc).
No digital work of any kind. No works made from photos (absolutely "no" for the Academy). No fantasy, 3D, etc.
Only classical, academic samples of real objects and real people.
Thank you so much for your kind words and your support.
Actually, I'm really delighted to finally have this program available at the Academy. For several years we've been asked for summer classes by both Russian and international students.
By the way, the very idea of Preparation Courses belongs to Professor V.A. Mogilevtsev as well. This kind of courses used to exist at the Imperial Art Academy over 100 years ago. He's searched for all the information, gathered necessary material, developed the curriculum for the program. And about 10 years ago he approached with this idea the Academy Provost. Since then we have one of the most popular program at the Academy.
So the Summer School is also his kind of idea. Well, I was asking for this program those who are in charge, but this idea was in the air for too long, no one was taking a responsibility. Finally, the guy who's always looking for troubles (Mogilevtsev) decided to be in charge.
And... Yes, I also used a calculator when writing this program, but it includes several lecture-tours, which makes this program over 100 hours. So I guess it's a fair calculation.
Sorry for a little confusion about an application fee.
Of course, you pay this ONLY if you're accepted. (I've just updated the info above.)
So again the procedure goes as follows:
1. Send your portfolio. If it's not sufficient we'll ask you to add more samples. If there is still time you can work on it and then submit it again.
2. You receive an official confirmation from us about your portfolio review and your acceptance to the program.
The following three steps you should make simultaneously:
3. You submit your application either together with your portfolio or right after your acceptance.
4. You send your passport copy right after you receive our confirmation letter about your acceptance.
5. You send a 250.00 euro application fee that
a) confirms your space in the program,
b) covers an official invitation from the Repin Institute, signed and stamped by the Department of Visas and Registration,
c) includes S+H when sent to your mailing address
After that we send you an official agreement between you and the Repin Art Institute (Russian Academy of Arts). We're going to post a sample of such an agreement shortly on the Summer School website.
I keep receiving questions. Will be posting answers to them right here and in the FAQ section of the website.
Finally, there is a video that we've implemented on the website, which I'd like to share here as well.
It's in Russian language, but I hope it might be useful as it provides visuals on the Academy premises and the studying process. (Though don't get confused as right after the Academy building they show the corridors of the Saint Petersburg University as well as the rooms of the Hermitage.)
I was so excited to receive the email from the Academy announcing the new summer program!
Book Guru, I am very much wanting to attend this summer (The July session) and at this point it looks like I will have the funds to do so. However, I have some questions regarding the portfolio requirements. I know the portfolio requires 6-10 pieces but my question is does it need to include all of the 'samples' you listed? At the moment I have only pencil drawings to submit and have limited oil painting experience. Most of my experience in school here in Canada has been with acrylic paints. Is it possible to gain acceptance with strong pencil drawings alone?
As we tell everyone, please send whatever you have, including oil and acrylic paints (unfinished work is fine). If what we see is not enough we ask to send more samples. But usually it's enough as we only want to make sure you're not a beginner and that we won't have to teach you the very basics.
The Summer School website lists portfolio requirements that I'd rather call recommendations. Most people don't have nude figure drawings, but they get accepted anyway. At the same time you might not have oil paintings but have nude drawings, that's acceptable as well.
Guys, I also wanted to point another important aspect why your should make your decision quite soon, even those who plan to arrive in July.
It's about accommodations.
June and July are the heaviest tourist season months. It's not just comfortable here because of a nice weather (though June can be moody), but we have famous White Nights that people from all over the world arrive to watch...
There are still good offers available but everything will be booked quite soon. This goes for everything: apartments, hostels, hotels...
We can't guarantee good offers for too long, everything is booked on "first come, first served" basis.
Next week we'll continue making reservations for all the places people have mentioned in their applications, so if you plan to be here in June - make your request ASAP.
We're finishing accepting applications from foreign students attending JUNE session. Last day is April 16.
For those who attend July session the deadline is May 10.
Short list of accommodations:
- 2 really nice double rooms at the Academy's own mini-hotel : 900.00/night (about $30.00) - a real, real bargain (I plan to post images later);
- nice new hostel nearby (3min walking distance) : 950.00/night in 6-bedded spacious room;
- there is a chance of having 3 more double-rooms available at the Academy premises. They're not as sophisticated as the mini-hotel, but yet cozy and nice. They've just been renovated, but unfurnished - so if the Academy is able to buy all the stuff by the beginning of summer program, we'll have another bargain there - 750.00 rubles per person ($25.00!!)
- double room prices at hotels and hostels nearby for June and July are in the range of 2100-2500 ($70-$85) and above.
Everything is available on first come, first served basis.
I decided to lighten up this post with a nice image of the Academy.
Because it's the last three days for foreign students for being accepted to the JUNE program, I wanted to share the thoughts why June might be a preference for those who're still in doubt which month to choose:
- June is the month when ALL students and professors are still at the Academy - which means you might meet many international students and ask about their experience;
- June is when the 6th grade students have their Diploma Defense (the Diploma Exhibition is run after that but it's never known whether it will be during summer or autumn) - so you'll have a unique chance to view all the works and see the Defense in action, at least after 3pm (after your classes finish);
- June is the month of Exams - which means you'll see many works that are accepted and see many tears of those whose works get rejected;
- June is the month of Open House, which means you'll be able to attend all the workshops and to see everything you want;
- June is the month of famous White Nights;
- etc... (I'll write you more if I get some other ideas)
In other words, June is the month of real action here, which you won't like to miss!!
- June Session = 4 places left
- July Session = 2 places left
We already accept applications for the next year.
There are two double-rooms available at the Academy hotel (900.00 rubles per person per night) and a 3-bedroom apartment with bunk beds (300.00 rubles) at the Academy Campus.
Originally we've been told there was no any place available at the campus, but we worked hard on it and finally got a permission for using this apartment exclusively for our Summer School students.
Last edited by Book Guru; May 12th, 2012 at 12:57 AM.
Reason: Visa information moved below for more details
There are four countries that have the most difficult time for getting visas (this goes vice versa for Russian citizens who apply for visas at these countries as well): USA, Canada, UK, Georgia.
So if any of you are citizens of these countries (unless you have a dual citizenship like I do) then you better start your visa application process at least half a year before the School starts - visa application for a US citizen can take up to 4 months!.
With EU countries Russia signed an agreement in 2008, which makes the whole visa application process fast and easy. The Academy provides an Invitation that we usually prepare within a couple of days and send it via e-mail or fax. You go with this paper to the nearest Russian Embassy (or Consulate General) and apply for your visa. The longest (and least expensive) waiting period for your visa is one month, though in some countries it's only two or one week for the same price, and in some countries it's even completely free.
With most Latin American countries, Israel, some European countries Russia has an agreement for NO visa requirement, which means you're free to go.
You always can check this information at your local Russian Embassy (Consulate).
Or send me a letter if you encounter any difficulties, I'll find out.
I’ve just discovered a very useful map on the Russian Wikipedia. It shows in color what types of visa is required for certain regions and countries.
Here is how it goes:
- light green = no visa required
- dark blue = entrance is free with Russian passport
- dark green = visa is issued right on the Russian border (airport, railway station, etc; small fee is required)
- purple = additional documents are required (e.g. invitation, photo, etc)
- olive = European Union (requires invitation + photo)
- yellow = this year visa application process will be either completely cancelled or facilitated
- grey = Let me pray for you (might take up to 4 months for the whole process)
For those who’re confused a little – a big light blue piece of land is Russia.