wow this thread is so interesting. I'm attending a 1 year prep course in Finland (3.5 hours to st.petersburg by train!! ) and our teachers often talk about this academy, like, if something is a little bit off in my figure drawings they'd be like "well it's okay, i mean, this isn't the repin academy".a couple of months ago I tried to find more info about this "mysterious school in russia" but the website was just confusing. I'm glad I found this thread.
The preparation course sounds very interesting. I want to study illustration and I don't think id try to get in the academy for 6 years to get a degree, but like I said the 1 year-course sounds so tempting. I'm just wondering.. I don't know if my portfolio is exactly what they're looking for...alot of digital work etc. I've been into visual arts for only a couple of years now, needless to say that I'm nowhere near the level compared to the students who study there. But I am willing to work really hard. In my current school we get no homework and the teachers arent strict and most of my classmates are just really lazy and dont take art seriously. I would love to be surrounded by ambitious, hard working people.
After reading all the previous posts, I just want to make sure that I understood this correctly : everybody will get accepted to the 1 year preparation course no matter what your level of skill is? How and WHEN do you apply to this course? (i'm sorry if this has been already answered). Will it look bad if you tell right from the beginning that you have no intention to applying to the degree programm? this might sound like a stupid question but I'm just wondering.