Cinema: Film Studies and Film Production

  • Direction: 50.03.01 Arts and Humanities
  • Entrance tests (minimum points): Foreign language (65), Russian (65), Social Studies (65)/ History (65) 
  • Form of study: full-time
  • Duration: 4 years 
  • Basis: contract 
  • Issued documents: MSSES Bachelor's degree

About the program

The Bachelor's degree programme "Cinema: Film Studies and Film Production" trains specialists with a broad general humanitarian outlook, who will be trained both in the theory and history of cinema, as well as possess practical skills in the production of films and screen art forms. The program graduates will be able to successfully work in both Russian and international film and television industries.

The Bachelor's degree programme "Cinema: Film Criticism and Film Production" is part of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is based on the Liberal Arts & Sciences training model, in which students choose one of five directions from the second year and build their individual educational trajectory.

The curriculum of each student consists of three blocks: compulsory disciplines (General Education), disciplines in the major direction (Major) and elective courses (Electives).

Main advantages of Liberal Arts & Sciences

  • Freedom of choice. Students have the opportunity to choose at each step - a teacher, an elective course, a major, a language of the training - and even a model for writing a thesis. 
  • Individual approach. Classes are held in groups of no more than 20 people. 
  • Much attention is paid to the most important cognitive skills: reading and writing, regardless of the training profile. 
  • Interactive teaching methods. The student's voice in the classroom is just as important as the teacher's voice. 
  • During the elective courses, students will have the opportunity to meet with students from other programs and work together, which will allow them to create interdisciplinary projects and expand their professional horizons in the future. 
  • Academic tutor individual support. 
  • Learning foreign languages of your choice. 
  • Chamber cozy intellectual atmosphere of collaboration.

Programme Managers

Olga Malinovskaya is a PhD, graduate of Oxford University (PhD), Sorbonne (Master's degree), Northeastern University in Boston, USA (Bachelor's degree). She studied the history of cinema at the University of Chicago, worked in the “Visionaries" American documentary film studio, created her own TV programs on BNN in Boston, Massachusetts, winner of an entrepreneurial grant from Oxford University for the development of the Film Business company, co-owner of the Vintage Film Club British distribution company.

Andrey Apostolov is an Assistant to the Rector and teacher of the Department of Film Studies of VGIK, Chief editor of the Mars Media Entertainment film studio.

Programme content

The programme is a unique combination of theoretical and practical film education without a strict division into research and creative specialization.

The courses of the program cover cinema in all its aspects: history, aesthetics, social reception, the current state of the industry, basics of production and practical skills.

The entire educational programme can be divided into four main thematic modules:
  • history of cinema
  • theory of cinema
  • general humanitarian disciplines
  • creative workshop


Theoretical block

  • History of Soviet cinema 
  • History of American, European and non-Western cinema 
  • Theory of Cinema 
In the theoretical block, a special emphasis is placed on the history of cinema in order to form a general informational background of the programme students. The students master the general principles of the theory and aesthetics of cinema, in particular, they identify the specifics of the expressive means of cinema through a comparative analysis of other media at classes.
Talking about theory in the classroom is accompanied by watching a large number of films and reading texts. Students will be in constant communication with colleagues about what they have seen, heard and read.

Practical block

  • Dramaturgy and Storytelling
  • Film Editing
  • Film crew and the Shooting Process
  • Device of the Festival System
The logic of practical courses is determined by the logic of the production process:
1. first, students gain skills in working with photography and space in the frame, while simultaneously studying the drama basics,
2. then they master individual shooting and editing practices,
3. they start working on collective tasks, gradually forming into film crews.

Practical classes are taught by teachers with real field experience in the industry. 


Thanks to international partners, the programme graduates will be able to enter the international stage of the industry, where they will be able to compete on an equal footing with Hollywood and European directors.
The students will have the opportunity to practice in foreign companies as a full-fledged team members.

Programme benefits

  • The only film programme in Moscow built into the Liberal Arts & Sciences flexible educational system, which allows students to take courses in other programs in order to "calibrate" their own interests and build an individual educational path.
  • Unlike specialized film schools, which traditionally consider cinema exclusively as art or artistic practice, this program offers to see the cinema as a social institution and focuses on issues of the legal and economic basis of the film industry, which are rarely addressed in art schools.
  • The program assumes the student`s professional self-determination in the course of training, and not before admission. Internships in international companies give students real-world experience in the industry and introduce them to the professional community.
  • During the training, students master foreign languages in a professional context, which allows them to easily communicate and cooperate with foreign colleagues.

Graduate career

The program is designed for three main scenarios of the future:
  • work in film criticism/film press; 
  • work in television or film production; 
  • work in the film industry management – and, more broadly, the cultural industry in general.
The modern world is full of images and video content, but the industry is experiencing a shortage of professionals who are able not only to generate ideas, but also to implement them, competently build the shooting process and work with the image efficiently. The program responds to this request and trains specialists who have the necessary flexible skills. The program graduates can easily apply their knowledge not only in the film industry, but also in the advertising industry, adjusting the range of skills for a potential client. Besides, the program graduates will be in demand in the educational field.
They talk about movies and TV shows everywhere, but we will teach students to do it efficiently, to show what no one has seen except you, to conduct an intellectual conversation not only about the complex, but also about the emotional in the cinema.
Alexander Kostrichkin

Programme Partners

The programme is created taking into account the experience of domestic and foreign partners who will be directly involved in creating the students` educational experience:
  • University College London, United Kingdom 
  • The University of Oxford, United Kingdom 
  • Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 
  • All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov (VGIK) 
  • ”Mars Media” Film Company 
  • “Russia-Culture” TV Channel

Where does the training take place?

Our students study on the campus of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences in the very center of Moscow. A modern library, convenient co-working, open classrooms, a computer lab, a cafe and a space for relaxation and communication – everything you need for a pleasant and effective study.

Student life

There is a student activity board at MSSES, which regularly organizes various events: OASIS, Shalloween, New Year. Students participate in conferences, seminars, creative and intellectual competitions, and volunteer projects. You can follow the student life on Instagram or in the Telegram of the student activity board. Learn more about extracurricular life.

Contact Us

Deytseva Valeriya
+7 495 150 70 82

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