Cinema: Film Studies and Film Production

Cinema: Film Studies and Film Production

50.03.01 Arts and Humanities

Entrance exams (minimal scores):
  • foreign language (65)
  • social sciences (65) / history (65)
  • Russian language (65)
Minimal passing score for contract-based education: 195
Form of study: full-time
Term: 4 years
Basis: contract/scholarship
Scholarships: 20 places (for all programmes of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
Educational qualifications issued: diploma with the assignment of a Bachelor’s degree from MSSES in specialisation “50.03.01 Arts and Humanities”
Campus: provided

Cost of tuition in 2022: 330,000 rub./year (the price is fixed for the entire period of study)
Discounts for the first year of study in 2022: 
In order to receive a tuition discount, the student needs to have a certain total score for all of the entrance exams (including points for individual achievements)
75% - from 266 points
50% - 256-265 points
25% - 236-255 points
10% – full payment for the first year of study when enrolling
Applicants who gained over 276 points total for 3 entrance exams and personal achievements as well as those who aren’t required to pass entrance exams can apply for a scholarship.

About the programme

The programme trains directors, producers, and film critics, and it allows students to choose their own path in the course of the learning process. Students study film theory and obtain practical film production skills all at the same time. They undertake internships in international film companies and enter the film industry while still attending school.

The ‘Cinema: Film Studies and Film Production’ undergraduate programme is part of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It is based on the education model, where second-year students choose one of seven faculty specialisations and construct their own individual educational trajectories by choosing from over 50 elective courses.

Each student’s curriculum contains three sections: General Education, Major, and Electives.

Classes take place in a modern campus in the heart of Moscow.

Main advantages of studying on the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

  • Freedom of choice. The students get the opportunity to choose something at every step of the way, whether it be a teacher, elective course, major, language of study, or even the thesis model.

  • Individual approach. The classes are conducted in groups of no more than 20.

  • Much attention is given to crucial cognitive skills: reading and writing, regardless of the specialisation.

  • Interactive teaching method. In the classroom, the student’s voice is considered as important as the teacher’s.

  • At the elective courses, the students will have the opportunity to meet students from other programmes and collaborate with them, which will potentially allow them to develop interdisciplinary projects and broaden their professional horizons.

  • Individual academic support from tutors.

  • Studying foreign languages of the students’ choosing.

  • Cosy intellectual atmosphere of collaborative work.

Programme managers

Olga Malinovskaya is a PhD, graduate of Oxford University (PhD), the Sorbonne (Master’s), and Northeastern University in Boston, USA (Bachelor’s). She studied film history at the University of Chicago, worked in an American documentary film studio “Visionaries”, and created her own TV programmes for BNN in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a recipient of the Oxford University entrepreneurial grant for the development of the Film Business company as well as the co-owner of the British distribution company Vintage Film Club.

Andrey Apostolov is the Assistant to the Rector, Lecturer at the Faculty of Film Studies, VGIK (The Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography), and Chief Editor at the Mars Media Entertainment film studio.

We are training a new generation of filmmakers whose films will be unlike both Western models and Soviet classics because the students will find themselves at the juncture of cultures and languages. First and foremost, the programme allows them to find their voices and understand masterpieces instead of trying to imitate them. They develop their own individuality.
Olga Malinovskaya, programme manager

Programme content

The programme presents a unique combination of theoretical and practical film education without a strict division into research and creative specialisations. The programme’s courses cover cinema in all of its aspects: history, aesthetics, social reception, current state of the industry, production basics, and practical skills.

The entire educational programme can be divided into four main thematic modules:
  • film history
  • film theory
  • general humanities
  • creative workshop
A good programme that teaches people to better understand films needs to invite students to try different roles. We allow them to test things out and make a decision about who they want to be – film critics, cinematographers, or film directors.
Olga Malinovskaya, programme manager


Theoretical block

  • history of the Soviet cinema
  • history of the American, European, and non-Western cinema
  • film theory

The theoretical block places a particular emphasis on film history in order to form the general informational background of the programme’s students. In classes, students learn basic principles of film theory and aesthetics – in particular, they identify the specifics of cinema’s expressive means through a comparative analysis of other media. 
In addition to discussing the theory, students watch a large number of films and read a lot of texts in class. They will be maintaining constant communication with their colleagues and talking about everything they watch, hear, and read.

Practical block

  • dramatic composition and storytelling
  • editing
  • film crew and filming process
  • structure of the festival system

The logic of practical courses stems from the logic of the production process:

1. first, students learn to work with the photography and space in the frame while studying the basics of dramatic composition,
2. then they master individual filming and editing practices,
3. they start working on collective assignments, gradually forming into film crews.

Practical classes are conducted by teachers with actual field experience in the industry.

Elective courses that we have in the first year are a way of trying our hand at different jobs. I took photography and music and cinema history. It’s a very cool synthesis, I like it. When you are watching a film, you usually miss a lot of things. But after our classes with Andrey Apostolov, you start noticing certain details on your own. We started out with silent black and white films. I had watched them before, but it used to be difficult, I used to think: “Bad melodramas. Why do I have to watch this? I don’t understand”. And now, certain frames get into your head, and there’s nothing you can do about it. I can’t remember a movie I saw a week ago, but I can still see shots from “Ivan the Terrible” when I close my eyes.
Liza Chugunova, student of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Thanks to our international partners, the programme’s graduates can enter the international industry arena where they will be able to compete with Hollywood and European directors on equal terms. The students will get to undertake internships in foreign companies as proper team members.

Programme’s advantages

  1. The only film programme in Moscow that is integrated into a flexible educational system, which allows students to complete courses for other programmes in order to “calibrate” their own interests and form an individual educational path.
  2. Unlike specialised film schools that traditionally only see cinema as a form of art or an artistic practice, this programme suggests students view cinema as a social institution and it focuses on issues related to the legal and economic framework of the film industry which are very rarely addressed in art schools. 
  3. The programme implies students’ professional self-identification in the course of study and not prior to their enrolment.
  4. Internships in international companies grant students actual work experience in the industry and introduce them to the professional community.
  5. In the course of study, students learn foreign languages for professional purposes, which allows them to effortlessly communicate and collaborate with foreign colleagues.

We are expecting school graduates who are already interested in cinema: they watch Netflix day and night and try to shoot movies on their smartphones. We’re expecting bold people who aren’t afraid to experiment and who are ready to engage in work immediately.
Olga Malinovskaya, programme manager

Alumni’s career

The programme is designed for three main future scenarios:
  • career in film criticism/film journalism;
  • career in television or film production;
  • career in film industry management or, more broadly, cultural industry as a whole.

Today’s world is filled with images and video content and yet, the industry faces a shortage of professionals who can not only generate ideas but also implement them, properly organise the filming process, and skilfully work with the image. The programme meets these demands and prepares specialists who have the necessary flexible skills. The programme’s alumni can easily apply the gained knowledge not only in cinema but also in the advertising industry, adjusting their range of skills for a potential client. Moreover, the programme’s graduates will also be in demand in the field of education.

Everyone talks about movies and TV shows, but we will teach our students to make them well, show what no one noticed but them, and have intellectual conversations about not only complex but also emotional elements of films.
Alexander Kostrichkin

Where do classes take place?

Our students study in the campus of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences in the very centre of Moscow. Modern library, comfortable coworking, open classrooms, a computer room, a café, and a space for recreation and communication – everything you need for pleasant and productive learning.

Programme partners

The programme was built around the experience of Russian and foreign partners who will be directly involved in the formation of the students’ educational experience:
  • The All-Russian State University of Cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov (VGIK)
  • Mars Media film company
  • Russia-K television channel

Information for applicants

How to submit the documents and enrol in MSSES:
You can find the manual on submitting documents and some important information about the admissions process as well as read answers to the most frequently asked questions here.

Individual consultation on the enrolment:
If you have any questions about the admissions process or education programmes, you can meet with an expert from the admissions committee and ask them any questions you want.
Fill in the form to apply for a consultation, and we will contact you.

Tour of MSSES:
You will meet an expert from the admissions committee and take a walk around the campus together. You will see where our students attend their classes, learn why all the classrooms are named after philosophers and thinkers, and get to see our library.
Fill in the form to sign up for a tour, and we will contact you.

Student life

MSSES has a student body which regularly organises various events: OASIS, Halloween, and New Year. Students participate in conferences, seminars, creative and intellectual competitions, and volunteer projects. More on extracurricular activities.

Contact Us

Valeria Deytseva
Undergraduate programmes coordinator
Phone: +7 495 150 70 82, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

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