5 weeks
375 hours of practice
Project work — 50% 
Archive practice — 15%
Theory and crafts — 30%
Psychology — 5%
Campus program (PDF, 10 Mb)

We believe that professional self-awareness arises only from practice — Craftsmanship can only be reached through practicing the craft. Therefore, the main time will be dedicated to work with real projects with entirely real clients and deadlines.

Besides designing projects, the program includes additional, yet not less important modules:
Working out an image
Modular and proportional systems
Fonts and typography
Archive practice
Directing and developing a vision
Live sketching

There’ll be much work, but there also will be some fun: cycling, watching movies, discussions, and excursions Campus is open Monday till Friday. On weekends, our co-workers return to their homes.

The only exception will be the third week On the third weekend we will organize a tour for measuring architectural structures in the course of Modular and Proportional Systems module.

Psychology. Building effective teamwork, developing leadership competence
16 hours

The course is aimed at embracing our own values, the meaning of our life iin general and our professional role in particular. Acquiring skills for effective work and practice of addressing the source of continuous energy and motivation. Coworkers study the connection between their value system and their emotional componet, their ability for comprehensive perception, learn to hear themselves and others, reach the synergy. The course is concluded by idividual couching sessions.
Photo by Ksenia Plotnikova
Sergey Mozhaikin Psychologist, business consultant
The author of this course is a certified philologist, psychologist, artist, and marketologist. 15-year experience in headhunting and business consulting Conducts business trainings and personal growth trainings, also provides private individual counselling. Member of Russian Union of Photo Artists.

Working out an image and building systems
150 hours

The course is aimed at improving attention and awareness, developing skills for working with senses, consciousness, and formalization of an image. of an image. Methods of effective project design: brief, research, associative bonds and contexts, history of art, synthesis, blueprint, technology, modular systems and typography
Photo by Viktor Gorbachev
Dima Barbanel Art-Director at Masterskaya
20-year experience on the position of an art-director; launched more than 50 domestic and international projects. Trend setter on the Russian magazine publishing market; twice was awarded with silver prizes in the category Magazine of the Year for his layouts for Esquire and Interni magazines at SDP contest in New York. Head of interdisciplinary project design group Masterskaya, which initiated crucial projects for the industry. Works with strategic issues of federal federal projects, publishing and exhibition industry, as well as research, teaching, and methodological activities in the field of higher professional education.

Proportioning methods for project activities
48 hours

Contents and the aim of the course are to sudy various methods of building harmonious systems in broader context exemplified by cultural objects of the town of Suzdal. Sharing professional knowledge on proportioning methods and laws of composition, studying interconnections between all natural, cultural, and social phenomena; familiarization with national tradition as a concrete way of consistent interaction between such phenomena.
Photo by Viktor Gorbachov
Fedor Knokov Architect, artist, historian
The author of the course is a certified artist, art critic and professor. Lectured at Suzdal college for arts and restoration and conducted courses on history of art and composition. For more than 15 years has worked in the field of designing and creating church interiors. A published author of several articles on art criticism and history. Lives in Suzdal.

Font typology, lettering, typesetting and typography
50 hours

The course is aimed at helping each coworker identify his or her own method of work with fonts and visual language. Dynamic modular program is adapted to each admitted group: depending on projects assigned to our coworkers and the level of their expertise, the course provides opportunities to broaden their knowledge of font history and development, as well as typography in general.
Photo by Gulliver Theis
Eugene Yukechev. Type designer, editor at TypeJournal
The author of the course is a certified philologist and typographer, as well as font developer. 15-year experience in graphic design; 10-year experience as a head of his own design agency specialized in branding and publishing. As a font designer, he has worked with such publishing houses as: Kommersant (CitizenK magazine) Aktion (book series “Great Russian Entrepreneurs”, Financial director magazine), Sanoma Independent Media (Esquire, Russia). Lectures on font development. As a font designer, works with Paratype (Moscow) and FontShop (Berlin). Since 2003, publisher of TypeJournal.ru e-magazine

Artistic restoration of non-alphabetic type matter from the catalogues of Russian typefoundries and printinghouses of the 18-20th centuries
20 hours

The program is aimed at creative and intelligent transforming of an unassimilated part of typographic heritage from passive to active state. The course is based on work with job compositions from the catalogues of typefoundries and printing-houses of XVIIth, XIXth and XXth centuries. The course includes two parts: practical part, during which students create graphic material ready for professional use and theoretical lectures on the history of typography and job composition.
Photo by Viktor Gorbachev
Anton Terekhov. Editor at Polytype archive
The course author received artistic education and taught in institutes of higher education specializing in art. Besides his practical work, he is actively interested in the history of typography in general and Russian typography in particular. The author of a series of lectures “Typographic survey: 15th-20th cent”. and “The history of job composition”.
Photo by Katya Knyazeva
Zhdan Filippov. Art-Director of Polytype archive
The course author received artistic and pedagogical education. He is a practicing books and magazines designer; worked as an art-director in such periodicals as: “Hermitage”, “Sekret Firmy”, “Top Flight”, CitizenK. He worked as a desktop publisher of Mosmetrostroy, Saint Petersburg State University and Russian Club in Shanghai. Now, his directions of development are web-editorial and mobile interfaces.

Production and vision. Working with images and archetypes and their interpretations in media
40 hours

The course is aimed to achieve the harmony of physical body, emotional experience and mental work; to form the perception of connections among all events in the universe and between a human and his moral law. Practical training is dedicated to vision, work with image and development of interpreting skill using various media. Within the course framework, students will see and discuss artistic examples from the history of cinematography, photography and music to improve their creative ability and learn languages to express ideas.
Photo by Viktor Gorbachev
Svyatoslav Ponomarev. Artist, musician
The course author received both technical and musical education; he took private drawing and painting lessons in Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry. Photography instructor in Moscow State University of Printing Arts, Faculty of Graphic Arts. Member of Moscow Artists Union, Creative Artists Union of Russia and Photographers Union of Russia. He developed abandoned areas to create an interactive multimedia exhibition environment. Founder of PURBA Theater of Tibetan Music.

Live sketch or anti-art school: Feeling and creating harmony on paper
25 hours

The course includes interconnected modules of propaedeutics, coloting and practical training. The course is aimed to familiarize co-workers with multiformity of graphic languages and techniques based on examples from the history of arts and crafts. Co-workers will study problems of emotional reproduction in composition and plastic energy of dots and lines.
Roman Manikhin. Artist, illustrator
The course author is a designer. He graduated from Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry. He worked as an art director of such magazines as “Avtopilot”, Robb Report and Smart Money; a desktop publisher and art editor of Seasons, “Pervoye. Vtoroye. Tretye” and “Nomer”. He created illustrations and infographics for such periodicals as: CEO, Interni, “Sekret Firmy”, CitizenK, Seasons, “Pervoye. Vtoroye. Tretye”, Kommersant, BusinessGuide, “Russkiy Reporter”, Forbes. Member of Poster Art Section of Moscow Artists Union; as an easel painter, he works actively, taking part in exhibitions and contests.