The first-ever university for creative industries in Russia, where students learn and being taught differently
At Universal University, the students are taught to learn and put their newly acquired knowledge into viable projects to drive the creative industries forward on the local, national, and global scale.
Mission

We aim to unlock people’s creativity and help them make a leap to a new life. That’s why we put special emphasis on academic quality and student experience. 

Vision

Creative jobs are much more resistant to automation than routine, rule-based tasks. As the world shifts from a traditional commodity-based economy to a knowledge-based, creative economy, Universal University is becoming a hub for creative industries in Russia with a global perspective.


Why Universal University:

Global education
Universal University is the only university in Russia that offers English-taught internationally recognized degree programs in creative industries. The university provides BA (Hons) degree programs in Art & Design, Business & Marketing, and Music validated by the University of Hertfordshire as well as BA (Hons) and MA programs in Architecture & Urbanism validated by London Metropolitan University.
Interdisciplinary approach
Universal University has brought nine creative schools under one roof: the British Higher School of Art & Design, the GameDev school Scream School, Moscow Film School, Moscow Architectural School MARCH, Moscow Music School, MACS Business & Entrepreneurship School, School of Education, Moscow School of Contemporary Art, and the new school for the food industry — Moscow Food Academy. The university’s students develop interdisciplinary projects creating business innovations and originating new future-proof specializations.
International best practices

Since the British School of Art & Design was founded in 2003, Universal University has been pursuing the glocal approach. We get the best out of global trends in creative industries across the UK, US, Europe, and Asia, while keeping our academic programs locally relevant. The university offers 18 British higher education programs validated by the University of Hertfordshire and London Metropolitan University. Some of continuing professional development (CPD) programs were inspired by the best practices of the US top colleges — UCLA, UC Berkeley, and the University of Southern California.

Industry-oriented

Bridging the gap between education and industry is our top priority. The university attracts industry practitioners to design study programs and let students work on real briefs from day one.

The university’s academic staff includes about 1000 leading Russian and international experts in creative industries. We partner with over 500 companies including Disney, Mercedes-Benz, BOSCH, Cartier, Adidas, Coca-Cola, MTS, and others.

Lifelong Learning & Student-centric education
Our curricula are informed by research, social responsibility and the needs of students. An outstanding learning experience is based on internal and external partnerships, where students are exposed to theory and real-world problems in their learning. We strive to deliver the best possible quality of programmes and offer a variety of opportunities for self-development as part of our strategy to support lifelong learning.
Ekaterina Cherkes-zade
Head of Universal University
In 2003 we started out with two classrooms and a lecture hall. Over the last 17 years we have proved that we can launch and develop educational projects of the highest value that become the driving force behind the growth of creative economy.
2003
Founded
6000 students
study at the university each year
900+ academic staff members
leading Russian and international experts in creative industries
10 000+ graduates
in 39 countries across the globe
200+ educational programs
British Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs, CPD programs, short courses, courses for teenagers
500+ Industry partners
And collaborations with international universities
9 schools
Incubator
More than 100 briefs come from real companies each year
85% of graduates
successfully practice
their professions
Full-time employees 70%
Freelancers 20%
Business owners 10%

Resources and facilities
British Higher School of Art and Design
Moscow, Nizhnyaya Syromyatnicheskaya St., 10-3
Scream School
Moscow,Nizhnyaya Syromyatnicheskaya St., 10-4
Moscow Film School
Moscow,Nizhnyaya Syromyatnicheskaya St., 10-2
MARCH Architecture School
Moscow,Nizhnyaya Syromyatnicheskaya St., 10-2
Moscow Music School
Moscow,Nizhnyaya Syromyatnicheskaya St., 10-9
School of the New Economy MACS
Moscow, Nizhnyaya Syromyatnicheskaya St., 10-3
School of Education
Moscow,Nizhnyaya Syromyatnicheskaya St., 10-2
Moscow School of Contemporary Art
Moscow, Nizhnyaya Syromyatnicheskaya St., 10-3
MARCH Lab
Moscow,Nizhnyaya Syromyatnicheskaya St., 10-2