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Season Eight of HSE CREATIVE OPEN Competition Begins

Season Eight of HSE CREATIVE OPEN Competition Begins

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HSE CREATIVE OPEN international online competition of the HSE Art and Design School opens the summer season featuring new categories: ‘Visual Research,’ ‘Game Design,’ ‘Motion Design,’ ‘Poster,’ and ‘Digital Product.’

Launched by the HSE Art and Design School in 2022, the competition collected more than 1,500 works in its first year. Its goal is to present a unified platform to host original ideas and spectacular projects in all areas of design, contemporary art, and fashion, as well as to draw the attention of the creative community to the development of professions in the industry.

Beginner-level specialists and students, as well as graduates of any university, regardless of geographical location, are invited to participate. 

Covering different areas of creative industries, the competition aims to collect spectacular projects in creative fields and introduce a new platform for the exchange of experiences between beginner specialists and industry experts. The jury of each category consists of a curator, a ‘thought leader,’ and representatives of various institutions and trend-setting companies, who together select relevant projects.

Based on the results, the jury will put together shortlists of notable and interesting projects and decide on the top three. The winners will receive cash prizes, support in improving and/or implementing their project, and have their work published on a platform that showcases the best works, forms an online archive of art by talented young people, and discovers new names.




🥇 1st place—50,000 roubles.

🥈 2nd place—30,000 roubles.

🥉 3rd place—20,000 roubles.

Applications are being accepted up to and including July 2, 2024. Each category has its own curator.

Winners are chosen separately for each category.

Categories of HSE CREATIVE OPEN Season Eight

Visual Research

Visual research is a conceptual, meaningful, and systematic consideration of any phenomenon based on visual materials. These can be works of art, illustrations, photographs, movies, animation, comics, and so on. It’s a research project, in the preparation of which the student performs the functions of a text author, editor, and art director. Using the capabilities of the platform, contestants can create a holistic statement about classical or modern culture, presenting their conceptual vision of the chosen topic and providing a harmonious and convincing visual series as ‘proof.’

Reference Works

Game Design

‘Prototype of an indie game’ is the theme of this category. The task is to develop an indie game prototype on any topic, in any genre and format. It can be an adventure, puzzle, action, strategy, platformer, or something completely new and unusual. The main requirement is that the game should be interesting, exciting, and original.

Reference Works

Motion Design

Moving animated graphics have long been an integral part of life in the form of screensavers and titles for broadcasts, podcasts, TV series and films, various animated commercials on TV and the Internet. Nowadays it holds a key role in the field of design. Motion design accommodates more meaning and greater musicality as compared to static forms, and technologically it is becoming more accessible.

Reference Works


The Poster Laboratory of the HSE Art and Design School announced a poster competition within the framework of the Dostoevsky Festival, which will be held in Zaraysk near Moscow on July 20–21, 2024. The festival is dedicated to the deep and multifaceted personality of Fyodor Mikhailovich. His childhood years were spent in the Darovoye estate near Zaraysk, and according to the writer's memoirs, he was truly happy there.

The festival will reveal Dostoevsky's personality not only from the point of view of his contribution to world culture as writer and philosopher, but also from a family point of view—as a son, husband, and father.

The exhibition of themed posters will be part of the programme on the central pedestrian streets of the city. The streets will feature a gastronomic fair, concert programme, book festival, and performances by street theatres.

Reference Works

Digital Product

Participants will design and develop an innovative digital product that solves a specific problem or improves the user experience in a new way. The product must demonstrate a clear understanding of user needs, innovative design elements, and incorporate advanced technology.

Reference Works

More information, recommendations, and registration links are available in Russian on the HSE Art and Design School website.

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