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National Institute of Design, NID

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Description of National Institute of Design, NID

  • Location: Moscow, Russia;
  • Age of students: from 17;
  • Type: mixed;
  • Language of instruction: Russian.

The Institute of Design was founded in 1993 as the Graduate School of Design and Decorative Arts. At the moment, the university provides education at the level of bachelor's, master's, postgraduate and qualification courses. 

Faculties and colleges

The educational process of the institute is carried out on the basis of one faculty of research. The university has its own college at the NID.

Things to know about

NID is one of the five universities in Russia, which has a certificate of the International Association of Universities of Design Art and Media CUMULUS.

For applicants who already have a higher education or secondary specialized, it is possible to study in an accelerated mode.

Teaching activities at the university are carried out by doctors of art history, philosophical, philological and technical sciences. 

Programs and prices, tuition fees in National Institute of Design, NID

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All year round
from 216000.00 ₽ / year
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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
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from 130000.00 ₽ / year
from 130000.00 ₽ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 138000.00 ₽ / year
from 138000.00 ₽ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Activities National Institute of Design, NID

To involve students in the active life of the institute, the university conducts a large number of events:

  • Master's Degree in Illustration;
  • VI International Scientific and Practical Conference;
  • Mercedes-benz fashion week Russia;
  • IV All-Russian Festival "Urban Space: The View of Future Urban Planners";
  • Competition "Design Perspective";
  • Tavrida Youth Architectural Project Office;
  • Annual lighting design competition "Russian Lighting Design";
  • Workshop "Modern Etiquette";
  • Taiwan International Student Design Competition;
  • "Drivers of modern city development";
  • Sochi Design Forum;
  • Competition of professional fashion designers named after Nadezhda Lamanova;
  • Antiquity Through the Ages;
  • International exhibition Collection Premiere Moscow;
  • Lecture by teachers of the Academy of Arts and Design "Bezalel".

Facilities and equipment at National Institute of Design, NID

The entire educational process is carried out in one building. The university has classrooms designed for lectures and theoretical classes, which are equipped with the necessary media equipment: projectors and screens. The Institute has three computer classes equipped with new and modern technology, and for the discipline "Volumetric Modeling" offers students ceramics and glass workshops.

Admission dates and extra charges

In the NID, the learning process in the academic year is divided into two semesters: autumn and spring. At the end of each of them, an examination session is held, after which students are given holidays (in winter in January, in summer in July and August).

When studying at the institute, students incur the following additional costs:

  • Residence;
  • Transport;
  • Nutrition;
  • For leisure and recreation.

Enrolment process

For admission to the institute, the applicant must provide the following list of documents to the admissions office:

  • Identity document, citizenship;
  • State-issued document on education and qualifications;
  • Documents confirming the use of the right to admission within a special quota;
  • Documents confirming the individual achievements of the applicant, the results of which are taken into account at the reception;
  • Photography.

The documents that are necessary for admission are sent to the institute in one of the following ways:

  • Personally to the admissions office;
  • By mail;
  • In electronic form.

Enrolment statistics

In 2021, the passing score on the budget was 318 points. 


The university has a cooperation on the mutual exchange of students and teachers, joint internships with such institutions as: 

  • École Supérieure de Designde Troyes (Troyes, France);
  • L'Ecole de Design (Nantes, France);
  • SPD (Milan, Italy);
  • JD Institute of Fashion Technology (Bangalore, India).

After graduation, graduates work in large advertising agencies of the Russian Federation and abroad, owners of their own business, teachers in the field of design. Graduates join the Unions of Designers, Architects and Artists of Russia. 

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

To enter the educational programs of the bachelor's degree, the applicant must:

  • Completed education not lower than secondary general;
  • Points received for the Unified State Exam in the Russian language and literature are not lower than the threshold score established by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation;
  • Points obtained on the basis of the results of entrance profile tests, the minimum points for which are set by the institute itself:
    • Drawing;
    • Painting;
    • Composition.

For admission to master's programs it is necessary:

  • Completed higher education;
  • Prepared creative portfolio;
  • Essay on the proposed topic of the master's thesis.

For admission to postgraduate programs it is necessary:

  • Completed education not lower than higher education (specialist's degree, master's degree);
  • Successful passing of entrance tests with points not lower:
    • Exam in the discipline "Fundamentals of Design Theory" – 80;
    • Essay interview — 80.

Scholarships National Institute of Design, NID

For students of the budgetary form of education, the university provides the following types of material support:

  • State Academic Scholarship;
  • State social scholarship;
  • Personal scholarships from the Ministry of Culture.

Also, the university provides material assistance to those in need.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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