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  • Locations: Moscow, Russia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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What You Need to Know

The program is an advanced studio and art history/theory class, in which students will focus on their development of a creative vision and personal system of production - that of an independent artist. 
The class is custom designed depending on students' majors and interests and is suitable for artists, historians, theorists in humanities and architects. The program consists of visits to museums, galleries, art studios and lectures by Russian artists and curators, who will introduce contemporary Russian art and culture within a historical context. Students will be also able to show these artists and curators their work at a pop-up show we will organize. Most of the guest speakers have been involved in important shows like the Moscow Biennial, Venice Biennial, Manifesta, Documenta, Istanbul Biennial etc. We will also be able to meet with inde­pendent film production companies like "The league of Independent Cinema" and with selectors of international film festivals. If there is an interest we can also meet with theater companies like the post-avant-garde Stanislavsky Electro-theatre and the famous documentary Teatr.doc theater.  
This class is a collaboration between Syracuse University, Rodchenko Art School  and The Institute of Contemporary Art

Graduate students will have additional coursework.  Grads will be curating the show under the instructor's coordinator, being responsible for writing short intro text, working on the film reel, helping logistically with performance art works. They will have assistance from gallery workers, and will work with Russian students on translation of texts and labels.
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Travel and Living

Students are responsible for their own round-trip transatlantic flights. Transportation for program-related field trips are arranged by Syracuse Abroad and are included in the program fee. You'll be housed in shared rooms in hotels/hostels rented by Syracuse University for the duration of the program. Students will receive some meals (included in the program fee), but will be responsible for a majority of meals. Additional information will be provided to confirmed applicants.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.

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Portfolio Moscow
(TRM 400/600, 3 credits, undergraduate or graduate)

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.


Professor Boryana Rossa is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who works in the fields of electronic arts, film, video, performance, and photography. Rossa’s works have been shown internationally at such venues as Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, N.Y.; Feldman Gallery, N.Y.; Exit Art, N.Y., Kunstwerke and Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; the 1st and 2nd Moscow Biennial For Contemporary Art; Museum of Contemporary Art (MUMOK), Vienna; Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw; Sofia City Art Gallery; Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art (SAMCA), Sofia; National Gallery of Fine Arts, Sofia; 1st Balkan Biennale, Thesaloniki, Coreana Museum, Seoul etc.

In 2004, together with the Russian artist and filmmaker Oleg Mavromatti, Rossa established UTRAFUTURO, an international group of artists engaged with issues of technology, science, and their social implications. Works by ULTRAFUTURO have been included in the Biennial for Electronic Art, Perth (BEAP), and shown at Foundation for Art and Creative Technologies (FACT), Liverpool, and Society for Art and Technology (SAT), Montreal. Rossa and Mavromatti performed also as ULTRAFUTURO in Trickster Theatre, Exit Art, N.Y., between 2006-09.

In 2012, Rossa has finished her Ph.D. on post-Cold War gender performances--cross-cultural examination of gender representations viewed through Soviet, Russian, and Bulgarian film re-enactments--in the Department of Arts, at Rensselaer, Troy, N.Y. Her research was supported by the research grant by the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer (HASS). She also holds an M.A. in mural painting degree from the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Course begins: May 19, 2018
Course ends: June 3, 2018
Application deadline: February 10*

*Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


Tuition $ 3,603 (2017 Rate)
Program Fee $   950 (estimated)
Total $4,553 (estimated)
GRADUATE (3 credits)
Tuition $4,500 (2017 rate)
Program Fee $   950 (estimated)
Total $5,450 (estimated)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel (from NYC) : $650-$1,000
Personal: $500
Meals: $500
Visa fee: $250 for U.S. citizen

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.


For questions on the application, please contact:
Myles Chlaue, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.