A year ago, our University launched a unique project – Part-Time Arts School. In June 2015, 25 students successfully finished the programme and became the first graduates of the School. We asked Professor Andrey Faustov, Head of the "Philology and Modern Society" Research and Education Centre, for more details about the School.
– What is Part-Time Arts School? What kind of project is that and what is its main purpose?
– “The idea of such a division was not a new one. The concept of continuous education has been in work in many developed countries for a long time. We are just at the beginning, but we see the need for continuous education, and this is good and bad at the same time. The bad thing is that recently there has been lack of interest in literature and the literacy level has been decreasing dramatically. The good thing is that there are still a lot of people who are eager to improve their knowledge in Arts, but there are no opportunities or facilities for this. I am glad that the idea of the Part-Time Arts School developed at the Faculty of Philology.”
– Who can enrol to the Part-Time Arts School? Are there any limitations?
– “The only requirement is that the applicant has at least secondary-level education. There is no age-limit.”
– How does the School work? How many classes are there? What is the schedule? Who works at the School? What areas does it specialise in?
– “The time for classes is arranged according to the students' wishes. They are mainly afternoon classes. We organise everything for the convenience of our students and teachers. The course lasts for one year, and there are about four classes a week. We work with highly competent lecturers of the Faculty of Philology and the Faculty of Journalism. There are a number of specific areas that our students can choose from. Last year they were the following: "Business Communication and Eloquence", "Philology for Public Relations and Mass Media", Russian and International Literature and Media", "Speech Culture and Editing".”
– Do you give your graduates any certificates?
– “Yes, we do. We award a University further education certificate.”
– Are there any entrance examinations?
– “No, there aren't. Anyone who completed their secondary education can enrol to the School.”
– What about the fees?
– “That's not an easy question. Last year the fee was 5000 roubles, but this was due to the support of the local administration (the minimal expenses per student are calculated to be 10000 – just to cover the teachers' wages). But we hope to get financing from the University administration this year, so the fee shall remain the same.”
– When does the next course start? And how can you become a student?
– “The course starts in October, as it did last year. Everyone who wants to enrol should submit their application before October 1st, and choose the specific area they want to study.”
– Who will benefit most from this project, in your opinion? Are there any graduates who said that studying here helped them in their professional activity?
– “We have very little data yet. Most our graduates say that studying here helped them to improve and enlarge their cultural background and they are sure it will help a lot. The school is the most useful for those working in the creative and services-providing areas. But I'm sure it will be good for anyone.”