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Art and Society in Twentieth Century Russia

The twentieth century was the age of revolutions in Russia. From 1917 to 1991 the rules of society and art were overturned and refashioned again and again. This module focuses on the unprecedented creativity of the early avant-garde artists, including Malevich, Kandinsky, Tatlin, Popova, Stepanova and Rodchenko, who were aiming to rebuild the world through art. We will examine case studies from the field of architecture, painting, monumental sculpture, design and film. This will be followed by a survey of the cultural dynamics of the art worlds in Russia throughout the rest of the twentieth century, up to the present day, looking at Stalinist Socialist Realism, Non-Conformist art and Post-Soviet art.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Tue 12-Jan-21 2pm-4pm

Class code ARVC232H4ACB