ICOGRADA EDUCATION NETWORK WELCOMES TWO NEW MEMBERS FROM RUSSIA

06 October 2005
Montreal (Quebec) - The Icograda Education Network (IEN) had the pleasure of welcoming The Stroganov Moscow State University of Design and Applied Arts and the British Higher School of Art and Design.
Montreal (Quebec) - The Icograda Education Network (IEN) had the pleasure of welcoming two new members from Russia into its fold this week: The Stroganov Moscow State University of Design and Applied Arts and the British Higher School of Art and Design.

Founded in 1825 by the count Sergei Stroganov, The Stroganov Moscow State University of Design and Applied Arts is the oldest school of industrial and applied art in Russia. It became a public institution in 1918 and boasted some very famous professors, including Vassily Kadinsky, Kasimir Malevich. After receiving its status as a university in 1996 it became a multidisciplinary institution offering undergraduate and graduate courses in the theory and practice of graphic and industrial design. It currently counts approximately 195 full-time students. The IEN liaison is Alexander Lavrentiev and he can be reached at

The British Higher School of Art and Design, on the other hand, is a private institution offering training in graphic design, illustration, interior/spatial design and product design. Students have the option of receiving a 'Professional Development Education' in one to two years or a Bachelor of Arts Degree in three to four years. There are approximately 150 students currently in attendance. The IEN liaison is David Riensche and he can be reached at

IEN Membership is open to all educational institutions offering graphic design and visual communication study programmes of minimum 2 years' duration. In addition to providing networking opportunities, the IEN offers online communication tools to promote the research, curricula, events and initiatives of member schools. Universities, colleges and institutes around the world are invited to join this growing network and advance the state of graphic design education worldwide.

Membership benefits include:
- Status as Subscriber Member of Icograda, which includes access to all Icograda activities and activities organised by IEN Member Schools;
- One free Icograda endorsement per year for a design event organised by the IEN Member (a USD $1,000 value);
- Automatic subscription to Icograda publications, including eNews, a weekly e-newsletter distributed to graphic designers worldwide and EduNews, a monthly e-newsletter dedicated to graphic design education
- Ability to promote research abstracts, publications, events, job openings, and educational programmes in EduNews.
- Space on the IEN website to present the Member School and its curriculum.
- 'Members only' access to the IEN website
- Discounts to selected design magazines, as posted in the IEN website Library
- Ability to publish news releases of interest to design educators on the 'News' page of the IEN website
- Ability to publish articles of interest to design practitioners on the 'Feature' page of the Icograda website
- Access to the IEN listserv, which connects IEN participants via e-mail.

The IEN relies on the participation and energy of the member institutions to develop the benefits of the network. It is a dynamic network and will develop and change as the parameters for design education change. To join the IEN, visit the IEN website or contact



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