The Chair of Interior and Graphic Design was founded in
1990 by Associate Professor N.N..Lyaptsev. The staff of the Chair consists
of 15 people.
The Chair trains interior designers for residential and
public buildings as well as graphic designers for advertising business,
photodesign, and book graphics. During the period of study students are
equipped with knowledge of art disciplines and technology of interior
components and materials, building technology and modern materials,
printing business. This type of knowledge helps students to start
practising design whilst as undergraduates on a professional level.
Training provided the Chair is based on two main
principles – recruitment of experienced designers (theoreticians and
practitioners) and combination of design classes with real tasks and
conceptual design oriented towards the future. This approach helps train
specialists who are capable of adapting quickly to reality and foreseeing
their professional career.
The Chair consists of several workshops where
professionally practising designers work together with students on real
tasks often connected with competitive orders. This method of creative
workshops has shown itself to be an effective for of training since it is
connected with a hand-to-hand transfer of professional expertise and with
joint work between professor and student.
The staff of the Chair are mostly experienced people,
who are engaged in practical design work along with teaching. This type of
work involves real orders and implementation of interior design projects,
advertising, photographic and graphic materials.
Graduates in interior design feature the ability to
meet design and concept challenges, design specific interior elements ,
elaborate on ergonomic, process and structural issues.
Graduates in graphic design can work in graphic design
area, advertising business, publishing, etc. Therefore the programme
covers all the range of professional skills and competencies essential for
graphic designer from the use of computer to product promotion and
The Chair was commissioned by the Regional Government of the Sverdlovsk
Oblast and the city administration of Ekaterinburg to design interiors for
the cancer centre, for the international sector of the city airport,
numerous administrative buildings including the building of the Regional
Government, and the city hall. Among the clients of the Chair there have
been major banks and companies. Together with students the staff of the
Chair take an active part in the design of various festivities and events
organised by the city and charities.