The Orel State Institute of Culture was founded in 1972. It is situated in the center of Russia, in the Central Federal District where cultural traditions and unique environment have been formed. The world famous researchers, musicians and artists such as Ivan S. Turgenev, Timofey N. Granovsky, Afanassy A. Foeth, Nikolay S. Leskov, Ivan A. Bunin and others were born and lived here.
Today the Orel region continues to play a noticeable role in the cultural development of the country and there is a significant contribution to this development has been made by the Institute of Culture.
The institute became one of the largest centers of national education in the sphere of art and culture. Success which has been achieved over the past years is admitted not only in our country but also far outside. The realization of training programs of specialists, bachelors, masters and postgraduates is carried out.
The Orel State Institute of Culture provides a wide variety of training programs in the following directions of intramural and extramural education forms:
Tourism (BA, MA);
Document and Archive science (BA, MA);
Art and Culture:
Library and information activity (BA, MA);
Museology and Protection of cultural and natural Heritage (BA, MA);
Folk Art Culture (BA, MA);
Music Instruments (BA, MA);
Folk Singing (BA, MA);
Musicology and Music Art (BA);
Socio-cultural Activity (BA, MA);
Stage Shows and Holidays Directing (BA);
Film and TV (Diploma).
Implication of modern information technologies into the educational process is distinguished by a wide range of international educational standards and is aimed at educating skilled specialists in order to apply the knowledge and practical skills not only in the home land, but also at the international level. Highly skilled faculties allow to the institutional staff with more than 150 teachers which are honored by the state awards and academic titles to educate musicians, actors, directors etc. Intensive scientific activity of the institute gives an optimal relationship between the highly skilled lecturers and a younger generation of lecturers, many of whom have completed the post graduate programs. Different scientific and creative schools and laboratories are created for the development of the research activity. The scientific projects according to the programs of the Russian Humanitarian Scientific Fund are carried out by lecturers, post graduate students and Master's degree candidates that are taking part at the joint research projects between Russian and foreign educational institutions and associations. Many of them are held as regional programs and the Federal Research Fund «Russian Culture». Dynamic international activity is dedicated not only by Russian students, but also by foreign who are taught at the institute. They have scientific and creative partnerships with foreign colleagues from many countries around the world. The international conferences, festivals, competitions in which Russian and foreign students take part, are held regularly at the institute. Lecturers and professors are regular participants of the international conferences, scientific and practical seminars, creative labs and master classes. Collectives and soloists are known in many countries: France, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Finland, Sweden, Bulgaria, Greece, Croatia, Portugal, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Turkmenistan etc. Leisure Time Activities and Outdoor Events give the students new chances for self-realization and support the student’s initiatives.
The Institute has a number of student groups: Choreographic Ensemble “Raduga” (Rainbow), Vocal Ensembles “Karavay”, “Kanzona”, “Male style”, “Obereg”, Academic Choir. The Students’ Theater “Veselaya Maska” (The Fun Mask), Theater “Zhivaya starina” are comprising students of all faculties and chairs. Students take internships, participate in competitions, conferences, contests and festivals, both in Russia and abroad, receiving honorary titles and diplomas.
The post-graduation department attracts talented young people to research activities, contributes much to reinforcing the scientific potential of the institute. It is based on succession in the scientific schools created at 20 Chairs. Graduates of the Institute continue their professional activity not only in Russia, but also in the USA, Italy, Israel and other countries of the world.
The archeological digging squad «Fakel» (Torch) contributes to the Patriotic education of the young people developing socially important values, civic consciousness and patriotism.
The equipment of the Institute has been considerably increased in the recent years. Education is performed in the institute’s buildings with a total area over 17,000 m2, as well as in the rented rooms. The main academic building hosts classrooms, laboratories and specialized classrooms, computer labs, concert halls, gymnasium, canteen, library, Institute’s museum etc. The scientific library regularly replenishes its depository with contemporary sources, including electronic resources.
The available multimedia equipment of laboratories and special classrooms meets modern requirements. The Institute has a specialized concert hall for 550 seats, conference hall, dance classes, make-up rooms, fitness center, exhibition halls, training and computer centers.
The Institute has a hostel for 543 students, medical center and has all necessary facilities for power training and sports.
References on the Orel State Institute of Culture:
1. Orel State Arts and Culture Institute // Russian universities guide 2015. – Moscow: Promomanagement Ltd. – P. 110-111; (Орловский государственный институт искусств и культуры // Высшие учебные заведения России – 2016. – Москва: ООО «Промоменеджмент», 2015. – С. 90-91.)
2. ZNANIE.INFO. Всё об образовании. Всё о карьере. http://znanie.info/portal/he-regions/56/391.html