Priorities of Arts Education in Russian Federation

Key efforts to enhance efficiency of the arts education in contemporary Russia are focused primarily on developing the main components of existing infrastructure, awaking wider interest in this type of education on behalf of the socially influential groups, and enriching the contents of artistic and creative activities within the arts learning process as a “basis for a balanced, creative, cognitive, emotional, aesthetic, and social development".

The strategic issue of choosing ways and means to achieve higher quality training of professional staff for the arts education sector and to prepare them to meet requirements of today is one of the most important. Updating the educational patterns implies training the specialists of high qualifications who own moral and aesthetic culture and are able to adapt swiftly in a changing world. Therefore, pedagogical tools and technologies are actively sought within the present day vocational training system not only to provide for instructing a qualified professional but to support inspiration, need of innovation, and creative vision of the future vocation in all the trainees. This approach is strongly focused on employing education in the arts for effective socialisation and enculturation of students, development of their communicative skills adapted to contemporary multicultural world, professional and social competences, responsibility, preparedness to human oriented solutions and creative self-realisation.

Combining the best of traditions with the newest technologies available at the beginning of the 21st century is the basic element of contemporary arts education development in Russia. Today it is difficult to imagine a specialist or a teacher in particular who does not master the information technologies. Quite obviously, a drawing or painting class or a lesson in the history of the world artistic culture or another art-related discipline is more efficient when a teacher employs IT facilities and interactivity, which become particularly important if trainees have no opportunity to visit a museum, an exhibition, a theatre, etc. At all the levels of education and training, the extensive use of information technologies in implementation of educational programmes is a requirement of time. New technologies allow students to gain “added” knowledge and to be better prepared to practical work.