The mission of the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute and its social and cultural function results in particular HEI specialization and includes the following aspects:

- preserving and creative development of the Vakhtangov School traditions as one of the best schools of higher theatre education in Russia, training well qualified specialists in dramatic art, well-grounded on extensive historical and educational experience;

-keeping and augmentation of learning, teaching and research capacity in the key activities, proper use of rich artistic heritage of school founders;

-establishing a special creative and cultural atmosphere, particularly characteristic of the Vakhtangov School, teaching young people of art to use soft power approach in disclosing their creative capacity;

-wise and proper use of innovative methods and technologies;

-carrying out entrepreneurial activity in compliance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, aimed at further development of study programs, training courses, further educational programs, (Master program, postgraduate studies), enhancing and updating the teaching and learning processes in order to develop a well-rounded personality. 

The study Program “Acting” (actor of drama theatre and cinema, actor of music theatre) is the brand of the Department. The program is truly unique due to the “Stagecraft” discipline that is taught on a simple-to-complex logics and application of unique individual approach in training students. The program focuses on stage attention, muscle liberation, imagination and fantasy development, speechless sketches, fact evaluation sketches, observations, image sketches (based on artworks), educational fragments and graduation plays.

The core curriculum courses (Stagecraft, Stage Speech, Stage Movement, Music Appreciation, etc.) are closely interlinked in order to guarantee the maximum result to students and to develop their artistic and stage individualities. The international student share is 12% of the total number of students, that makes up altogether 32 international students form Latvia, the USA, Belorussia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Lithuania. The Institute cooperates with likewise institutes abroad and practices academic exchanges. The Institute has Cooperation Agreements with Drama Centre London (London, Great Britain), Center for International Education of Moscow State University (Geneva, Switzerland), Academy of Music and Theatre (Kishinev, Moldova), Middlebury College (Virginia, the USA), Higher National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (Paris, France) and others.

The most prestigious internationally acknowledged reward is the “Golden Lion” awarded to the Institute at the 38th Venice International Film Festival (2006). In the recent years the Institute has participated in over 30 international festivals and competitions, has received 18 rewards including first, and second place prizes.