In 2016 the VATICAM International Designer Association in Paris announced the III International Contest “Best works of 2016”. Teachers of the Decorative and Applied Arts Department Andrei Mitriagin and Ekaterina Vildiaksova. Andrei Mitriagin presented a work in the nomination “Sculpture”, and his creation — sculpture of metal named Camber was duly appreciated and he became the Laureate I and obtained the title of Master of the Year according to the VATICAM International Designer Association. Ekaterina Vildiaksova was awarded as Laureate III in the nomination “Textile” for her work in bones lacemaking.
The international contest was open and was held in absentia, with all participants divided into several groups according to the expertise level: students, amateurs, and professionals.