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MFA Creative Practice

Course Description

— Experience 3-week summer intensives in Europe and winter residencies in New York City.
— Design your own course of study, locally, in a world-wide context.
— Bring your creative practice to the next level.
— Get support from self-chosen advisors — wherever you work and live.

TRANSART INSTITUTE is looking for independent, inquisitive and imaginative artists from all backgrounds to join our low-residency MFA program. In a uniquely international setting, we offer an accredited two year course for working artists, teachers and all professionals in related fields who are seeking advancement in visual arts and new media. The program consists of three intensive summer residencies in Europe filled with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances and exhibitions and two shorter winter residencies in New York City. In the four semesters between residencies, students create an individual course of study realizing art and research projects with the support of faculty and self-chosen advisors wherever they work and live. 

SCHOLARSHIPS of up to 25% (50% for residents and citizens of developing countries) are available and will be awarded with acceptance into the program at the early application deadline. 

THE MFA PROGRAM is geared towards the development of a sustainable artistic praxis rather than training in certain media or genres, challenging students to think conceptually and work creatively in new ways. Current students work with animation, choreography, curating, digital media, drawing, film, graphic design, installation, intervention, music, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, software, sound, text art, video and writing.

TRANSART STUDENTS are emerging and mid-career artists and educators at tertiary institutions. Transart Institute’s residencies are a meeting place for cultural exchange. Transart students and alumni will converge for the summer residency from areas as diverse as Italy, Egypt, Pakistan, Iceland, Croatia, Ethiopia, Canada, Costa Rica, the UK and the US. For many students the time at Transart is a transformational experience. New York based artist Virgil Wong found “The community I’ve become a part of through Transart is already much more immersive than what I’ve developed in ten years of living and working as an artist in New York City”. Photographer and performer Angelika Rinnhofer found that “to work independently can pose a challenge but it also offers freedom and flexibility. Since a large number of students are accomplished artists and earn a living, Transart’s concept is ideal to work toward a degree and to expand one’s artistic career in addition to having a job.” For composer and artist David Dunn “perhaps the most important aspect of the program, to me personally, has been the realization of just how constrained my professional life can be. I have no lack of colleagues or opportunities to present my work but my network of association tends to reinforce a particular set of intellectual and aesthetic assumptions that become ‘the’ set of assumptions. Transart succeeds at prying apart some of those entrenched viewpoints to provide space for new ideas and concerns. The truly international makeup of the students and faculty reinforces this.”

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent

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