[Nov 1] MFA with Advanced Standing & Studio PhD – An Opportunity For Harvestworks Alumni

Three spaces are available in Transart’s low-residency MFA Creative Practice for applicants with graduate level course credits in art, media, design and related fields from other institutions to begin studies in December 2012. Alumni of Harvestwork Certificate programs will be considered for advanced standing based on their individual projects.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2012

The MFA Creative Practice

is a student-centered, project oriented postgraduate art program which fosters independent thinking, risk-taking and the creation of an informed and sustainable art praxis. The program is tailored to suit the needs of working artists with summer residencies in Berlin, winter residencies in New York and one-on-one advisement during the academic year, wherever students work and live. Students are free to pursue work in any art-related genre and to create their own course of study, working independently and with the support of self-chosen studio and research advisors. Short periods of intensive residency permit students to continue with their professional work and keep a balanced personal life while participating in the program.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Transart Institute is offering a low-residency PhD program for advanced studio art. The PhD at Transart is a three year full time degree program with an average work commitment of 30 hours per week, validated by the University of Plymouth, UK. The degree is offered exclusively for practice-based research (creative work) accompanied by a written thesis. Artists interested in entering the PhD program should send a detailed proposal no later than November 1, 2012 to: admin@transartinstitute.org. Transart is particularly keen on encouraging proposals that relate to its research clusters: Memory, Forgetting, Trauma and the Archive; Language/Image; Art and Social Technologies; International Diaspora and Post-Colonialism; Role of Art in Peace, Meditation, Performance Activism; Land and Sea; Liminality, Space/Place, Temporary Architecture; and Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny. The admissions process is explained in detail online.

Transart faculty

…comes from a wide range of academic and artistic backgrounds as well as geographic locations. Current theoretical areas of expertise include curatorial work, cyberfeminism, African diaspora, interface technologies, digital arts, continental philosophy, media, social studies in colonialism, capitalism and tourism, word and image relationships, and contemporary asian art history. Studio faculty include international artists working with sound, performance, dance and choreography, photography, drawing, sculpture, film and video, intervention and installation. Details and bios can be found on the website.

The majority of Transart students 

…are emerging and mid-career artists and teachers at tertiary institutions.  Students’ experiences at the Institute are unique and often transformational.  NY 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.”  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.” More details online.
If you have questions or to schedule an appointment with faculty email Drew Henmi: henmi@transart.org.

About Harvestworks 

Harvestworks’ mission is to present experimental artworks created in collaboration with our Technology, Engineering, Art and Music (TEAM) Lab. The Harvestworks T.E.A.M Lab supports the creation of art works achieved through the use of new and evolving technologies and provides an environment for experimentation with project consultants, technicians, instructors and innovative practitioners in all branches of the electronic arts. Our programs are made possible with funds from New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Materials for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, the Edwards Foundation Arts Fund, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Friends of Harvestworks.

About Transart

As the Unschool Art School, Transart grew out of a desire to go beyond established institutional education where pre-formed and pre-formatted knowledge is passed on to all students in the same way.  Transart works the other way around: a plethora of models and diverse input in a multi-perspective environment form a truly student-driven program.  The Institute is also a platform for faculty to expand their teaching praxis by making space for creativity and experimentation.  Beyond its educational objectives, Transart is engaged in building an international community in support of students, alumni, faculty and their artistic and academic practices.

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