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February 18, 2016

Call for applications: MAPS – Master of Arts in Public Spheres

Valais School of Art (EDHEA)
© Anne Peverelli.

MAPS program’s specificity
The MAPS – Arts in Public Spheres Master program is a two-year degree in the visual arts, addressing artists and professionals wishing to question the contemporary artist’s relation to the public sphere.

The course offers both practical and theoretical platforms for considering the public sphere in a pluri-disciplinary perspective. It combines a focus on the students’ artistic practice and research projects, workshops offering practical experience in realising projects and interventions in the public sphere, yearly seminars contextualising the students’ theoretical reflection and participation in exhibitions, publishing projects and study trips. The objective is to consider how art addresses different publics, the nature of public participation and collaborative production, approaching a critical analysis of space, and finally the role of the exhibition and curating in the above questions.

A unique studying environment
Located in the Valais region of Switzerland, the striking natural environment and its location, away from the country’s major urban centres, provide an ideal site for detailed on-the-ground studies in the following areas: environmental and land art, socially-engaged and community projects, site-specific artistic and curatorial interventions in the public space, art and the natural sciences, artistic research practice, and work on the dialectic between periphery and centre.

A networking school
MAPS – Arts in Public Spheres is part of Master of Arts HES-SO in Fine Arts, a program that has been designed around three sites: the Haute Ecole d’Art du Valais (ECAV) in Sierre, the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design in Geneva (HEAD) and the Ecole Cantonale d’Art in Lausanne (ECAL) and is an integral part of the “Swiss Master in Fine Arts Platform,” a national collaborative programme involving all the Swiss art schools.

In addition to this, the school has developed several international exchange programs to allow students to experiment with the influences of different environments on their personal work. We favour an international working group: currently one third of the students of the programme originate from outside Europe!

Teaching guidances
The MAPS – Arts in Public Spheres program offers 120 ECTS credits. It is a two-year course with classes two days a week. The MAPS faculty comes from a multidisciplinary and international background.

The structure of the program is organized to combine seminars and workshops led by artists, theoreticians and curators, with visits to exhibitions and events of interest, and the development of individual and collective exhibition projects. Students thus devote 60–70% of their formation time to their own work and are supervised by two tutors throughout the course. The final stage of the program is focused on the Masters Thesis and Exhibition.

Individual work, meetings and exchanges with artists and professionals from the art world constitute an important part of the course. Workshops equipped with computers and other technical equipment are easily available, as well as exhibition spaces.

Professors
Barnaby Drabble, Petra Köhle, Robert Ireland, Jérôme Leuba, Eric Maeder, Federica Martini, Sibylle Omlin, Anne-Julie Raccoursier

Information
Required qualification: Bachelor’s diploma and/or equivalent training and experience
Languages: mainly French and English
Study fees: CHF 1000 per year plus material costs (CHF 700)

Admission conditions, precise dates, registration forms, study plans and timetables can be consulted and downloaded on the ECAV website.

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