March 16, 2015

MA Fine Art seeks applications

MaHKU, Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design
Spatial Practice Workshop, Amsterdam Zuidas Project, 2014.

Critical Studies
Curatorial Practice
Spatial Practice
Studio Practice


MaHKU (Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design) offers a one-year Master of Arts (MA) program in Fine Art. The program consists of seminars, workshops, studios, and tutorials where artists, architects, curators, designers, and various theorists share their knowledge, creativity, and professional insights with MaHKU students.

The MaHKU MA Fine Art program departs from the student’s individual research trajectory: a project proposal that is part of the application procedure for the Master’s program. Through various components of the program, such as critical studies, studio practice, spatial practice, and curatorial studies, students are incited further to realize and contextualize their own research projects. The Master year is concluded by a curated exhibition and a research report.

Since its start in 2004, the MaHKU MA Fine Art program has always attracted a body of students from various parts of the world. In fact, students from 45 different countries have studied in the program. The diversity in both geographic background and artistic interest has contributed profoundly to MaHKU’s dynamic research environment.

MaHKU’s vigorous research environment is enhanced even more by an experimental curriculum focused on artistic thought processes, critical spatial practices, and context-responsiveness. Moreover, the MaHKU MA Fine Art program has a history of implying various collaborations with well-known international platforms in its curriculum. Recent examples are the Venice Biennale 2011, with the project Any-Medium-Whatever; dOCUMENTA 13, 2012, where MaHKU was one of the ten invited art schools for the Innovative Art Academies Network; the 1st Tbilisi Triennial for Art, Education and Research, 2012; Joyful Wisdom, Parallel event 13th Istanbul Biennale, 2013; and Aesthetic Jam, Taipei Biennial 2014.

In the context of its experimental research environment, MaHKU MA Fine Art has been at the forefront of the debate on artistic research worldwide taking place over the recent decade. In 2006, MaHKU was one of the initiators of the European Artistic Research Network (EARN), a joint venture of ten European Graduate Schools. In that same year, MaHKU set up two dissemination platforms: the yearly Dutch Artistic Research Event (DARE) with speakers such as Claire Doherty, Nicolas Bourriaud, Hubertus von Amelunxen, Maria Lind, Nikolaus Hirsch and Ane Hjort Guttu; and the publication series MaHKUzine, Journal of Artistic Research with themes such as “A Certain Ma-Ness,” “Nameless Science,” “Urban Knowledge,” “Spatial Practice,” “Epistemic Encounters,” and “As the Academy Turns.”

In conclusion, MaHKU MA Fine Art considers itself a test site, where the program continuously produces debates and publications dealing with facilitating, situating and composing topical, relevant forms of graduate art education.

MaHKU lecturers include a.o. Lara Almarcegui, Tiong Ang, Annette W. Balkema, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Mariana Castillo Deball, Jeremiah Day, Natasha Ginwala, Maria Hlavajova, Klaas Hoek, Jan Kaila, Irene Kopelman, Annette Krauss, Dongyoung Lee, Geert Lovink, Liza May Post, Domeniek Ruyters, Henk Slager (Dean), Mick Wilson and Edwin Zwakman.
External Examiner: Marquard Smith.

MaHKU Master of Arts degrees are internationally acknowledged and accredited by the Open University Validation Services in London (OU).

Information and application
Students with a BA in Fine Art, Spatial Design and other relevant studies are welcome to apply. Ultimate deadline for 2015 is April 30.

For more information and application click here or contact [email protected].



MaHKU, MA Fine Art, Utrecht seeks applications

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