April 26, 2018

Spring 2018 MFA opportunities

Transart Institute

MFA Graduate Dialogue Performance, Uferstudios, Berlin, Summer 2017. Photo by Aleks Slota. 

Introducing new partners, programs and processes shortly, Transart will only continue to offer these possibilities to incoming MFA students through spring 2018:

MFA Merit Scholarships: April scholarships are 6,000 USD; May scholarships are 4,000 USD; and June scholarships are 2000 USD. Scholarships are available to all accepted applicants and amounts are based on the month of your commitment. No additional scholarship application beyond admissions required.

MFA in one year: It is still possible to earn an MFA in one year with relevant/adequate graduate credits. Send transcripts with a brief inquiry to admissions [​at​] to confirm your credits can be accepted before you apply.

MFA with no first degree: Professional equivalency as demonstrated by “portfolio”, CV and admissions application can be granted in lieu of a first degree as determined by Transart Institute Admissions and our partner Plymouth University. You may send unofficial transcripts and a link to your practice to admissions [​at​] before you apply.

Applications close June 15 with a starting date in Berlin July 23, 2018.

Degree programs
At Transart your creative work is the research itself, together with a written component that either informs and supports your research or is an integral part of it.

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a 1–2 year exploration and honing of your praxis, culminating in a master’s studies project with a 20-page process report or thesis, dialogue presentation and new body of work in any relevant form.

The Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA) is an advanced form of the MFA (minimum ten years experience) where you develop a new project or body of work. Your written research is guided through cumulative stages in which a critical reflection—50-page process report or analysis of your own practice—will emerge.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is for artists and other creative researchers with a specific research project or question/s they want to examine in order to further develop their work. Led by your research question/s it is a combination of your praxis and reflection where your writing—a thesis of approximately 40,000 words—actively contributes to the creative work itself.

Note: both new doctoral programmes (expected start date summer 2018) culminate in the submission of your creative research as a public presentation of new work/thesis or process report in a form that best articulates and reflects your work and ideas (with no oral defense).

The Summer Academy (Certificate) For a creative surge seasoned artists, curators, writers and other creative researchers attend the Academy to join graduate and doctoral researchers in workshops, lectures and talks, critiques, exhibitions, screenings, symposia, excursions and other events. Revitalize your practice, gain fresh perspectives, experiment in a supportive and challenging environment, and/or striking out in new directions.

Note: though transfer from the Academy to MFA is possible during the Berlin residency, none of the spring options outlined above will be available.

Program options

MFA 1 year
Apply with 30 US / 60 EU/ 120 UK graduate credits. Enter in year 2/2. Earn an MFA in 1 year.
Hone your praxis, focus your proposal, then transfer to the DCA after 1 year. Earn a doctoral degree in 3 years.

MFA 2 years
Complete the MFA and start the DCA in year 2/3. Earn an MFA and doctoral degree in 4 years.
Prior professional experience but no first degree. Earn an MFA in 2 years.

DCA in 2 years
Enter the DCA with an MFA. Earn a doctoral degree in 2 years.

DCA in 3 years
Skip the MFA with 10 years experience. Earn a doctoral degree in 3 years.

PhD in 3 years
Enter with a master’s degree or equivalent. Earn a doctoral degree in 3 years.

As a global, trans-disciplinary research community, Transart champions self-directed, curious, flexible and socially engaged creative researchers working independently and/or collectively. Our border-free, low-residency model of practice-led programmes and reputation attract an international community of researchers from diverse artistic and academic contexts and geographic locations creating opportunities to expand, enhance and sustain individual and collective practices in the world, beyond the walls of the academy.

MFA Merit scholarships
Two year scholarships. Amount is based on the month you make your tuition deposit/commitment to attend:
April 2018: 6,000 USD; May 2018: 4,000 USD, June 2018: 2,000 USD.
Application period for 2018: February 15–June 15.

Winter residency program 2018
Summer residency 2018 in Berlin will be announced in the spring newsletter: subscribe

Transart Institute for Creative Research
T +1 (347) 410 9905 / admissions [​at​] / Skype: transartinstitute

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