Transart

MFA Creative Practice

Transart Institute is an independent school offering international low-residency Creative Practice MFA and PhD programs, accredited by Plymouth University, for working artists in a highly individualized format. 

The innovative MFA program consists of three intensive summer residencies with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances and exhibitions in Europe and two winter residencies in New York. In the four semesters between residencies, students create their own course of study realizing individual art and research projects with the support of faculty and self-chosen artist advisors wherever they work and live. 

The MFA 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 across all genres and media based on which will best articulate their ideas. Transart Institute is a student-centered school.The PhD program is managed by the Graduate School

Transart has no official campus – students and faculty live and work across the globe. Our low residency model gives you the flexibility to live and work at home while gaining your graduate degree.

Accreditation and history

Born out of a recognition that graduate work for artists required a different model, Transart Institute was founded in 2004 by two artists. It began as an accredited low-residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in in the summer of 2005 with an international body of 25 students and eight faculty.

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Key features

  • Take advantage of the highly individualized format offered by the Transart Institute's international low-residency Creative Practice MFA program for working artists.
  • The innovative MFA program consists of three intensive summer residencies with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances and exhibitions in Europe and two winter residencies in New York.
  • Create your own course of study in the four semesters between residencies – realizing individual art and research projects with the support of faculty and self-chosen artist advisors wherever you work and live.
  • Challenge yourself to think conceptually and work creatively in new ways. The MFA is geared towards the development of a sustainable artistic praxis rather than training in certain media or genres.
  • Work in all genres and media, based on what will best articulate your ideas.
  • Transart students and alumni work with activism, animation, creative writing, choreography, curating, dance, cyberart, digital and new media, interventions, film/video, gaming, graphic design, installation, music, painting, performance, photography, robotics, sculpture, sound, text art, and video.
  • Research interests include: memory, forgetting, trauma and the archive; language/image; gender; software, materiality and mediality; international diaspora and post-colonialism; cultural engagement through food; role of art in peace and mediation; performance activism; liminality; space/place; temporary architecture; foreignness, otherness and the uncanny.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • MCP501 Creative Practice 1

      This module provides an opportunity to propose and undertake an individual or collaborative practice-related ISP (independent study project). Students receive advisor support for their agreed research direction and theme, and develop a project through appropriate methods and approaches. Practice is developed, questioned, reflected on, and analysed collectively through dialogues, presentations, seminars and critiques.

    • MCP502 Creative Practice 2

      This module provides an opportunity to propose and undertake an individual or collaborative practice-related ISP (independent study project) that builds on and advances work undertaken in Creative Practice 1 (MCP 501). Students receive advisor support for their agreed research direction and theme, and develop a project through appropriate methods and approaches. Practice is developed, questioned, reflected on, and analysed collectively through dialogues, presentations, seminars and critiques.

    • MCP503 Critical Frameworks for Creative Practice

      This module enables participants to identify, analyse and reformulate critical frameworks, informed by interdisciplinary perspectives, through which art practices can be conceptualised, produced and evaluated. The module provides a forum within which to examine how ideas, ideologies and values frame and inform contemporary art practices, as well as how such frames can be interrogated and challenged through the production methods and approaches of art practice.

    • MCP504 Synthesis

      The module seeks to continue the principle of critical practice or embedding theory in practice. It requires students to produce critical writing (a research paper) in support of their practice based ISP and articulate their proposal for the MFA Project.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • MCP505 MFA Project Part 1

      This independent study module provides an opportunity commence and develop an individual and/or collaborative MFA Project from a study plan that is written and presented in MCP504. Within the framework of defined programme learning outcomes and self-negotiated aims, objectives and methods, participants commence the development a project on a selected issue or theme, underpinned by relevant research, analysis, theoretical framing, and critical reflection.

    • MCP506 MFA Project Part 2

      This independent study module provides an opportunity to produce and complete an individual and/or collaborative MFA Project. Within the framework of defined programme outcomes participants create work on a selected issue or theme, underpinned by relevant research, analysis, theoretical framing, and critical reflection, and disseminated in an appropriate form.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

UK/EU

For further information and to apply to this course, please visit the Transart Institute website.

INTERNATIONAL

Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes. 

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the institution's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Our partnership with Transart

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with the Transart Institute

This programme is designed to enrich your praxis, contextualize your work, foster change, and build a vital, sustainable artistic career through connections to an international group of artists and curators through the Transart Collective.

Ongoing opportunities are provided by the Institute to screen, perform, publish and exhibit your work internationally throughout the programme.

Find out more about MFA Creative Practice at the Transart Institute website

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