About Transart Institute

Transart Institute offers a full-time international Creative Practice Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA), a PhD programs, and a Transart Berlin Summer Academy non-degree certificate program for working artists in a highly-individualized format. Students work wherever they live and meet as an international artists community twice each year.

Low-Residency MFA Program and PhD Program Format

The innovative, low-residency MFA program consists of three intensive summer residencies with workshops, critiques, seminars, guest lectures and presentations, critiques, performances and exhibitions in Berlin, and two winter intensives in New York.

In the four semesters between residencies, students devise their own course of study realizing individual art and research projects with the support of faculty and self-chosen artist advisors.

The studio-driven PhD is a three to four year program offered for creative research culminating in a body of work and thesis/exegesis.

These two low-residency programs foster the development of a sustainable artistic praxis rather than training in certain media or genres, and challenge students to think and work conceptually and creatively as a combined mode of research.

Current students work in all genres and media based on what best articulates their ideas and problems. Transart students and alumni work with activism, animation, creative writing, choreography, curating, cyberart, dance, digital and new media, drawing, film/video, gaming, graphic design, installation, interventions, music, painting, performance, photography, robotics, sculpture, sound, text art, and video.


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 a low-residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in in the summer of 2005 with an international body of 25 students and eight faculty. The MFA/PhD Creative Practice program is accredited through the School of Art and Media at the University of Plymouth. Plymouth University in the United Kingdom.


Identity; Exile; Role of Art in Peace and Mediation; Space In Between; International Diaspora, Post-Nationalism and Post-Colonialism; Home; Temporary Architecture; Cultural Engagement through Food; Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny; Publicness, Collaboration and the Social.


Transart faculty and advisors come from a wide range of academic and artistic backgrounds, and equally diverse geographic locations. Current theoretical areas of expertise include curatorial work; art activism, cyberfeminism; African diaspora; interface technologies; digital arts; continental philosophy; media; social studies in colonialism, capitalism, and tourism; word and image relationships; psychology, and contemporary Asian art history. Studio faculty and advisors include international artists working with sound, animation, performance, dance and choreography, painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, film and video, intervention, and installation.


Transart Triennale combines exhibitions, concerts, discussion groups, seminars and workshops, walkshops, performances, screenings, speed crits, alternative tours, and a multi-author book launch. All events are free and open to the public. Limited places are available for all one day workshops, seminars and discussion groups by application. The Transart Triennale 2016 will be held in partnership with Berlinerpool and Kühlhaus in Berlin.

ELSE is a peer-reviewed ocassional journal embracing experimental and alternative creative work. Projects and research thematically gravitate toward Transart’s research interests: 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 Mediation; Performance, Activism; Liminality; Space/Place; Temporary Architecture; Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny.