What is the MFA Creative Practice?
Short residencies in Berlin and New York City are the collective core of a graduate program in Art & New Media with one-on-one advisement during the academic year. The program is based on the assumption that the student (and not any “educator”) is the expert on where artistic practice should lead. The program is designed to provide a protected space for experimentation and exchange of ideas in intensive multi-perspective settings. The program allows students to maintain their lives while they further their creative practice.
Because of its hybrid structure of short but intense summer classes, winter residency and semester-long one-on-one advisement and a result of its a-disciplinary nature the program is extremely flexible. It has helped a wide range of artists develop their practice and bring it to the next level whether they worked in painting or social activism, or both; whether they lived and worked in Egypt or Iceland or Ethiopia; whether they were emerging artists or in the middle of an international career.
Students as well as faculty come from the widest range of practices, backgrounds and cultural settings. Every year, the program attracts students from more than a dozen countries. With no single cultural majority and everybody a guest in another country many unspoken assumptions get a chance to be re-viewed. Connections made in the program foster opportunities to exhibit and perform internationally while you study.
Residencies operate at a level of intensity not found in campus-based programs. There are innovative workshops, artist talks, lectures, pecha kuchas, walkshops, seminars, cultural tours to choose from; extensive individual and group critiques with established artists and curators; and performances, pop-up events and exhibitions to participate in.
Ongoing personal and collective connections, critique and support are essential ingredients for a vital artistic practice and successful career. For New York-based artist Virgil Wong “the community” I’ve become a part of through Transart is already much more immersive than what I’ve developed in ten years of living and working as an artist in New York City”. Once you have your degree Transart’s doors remain open; alumni continue to participate in residencies by giving and receiving critiques, exhibiting, serving as program advisors and as members of the Transartist Collective.
We make sure you don’t get lost. Transart has a nexus of individual advisement, online critique groups and monthly process blogs that foster prolific production. Students accomplish a great deal this way progressing further than they might on their own, and many graduates continue these processes and practices (including online crit groups).