Transart Institute began offering a low-residency Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 2012. The degree is offered for research in/as creative practice only. Transart is particularly interested in supporting research in the following areas: Memory, Forgetting, Trauma and the Archive; Creative Fiction and Experimental Non-Fiction; Language/Image; Software, Materiality and Mediality; International Diaspora and Post-Colonialism; Role of Art in Peace, Mediation, Performance Activism; Liminality, Space/Place, Temporary Architecture; Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny; and Cultural Engagement through Food. Research at Transart Institute is situated within the wider discursive context of ‘artistic research’, and aims to actively contribute to current discussions about what constitutes research through creative practice. Current PhD candidates research projects can be viewed here.

Transart’s utopian model and reputation attracts a diverse international body of students and faculty, from a variety of artistic and academic contexts and geographic locations.

Summer residencies take place in cooperation with arts organizations in Europe. Winter residencies take place in New York at various arts initiatives and galleries. Student summer exhibitions and performances are reviewed, critiqued and curated by established international curators and artists. Additionally, students participate in PhD symposia, seminars, research training and elected topic-driven workshops, screenings, cultural excursions, talks, lectures and other events including the Transart Triennial.

Course of studies

The PhD at Transart is a three-year full-time doctoral program with an average work commitment of 30 hours per week, accredited by Plymouth University, UK. There is an option for an extra completion year. The degree is offered exclusively for artistic research (creative practice) which includes a written component forming a thesis in the most open sense of the word.

The course of studies at Transart Institute aims to create a dynamic transdisciplinary context for students to interact with a wide range of artists, scientists, technologists, cultural theorists, media practitioners and visionaries.

Wherever they live and work, students conduct independent research outside of residencies in both creative practice and academic contexts with the support of a supervisory team drawn from both Transart Institute and Plymouth University. Regular critique and discussion groups meet virtually throughout the year (via Skype) supporting the strong and critical international Transart research community. In addition, residencies offer exchange with a range of approximately fifty other emerging and mid-career artists participating in the MFA program or revitalizing their practice through the Guest Artist Residency Program.

Practice-based research

The a-disciplinary model at Transart Institute is designed to enrich artists’ praxis; foster change; facilitate a connection between group and personal work; provide the means for contextualizing work in the wider world; and develop interaction strategies with audiences. PhD research is expected to contribute significantly to current creative cultural dialogue through informed, original, published, exhibited or performed work and documentation thereof.