Transart Institute Admissions

The Transart Low-Residency MFA experience

Transart Institute offers international low-residency MFA and PhD programs for working artists in a highly individualized format. The innovative low residency 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 low-residency MFA program 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.

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Why choose Transart’s low-residency MFA program?


A hybrid structure of short but intense summer classes combined with semester-long one-on-one advisement grounded in an exploratory a-disciplinary nature, make Transart’s low-residency MFA program extremely flexible. While the program incorporates a strong virtual element, the low-residency nature is not merely an online MFA or a version of distance learning. The program is designed to help students forge a sustainable practice that allows them to work from wherever they live (be it Iceland, India or Indianapolis) while earning their MFA degree and becoming part of international community of artists, curators and researchers.


Students and 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 such diverse perspectives in every class, critique and conversation; many of our unspoken assumptions get a chance to be re-viewed.


Residencies operate at a level of intensity not found in campus-based programs or distance learning environments. There are new format workshops, artist talks, lectures, pecha kuchas, walkshops, seminars, & cultural tours to choose from; extensive individual and group critiques with artists and curators; and performances, pop-up events and exhibitions to participate in.


Ongoing 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 an international network of active artists, curators and academics.

Learn more about our low-residency MFA program

For answers to frequently asked questions, including those about tuition and financing, please read FAQs at Transart Admissions.