Teaching at Transart Institute is a rewarding and inspiring activity. At MFA level there are opportunities for teaching intensive summer residency workshops and also for acting as Studio or Research Advisors for individual students, while there are also occasionally openings for suitably qualified staff to advise at MPhil/PhD level. We value openness, academic and creative rigor and integrity in our teaching staff, and in return can offer the opportunity to teach in a flexible and stimulating environment. We attract students from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, all of whom contribute to a uniquely diverse and exciting learning community. We welcome applications and enquiries from potential faculty and/or advisors from an equally broad range of backgrounds.
Transart Institute engages guest artists, theorists, and curators to teach three day interdisciplinary creative workshops and cultural studies seminars, to give critiques and presentations in a low-residency MFA Program for short courses, between July and August in Europe. Workshops address development of artistic praxis rather than training in specific media and authoring tools, challenging students to think conceptually and work creatively in new ways through exercises and assignments. Seminars which are the cultural studies equivalent of the workshops help students to put their work in context and find ways to inform their art projects through research while also getting experience articulating these new ideas, ways of thinking and making connections through readings, discussions, exercises and assignments. Seminars are chosen from current topics in media studies, philosophy, theory and art history. Students respond to course assignments in a variety of media, working independently between classes. Sample course descriptions can be found here and past syllabi can be found here (note course formats will vary).
Artists, art historians, researchers, theorists and curators in all genres and fields with higher academic degrees (or equivalent) and generally a minimum of three years master’s level teaching experience.
For guest faculty the honorarium is USD 500 per day. (Some travel funds available within Europe). Travel funds included in agreement.
Advisors are sponsored by the Institute to work with students on their art and/or curatorial projects off-site during semesters between residencies. Responsibilities include a minimum of two meetings per semester for critiques and advisement on the student’s media independent study projects plus a mid-project and final written evaluation. Students and advisors make schedule arrangements between themselves. Deadlines for required meetings can be found in the academic calendar. Advisors are assigned to students based on their proposals. Studio and research advisors form an advisement committee and a three way project meeting is held during the summer. Individual project critiques occur twice a semester either by skype, phone or in person.
Qualifications and process
Artists and curators in all genres and fields with graduate level teaching experience. Faculty board will review all applications. Accepted applications will be made accessible to students to choose from. Students choose advisors at the summer residency for the academic year.
What is expected
Guidance committee meetings– 30 min.
Critiques: A minimum of two per semester – advisement overall – 10-20 contact hours
Evaluations: Online evaluation forms with questions to consider – 30 min.
Students work on one project per year. The honorarium is USD 1000 per project for 20 hours of consultation per student. Advisors can work with more than one student. Payment is made upon completion of final evaluation. Please include a time sheet with your invoice.
There are two evaluations per project.
You will be sent a reminder a week before evaluations are due.
Advisors are sponsored by the Institute to work with students on their research papers and projects off-site during spring semester between residencies. Responsibilities include a minimum of two interactions for critiques and advisement on the student’s independent study project plus a written evaluation (through an online form). Advisors are chosen based on students’ proposals. Studio and research advisors form an advisement committee and a three way project meeting is held during the summer residency. A reasonable number of email exchanges e.g. on resources and/or examples should also be expected. Students work independently on their research in the fall, completing their reading, annotated bibliography and outline on their own, submitting these requirements on the first day of the spring semester in their Transart blogs. Your interactions start up again from the summer meetings once the student emails you a complete draft.
Qualifications and process
Art historians, artists, researchers, theorists and curators in all genres and fields with terminal degrees or equivalent experience. Faculty board will review all applications. Accepted applications will be made accessible to students to choose from. Students choose advisors at the summer residency for the academic year.
What is expected
Guidance committee meetings – 30 min.
Minimum two detailed responses to research submission by student
One online evaluation form – 30 min.
Additional email exchanges – 1-2 hours
Skype meetings with students at advisor discretion, no contact hours required.
Length of paper
10 pages for first year students maximum.
20 pages for second year students maximum, unless you grant permission for more in advance.
The honorarium is USD 500 per paper.
Payment is made upon completion of the evaluation.
PhD advisors will give rigorous critique, academic support and advisement to their student according to the academic calendar and linked forms while school is in session and at residencies for three years. PhD advisors are drawn from a pool including practicing artists, curators, academics, theorists, historians and writers. They have a wealth of experience in a variety of artistic, exhibiting, research, publishing and educational environments. PhD Advisor teams are made up of a Director of Study (DoS) and a second phd advisor. It is a Transart priority that each PhD candidate work with a advisory team that best supports her individual practice.
Director/s of Studies
The DoS is a practicing artist who brings their own professional experience and expertise to bear supporting creative practice. In the case of a split advisement, the second Director of Study can be a curator, academic, theorist, writer, practicing artist or from any other relevant field.
Consultant and third advisors:
DoS will bring in consultants with necessary specialization as needed in consultation with academic coordinator on a semester by semester basis.
Commentators on MPhil and PhD proposals (RDC1 & 2): Postgraduate thesis advisement at MFA or PhD level or equivalent experience, research, publication etc. Internal Examiners: Research-active members of the academic staff at Transart or Plymouth University who have the appropriate expertise in the student’s research area. Generally a doctorate is required as well as role specific training provided by PU.
MPhil Proposal Reader (RDC1 Expert Commentator)
The Expert Commentator provides a 300-600 word written report, taking into consideration the academic content and quality of the proposed programme of work as well as the submitted practical element to ensure that it is set at the appropriate level and achievable within the limits of the research programme. The Expert Commentator should confirm whether or not s/he feels the project is achievable within the time span and make any suggestions for improvements to the topic focus or methodology.
Reader PhD Proposal Reader (RDC2 Expert Commentator)
Within 3 weeks of the Transfer Review meeting or receipt of RDC2 form, draft chapters or Transfer Report or the Research Presentation attended by the External Commentator (whichever is last), the Expert Commentator provides a 1-2 page written report, supporting his/her decision to recommend that the candidate either remains a ResM or MPhil candidate or transfers to PhD status. The External Commentator’s report should be addressed to the student and sent to the DoS, who will forward it to the student and discuss it as appropriate in a tutorial meeting.
Internal Examiner Viva Voce
The Internal Examiner reads the thesis and prepares a written report on it before participating in the viva voce. After the oral examination s/he will write to the student formally conveying the joint views of the Examiners on the submission, describing in detail the academic and presentational reasons for their recommendation, and (if appropriate) providing clear advice about what matters should be addressed in any resubmission.
Payment is per hour by invoice including time sheet to: www.transart.org/invoice payable end of spring semester.
Please consult with academic coordinator in advance if you feel you need more advisement time.
Note: taxes are not included. You are responsible for paying your own taxes in your own country.