Jeff Thompson performing a sound/video piece at the Transart summer residency
Jeff Thompson performing a sound/video piece at the Transart summer residency

What is the MFA Creative Practice?

A graduate program in Art & New Media with short residencies in Berlin & New York City 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 the artistic practice should lead her. The program is designed to provide a protected space for experimentation and exchange of ideas in an intensive multi-perspective setting. The program allows students to keep employment while they further their career.

Flexible

Because of its hybrid structure of short but intense summer classes and semester-long one-on-one advisement and because 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.

International

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 culture being a clear majority and everybody being a guest in another country many of our unspoken assumptions get a chance to be re-viewed. Connections made in the program foster opportunities to exhibit and perform internationally while you study.

Laura Bardier (Italy/Venezuela) photographing Virgil Wong (New York) copying Cati Matos (Puerto Rico) at a workshop on "Transparency"
Laura Bardier (Italy/Venezuela) photographing Virgil Wong (New York) copying Cati Matos (Puerto Rico) at a workshop on “Transparency”

Innovative

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.

Intimate

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 the newly formed Transartist Collective.

Mark Roth and Beauty Baco inspect Rosina's presentation material.
Mark Roth and Beauty Baco inspect Rosina’s presentation material.

Sustainable

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 getting much further than they might on their own. Many continue with these practices, including their crit groups, after they graduate.

“This is a life-changing program! I am learning so much from it and it has supported, enriched and developed my practice more than I could possibly have hoped. It is very full-on and tiring in a good way…The openness and supportiveness of the staff is wonderful and working with a very diverse and international group of fellow students inspiring.” — Valerie Walkerdine, PhD, Transart MFA Alumna 2014.

To become part of the Transart community: apply here.

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