This advanced master program focuses on research development of artists and designers whose practice is anchored in a social-political context (including but not limited to feminism, social design, migration, decolonialism, class politics, queer politics, disability politics, capitalism, identity, Anthropocene, the (under)commons, community art, conflict & design, healing & rituals, history, big data…).
The concrete program will be developed in accordance to the specific research proposals, interests and needs of the participants. We offer intense coaching in writing, critical studies and research methodologies in arts and design. The coaching is individual, collective and participatory. There is a strong focus on sharing research.
Besides the individual coaching we also offer a series of international, intensive and collaborative seminars with distinguished artists, designers and professionals across the fields of artistic research. These guests will be selected in relation to the specific needs of the program’s participants.
The program offers time and space to do research without the requirement of any particular final format such as an exhibition or production. Collective learning and participatory coaching is central to the program; it comes with the engagement of each participant to care for each other’s wellbeing and research development. We offer a nurturing research environment of dedicated and experienced tutors, junior and senior researchers and PhD students as well as an international network of professionals, institutions and guest lecturers.
We work with a small team of maximum 12 students.
The Master of Research in Art and Design is intended for candidates with a master’s degree in the arts or an equivalent qualification. Holders of both masters in visual arts or design and in other subjects with an artistic practice can apply with a portfolio, a letter of motivation, and a research proposal.
The ideal candidates are artists or designers who have developed an individual or collaborative practice and want to work for one year on a research project related to their practice. The program is particularly suitable to those interested in critically developing their practice within a social-political field or in preparation for a successful PhD project.
Small collectives or artistic duos are also encouraged to apply!
If you want to elaborate on research within your personal artistic or design practice or if you are thinking about applying for a research PhD in the arts.
Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis, but the applications for the 2019–20 program close on September 1, 2019. Due to the limited number of participants, you are highly encouraged to submit your application at your earliest convenience. Mail us for an application form. Upon receipt of your application, you will be invited for an admission interview. The program starts the first week of October 2019.