ABOUT THE MFA
What is the MFA Creative Practice?
Short residencies in Berlin and New York City are the collective core of a graduate program in transdisciplinary art with one-on-one advisement during the academic year. The program is based on the assumption that each student (and not any “educator”) is the expert on where artistic practice might lead. The program is designed to provide a protected space for experimentation and the free exchange of ideas in intensive multi-perspective settings. The program allows students to maintain their lives while they study and further their creative practice.
Because of its hybrid structure of short but intense summer classes, winter residency and semester-long one-on-one advisement and a result of its a-disciplinary nature, the Transart program is extremely flexible. It has helped a wide range of artists develop their practice and bring it to the next level whether they are painters or social activists or both; whether they live and work in Egypt or Iceland or Ethiopia; whether they are emerging artists or in the middle of an international career.
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 cultural majority everybody is a guest in another country and often unspoken assumptions get a chance to be re-viewed. Connections made in the program foster opportunities to exhibit and perform internationally while you study.
Residencies—operating at a level of intensity not found in campus-based programs—offer innovative workshops, artist talks, lectures, pecha kuchas, walkshops, seminars and 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.
Ongoing personal and collective 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”. And once you have your degree Transart remains open; alumni continue to participate in residencies giving and receiving critiques, exhibiting and serving as program advisors. Transartists continue to discuss, exhibit and perform together internationally.
We support putting your artistic practice first. Transart has a nexus of individual advisement, online critique groups and monthly process blogs that foster prolific production, conversation and debate. As part of an international artistic community students accomplish a great deal, progressing in often unexpected ways and directions and further than they might on their own. Many graduates continue these processes and practices (including online critique groups).