Born out of a recognition that graduate work for artists required a different model, Transart Institute was founded in 2004 by two artists. It began as a low-residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program accredited in Austria in the summer of 2005 with an international body of 25 students and eight faculty. The low-residency MFA and PhD Creative Practice programs are both accredited through the School of Art, Design and Architecture, Plymouth University, United Kingdom. Transart Institute is an independent school.