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 and Media at the University of Plymouth. Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. Transart Institute is an independent school.