Synthesis & Proposal Guide - M504

PART A – MFA synthesis (reflection) paper (approx. 900 words)
Part A is a short reflection on your first year project and a chance to synthesize your studio and research findings ahead of the formulation of a second year thesis proposal.

01 – Write a concise description of your studio project
02 – How did the research impact upon your project and your working practice?
03 – What directions does your project suggest for further research?


PART B – Second Year MFA Proposal Outline (approx. 900 words)

 01 – Title of project
02 – Name of student and any collaborators and their roles
03 – Suggested advisors for studio and for research element (first, second, third choices, if any). Explain your choices.
04 – Description of proposed project or body of work – practical element
05 – Description of project report or thesis – written element
06 – Project results, e.g. documentation, performance, script, intervention, website, exhibition, book, journal
07 – Brief description of research method
08 – Initial bibliography for written element
09 – Research question or hypothesis for thesis. For project report only if applicable.
10 – Intended audience
11 – Short statement on your current practice
12 – Formulate entire project in 2-3 meaningful sentences.
13 – Technical description and production process including medium, quantity, size or duration
14 – Connect past and future project
15 – Connect studio and research project (if separate), explain how they inform each other.
16 – Brief description of conceptual motivation
17 – Short description and abstract (50-100 word) of written element
18 – Proportion of written/practical element
19 – Possible location for the project
20 – Timeline for realisation of project
21 –  Budget
22 – Additional supporting information

Advisor choices
You may make suggestions in your proposal either from the pool of advisors and faculty under “Transart People”. You may also propose someone new to the institute for either studio or research but not both. Send them a link to the teaching application form.  You will meet at the residency with two advisors (by skype if the advisor isn’t present). Prior to the summer residency faculty will review proposals and based on your topics, suggestions, and faculty workload, advisors will be assigned. This is a group decision that involves the student, advisors and directors. You will work with your studio advisor for both semesters and your research advisor in the spring semester. 

Making the plan
You are required to answer all questions outlined above and submit your plan to your Transart Blog. You will get feedback on this draft during the first two weeks of the summer residency and then will repost a second version before the end of the residency. The work you arrive at in the end, must correspond with your plan. Project plans are an important part of how the program helps you develop a sustainable praxis. While work can be based on previous projects the inclusion of artistic work done prior to the program is not acceptable. Vague plans are a mistake. The project plan is your map. Make it detailed, accurate, clear, complete. If your plan was approved with changes, these changes need to make it into your revised plan as well.

Example Proposal