Transart Institute was founded in 2004 by two artists. The low-residency MFA in New Media program was accredited by the Austrian Ministry of Education and Culture through Donau University Krems, Krems, Austria and the first summer residency was held in 2005 with an international body of 25 students and eight faculty. The current low-residency MFA Creative Practice is accredited through the School of Art and Media at the University of Plymouth in the UK.
Transart grew out of our dissatisfaction with established institutional education based on models of control and discipline where pre-formed and pre-formatted knowledge is passed on to many students usually all in the same way. We thought and still think education should work the other way around: a multitude of models and input to choose from. Students decide what they want to do and the institute supports their goals with input and resources. We favour a mulit-perspective approach: critiques, evaluations, contextualizing your work, everything is done from as many perspectives as possible. The British educational system while highly regulated supports us well as it allows us to deliver an entire program without grades and provides a second set of eyes to look over everything that is being assessed. Most artists that come to our program have a pretty good idea where they want to go. Transart is basically a framework or vehicle to get there. Not that there aren’t any surprises along they way but in the end it is a student-driven program. You need to be self-motivated, inquisitive, and inspired to thrive here.