New Student Guide

Small, responsive and agile, Transart is student-centered: you create your own course of study. Using the prefix "trans" to denote a crossing, a passing through and over we nudge concepts and incite boundary skirmishes between differing opinions and beliefs. Using individual and collective experiences of contemporary life Transart seeks to modify and expand the meaning of whatever the trans prefix precedes: transact, transcribe, transgress, translocate, transmit, translate, transdisciplinary. We fully expect and encourage you to expand your inquiry across whatever boundaries and frontiers you choose or are confronted by. An un-school art school, Transart positions itself in the gaps where art practice, knowledge production and research processes operate; in the tensions between, across, through and beyond recognised paradigms.Transart is run entirely by artists. 


The best way to start preparing for your entrance to Transart is to spend some time with the website. Think of as the Transart campus. This is where you will find all of the most up to date information, references and answers to most questions. Getting familiar with the website  will give you a good sense of how Transart operates and will help you begin to embark on your self- directed course of study. Below you will find some information to help guide you through the website and your pre-residency preparations. 


Click on School and then Members top right of the navigation bar. This is where you access here all student info.


ti17 is the community password for anything on our websites and optionally for your Transart Process Blog until 2018. 


Now in Members (left navigation) you’ll find the Calendar (pw: ti17). All assignment deadlines and related guides and forms are linked here. Please review the key to find the code that relates to you.


As low-residency graduate programs, Transart wants all MFA and PhD students to be totally committed to each Transart residency—four plus weeks each year.  These intensives are conceived to allow you the good fortune and rare opportunity of time—to be totally immersed in your practice together with your Transart peers. It is vitally important that all students protect these four precious weeks together each year to focus entirely on things practice-related, and it often becomes problematic when family and/or friends are present (even for part of the time) as it is very difficult if not impossible to fully participate with the distractions and/or responsibilities of family or social commitments. 

Family and friends are invited to Transart events that are open to the public only, otherwise they are for the Transart residency community as specified on each residency program. We encourage students and faculty to only invite family and friends to the last day of residency events and to plan any family and friend activities post-residency. 

Residencies allow you a brief opportunity away from your regular lives to work and interact independently and to focus exclusively on your own practice. We foster this intensive environment as the catalyst to create and nurture possibilities for fundamental change which lie at the heart of the Transart experience.


Under Summer Plenary you will find the location and schedule of summer events here. Again locate the key to see what pertains to you. It is expected you will attend everything that isn’t marked as optional or that you’ve signed up for. Remember to check the Calendar for summer course sign-up date. 


You are responsible for their own travel to and from Berlin and for their accommodation for the duration of the residency. Most students prefer to connect prior to the residency and rent flats together but there is a list of hotels and accommodation services under Summer Residency. Note: you are required to hold a health insurance policy for the duration of the residency. We also recommend you take out equipment insurance. 


1. Official transcripts or diploma/s to the first meeting.  
2. Actual artwork for presentations and critiques. 
3. A thumbdrive with all your presentations loaded (+ one back up drive). Everyone presents on a Transart Airbook.
4. Tools for your creative practice: video/cameras, sketch pads, audio recorders, converters, chargers, etc. 


During the summer residency you will be invited to give a number of presentations. The first is a two minute presentation on the first day of the residency. This is a very brief intro and a great way to introduce and be introduced to your new peers. You will also be assigned a dedicated 30 minute presentation slot. For this presentation you will introduce yourself, your work and your goals briefly and give a presentation referencing previous work in the context of your project plans. You will present for 15 mins and then have a maximum of 15 mins for questions and feedback (including set-up time). Presentations will take place evenings after workshops and you will be assigned your time leading up to the residency. You will also be assigned a crit group who you will meet with during the semester when you’re back home. During the summer residency you will meet with your crit group and present your work in relation to your plans to them so that you can get to know each other and organize when you’ll meet and select a moderator. Please review the Summer Presentation Guide for specifics and technical information.


You can access all guidelines, examples, module descriptions, forms and other relevant information through the calendar and additionally in list form under MFA Docs or PhD Docs. 


Please contact Finance at or make your initial $1000 non-refundable deposit upon receipt of invoice from Finance. We ask for the initial non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the program and begin steps for you to receive financial clearance so we can support your efforts to enroll in courses asap. Once you pay your deposit you will get an invoice for the remaining tuition balance. After you pay your your tuition in full, fill out the Tuition Payment Form. You must pay your tuition and fill out the form before you can register for classes.

If you don't get an invoice or have a payment question, email

For further information on financial aid and scholarships, please visit the Financial Aid page under the Admissions section of the website. 


Use this checklist to prepare for your arrival in Berlin. 

1. Financial Clearance

Pay your tuition and fill out the Tuition Payment Form. You will be eligible to register once this has happened. 

2. Set up your Process Blog

In order to register for courses, you must first set up your process blog. You will need to set up this dedicated blog or website for your Transart journey. Ie; Squarespace or Wordpress. Please send your new blog URL and professional website to us in the update contact form by June 1st under People and then Forms. If you want to limit access to your posts use the Transart password so that only the Transart community has access. Mostly it will be your advisors and crit group members who will be visiting your blog.You will be keeping everybody up to date on your process as well as critical milestones such as project plans. More information and instructions can be found here: Process Blog.

Note: All assignments and versions of your proposals remain on your blog for the duration of your studies. You can take a look at examples of current student blogs in the Student Directory again in Members. Your blog will be added here as well so your colleagues and advisors can access it. 

3. Course sign up

After paying tuition, filling out the Tuition Payment Form, and setting up your process blog you will have all of the information needed to register for your summer classes and get your pre-course required readings.

It is imperative you complete the Tuition Payment Form prior to signing up for classes. Registration form received without the tuition form cannot be accepted. You must pay your tuition before you can be enrolled in classes. The new payment new form makes it possible for accounting to identify payments more quickly so you can enroll sooner.

Classes will be filled in order of the submissions received. If a space becomes available in your first choice workshop within the registration period you will be offered the chance to switch if you request notification in the comment area. Note this will involve a new set of readings and diary. If you find someone to switch with, both students email a request to:

Everyone is expected to attend any optional events signed up for. Returning PhD students are only required to sign up for courses marked "required for PhD" students but may sign up for general session workshops as well. Attendance is required once you sign up.

Registration period: 6/15 - 7/15.

4. Reading Diary

As soon as you sign up for your courses begin your readings. Keep a reading diary at least for all required readings. Upload your diary to your new Transart blog by July 15 so that your summer course instructors have a sense of your interests and any areas of confusion. This process will also help you assimilate the material and make for more interesting and informed discussions in class. You can find a link to the reading diary guide in the Academic Calendar. 


5. Upload Reading Diaries & First Year Project Plan

MFA – Upload your First Year Project Plan to your new blog prior to registering for your classes. Describe your project in around 500 words - you can use your project plan from your slideroom application or a more recent version. Include references (including other artists and artworks) and resources that you intend to use. Briefly describe how this project relates to your creative practice. You can see examples of project plans in MFA docs.

PHD – Upload your initial proposal to your blog. You may use the version you submitted with your application or an updated version if it has changed since then. 


6. Residency Check-in

You will be asked for your health insurance policy, place you will stay and emergency contact. You will find a link to your Partnership Agreement form to sign as well. 


7. Prepare one and fifteen minute Praxis Presentations

See Presentation Guide under Summer Plenary for guidelines. 


8. Research your advisors and become familiar with their work.

MFA – You will be assigned a Creative Advisor who has expressed interest in working with you and will working together in the fall and spring semesters.. You will also be given a research advisor who will work with you in the spring semester. You will organize first meetings with your new advisors individually during the residency either in person or by Skype on the assigned advisor meeting days in the program. At the beginning of the fall you will organize a meeting with the two of them in a brief Guidance Committee meeting by skype so you are all acquainted and your plans are confirmed. 

PHD – you will be assigned a Director of Studies by Transart and a second advisor by Plymouth University after you receive an invitation letter to join the MPhil program in October. In the meantime you will meet with potential advisors who have expressed interest in working with you. 


Peer Guides

Current Transart students have offered to be peer guides to incoming students (MFA and PhD) as you enter the program. We will assign a peer guide who will contact and introduce themselves to you, and in turn this will be someone you can contact with questions and/or for more insight into the program, residency etc. (please acquaint yourselves with the website first as your guide should not be seen or used as a short cut). Peer guides will be active from admission through the end of summer residency.

Please do not contact Peer Guides with financial questions. All tuition/financial questions should be directed to

Contact – General questions until you come to your first residency. – Financial advisement inc. payment of deposits and tuition. - Listserv for everyone attending the 2017 Transart summer residency. - Listserv for MFA class starting 2017 - Listserv for PhD cohort - Listserv for all current students, alumni, staff and past and present advisors. – Send announcements for your exhibitions, residencies, special projects, and awards.


See you soon!