Student Orientation

WELCOME TO TRANSART

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. 

NAVIGATING RESOURCES

Welcome to The Members section of Transart Institute's website where you will find all you need to navigate through your education processes. Since Transart is the un-school art school and we have no fixed geographic location you should think of our website as the school’s building, our campus—it is the hub for all information, updates, deadlines, processes and changes that will inform and impact on your studies.

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

Click on Members (top right) of the Transart website navigation bar to begin: 

On the left side of this page is a link to the Academic Calendar your go-to page for all Transart related deadlines and links to appropriate forms (at the bottom of the Calendar page is a key which describes the various abbreviations). You will see that some deadlines are monthly—we ask that you keep Transart Process Blogs up to date with your research processes and these regular posts are expected by the 15th of each month during the academic year at a minimum. You will also find all of the information for the MFA Curriculum and the PhD Curriculum in the menu to the left. Please make time to clink on each of the links and discuss the information with your advisory team, and if necessary with the Transart Program Coordinator.

You will receive reminders from Transart prior to deadlines but we recommend that you proactively consult the calendar regularly, to better manage other commitments.  The calendar is designed to link the deadlines with all relevant guidelines and forms as you need them. You will find them listed at the bottom by year as well.

It’s important to take responsibility for your education, become familiar with this page and the various links—make time to click on each and read the information: it will guide you through each of the processes step by step.

GETTING STARTED

The best way to start preparing for your entrance to Transart is to spend some time with the website. Think of http://www.transart.org 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. 

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 accounting@transart.org.)

1. SET-UP YOUR 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. Squarespace or Wordpress are common platforms that students use to create their blogs. Alternatively, if you have a website you can create a blog within this site. Please create simple navigation to make your blog and subsequent entries easy to locate. Please send your new blog and professional website URL's 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. TO REVIEW

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 in Members. Your blog will be added to this directory as well so colleagues and advisors have access.

2. SIGN-UP FOR COURSES

First fill out the Tuition Payment Form and pay your tuition. You will then be eligible to register for your summer classes and get your pre-course reading list and assignments. 

Classes will be filled in the order of 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 reading diary). If you find someone to switch with, both students email a request to: registration@transart.org

If you sign up for any optional events you are making a commitment to attend. Returning PhD students are only required to sign up for courses marked REQ but may sign up for general session workshops as well. To be clear, attendance is required once you sign up. Dropping and switching courses after the registration is not possible. 

3. START YOUR 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, response/s 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. You will be dropped from any workshop if your Reading Diary is not complete and uploaded to your blog.

4. UPLOAD YOUR PLANS

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. 

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. 

5. PREPARE TO PRESENT

See Presentation Guide under RESIDENCIES for guidelines. 

6. CONNECT WITH ADVISORS

MFA – You will be assigned a Creative or Studio Advisor who has expressed interest in working with you and will work together in the fall and spring semesters. You will also be given a research advisor who will work with you in the spring semester. By mutual agreement you can also work with a co-advisory team in which case both advisors will work with you throughout the year. Your Guidance Committee is made up of both advisors and you. You will see them listed in the Directory). 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. Additionally you organize a brief meeting with the two of them by Skype so you are all acquainted and your plans are confirmed. 

PHD– you will receive a Director of Studies (DoS) from Transart and a second advisor from Plymouth University after you receive an invitation letter to join the MPhil program in October. 

RESIDENCY CHECK-LIST

BRING

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

CHECK-IN

You will be asked for your health insurance policy, accommodation address and emergency contact information. (You will find a link to your Transart Partnership Agreement form to sign as well.)

TRAVEL

You are responsible for your own travel to and from Berlin and for your accommodation for the duration of the residency. Many people prefer to connect prior to the residency via the residency list-serve and rent flats together but there is a travel guide including lists of hotels and accommodation services under RESIDENCY LINK. 

INSURANCE

You are required to hold a health insurance policy for the duration of the residency. We also recommend you take out equipment insurance.