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03 Apr 2013

Master of Arts in Public Spheres, Ecole Cantonale d'Art du Valais/Wallis - Sierre - Switzerland

Christina Jonsson, 'Helike, Vega & Evita', 2012, installation at Belalp (CH); photo: Françoise Brunner

Call for Applications: Master of Arts in Public Spheres (ECAV)
Ecole Cantonale d'Art du Valais - ECAV


Deadline for application: May 8, 2013 Selection interviews June 3-7, 2013

Federica Martini, director of the MAPS program
+41 (0)27 456 55 11
+41 (0)27 456 55 30

Ecole Cantonale d'Art du Valais - ECAV
Rue Bonne Eau 16
3960 Sierre

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Program's specificity
The MAPS – Arts in Public Spheres Master
program is a 2-year degree in the visual arts, addressing artists and other creative professionals wishing to question the contemporary artist's relation to the public sphere.
The course offers both practical and theoretical platforms for considering the public sphere in a pluridisciplinary perspective. It combines a focus on the students' artistic practice and research, with workshops offering practical experience in realising projects and interventions in the public sphere, yearly seminars contextualising the students' participation in group and solo exhibitions, and study trips. The objective is to consider how art approaches a critical analysis of space, landscape and architecture, questions the nature of public participation and collaborative production, and interrogate the role of the exhibition and curating in the above questions.

A unique studying environment

Located in the Valais region of Switzerland, the striking natural environment and its location, away from the country's major urban centres, provide an ideal site for detailed on-the-ground studies in the following areas: environmental and land art, socially-engaged and community projects, site-specific artistic and curatorial interventions in the public space, art and the natural sciences, artistic research practice, and work on the dialectic between periphery and centre.

A networking school
MAPS - Arts in Public Spheres
is part of Master of Arts HES-SO in Fine Arts, a program that has been designed around three sites: the Ecole Cantonale d'Art du Valais (ECAV) in Sierre, the Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design in Geneva (HEAD) and the Ecole Cantonale d'Art in Lausanne (ECAL) and is an integral part of the 'Swiss Master in Fine Arts Platform', a national collaborative program involving all the Swiss art schools.
In addition to this, the school has developed several international exchange programs to allow students to experiment with the influences of different environments, on their personal work. Similarly, we favour an international working group, and currently one third of the students of the programme originate from outside Europe.

Teaching guidances
The MAPS – Arts in Public Spheres
program offers 120 ECTS credits. It is a two-year course with classes two days a week. The MAPS faculty comes from a multidisciplinary and international background.
The structure of the program is organized to combine seminars and workshops led by artists, theoreticians and curators, with visits to exhibitions and events of interest, and the development of individual and collective exhibition projects. Students thus devote 60 – 70% of their formation time to their own work and are supervised by two tutors throughout the course. The final stage of the program is focused on the Masters Thesis and Exhibition.
Individual work, meetings and exchanges with artists and professionals from the art world constitute an important part of the course. Workshops equipped with computers and other technical equipment are available, as well as exhibition spaces.

Barnaby Drabble, Robert Ireland, François Kohler, Jérôme Leuba, Eric Maeder, Federica Martini, Sibylle Omlin, Anne-Julie Raccoursier, Gregg Smith.

Further information:

Required qualification: Bachelor's diploma and/or equivalent training and experience.

Duration: 4 semesters (full-time)
Language: French / English
Study fees: CHF 500.- per semester plus material costs

Calendar: Start of courses September 19, 2012

Admission conditions, precise dates, registration forms, study plans and timetables can be consulted and downloaded on the MAPS website