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23 May 2012

Inquisitive Artists for Low-residency Studio PhD & MFA

Jean Marie Casbarian, Berlin 2011

Inquisitive Artists for Low-residency Studio PhD & MFA
Transart Institute


Scholarships Available Application Deadline: June 1, 2012 Residencies: New York & Berlin Self-directed Study

Drew Henmi
+1 (347) 410-9905

Transart Institute
Mail: 228 Park Ave S.
New York, NY 10003

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Transart seeks passionate, inquisitive and imaginative artists for its low-residency MFA & PhD programs.

In a uniquely international setting, Transart offers two accredited courses for working artists, teachers and all professionals in related fields who are seeking advancement in Visual Arts and New Media: A two year low-residency MFA and a studio PhD.

The MFA Creative Practice
consists of three intensive summer residencies in Europe filled with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances and exhibitions and two shorter winter residencies in New York City. In the four semesters between residencies, students create an individual course of study realizing art and research projects with the support of faculty and studio advisors wherever they work and live.

First Low Residency Studio PhD
Transart is offering an international low-residency studio PhD course of studies: The Degree is offered for creative work (practice-based research). Advisors come from Transart Institute and Plymouth University.

Fast Track MFA >> PhD

Exceptionally focused and accomplished artists can apply for transfer from the MFA to the studio PhD program at the end of the first year. Students who wish to enroll in the Fast Track program apply to the MFA Creative Practice. In their second semester on the MFA they develop a doctoral proposal. At the end of the semester they can apply for Fast Track assessment. Successful applicants will be registered for the MPhil/PhD course of studies at that time.


Scholarships range from $6,000 to 20,000 for the duration of the program. Scholarships are being awarded with acceptance.

Open spaces

Very few seats remain open on this year's PhD, MFA and Summer Certificate. Deadline for all applications is June 1, 2012. The program starts July 21, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

Transart programs in a nutshell:

- A contemporary learning experience

- Low-residency format allows you to keep professional and family obligations while advancing your career

- Experience summer intensives in Berlin, the art capital of Europe

- Fall and spring residencies in New York City

- Design your own course of studies

- Form an international collective with faculty and alumni for exhibition and performance opportunities

- International make up of students and faculty fosters exchange across cultural boundaries

- Studio work reviewed, critiqued and curated by established international curators

Transart students

…are emerging and mid-career artists and educators. Transart residencies are a meeting place for cultural exchange. Transart students and alumni will converge for the summer residency from areas as diverse as Thailand, Egypt, Italy, Pakistan, Iceland, Croatia, Ethiopia, Canada, Costa Rica, the UK and the US.

For both students and faculty the time at Transart is a transformational experience. Performer and painter Nicole Stager wrote: 'This program has changed my life in profound ways. My art practice is more informed, better articulated, more open, more thoughtful, more grounded in theory.' New York based artist Virgil Wong found 'The community I've become a part of through Transart is already much more immersive than what I've developed in ten years of living and working as an artist in New York City'. Photographer and performer Angelika Rinnhofer found that 'to work independently can pose a challenge but it also offers freedom and flexibility. Since a large number of students are accomplished artists and earn a living, Transart's concept is ideal to work toward a degree and to expand one's artistic career in addition to having a job.' Faculty Michael Bowdidge: 'Undertaking a PhD has lead me to a much deeper understanding of the nature of my practice.'

Transart Faculty

…comes from a wide range of academic and artistic backgrounds as well as geographic locations. Transart advisors have included Alec Soth, Alison Nordström, Cate Rimmer among many others. Studio faculty include international artists working with photography, film/video, sound, performance, dance and choreography, drawing, sculpture, intervention and installation. Current theoretical areas of expertise include curatorial work, African diaspora, interface technologies, digital arts, continental philosophy, media, social studies in colonialism, capitalism and tourism, word and image relationships, and contemporary asian art history. You can learn about the experience of Transart faculty online.

Admissions and tuition



-A well developed artistic practice.

- A Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent professional experience.

- The application form is online.

MFA Tuition And Fees

Application fee: $50

Tuition MFA: $9,760 per semester (for four semesters)

MFA Scholarships

Several partial scholarships are available on the MFA Creative Practice.

MFA Application Deadline: June 1, 2012



A master's degree in a related field, with an MFA strongly preferred.

The application process is detailed online.

PhD Tuition And Fees

Application fee: 50 USD
Tuition PhD: GBP 5,375 / 8,540 USD* per semester (minimum of four)

Bench fee: 3,000 USD per semester

* based on current exchange rate

PhD Application Deadline

Online form and Supporting materials: June 1, 2012

PhD Scholarships

Several partial scholarships are available on the PhD track and awarded with acceptance into the program.


Plymouth University, the validating institution of all Transart degree programs, is certified by the US Department of Education (DoE) as an eligible foreign school. Students are now able to apply for Sallie Mae International private student loans, school code: 023521. Additional financing is generally available through sources in the student's country of residence and/or citizenship. Funding letters are mailed with acceptance into the program.


For questions or to make an appointment to speak with faculty please contact Drew Henmi:

Transart Institute

Mail: 228 Park Ave. S. New York, NY
+1 (347) 410 9905

Skype: transartinstitute