Geneva University of Art and Design

Geneva University of Art and Design

Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD)

Laetitia Lanvin Bech, 2011 WORK.MASTER’s graduate.
Photography: Baptiste Coulon.
February 9, 2012
Geneva University of Art and Design

Deadline for applications: 11 May 2012 

Fine Art Department
HEAD – Genève’s restructured Fine Arts Department’s philosophy lies at the confluence of the very ideas of pedagogy as experience, artistic research and interdisciplinary cooperation. Five main notions articulates its programmes: Art in its expanding field, New positions, Practicing theory, Experimental transmissions, Freedom & responsibility and Being artist.


The Bachelor programmes are organized around six options, ran by a collective of teachers composed of artists, curators and theoreticians. Each of them is named after a notion serving as a prism to go beyond the traditional divisions by mediums, themes, methodologies, or even the very notion of the traditional studio or “atelier”: Appropriation, art/action, Construction, Information/fiction, Interaction, Representation. 


The Department develops new devices and platforms such as LiveInYourHead (curatorial institute), Hard Copy (artist’s books series by students), Fieldwork: Marfa (postgraduate research-based residency in Marfa, Texas) and numerous collaborations with institutions and individuals open up the school on the art community and on the world at large.


HEAD – Genève offers three specialisations in the Master of Arts HES-SO in Fine Arts:


CCC Research-Based Master Programme – Critical Curatorial Cybermedia
TRANS – Art Education
WORK.MASTER – Contemporary artistic practices 


These programmes offer high calibre arts training based on a broad, cross-disciplinary approach to practical experience with research placed at the center of their educational programme. These three specializations—with strong identities and distinct methodologies—aim to encourage the emergence of creative figures on the widest sense who are independent and able to assert themselves in the fast-moving world of contemporary art. Their research, pivotal to their training, makes it possible to unite the different taught elements to enhance their personal project, in order to finally shape their own trajectory.


Head of the Fine Arts Department: Yann Chateigné
Assistant: Livia Gnos


CCC Research-Based Master Programme
CCC Programme promotes the affirmation of art research made up of sensuous and audacious thinking and rigorous execution.


The study fields (critical curatorial cybermedia studies) are integrated in a transdisciplinary and bilingual programme advised by a Faculty of international professors and researchers.


It founds its practices on political thought, postcolonial and gender theories, hybrid forms of distribution, and the art of networks and Internet culture and emphasizes research training through art. It considers art practice as situated and discursive knowledge production, organic to the distribution context.


The Programme welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity. It is open to all—with required diplomas—including candidates from the sciences, humanities, politics, economics, polytechnics, law, art and various interdisciplinary practices.


In 2011 CCC Programme inaugurates a practice-based pre-doctoral seminar in art CCC Pre-Doctorate/PhD Seminar in Fine Arts—critical cross-cultural cyber-based, which ensues from the ProPhD seminar (prospective PhD et post PhD) opened in 2006 in anticipation of the doctoral cycle.


Professor, coordinator: Catherine Quéloz
Assistant, coordinator: Laura von Niederhäusern


Professors: Pierre Hazan, Anne-Julie Raccoursier, Gene Ray
Assistants: Hannah Entwisle, Sophie Pagliai


Lecturers and/or researchers: Giairo Daghini, Sylvain Froidevaux, Yves Mettler, Nathalie Perrin, Gregory Sholette, Bettina Steinbruegge


Recent Professors visiting Faculty (2010–2011): Andy Bichlbaum (The Yes Men), Franco Berardi, Renée Green, Anna Grichting, Marina Grzinic, Silvia Kolbowski, Antonio Negri, Christian Marazzi, Nils Norman, Claire Pentecost, Fred Wilson 


TRANS – Art Education
TRANS – is addressed to students and artists who wish to further their research and explore the fields of transmission on the basis of their own artistic practice. Through partnerships with cultural and educational institutions, the artists/students following programme undertake art and/or cultural heritage mediation projects and participate actively with different groups in community or institutional contexts. TRANS – can also open into art education training. Part of the teaching is carried out in conjunction with the University Teacher Training Institute (IUFE) of the University of Geneva. TRANS – forms a multi-disciplinary team comprising artists, historians and theorists of art, culture and mediation, journalists, heads of institutions and of cultural and social associations and cultural mediators invited to share their knowledge and their individual points of view and to initiate, guide and support the implementation of projects. The aim is to acquire the appropriate critical and reflexive tools for artistic practices linked to art education and teaching as well as in social and cultural fields in general.


Professors, Heads of the programme: Claude-Hubert Tatot (coordination), Vincent Kohler and Jean-Luc Manz


Assistant: Benoît Billotte


Professors / Visiting Professors / Lecturers: Hervé Laurent, Hélène Mariethoz, Valérie Mavridorakis, Mathieu Menghini, collectif microsillons, Margaret Pfenninger, Fabienne Radi, Doïna Rusillon, Alexia Turlin, Bernard Voïta


WORK.MASTER – Contemporary artistic practices
WORK.MASTER is addressed to students-artists who wish to broaden and develop their practical work within a framework which promotes a transversal approach, multiple perspectives and crossdisciplinary collaboration. Combining research and artistic practice (individual, collaborative or collective), the programme is structured around the realisation of full-scale personal projects. The programme gives students the opportunity to contextualise their work through real life artistic interventions (in the public space, exhibitions, publications, radio programmes,…).


The programme is balanced between research and workshop experimentation, seminars, meetings with external partners (artists, theorists and curators, agents and politicians, cultural institutions), visits in Switzerland and abroad, exhibitions and other project presentations.


Professors, heads of the programme: Laurent Schmid (coordination), Christian Besson, Yann Chateigné and Marie-Antoinette Chiarenza


Assistants: Ceel Mogami de Haas and Marion Tampon-Lajarriette


Main tutors 2011–12: Spartacus Chetwynd, Mathieu Copeland, Benoît Maire, Lili Reynaud Dewar


Professors / Visiting Professors / Lecturers: Delphine Bedel, Christophe Kihm, Maxine Kopsa, Lars Bang Larsen, Pierre Leguillon, Markus Miessen, Mai-Thu Perret, Annelore Schneider, Marc-Olivier Wahler, Frédéric Wecker, Ingrid Wildi Merino.


Practical information
Teaching Languages: CCC Research-Based Master Programme is bilingual (French, English). TRANS teaching language is mainly French. WORK.MASTER teaching is given both in French and in English.
Duration: 4 semesters (full-time)
Credits: 120 ECTS
Qualification awarded: Masters of Arts HES-SO in Fine Arts
Cost of studies: 500 Swiss francs per semester 


Required qualifications : Higher education Bachelors degree (HES, Higher education college or university) or equivalent training


Deadline for application: 11 May 2012
Interviews: 4 to 8 June 2012
Start of the academic year: September 2012 


Admission requirements, procedures and application forms are available at


Geneva University of Art and Design
15 Bd James-Fazy, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Phone +41 22 388 51 00
[email protected]


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