Lucerne School of Art and Design: Call for Applications

Lucerne School of Art and Design: Call for Applications

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Art and Design

January 9, 2009
Lucerne School of Art and Design: Call for Applications

Applications deadline: February 20, 2009
(Candidates must submit their portfolio by 27 March 2009)

Start: September 14, 2009

Lucerne School of Art and Design
Sentimatt 1/Dammstrasse
CH-6003 Lucerne (Switzerland)

[email protected]
+41 41 228 57 11 (in german) (in english)

Study programme
The master’s study programme at the Lucerne School of Art and Design is based on the interaction between artistic practice and pedagogical transfer with regard to both method and contents. This is also the key advantage of the closely connected majors: Art in Public Spheres (MAPS) and Art Teaching (MAT). The MAPS/MAT master’s study programme is aimed at students with a particular interest in subjects relating to the public domain as regards artistic, aesthetic, communicative, pedagogical and political issues. Independent art projects are the focus of the study and should be viewed as a constructive challenge to an increasingly utilitarian society, while gaining new insight into aesthetic, social and economic aspects. The students’ projects are analysed and developed individually or in a team: from the basic concept to theoretical basis and the detailed planning for realisation. The budget plan is just as much a part of the project as cooperation with experts or the public presentation of the project. Students are supported, advised, inspired and motivated by their faculty lecturers on an ongoing basis.

Projects dealing with specific themes relating to individual study aims are developed and implemented in seminars and workshops. Parallel to and as part of the project work, the university’s workshops are available for further developing competences in the areas of digital media, materials and printing. Contents and methods of art research are taught in modules on the main research topics of the Lucerne School of Art and Design: art in the public spheres and artistic material research. Students can actively participate in the university’s ongoing research projects dealing with these themes. Students can also improve their intercultural skills by visiting one of the art schools in the international MAPS network. In addition, students reflect the contents and aims of their practical work and link this to social and historical contexts. This artistic and theoretical work merges in the master’s thesis, which is evaluated upon conclusion of the study programme.

Major Art in Public Spheres (MAPS)
MA students pursuing a major in Art in Public Spheres (MAPS) place the design of independent projects at the centre of their study. They react to current social developments with their individual work. These can be directed at reworking arcane historical traditions or the aesthetic formulation of new social interactions. The master’s study programme does not have any thematic limitations. Specially focused modules and additional qualifications provide the opportunity to develop competences for discussions in the public domain, as well as for dealing with critique and teamwork training. Project management strategies and problem-solving techniques also form part of the study programme, including in-depth theoretical knowledge on the subject of art and public spheres.

Major Art Teaching (MAT)
MA students pursuing a major in Art Teaching (MAT) develop their pedagogic perspectives directly from their personal art practice. Apart from creating their own projects, they develop strategies and techniques for realising appropriate art/pedagogical visual design aims for secondary level II. Students analyse and test how they can initiate and support individual visual experiences among their pupils of all levels via methodological and didactic competences. They learn how aesthetic education in an interdisciplinary educational environment can be introduced as a meaningful asset for perception and action.

Specially focused modules and additional qualifications offer the opportunity for personal training in social skills and for dealing with critique and teamwork. Through practical work, students also reflect on how they can effectively react to the increasingly rapid changes in the social and media reality of young people through the contents and methodology of their teaching.

Admission requirements
Admission to the MAPS/MAT master’s degree programme requires a BA or diploma in the areas of design or art. A prerequisite is an interest in aesthetics and communication in the public domain. An A-level certificate (Matura) or graduation from a teacher training college is required for MAT students.

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