Global low-residency MFA and/or Doctoral Creative Research Options & MFA Scholarships

Global low-residency MFA and/or Doctoral Creative Research Options & MFA Scholarships

Transart Institute

Photo: Aleks Slota, 2018. Plaza de Tres Culturas, Mexico City, MFA+PHD winter residency. 

January 31, 2018
Global low-residency MFA and/or Doctoral Creative Research Options & MFA Scholarships

Your creative work is the research itself, together with a written component that either informs and supports your research or is an integral part of it.

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a 1–2 years exploration and honing of your praxis, culminate in a master’s studies with a 20-page process report or thesis, dialogue presentation and new body of work in any relevant form. 

The Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA) is an advanced form of the MFA (ten years experience) where you develop a new project or body of work. Your written research is guided through cumulative stages in which a critical reflection—50-page process report or analysis of your own practice—will emerge. 

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is for artists and other creative researchers with a specific research project or question/s they want to examine in order to further develop their work. Led by your research question/s it is a combination of your praxis and reflection where your writing—a thesis of approximately 40,000 words—actively contributes to the creative work itself.  

Both new doctoral programmes (expected start date summer 2018) culminate in the submission of your creative research as a public presentation of new work/thesis or process report in the form that best articulates and reflects your work and ideas (with no oral defense).


MFA 1 year
Apply with 30US/60EU/120UK graduate credits. Enter in year 2/2. Earn an MFA in 1 year.
Hone your praxis, focus your proposal, then transfer to the DCA after 1 year. Earn a doctoral degree in 3 years. 

MFA 2 years
Complete the MFA and start the DCA in year 2/3. Earn an MFA and doctoral degree in 4 years.
Prior professional experience but no first degree. Earn an MFA in 2 years.

DCA in 2 years
Enter the DCA with an MFA. Earn a doctoral degree in 2 years.

DCA in 3 years
Skip the MFA with 10 years experience. Earn a doctoral degree in 3 years.

PhD in 3 years
Enter with a master’s degree or equivalent experience. Earn a doctoral degree in 3 years.

As a global, trans-disciplinary research community, we champion self-directed, curious, flexible and socially engaged creative researchers working independently and/or collectively. Our border-free, low-residency model of practice-led programmes and reputation attract an international community of researchers from diverse artistic and academic contexts and geographic locations creating opportunities to expand, enhance and sustain individual and collective practices in the world, beyond the walls of the academy.

MFA Merit scholarships
Two year scholarships (MFA only) amounts are based on your program application and the month you make your tuition deposit commitment to attend. February 2018: 10,000 USD; March 2018: 8,000 USD; April 2018: 6,000 USD; May 2018: 4,000 USD. Application period for 2018 is February 15–April 15.

Transart Institute for Creative Research
T +1 (347) 410 9905 / admissions [​at​] / Skype: transartinstitute

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