Practice PhD and one-year MFA applications and summer program collaboration

Practice PhD and one-year MFA applications and summer program collaboration

Transart Institute

Photo: Aleks Slota.

May 29, 2023
Practice PhD and one-year MFA applications and summer program collaboration

Application deadline: July 1, 2023

We welcome applications for our one-year MFA and Practice PhD starting in September and October, respectively, with monthly weekend online sessions, a full residency in July in Liverpool in 2024, and an optional residency in Nairobi in January. 

One-year MFA
Our Creative Practice Master of Fine Art is for artists, curators, writers, performers, and other creative researchers with an established practice and a particular research question or project. Flexible, rigorous, self-directed and expansive, Transart’s MFA supports you in creating a sustainable praxis while you develop a global community of peers and advisors. Fast-tracking to the PhD in your second summer is an option. 

Practice PhD
Our Creative Research PhD is for everyone with a specific project or question/s whose practice embodies or essentially drives their research. Your tenure in the program will transform your practice and your awareness of what it can do, significantly contributing to knowledge and practice in your field and augmenting your credentials for academic positions, grants and inclusion in research projects.

Nomadic low-residency
Attend optional residencies in New York, Liverpool, Berlin, Nairobi or Mexico City and online monthly intensives; peer research clusters; crit groups and engage with international faculty, guests and advisors. Connect with LJMU’s Exhibition Research Lab, City Lab, Experimental Technologies Lab and Contemporary Art Lab, the Liverpool Biennial, and TATE Liverpool.

Situated research, global community
Exhibit, present, screen, or publish internationally within a global community of peers and publics while deepening your engagement with your local community: practising, researching, presenting and thinking with the specificity of where you live and work. Transart supports moving towards generative ecologies of knowledge worldwide, on and offline, away from the traditional model of global art centres.

Expansive, interdisciplinary approach
Transart creative researchers think and work across and through diverse practices, research constellations, theoretical concerns and ways of knowing. We support innovative research from within and beyond the arts or at the intersection of multiple fields, practices and territories.

Ongoing collaborative possibilities
Transart has developed a global network of institutions in multiple countries for twenty years. Students, professors, guests, alums and advisors have successfully launched sustainable international relationships and projects through shared research, long-standing critique groups, exhibitions, symposia, screenings, publications and performances.

Our MFA and PhD are offered in partnership with and validated by our renowned and esteemed UK academic partner, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

Connect with us
To discuss your goals, admissions process, course structure, and any questions, we look forward to hearing from you here: Contact PhD program leaders by email or sign up for a one-to-one meeting here. Contact MFA program leaders by email or sign up for a one-to-one meeting here.

Please submit an application here.


Summer Program Collaboration with LJMU Institute of Art and Technology and Whitworth Gallery of Art in Manchester
On Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th July, Prof John Byrne will host a series of workshops in collaboration with Transart Institute for Creative Research and Whitworth Gallery of Art, Manchester. The workshops aim to unpack what 1:1 scale art practice might be and look at how an analysis of 1:1 scale art practices might enable us to re-think our relationship to Western modes of understanding  art as a a post-exhibitionary and decolonised epoch. The workshops willl take place in sites around Liverpool and at the exhibition Economics the Blockbuster—It’s not Business as Usual at Whitworth, presented as part of this year’s Manchester International Festival MIF23.

Economics the Blockbuster is an exhibition that presents a selection of extraordinary art projects that operate as real-world economic systems. Together they propose new ways of ‘doing business’, driven by the needs and concerns of the communities in which they are created. Exploring new ways of being, working and doing business, the exhibition asks how can artists reimagine and disrupt conventional ideas of value, ownership, trade and economy? How might artists inspire us to practice our economic life more equitably, radically and sustainably?

See Transart’s Summer Residency Program here

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