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Master Programmes in Fine Arts at Geneva University of Art and Design

The Geneva University of Art and Design offers three Master HES-SO in Fine Arts majors: CCC - Critical Curatorial Cybermedia, Trans–Art Education, and Work.Master Contemporary Artistic Practices. Deadline for applications is 15 May 2009.

These various programmes create bridges though each one is designed as a highly individualised trans-disciplinary study platform defined by the work and projects of each artist or research group. Thus each orientation encourages the maturation of a personal work or a collective project already geared to the professional art scene and social reality.

  • CCC – Critical Curatorial Cybermedia
    The CCC Bilingual (French and English) and Transdisciplinary Research-Based Master Programme is addressed to committed students trained in disciplines as various as art, law, sciences, polytechnics, humanities, politics, economics and transdisciplinary practices. Professionals and lifelong learners are welcome.
    The Programme offers a strong intellectual and conceptual foundation in critical thinking. Students are trained to become independent researchers capable of conceiving innovative solutions to issues related to a variety of fields such as Identity Micropolitics, Critical Theory, Political Ecology, Cyberculture, European Syntax, Cosmopolitics and the Politics of Reconciliation, Future Studies. Collaborative and individual projects are applicable through situated, discursive, interventionist art practices, tactical and digital media.
    The Programme emphasizes research training and initiates projects in cooperation with transcontinental partner self-organizations and institutions. It concentrates on developing a prospective PhD seminar in art praxis.
  • Trans–Art Education
    This programme is based on the student's artistic experience. Under the leadership of art and theory specialists, this mental exercise aims at translating, transcribing and transferring one's own artistic experience and to share or propose it to others. In fact, it is to answer the question: "How, on the basis of my own work and my relation to creation, can I guide children or adults and establish teaching and workshops where they can practice creation and find their own forms of expression?"
    Audience: all students who, on the basis of their basic artistic principles, wish to explore the broadest fields of artistic and cultural transmission: editing, interactions with the population, art and/or heritage mediation workshops in an associative or institutional environment. The TRANS programme also opens the doors to teaching.
  • WORK.MASTER Contemporary Artistic Practices
    WORK.MASTER's intends to contribute to the development of new artistic practices within the expanded field of visual culture, and to train artists able to adapt to new situations and wanting to respond to today's challenges while being able to face a demanding international context.
    The programme time is balanced between personal research reflection and group brainstorming. The work pace alternates between workshop research and experimentation, internal courses, meetings with external partners (artistes, theorists et curators, agents and politicians, cultural institutions), visits and trips abroad as well as practical encounters such as personal exhibits and group project presentations.

These three majors are also integrated in MAPS (Swiss Master of Fine Arts Platform), which includes all visual arts Master's options offered by the Swiss Higher Schools of Art.

Required Qualifications include higher education bachelor's degree (HES, Higher Education School or university) or equivalent training and/or professional artistic experience deemed equivalent.

Contact information: Geneva University of Art and Design, Admission Office of Visual Arts, Boulevard Helvétique 9, CH – 1205 Geneva, Switzerland; tel.: +41 22 388 58 00, fax: +41 22 388 58 01; e-mail: info.head@hesge.ch; http://head.hesge.ch/spip.php?rubrique282%E2%8C%A9=en&lang=en