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MaHKU Call for Applications: MA Fine Art

MaHKU, the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design, offers a one-year Master of Arts (MA) program. The program consists of seminars, workshops, studios, and tutorials in which artists, architects, curators, designers and various theorists share their knowledge, creativity and professional insights with the students. The MaHKU MA Fine Art programme departs from the student's individual research trajectory - a project proposal that is part of the application procedure for the master program. Through various components of the programme, such as critical studies, studio practice, spatial practice and curatorial studies, students are incited further to realize and contextualize their own research projects. The master year is concluded by a curated exhibition and a research report.

Since its start in 2004, the MaHKU MA Fine Art programme has attracted a body of students from various parts of the world. In fact, students from 43 different countries have studied in the programme. The diversity in both geographic background and artistic interest has contributed profoundly to MaHKU's dynamic research environment. MaHKU's vigorous research environment is enhanced even more by an experimental curriculum focused on artistic thought processes, critical spatial practices, and context-responsiveness. In the context of its experimental research environment, MaHKU MA Fine Art has been at the forefront of the debate on artistic research worldwide taking place over the recent decade. In 2006, MaHKU was one of the initiators of the European Artistic Research Network (EARN), a joint venture of ten European Graduate Schools. Furthermore, the MaHKU Fine Art programme takes a clear and distinct stance in the current debate on PhD research in visual art. PhD research is in fact the institutional consciousness of the art academy, MaHKU claims while involving related concepts such as autonomous space as a place for demonstration and reflection, as a location for novel experiments in visual processes, and as a laboratory for developing novel artistic processes of thinking and production.

MaHKU MA Fine Art considers itself a test site, where the programme continuously produces debates and publications dealing with facilitating, situating and composing topical, relevant forms of graduate art education. MaHKU Master of Arts degrees are internationally acknowledged and accredited by the Open University Validation Services in London (OU).

Application and admission during the year. Students with a BA in Fine Art, Spatial Design and other relevant studies are welcome to apply. Final deadline for 2014 is 30 April 2014.

For more information and application, please visit www.mahku.nl or contact fineart@mahku.nl