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MAPS - Master of Arts in Public Spheres

Haute Ecole d'Art du Valais (ECAV), Sierre, Switzerland

The MAPS - Master of Arts in Public Spheres programme is a two-year degree in the visual arts, addressing artists and professionals wishing to question the contemporary artist's relation to the public sphere in the following areas: environmental and land art, socially-engaged and community projects, site-specific artistic and curatorial interventions in the public space, art and the natural sciences, artistic research practice, and work on the dialectic between periphery and centre. The course offers both practical and theoretical platforms for considering the public sphere in a pluri-disciplinary perspective. It combines a focus on the students' artistic practice and research projects, workshops offering practical experience in realising projects and interventions in the public sphere, yearly seminars contextualising the students' theoretical reflection and participation in exhibitions, publishing projects and study trips. The objective is to consider how art addresses different publics, the nature of public participation and collaborative production, approaching a critical analysis of space, and finally the role of the exhibition and curating in the above questions.

MAPS is part of Master of Arts HES-SO in Fine Arts, a programme that has been designed around three sites: the Haute Ecole d'Art du Valais (ECAV) in Sierre, the Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design (HEAD) in Geneva and the Ecole Cantonale d'Art in Lausanne (ECAL).

The deadline for applications is 7 April 2017.

For more information, please visit: www.ecav.ch/en/formations/master-in-visual-arts/presentation-141