The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a 1–2 year exploration and honing of your praxis, culminating in a master’s studies project 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 (minimum 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.
MFA AND/OR Doctoral Studies?
Transart Institute for Creative Research’s low-residency MFA is a two-year programme in its fifteenth year. Join a vibrant international community as you study and work wherever you live, participating in bi-annual residencies, collaborating with peers, faculty and alumni. Design your own programme of study and work with regular one-on-one advisement. Present work at each residency, discover how your practice is contextualised and its interconnectedness with peers from across the globe in between.
MFA options only through Spring 2018: 1) MFA Merit Scholarships: May $4000; June $2000. 2) MFA in One Year: It is still possible to earn an MFA in one year with relevant and sufficient graduate credits. Send transcripts with a brief inquiry to admissions to confirm your credits qualify before you apply. 3) MFA with No First Degree: professional equivalency as demonstrated by “portfolio”, CV and admissions application can be granted in lieu of a first degree as determined by Transart Institute Admissions and our partner Plymouth University. Send unofficial transcripts and a link to your practice before you apply to admissions, to confirm that your experience qualifies.
NEW: Option to continue on to one of our new doctoral degrees after the first or second year. Begin the DCA in year two of three with a completed MFA. In both new programmes your creative work is the research itself, together with a written component, thesis or process report, that either informs and supports your research or is an integral part of it.
Which DOCTORAL DEgree suits your CREATIVE PRACTICE and processes of working?
The Doctor of Creative Art (DCA) is a partially taught programme where your written research is guided through cumulative stages in which an exegesis—approximately 15,000-30,000 words of critical reflection and/or interpretive analysis of your own practice—will emerge. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is for artists with a specific research project or question/s they want to examine in order to develop their work. Led by your research question/s it is a combination of your praxis and thinking where your writing—a thesis of approximately 40,000 words—actively contributes to the creative work itself, functioning as an integral part of the overall research. Both culminate in the submission and evaluation of your creative research as a public exhibition/dissemination of new work + thesis/exegesis in a form/format that best articulates and reflects your work and ideas.
Transart Institute for Creative Research is a space for experimentation and thinking in any form; for sharing and connecting; and offering practice-led graduate programmes in a low-residency model. We champion self-directed, curious, flexible and socially engaged creative researchers working independently and/or collectively.
Our border-free model and reputation attract a diverse international body of students and advisors from equally diverse artistic and academic contexts and geographic locations as part of a global, trans-disciplinary research community; creating opportunities to expand, enhance and sustain individual and collective practices in the world, beyond the walls of the academy.
We support research in: new narratives, international diaspora, post-nationalism and post-colonialism; exile; the role of art in peace and mediation; home; space(s) in between; temporary architecture; ecologies of learning; otherness and the uncanny.
The independent Transart Institute was founded and is operated entirely by artists since 2004. Transart is a member of the ELSE Foundation consortium of global creative researchers.
School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University, Australia: DCA and PhD Creative Research.
School of Art, Design and Architecture, Plymouth University, United Kingdom: MFA and PhD Creative Practice.