Master of Fine arts


Note: no new applicants will be accepted into the current PU/TT version of this prograM.



Your programme will be punctuated by three intensive, student-driven summer residencies and two winter residencies. Between residencies you work on individual projects with advisors and in peer critique groups.  You make a proposal and design your own programme with regular one-on-one advisements with two advisors each year.


Operating at a level of intensity not found in campus-based programmes students participate in: topic-based workshops, artist talks, lectures, pecha kuchas, walkshops, symposia, performances, pop-up events and exhibitions, performances, and cultural excursions; extensive individual and group critiques with established artists, writers, philosophers, theorists, mediators and curators and project presentations in a variety of formats (learning to present your work progressively). Elective topic-based workshops help you contextualise work and discover ways of informing projects through research while articulating new ideas, exploring new ways of thinking and making connections through discussions and critiques. These workshops are about experimenting and are not intended to further technical virtuosity but rather to enhance and challenge creative thinking and problem solving through exposure to new approaches in various genres.


The MFA is a two year creative research program. During the first year you work with an advisory team on a self-directed project proposal, monthly process blogs and advanced research skills. At year’s end you will write a synthesis of the year’s work leading to a thesis project proposal which is developed and completed during the second year consisting of a project report or thesis and the dissemination of your creative project in whatever way is relevant to your project goals. A public presentation of your work in the form of a dialogue with peers on a shared topic highlights your MFA project. After the first year, a post-graduate diploma is awarded if not continuing on to the second year. If you have an eye on Transart’s DCA you will be eligible to apply for entry at the end of your first year, or upon MFA completion apply to either transfer directly into the second year DCA or to commence on the PhD.


Transart asks you to create and maintain a process blog (with monthly posts) to document your ideas, processes and the progress of your project, and to respond to critique. Think of your blog as a research laboratory and journal. We encourage you to devise a format that best suits your own research, making it a vital part of your practice where you experiment with presentation, documentation and articulation. Your blog can be password protected but will be available to your peers and advisors, forming an invaluable resource, archive and means of communication for the broader Transart research community.








MCP 501 Creative Practice 1/2: summer residency + fall semester
Content: First half of studio project
Input: project planning, workshops, studio, peer, panel advisor meetings
Assessment: after Winter Residency 1
Credits: 30BCR/15ECTS/7.5CR

MCP 503 Critical Framework 1/2: summer residency + fall semester
Content: annotated bibliography, outline with intro
Input: seminar, research planning
Assessment: end of  winter break (credits at completion of Critical Framework 2/2)

MCP 502 Creative Practice 2/2: winter residency + spring semester
Content: Completion of studio project
Input: studio, peer, panel advisor meetings
Assessment: after presentation at Summer Residency 2
Credits: 30BCR/15ECTS/7.5CR

MCP 503 Critical Framework 2/2: winter residency + spring semester
Content: draft and final paper
Input: studio, peer, panel advisor meetings
Assessment: end of spring semester
Credits: 30BCR/15ECTS/7.5CR

MCP 504 Synthesis: spring semester
Content: connecting studio and research + proposal (studio project + thesis or process paper)
Input: studio, peer, panel advisor meetings, project planning
Assessment: after presentation at Summer Residency 2
Credits: 30BCR/15ECTS/7.5CR
Total credits year one: 120BCR/60ECTS/30CR


MCP 505 Independent MFA Project 1/2: summer residency 2 + fall semester + winter residency
Content: studio project, thesis or process paper
Input: project planning, workshops, studio, peer, panel advisor meetings
Assessment: after Winter Residency
Credits: 60BCR/30ECTS/15CR

MCP 506 Independent MFA Project 2/2: spring semester + summer residency 3
Content: Completing studio project, thesis or process paper
Input: studio, peer, panel advisor meetings
Assessment: after Summer Residency
Credits: 60BCR/30ECTS/15CR
Total credits year two: 120BCR/60ECTS/30CR
Total program credits: 240BCR/120ECTS/60CR
MFA awarded




Summer and Winter residencies are the heart of Transart Institute for Creative Research and critical hubs for events and exchange together with a myriad of exhibitions, screenings, performances, publications, conference, talks and other events that take place in-between by Transart members both collaboratively and individually—see them here. Recent residencies have taken place in Berlin and New York City and January 2018 will see us in Mexico City. Transart is committed to being fluid, responsive and nomadic; to being inclusive and with a wide perspective in order to be a relevant, vital, vibrant and global community.

To back up a bit though, residencies are both milestones and resources activated by 1-3 week plenaries: each including presentations in various forms, critique, presentations, screenings and performances. Topical and elective workshops take place as well as guest lectures, artist and curator talks, individual meetings with faculty, students, advisors, guest critics, curators and other creative practitioners. Refinement of project plans, alternate routes, revisions, the collecting of resources are all in process throughout each residency so you can leave clear-headed and well supported.


Participants explore concepts and test new ideas and working methods through a series of creative exercises and assignments (realized in media of choice and completed individually or in collaboration). Workshops aim to equip participants with expanded conceptual and aesthetic toolsets; feeling invigorated and inventive about applying the workshop ideas and processes to their respective practices and locales. Workshops are not intended to further technical virtuosity but rather to enhance creativity by exposing you to new approaches and working in various genres. In these sessions it often makes sense for you to work with what you are technically familiar with (in this case you should bring your own tools, materials). Data projectors, sound systems and printers are generally available. You will also participate in elected cultural studies seminars, devised to help contextualise work and find ways to inform projects through research while also articulating new ideas, exploring new ways of thinking and making connections through discussions and critiques. Seminars are chosen from current cultural topics viewed through the lens of media studies, literature, sociology, philosophy, art history, etc. Workshops and seminars are differentiated in terms of output: workshops include creative assignments, projects or exercises and seminars involve critical responses and discussion. In addition, some research training seminars are prescribed by our accrediting institutions.


You will participate in project presentations and critiques with residency faculty, guests and alumni. Formats vary considerably based on input, culture of hosting location, guests, curiosity (as in let's try this) and culture.  Length, audience size and formats will vary to promote versatility and the ability to present in different formats, audiences etc. To warm up these always begin with very brief introductory presentations to the full group. The goal is for you to benefit from different perspectives on your work. Issues of audience, delivery, content, aesthetics, technique, media, genre, identity, culture and process are discussed, resources are shared. Importantly you will learn to present work effectively in response to specific goals in different cultures and situations. 


Experiment with exhibition and performance possibilities as appropriate to the nature of your thesis project. You have the option to self-organize events or present documentation of projects—it is essential that work is disseminated in ways that are relevant and that best express and communicate what your project and praxis are about to the intended audience. This process is integral to the project from the earliest stages of project planning and through constant dialogue with your advisors throughout. During Transart Triennale years you will be invited to participate and apply in response to curatorial calls from participating ELSE Foundation consortium members and their projects. The last Triennale included over 150 artists and many were members of Transart with events in four countries and research and projects continuing for a further two years.

These projects and attendant research are also represented by ELSE Journal ( a publication of the ELSE Foundation). Most recently, Triennale 2016-18 and ELSE Journal Issue 3 2017, available here. These events and those initiated by advisors, students, and guests form a vital, exciting component of the Transart experience. Students, alumni and advisors continue to perform, exhibit, publish, screen and hold critique and discussions groups together long after the residencies. As a new component of the residencies beginning in January 2018 Transart will include fora to foster connections between groups who might not otherwise meet, and to support projects they seed. Led by Transart members these fora will be affiliated to residency sessions by interim events such as symposia or pop-up events, and will be invited by submission based on the topics of research or other creative goals. 




Angeliki Avgitidou  -  Advisor: Studio/Research  -  site

Sandeep Bhagwati  -  Advisor: Studio  -  site

Lynn Book  -  Advisor: Studio/Research  - site  &  vimeo

Michael Bowdidge  -  Advisor: Studio/Research  -  site

Jean Marie Casbarian  -  Advisor: Studio/Research  - site

Chris Danowski - Advisor: Studio/Research - site

Jean-Ulrick Desert  -  Advisor: Studio  -  site

Nicolas Dumit Estevez  -  Advisor: Studio  -  site

Rachel Epp Buller - Advisor: Research - site

Laura Gonzalez  -  Advisor: Studio/Research  -  site

Carolyn Guertin  -  Advisor: Research  -  site

Khaled Hafez  -  Advisor: Studio  -  site

Victoria Hindley  -  Advisor: Research

Caroline Koebel  -  Advisor: Studio/Research  -  site

Elena Marchevska  -  Advisor: Studio/Research  -  site  &  vimeo

Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio - Advisor Research - site

Ruth Novaczek  -  Advisor: Studio  -  site

Morgan O'Hara  -  Advisor: Studio  -  site

Lisa Osborn  -  Advisor: Research  -  site

Simon Pope  -  Advisor: Research  -  site

Susie Quillinan - Advisor: Studio/Research -  site

Honi Ryan - Advisor: Studio/Research - site

Kim Schoen  -  Advisor: Research  -  site

Hans Tammen  -  Advisor: Studio  -  site

Mary Ting  -  Advisor: Studio  -  site

Valerie Walkerdine  -  Advisor: Research  





You must start with a residency.
We encourage you to apply as early as possible if searching for funding.
Letters of support available upon acceptance.


2018 TUITION: $9760 per semester (all fees, all residencies included)
Tuition remains the same throughout your programme. 
Students cover their own living and travel expenses.
There is a late fee of $250 for missed tuition deadlines.
Students pay their own bank fees so tuition is received in full.
Students must be current with tuition to enter the next session.
Questions and payment arrangements please contact accounting here.


Two year merit scholarship amounts are based on 1) your program application and 2) the month you make your tuition deposit commitment to attend: 
April 2018: $6,000.00; May 2018: $4,000.00; June 2018: $2,000.00


MFA 1 year
Apply with 30US/60EU/120UK graduate credits. Enter in year 2/2. Earn an MFA in 1 year.
Hone your praxis, focus your proposal, then transfer to the DCA after 1 year. Earn a doctoral degree in 3 years. 

MFA 2 years
Complete the MFA and start the DCA in year 2/3. Earn an MFA and doctoral degree in 4 years.
Prior professional experience but no first degree. Earn an MFA in 2 years.

DCA in 2 years  (expected start date July 2018)
Enter the DCA with an MFA. Earn a doctoral degree in 2 years.

DCA in 3 years  (expected start date July 2018)
Skip the MFA with 10 years experience. Earn a doctoral degree in 3 years.

PhD in 3 years  (expected start date July 2018)
Enter with a master’s degree or equivalent experience. Earn a doctoral degree in 3 years.


1. Application Form
A completed on-line application form.

2. Fee
There is no application fee.

3. Portfolio
Your portfolio should demonstrate a well-developed independent and critical art practice. There is no specified length or number of images.

4. Personal Statement
Please address the following:  What themes and interests guide your practice? How you would like to develop your practice? How do you see your practice in relation to contemporary culture? (300-600 words)

5. First Year Project Plan
Outline your proposed first year of study in the programme. Describe your project proposal. Please include references and resources you intend to use. Briefly discuss how research may inform your art practice. 

6. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Materials must be submitted in unformatted version. Include current employment and weekly workload.

7. Transcripts or Diplomas
Unofficial copies should be supplied as PDFs.

8. Advanced Standing
To apply for advanced standing please detail the graduate level courses from your transcript(s) that you want considered. Also provide official course descriptions or syllabus(i). 1-2 semesters of advanced standing may be granted for graduate level work from accredited institutions if completed course work relates to course content in Transart’s MFA programme pending evaluation of transcripts and review of course descriptions and learning outcomes. Students accepted with one semester advanced standing commence at Winter Residency and will attend 2 winter and 2 summer residencies (completing at summer the year following their admission). Students granted two semesters credit commence in the summer, attend 1 winter residency and graduate in their second summer residency, with one year in the program in total. Professional experience cannot be considered for advanced standing.

9. Professional Equivalency
It is possible to apply to the program without a first (undergraduate) degree. Candidates for professional equivalency must produce a comprehensive, enhanced CV showing professional experiences which are relevant to learning outcomes of specific courses/modules in Art, Design, Media and related fields. The CV should where relevant include conferences/workshops attended, papers presented, completed courses as well as exhibitions, teaching, curatorial projects, promotion and material developed in order to be considered for professional equivalency

10. English as a Second Language
At Transart Institute, English is the primary language.  Residency activities are conducted in English and it is required that all participants have mastery of English in order to speak, understand, read critical texts and correspond at a proficient level.  Students can work with their advisors in any language they mutually choose. Students can also do their research and write their papers in any language as approved by their faculty or advisor. All written work however must be presented in English to be available to the External Examiner. All administrative work including student evaluations and other paper work must be in English. Therefore if English is not your first language you may be required to provide a TOEFL with a score (iBT) of 52 or better.

Criteria for Admissions
Applications are evaluated by committee on the basis of applicants artistic achievement; potential for growth and creativity; ability to work and think independently and take risks; interest in engaging in discourse, developing relationships and contributing to the Transart community.

Phone/Skype interviews are held with all finalists. Alumni, students and faculty are available for consultation prior to commitment to the programme.

Deferment Policy
You are encouraged to re-submit your application.

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Practice carries 240 UK credits, equal to 60 credits in the U.S. and 120 ECTS in the Bologna system. The programme is accredited through School of Art and Media at the University of Plymouth, UK.