Transart Institute is an independent school offering international low-residency Creative Practice MFA and PhD programs, accredited by The University of Plymouth, for working artists in a highly individualized format.
The innovative MFA program consists of three intensive summer residencies with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances and exhibitions in Europe and two winter residencies in New York. In the four semesters between residencies, students create their own course of study realizing individual art and research projects with the support of faculty and self-chosen artist advisors wherever they work and live.
The MFA is geared towards the development of a sustainable artistic praxis rather than training in certain media or genres, challenging students to think conceptually and work creatively in new ways. Current students work across all genres and media based on which will best articulate their ideas. Transart Institute is a student-centered school. The PhD program is managed by the Doctoral College.
Transart has no official campus – students and faculty live and work across the globe. Our low residency model gives you the flexibility to live and work at home while gaining your graduate degree.
Accreditation and history
Born out of a recognition that graduate work for artists required a different model, Transart Institute was founded in 2004 by two artists. It began as an accredited low-residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in in the summer of 2005 with an international body of 25 students and eight faculty.