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Master Artistic Research (M.Mus)

Sharelly Emanuelson, Master Artistic Research 2014, Winner Master Artistic Research Department Award

Image: Graduation project 'Doh mix meh up: We always negotiatin' | Sharelly Emanuelson, Master Artistic Research 2014, Winner Master Artistic Research Department Award

The Master Artistic Research (MAR) is an intensive two-year study program aimed at an international group of students working in the field of visual art, who also have an interest in research processes and critical reflection within their art practice. The MAR is a collaboration between the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatory, both in The Hague, who together make up the University of the Arts The Hague.

The MAR seeks to educate artists to become autonomous, critically aware artistic researchers, and the constantly developing program places at its center the exploration of each student’s personal creative trajectory, the production that defines this, and critical reflection on the processes, inspirations, and material results of this. Creativity is defined as a researching process where results are necessarily unpredictable, but where critical reflection can open up the complexity of this within the aesthetic, social, political, and historical field. Emphasis is also placed on extending classical research skills in all areas, such as the ability to gather relevant material; to undertake close reading, listening, and looking; to locate and understand connections within a matrix of research or archival materials; and on understanding how the materials of art practice might transmit their meanings.

At the MAR, we are open to a wide interpretation of what it means to be an artist, and welcome practices that touch on other disciplines, and those that are collaborative. Our link with the Royal Conservatory also often attracts visual artists for whom sound or music are important aspects of their practice.  

The core teaching team is made up of artists and theorists, and supported by an extensive and international guest program of artists, curators, poets, musicians, and theorists. Specialist teaching clusters around the Research Days, delivered as a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, and site visits, with both individual and group teaching. The program also includes excursions, projects with other academies, and department exhibitions, which are important for professional development and for sharing and testing research results with a wider public.

The MAR has its own dedicated studio spaces, where much of the core teaching takes place. Emphasis is placed on the studios as both independent workplaces and a stable community environment for our international group of students, a place to foster a strong peer-group and a secure environment for artistic experimentation. Students also have access to the extensive workshop facilities of the Royal Academy and as well as the practice rooms, electronics workshop, and library of the Royal Conservatory.


Coordinator: Josje Hattink

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