Master Artistic Research

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

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The two-year programme of the interdisciplinary Master Trajectory for Research in the Arts is the result of a collaboration between the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

In recent years, artists, musicians and designers have shifted their attention to the discursive aspects of the practice of art and to its cognitive functions. Do artists and musicians produce knowledge? If so, what kind of knowledge? How does art’s knowledge relate to other kinds of knowledge? These are some of the questions that underpin the recognition of artistic research as a specific activity. All of them prompt ways of rethinking the relationship between the arts and other fields and between art and life itself. The Master Artistic Research provides students in the visuals arts and music with the opportunity to develop, strengthen and reflect on the relationship between practice and theory in their work through artistic research.

Participants will have a background as an artist – in the fields of visual art or music. The research question of each individual student, which comes from their practice, forms the point of departure for the Master trajectory. During the course students learn to develop their critical reflection on their own work and areas of interest, to analyze and explore their ideas and findings and to communicate these with others through speech and on paper. They are supported in the process of finding appropriate forms through which to substantiate their own findings. The result of the research is, in the first place, an artistic product in the broadest sense of the word. The Master Artistic Research is first and foremost focused on practice.

A number of components of the course focus on developing forms of writing and oral presentation to communicate the research process and do justice to the complexity of one’s artistic practice. Students who wish to enroll on the Master Trajectory should thus have an affinity with verbal and written reflection on their own work and on art and/or music in general. Students with dyslexia will find the diversity of approaches to research to their benefit. Basic oral and written communication in the English language is required to take part in the course.

The study is conceived as being 60% “practical” (practice and research) and 40% “theoretical” (exploration and research). In real terms, these activities are approached as an integrated practice. It is understood that the status of what constitutes research or an artwork can be fluid. Focus is thus on developing the appropriate form for the work in process, based on the ideas and the demands of the content of the material itself.

Students have individual supervision from core tutors who have a practice-based and/or theoretically-based professional background and who identify with an integrated approach to art theory and practice. Participants are encouraged to support each other’s development and to be active partners in dialogue in group sessions. Students are provided with a working space and have access to all the general workshop facilities of the KABK academy. They are furthermore invited to use additional facilities and participate in selected courses at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague.

The course furthermore comprises of regular group seminars, workshops and studio visits facilitated by visiting artists, critics, curators, musicians, performers and academics from various fields. The students and staff as well as guest lecturers are international in scope and origin, as well as being professionally engaged in the Netherlands.

How to apply

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The upcoming application deadline is 1 May 2015 for non-EU students and 15 May 2015 for EU-students.

More information on the application procedure, programme and MAR students and events can also be found on our website.  



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