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Graduation project 'Biophonic Garden' | Sebastian Frisch, Master ArtScience 2014

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The master's programme ArtScience, like the bachelor's programme, is based on the concept of the open curriculum. Because the master students are admitted on the basis of a specific research plan and because two years is too short to familiarize themselves with the Interfaculty before making choices, this research plan is translated into a study plan together with the coaches. This study plan maps out the individual path of the student through the teaching modules on offer within the Interfaculty and related departments and institutions.

At the ArtScience Interfaculty there are four forms of tuition: research projects, labs, individual coaching and courses. These activities are open to master as well as bachelor students ArtScience. In the last two years, seven labs have been set up within the Interfaculty, each of which is a combination of a laboratory, a production facility and an ensemble of teachers, students, alumni and guests working there. Each lab is also a platform to offer coaching and space for projects by individual students and a channel for the accumulation, documentation and dissemination of their research results and artworks. The aim is to gradually integrate the research proposals of the master's with this new lab structure where possible and work towards a situation where bachelors assist in research projects.

Part of the study trajectory can consist of courses outside of the Interfaculty. Likely choices are the Introductory Courses offered by the KABK (Moving Image, WebDesign, 3D-animation, Sound) and the courses offered at the MediaTechnology master of Leiden University. Apart from this a broad spectrum of courses within the Royal Academy, the Royal Conservatoire and Leiden University are available. In the past students have followed courses in Sonology, Singing, Percussion, Photography, Print Making, Art History, Philosophy, Electronics, Sociology, Bio-informatics, Art and Genomics; we would like to encourage students to explore other possibilities and surprise us.

Self-study and coaching

Each master student has two teachers who coach the individual work, reflect on it together with the student, offer a context for it, suggest literature and other sources and often assist in solving practical problems. Depending on  the nature of the research proposal each student has a certain amount of time for individual work and self-study within the masters programme.

Collective activities for master's students

There are a number of collective activities for all master's students, with the aim to offer a more broad orientation on the ArtScience field and in order to stimulate the exchange of skills, knowledge and viewpoints.

In the first year the master’s are expected to follow a number of introductory courses that are offered at ArtScience, of which ‘Media Art Histories‘ and  ‘Nine Snapshots‘ are compulsory. These introductory courses give a historical and theoretical overview of the ArtScience field.

Twice a month there is a master’s meeting: a gathering of all master’s students under the guidance of Arthur Elsenaar and Horst Rickels. These meetings focus on presenting the results of the research by the students in spoken and written form  and on discussing matters of methodology. Students will be helped to develop a critical context for their research and to structure their research process. Master’s students are asked to produce a written account of their critical context and research process, as part of their third presentation, half-way the second year.

Presentations and evaluations

In January and in June there are collective presentations. The mid-term presentations in January have the form of a discussion where the students are asked to show the progress of their research and where this progress is discussed with all the teachers. At the presentations in June the student is expected to show a new work that will be judged in the context of the research of the student and with the general competences for the master programme in mind.

At the end of May the graduates of the bachelor and the master will organize a public preview of the final exam projects. These should be completed by this date, so that the remaining month can be used for rehearsals and fine-tuning.

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