|Structure of the Programme
Image: 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.
The ArtScience Interfaculty offers five forms of instruction: research projects, labs, individual coaching, theoretical courses and workshop-style courses. These activities are open to Master as well as Bachelor students. There are seven different ArtScience labs, each of which is a combination of a laboratory, a production facility and a working ensemble of teachers, students, alumni and guests.
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 students with this new lab structure
Part of the study trajectory can consist of courses outside of the Interfaculty. Likely choices are courses offered elswhere at the Conservatoire, the Academy and the MediaTechnology Master of Leiden University, but other choices in Leiden or at other universities are also possible. In the past, students have followed courses in Sonology, Singing, Percussion, Photography, Print Making, Art History, Philosophy, Electronics, Sociology, Bio-informatics, Art and Genomics and Medical Anatomy. We would like to encourage students to explore other possibilities and surprise us.
Self-study and coaching
Every 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. A considerable amount of time within the Master’s programme is reserved for individual work and selfstudy.
Master Meetings are held approximately twice a month. They are gatherings of all Master students under the guidance of Arthur Elsenaar and Eric Kluitenberg. These meetings focus on students presenting their research results in spoken and written form and on discussing matters of methodology. Students will be helped to develop a critical context for their projects and to structure their research process.
Presentations and evaluations
Collective presentations of individual projects are organised at the end of eich semester. The mid-term presentations in December/January concentrate more on the research process. In June, students are expected to show a finished artistic work that will be evaluated in the context of the research, with the general competences for the Master’s programme in mind.
At the end of May the graduates of the Bachelor’s and the Master’s organise a public preview of the final exam projects. The remaining month from the preview to the exam can be used for rehearsals, fine-tuning and other enhancements on the basis of experiences from the public preview.