Study programme

The Master Artistic Research accepts artists from all disciplines. The programme is constructed as a matrix of practical and theoretical research. Alongside your artistic work, you also investigate your interests in a written thesis. You participate in our monthly Reading Group, guest lectures, and Research Intensives, during which you explore issues and concepts important to contemporary life. Each year, you also participate in an exhibition in the city of The Hague.

Our integrated approach to this learning matrix will test the boundaries between your thinking, making, writing and sharing, creating new and surprising outcomes. Reflection on these will come from your teaching team, student peer group, and visiting specialists. We are a small department built on trust and care. We place value in peer-learning and intensive group work. Our focus on a searching and re-searching approach to artistic practice means we are open to all disciplines, while remaining respectful of your individual disciplinary choices.

Programme structure

You have monthly meetings with your practice and theory tutors and in year one, you also participate in a monthly reading group. We publish an edited version of the reading group’s work each summer in our Key Words publication. Browse though Key Words 2020-2021 edition . We also have a guest lecture series and topically focused Research Intensives each semester.

Your thesis is a two-year project. In year one, short writing tasks help you develop a detailed plan related to your artistic interests. In year two, you expand these into a completed thesis.

In 2022 our gallery partner in The Hague is Nest.

Each year, we plan an excursion to a relevant cultural centre somewhere within the EU.

Our approach to learning and assessment

The artistic work you make and present, the discussions you contribute to, and the writing you complete are the ways you will learn. The teaching that supports this progress towards an MA takes eight main forms. These are:

  1. Regular one-to-one tutorial support with both practice and theory/writing tutors
  2. Group and individual training in text analysis and academic writing within the Reading Group
  3. Discursive exposure to the work of visiting artists and other specialists. Critical feedback on your own work from these visitors.
  4. Exposure to a variety of research methods across both science and the humanities, through Research Week. Artistic Research has no fixed methodology, and it can be of value to experience a wider array of approaches to knowledge formation, from both in- and outside Fine Arts, than your practice might immediately suggest. Site visits, workshops and talks with external specialists can open up inspiring approaches to contemporary topics.
  5. Exhibiting, as a finalising stage of research, is explored through public exhibitions. Organizing these exhibitions also prepares you professionally through collaboration with external partners.
  6. Cultural exposure. Group trips expand your knowledge of different artists, resources and situations.
  7. Group critiques are scheduled throughout your study.
  8. Assessment. At the end of each semester, your tutors will complete a written assessment of your progress. This will focus on the stated learning goals of the study programme and look back across the semester.

See also: Overview of competencies in art education