Study programme

The Master Artistic Research is constructed as a matrix of practical and theoretical research. In addition to your art-making, you will explore some of the concepts and positions important to contemporary life, in individual tutorials, in the monthly Reading Group, and in our Research Days programme.

Research Days are thematic intensives re-conceived each year and made up of lectures, seminars, workshops, and site-specific events. You will also consider your interests in a written thesis, and participate in externally located exhibitions in The Hague each year.

Our integrated approach to this learning matrix will test boundaries between your making, thinking, writing, and sharing, creating new and surprising outcomes. Reflection on these will come from your teaching team, student peer group, and visiting specialists.

Our core teaching team is made up of internationally practicing artists and publishing theorists, and supported by an extensive guest programme of artists, curators, poets, musicians, and art historians. We are a small department, and individual studio spaces are contained within a single large space. We place value in the peer-learning and intensive group work that this proximity can engender. Our focus on a searching and re-searching approach to practice means we are open to all disciplines, while remaining respectful of disciplinarity.

Programme structure

There are regular meetings with your core practice and theory/writing tutors, during which your artistic and written work are discussed.

For three semesters you also participate in Reading Group. Active group participation is supported by monthly writing tasks in relation to set texts.
An example of the result of the Reading Group's activities is the publication Key Words. Read more about the Key Words 2020-2021 edition.

Each autumn semester you choose from a selection of Research Days. These are short intensives, designed around methodologies, and delivered by a mix of core tutors and invited specialists. Themes change each year.

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.

We exhibit each year with our gallery partners in The Hague: Quartair and 1646.
Each semester, we arrange an affordable excursion to an artistic event or residential project space within Europe.

Learning outcomes

Development of the following combined learning outcomes over the course of two study years will result in a student of the Master Artistic Research being able to independently pursue a critically aware research practice based on creative, practical, and analytic skills, after the completion of their studies. They should also be able to continue with self-directed study, and have the necessary skills with which to go on to prepare an application to a practice-based PhD research program, should they so wish.

  • Students will develop the conceptual and experiential tools needed to analyse differentiated fields of extant artistic research source material, to organise this material, and to critically reflect on it. (Research ability, organisational ability)

  • Students will develop the conceptual and experiential tools needed to creatively embed or transform research materials into a personal artistic practice. They will develop their ability to solve complex problems in relation to this process, and realise the work within the terms the work itself sets forth. (Creative ability, research ability, growth and innovation, organisational ability, professional competence)

  • Students will develop the conceptual and experiential tools needed to critically reflect upon and analyse this artistic practice, in order to more effectively develop their artistic outputs to a level suitable for autonomous professional practice. (Creative ability, research ability, growth and innovation, organisational ability, communicative ability)

  • Students will develop the technical skills necessary for the expression of their artistic interests at the level of an autonomous professional practice. (Creative ability, growth and innovation, organisational ability, professional competence)

  • Students will have explored an expanded field of practice, testing and extending the media and modes their work can utilize. (Growth and innovation, external awareness)

  • Students will show the ability to critically reflect on their practice within wider debates in their respective artistic fields, and in relation to wider social, ethical, and academic discourses. (Research ability, External awareness, Communicative ability)

  • Students will have developed ways to present their original artistic research material within professional and public contexts such as exhibitions, performances, seminars, and publications. These projects will have developed the ability to work collaboratively: with their student group, with invited external experts, and with external institutions. This meeting point with the world outside of the institution is an important aspect of professionalisation. (External awareness, communicative ability, capacity for collaboration, organisational ability, professional competence)

  • Students will develop the necessary discursive written and oral means to communicate their research practice and artistic choices linguistically, and so to disseminate their research to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and to participate in debates that arise out of this, so learning how to share their research innovations. (Communicative ability, growth and innovation, organisational ability, professional competence)

See also: Overview of competencies in art education

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