Study profile Master Artistic Research

In the video below, students, teachers and the head of the department tell you more about the Master Artistic Research programme:

This two-year programme is open to artists who understand their art practice as an investigation and wish to develop this. Our staff are all engaged researchers and new students will join a community that is alert to contemporary urgencies.

The programme is designed as a single educational arc that spans two years of study. During this time, students are exposed to new working methods and ways of thinking. We prioritise experimental aesthetic approaches and support both individual and collaborative creativity. Students learn to refine the questions within their work and to better analyze the outcomes. They graduate with an enriched understanding of their practice and what fuels it because they have developed heightened investigative and reflective mind-sets and are more able to engage with complexity. They also learn to position themselves better within the cultural field and so maintain their practices into the future.

The MA is constructed as a matrix of practical and theoretical research: of finding out, making, critiquing, experimenting, and writing up. Our teaching staff primarily support individual studio practice and theoretical development, group critique classes and reading group. Students address their core questions through artistic work and in the analytic form of a written thesis. Guest lectures, Research Day programmes, exhibitions, collaborative book projects and excursions weave through this and connect individual study to societal conversations and concerns. Our integrated approach to this learning matrix tests the boundaries between thinking, making, writing, and sharing and often produces 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 collaboration. Our focus on a searching and re-searching approach means we are open to all disciplines and are respectful of your disciplinary choice. The programme is taught in English.



Master of Arts


Full-time 2 years

Study load


English-taught programme
(English level required)

Department Head

Janice McNab


Application deadlines

Start date


Programme / CROHO

M Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design / 49114

Insights in this study programme

Listen to a conversation with Aleksandra and Omid, second year students of the Master Artistic Research programme at KABK!

Screenshot Graduation Catalogue Master Artistic Research
screenshot Graduation Catalogue

Interested in applying? Find more information about the deadlines & admission requirements and possible funding options.

Professional & Research perspectives

The Master Artistic Research provides an artistic education, and most of our graduates go on to be practicing artists. A number have won prizes in their respective fields, or gone on to receive commissions, residencies, and other opportunities to further their research.

Our program also offers interested students a sound basis from which to go on to study for a practice-based PhD, and to participate in post-academic research institutes.