Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design -Artistic MattersIn our academy, we have one master’s degree program with three profiles:
Artistic Matters, The City Maastricht as a living lab.
In the context of rising urbanization and new urban challenges within a Limburg region in transformation, within a context with plenty of room for experiment, innovation and talent development. Driven across the borders, in the core of the Euregion, by the ambition to make the difference internationally. We developed a master program. that focuses on urban, social-cultural and artistic innovation (USCA-innovation).
This master’s degree program is committed to the development of engaged, compassionate students who value academic and artistic excellence and education beyond traditional education, service to others, and creating a conscious community. That’s the reason this program has three profiles (Art-Polis, Design- Jewellery, Media-Intercultural Media and Innovation), and it:
- Provides academic and artistic and personal support to each student so that he/she may excel and become an innovator within the art and creative world
- Works toward embodying an intentionally compassionate community between the profiles by joined master classes and program modules
- Emphasizes a state of the art curriculum to position students for careers of the future.
- Engages students in meaningful and social and cultural design/art
- Encourages students to develop mastery of their academic, personal and professional lives
Profiles:Art-POLIS, considers contemporary art as a dynamic network of debating practices. Artists are not problem solvers; on the contrary, they pose questions by establishing by making things. They visualize complexity, and they generate ideas in order to open up new perspectives. They are not isolated, but instead constantly relate to the social context by means of debate. The artistic practice as a debating laboratory is a strong instrument that can be used to show the intrinsic value of pluriform humanity. According to Hannah Arendt, ‘POLIS’ stands for: ‘the organization of the people as it arises out of acting and speaking together, and its true space lies between people living together for this purpose, no matter where they happen to be.’
Professionals come in with their own practice, which then becomes the subject of discussion and critical questioning. By conducting critical debate and contextualization, the social positioning of the artist is sharpened. The context (artistic, design, cultural or social) is not given; the master student must become aware of this himself. The master students graduate with an exhibition.
Maastricht places jewellery in the context of the human dimension seeking the tension between the intimacy and the different context of jewellery.The relevance of jewellery as an outstanding and interesting field of art is not a question. The limited size invites to precision and excels, to the highest craftsmanship but also to impulsiveness. Art historians and anthropologists show more interest in the topic and makers have managed to break open the hermetic world of contemporary jewellery. This profile will engage collaborations with fashion designers, artists, photographers, magazines and other relevant parties who will enable the student to create new contexts and stronger position in order to reach a wider public. It will challenge them to stretch the boundaries of the field from within. Not only research the importance of skills, craftsmanship and new technology but also apply them in traditional and innovative ways. What can the field gain from collaborations and most of all, is it possible to acquire new attitudes for this domain? The MA program will conclude with an exhibition or showcase where the students will present their reflective process and final work.
Media-Intercultural Media and Innovation. The world today is connected, interdisciplinary, intercultural and always in transition. Mutual connection through communication is indispensable. The individual profiling space IMI is moving in this new world, with the focus on the interaction between artistry and technology. Designers and artists are challenged to establish connections and dialogue through the experiment with images and through combinations of different media (analogue and digital). Starting from his own case, the master student positions himself in this world, giving his vision and product the right to exist. He comes to authorship by redefining and combining his own medium into a hybrid media form. In addition to carrying out artistic research and experimenting with communication tools, the master student reflects his findings in an intercultural perspective and through creative entrepreneurship he will give his thoughts and / or product a stage.
This full-time course has a duration of two years.
The first year focuses on three common learning trajectories between the profiles: artistic research, intermediality and craftsmanship and entrepreneurship and focuses on specific learning trajectories by master classes of each profile. The second year is emphasizing on individual coaching via master classes and opportunities for exposure via exchanges, internships, promotion etc. and is concluded with a final exam within the profile.
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