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Transart Institute

Fast Track MFA >> Studio PhD

Application deadline: May 1, 2012.www.transart.org
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PhD Studies
Transart is offering the first international low-residency studio PhD course of studies: a three year minimum, full-time degree program with an average work commitment of 30 hours per week. The degree is only offered for practice-based research (creative work) accompanied by a written thesis with a word count to be agreed upon with advisors. Advisors will come from Transart Institute and Plymouth University.The MFA Creative Practice consists of three intensive summer residencies in Europe filled with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances, and exhibitions and two shorter winter residencies in New York City. In the four semesters between residencies, students create an individual course of study realizing art and research projects with the support of faculty and studio advisors wherever they work and live.

Fast Track MFA >> PhD
Exceptionally focused and accomplished artists can apply for transfer from the MFA to the studio PhD program within the first year. Students who wish to enroll in the Fast Track program apply to the MFA Creative Practice. In their second semester on the MFA they develop a doctoral proposal. At the end of the semester they can apply for Fast Track assessment. Successful applicants will be registered for the MPhil/PhD course of studies at that time.

PhD Proposals
Transart is particularly keen on encouraging proposals that in the widest sense explore the archive, documentary art making, language/image, space, and inhabitation of space, software as art, network culture, the role of art making in peace, mediation and international relations, as well as performance. The proposal should demonstrate systematic study, independence, critical competence, and originality.

The Transart Program in a Nutshell

• A contemporary learning experience without grades or pre-formatted curriculum
• Summer intensives in Berlin, the art capital of Europe
• Fall and spring residencies in New York City
• Workshops, seminars, professional development, studio and performance tours
• Develop a sustainable artistic praxis rather than being trained in a certain media or genre
• Design your own course of study
• Realize your creative projects with the support of curators, faculty and self-chosen advisors
• Low-residency format allows you to keep professional and family obligations while advancing your career
• International makeup of students and faculty fosters exchange across cultural boundaries
• Alumni and faculty form an international collective with exhibition and performance opportunities
• Offsite study, critiques and advisement wherever you live and work
• Regular one-on-one reviews and interactions with a variety of curators
• Thesis exhibition and performances reviewed, critiqued and curated by established international curators

Transart Students…
…are emerging and mid-career artists and educators. Transart residencies are a meeting place for cultural exchange. Transart students and alumni will converge for the summer residency from areas as diverse as Thailand, Egypt, Italy, Pakistan, Iceland, Croatia, Ethiopia, Canada, Costa Rica, the UK and the US.

For both students and faculty, the time at Transart is a transformational experience. Performer and painter Nicole Stager wrote: “This program has changed my life in profound ways. My art practice is more informed, better articulated, more open, more thoughtful, more grounded in theory.” New York-based artist Virgil Wong found “The community I’ve become a part of through Transart is already much more immersive than what I’ve developed in ten years of living and working as an artist in New York City”. Photographer and performer Angelika Rinnhofer found that “to work independently can pose a challenge but it also offers freedom and flexibility. Since a large number of students are accomplished artists and earn a living, Transart’s concept is ideal to work toward a degree and to expand one’s artistic career in addition to having a job.” Faculty Michael Bowdidge: “Undertaking a PhD has led me to a much deeper understanding of the nature of my practice.” You can learn more about the experiences of Transart Members online.

Summer Program Highlights
Urban Poetics, a seminar with curator Radhika Subramaniam, is concerned with that ephemeral notion, “the urban experience,” and how it is brought into being, a historic process and a deeply sensual one. The elements of space, time, memory, subjectivity, and perception that have created it and continue to do so have also constructed an urban way of knowing. Exploring questions—what are the urban knowledges produced by these ways of knowing? How do urban practices frame our ways of seeing and being? How do these habituate us and influence the ways in which we inhabit cities?—close reading, experiments, performance, listening, walking, and a deep exchange and intersection with one’s artistic practice will occur.

Reciting Sites, a seminar with Andy Warhol grant recipient Myron Beasley that contemplates and interrogates the cultural politics of public art and its construction of memory and history with performance theory.

Remembering Spaces, a workshop team-taught by Deborah Aschheim and Lisa Mezzacappa, dedicated to how we experience spaces with our bodies and senses, how we remember these embodied experiences and how we can devise new ways of observing, recording, and recreating spatial experiences that get at the deeper truth of the phenomenological and narrative experience.

Full Summer Program online

General information: www.transart.org

For questions or to make an appointment to speak with faculty please contact: Drew Henmi:henmi@transart.org

Transart Institute
228 Park Ave. South
New York, NY
+1 (347) 410 9905
Skype: transartinstitute
www.transart.org
info@transart.org

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12/09/2011 19:38
UC investing millions in new cyber studies programhttp://t.co/jc3wN2a 

UC investing millions in new cyber studies program

Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer

Monday, September 12, 2011

(09-13) 11:04 PDT OAKLAND — The University of California will unveil its first top-tier cyber courses in January – 26 online offerings, from global climate change to game theory. At the same time, it’s eyeing China and even American soldiers as potential sources of cash to pay for them.

Academically, the UC system is venturing into territory that supporters hope will be the next wave of innovation: intellectually rigorous e-classes so animated and interactive that students can’t help but excel.

“Some of our courses will be absolutely stunning,” said Vice Provost Daniel Greenstein, who is leading the effort. “But we’re not going to just knock people’s socks off. We want to identify what works.”

UC’s new cyber studies will serve as a research project in which the professors who created them will gather data on their effectiveness, Greenstein said. Those findings will influence the project’s fate.

Economically, the online venture is equally experimental. Its most vigorous proponent, UC Berkeley Law School Dean Christopher Edley, expected to raise $6 million for the pilot program, but attracted just $748,000 in private funds. Rather than abandon the effort, UC gave it a $6.9 million interest-free line of credit.

The plan is to repay the loan by selling at least 7,000 spots in online classes to about 5,000 non-UC students – perhaps in China, said Greenstein.

He leaves Wednesday for Beijing and Shanghai to gauge the interest of Chinese educators.

“You can imagine that a university in China might want to supplement its education with American cultural studies,” Greenstein said. “Or prepare students for study in the United States.”

Why China?

“It’s not just China,” he said. “We’re exploring any number of different possibilities.”

Another prospect is Fidelis, a new San Francisco venture founded by ex-Marine Gunnar Counselman that bills itself as “the elite transfer college for the U.S. military.” Military personnel take online classes while on active duty, preparing for transfer to a four-year university.

“We’re talking to Gunnar,” Greenstein said.

Cheap education

As online options proliferate, the ability to educate large numbers of people cheaply via the Internet is stirring a national debate about its possibilities in an era of reduced public funding.

One influential voice is Harvard’s Clayton Christensen, who argues in his new book, “The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education,” that shifting to cyberspace can be a lifesaving business decision for campuses buried under rising costs.

But to UC faculty who already question the wisdom of online instruction – how to prevent cheating is just one concern – the idea that it’s a cash cow is far-fetched. And the fact that UC is laying out millions of dollars after promising to tap outside sources is beyond irritating.

“This is a scandal of obscene proportions” at a time when UC is laying off employees, raising tuition and bracing for more cuts in state support, political science Professor Wendy Brown wrote to the UC Berkeley Faculty Association, which she co-chairs. Her memo drew praise from colleagues.

Later, Brown also wondered why non-UC students would pay UC prices for online classes when so many are available for free – including from MIT, Harvard, Stanford and even UC Berkeley through iTunes.

UC Davis Professor Roger McDonald chuckles at the naysayers. “Academics don’t like change,” he said. “Certain people are convinced that we’re going to become the University of Phoenix, and there’s not a darn thing you can do.”

70 out of thousands

Of thousands of professors employed across UC, just 70 answered the call for online course proposals despite the promise of up to $30,000 in development funds for each. A panel of faculty and administrators chose 29, of which 26 are a go.

McDonald’s “Physiology of Aging” is one of them.

“Think of my course like a Kindle,” he said, referring to the popular e-reader in which users can tap on links that offer definitions, explain historical references and illustrate concepts.

“I program my course to do animation,” he said. “Suppose I’m talking about chemical reaction. I will actually put it into motion, showing how much energy is released from the bond as it’s broken. Say you want to know the structure of an enzyme. I can link you to the National Institutes of Health right at the actual structure.”

At UCLA, Professor Susanne Lohmann has taught “Ethics and Governance in the Age of Superstimulus and Supercomplexity” for years.

“Socratic dialogue is a great way of teaching ethics,” she said. “But it could be better online.”

Her proposal, too, was accepted.

The complex trust games played by Lohmann’s students are meant to examine influences on cooperation and competition. Course logistics make it impossible to enroll more than a few dozen students at a time, at least in a real classroom. Explaining – and re-explaining – the rules alone eats up time.

But online, enrollment could triple. Students will come and go, absorbing game rules online. And the computer will randomly pair up players, another improvement.

Lohmann plans to study which group of students – online or in-class – writes better papers and demonstrates deeper insights. For better data, graders won’t know which papers are from where.

“It’s actually really exciting,” Lohmann said.

Cheating ‘impossible’

As for cheating, UC Berkeley Professor Greg Niemeyer, whose “American Cybercultures” will premiere online next summer, tells of a student whose paper mirrored a Wikipedia article.

“Well?” Niemeyer demanded.

“But it’s me who wrote the Wikipedia article,” the student said, pointing to the attribution.

Niemeyer concluded that “in a world of radical transparency, cheating becomes impossible. You see who the source is, and students will refer to each other’s work explicitly.”

Besides, he said, “If we don’t move our activities to the Internet, we’ll simply be left out.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/11/BAMJ1L11DT.DTL#ixzz1Y0dci8iV

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New Design University

NDU scholarships for the master’s degree in Interior Design

www.ndu.ac.at
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In cooperation with Vienna-based newspaper “Die Presse“, the Economic Chamber of Lower Austria grants one full-ride-scholarship and one half-ride-scholarship for NDU’s master’s degree course in Interior Design & 3-D-Design with a total value of 21,000 EUR.—Applications must be submitted by 8th September.Already in June the New Design University had drawn attention to its master’s degree course in Interior Design & 3-D-Design with an innovative campaign. In the campaign, the question “Interior design?” was answered with seemingly far-off pictures for instance showing the Oval Office or an antiquated class room.The NDU is developing a new society-focussed understanding of interior design, which conveys the construction of rooms to students in a complex future-oriented way, fusing practical use and groundbreaking theoretical approaches.The master’s degree in Interior Design & 3-D-Design—a study course which is unique in Austria—will concentrate on educational architecture for the next two years, in particular university building. In a dialogue between theory and practice, accompanied by renowned lecturers, the research task is to develop new scenarios for research and teaching.Those interested should send their application documents:
– CV,
– informative letter of motivation (A4) and a
– formulation of project idea or draft of a future teaching situation (in pdf format)to stipendium@diepresse.com by 8th September.

The most promising applicants will be invited to a hearing/presentation of their projects. The scholarships for the master’s degree course (beginning scheduled for October 2011) are awarded by a jury. The full-ride-scholarship is awarded to the first place, the half-ride-scholarship to the second place.

There is no legal entitlement to the scholarship being granted.

Contact address
NDU Service Center
office@ndu.ac.at
T +43 2742 / 890-2418

www.ndu.ac.at

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Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design

Moscow-based Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design invites new applicants

www.strelkainstitute.com/admission
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The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design invites talented and motivated university graduates and young professionals to apply to take part in its educational program. We welcome applicants from all fields—architects, designers, journalists, economists, sociologists—people whose knowledge, experience and ambition enable them to become active participants in the educational process at the Institute.During 2010–2011 school year a remarkable group of people taught at Strelka: OMA Founder Rem Koolhaas, writer and director Michael Schindhelm, architect Farshid Moussavi, Senior Editors of Abitare and Domus Joseph Grima and Stefano Boeri among them. Application Deadline is August 10. You can apply at www.strelkainstitute.com/admissionYou will need to submit:

  • Your University Diploma
  • Certification of English Proficiency
  • Application form, a motivational cover letter and a portfolio of your projects or research.

European Architectural Bureau OMA*AMO helped design the educational concept at Strelka. Duration of studies is 10 months. There are no tuition fees for the program, all students receive stipends, and those who are not residents of Moscow, Russia, are provided with housing.

The academic year is comprised of two semesters—an intensive lecture course in the Fall and a research semester in the Spring. The Education also includes field trips in Russia and abroad.

You can find a detailed description of the Program and the Application Process at:

strelkainstitute.com/en/admission

To Apply:

strelkainstitute.com/en/admission/application

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