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|The HISK offers a postacademic course in audiovisual and visual art. The institute provides 24 young artists from Belgium and abroad with a studio of their own for two years.The emphasis at the institute lies on individual practice. The programme aims to achieve a practical balance between study in the studio, discussions with visiting lecturers, workshops, reading groups, field trips, and public presentations. The international and culturally diverse composition of the candidate laureate group makes for cross-pollination and dialogue.
The diversity of the international visiting lecturers (artists, curators, critics, theoreticians…), provides a framework within which the candidate laureates learn to view their own work with a critical eye. The unique HISK concept allows participants every opportunity to invest in critical research for their work within a broader artistic, cultural, and societal context.
At the end of the two years, the artist receives a ‘Laureate of the Higher Institute for Fine Arts’ certificate.
Since 1997, 184 laureates have graduated from the institute. The majority of them are now pursuing successful professional careers in the international art world.
The first of the two working year starts in January 2013 and ends in December 2013.
Artists who have already obtained a Masters degree in Fine Art or an equivalent qualification are eligible to apply to the HISK. Exceptions can be made for applicants who do not have a Master degree but display a high level of development, motivation, and artistic affinity.
The admission committee is composed of international visiting lecturers from a variety of backgrounds. They make a pre-selection from the submitted portfolios, and the candidates who make it through are invited for an interview regarding their motivations and expectations. After a period of evaluation and careful consideration, the committee then makes a decision as to whether the applicant is suitable.
The conceptual and visual qualities in the works submitted by applicants are considered to be more important than style, material or technique. Participants are expected to have a strong commitment to conducting critical research within their respective fields of interest. At the same time, they should aim towards locating their practice within a broader perspective of social and cultural environments. Candidates are also expected to make a contribution to the activities of the HISK as a whole. This interaction is seen to be an important forum of exchange and development.
The registration fee amounts to 2000 euros / year (+ a single deposit of 300 euros). Health insurance is not included in the registration fee. The registration fee (and the deposit) are payable before the start of the working year.
The Higher Institute of Fine Arts offers a private work space and pedagogical guidance. There are no scholarships or residencies available. Living costs are the participants’ own responsibility. Foreign candidate-laureates have to arrange all the necessary administration themselves in order to obtain a visa for study purposes and an official residence permit.
Application candidatures HISK programme 2013 and 2014
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|To create connections between graduate education and research, MICA announces the appointment ofGunalan Nadarajan to be the vice provost of research and graduate studies. His original appointment in 2008 as vice provost of research represented the first senior academic leadership position dedicated to research at an American art college. This new role underscores MICA’s commitment to meeting the graduate educational needs of artists and designers in the 21st century.The results of the College’s strategic planning regarding graduate education is evidenced by:
“I am excited about this opportunity to integrate and create greater synergies between MICA’s twin strategic imperatives of research and graduate studies,” Nadarajan said. “As one of the nation’s top colleges for graduate studies in art and design, MICA is at the forefront not only of teaching and learning through world-class graduate programs but also in the research and generation of innovative ideas and practices that will drive contemporary developments in art and design.”
Enhancing graduate education is one of MICA’s foremost priorities. By the end of the decade, MICA plans to increase graduate student enrollment by 64 percent and the number of programs by 82 percent when compared to 2010. With MFA programs ranked 4th nationally by US News and World Report, MICA will offer 19 graduate programs in fine art, design, education, business, and community arts leading to MFA, MA, MAT, and MPS degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates by fall 2012.
The Office of Research, led by Nadarajan, focuses on developing art and design research with the potential to affect society, policy, commerce, science, and technology through the College’s three research centers in design practice, design thinking, and race and culture, among other departments. Nadarajan has been instrumental in forging research partnerships with city, state, and federal entities, such as The Johns Hopkins Medicine Brain Science Institute, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and the Maryland Energy Administration. That role correlates with the graduate school’s goal of producing innovative leaders who can solve complex societal problems through art and design.
Prior to joining MICA, Nadarajan was professor of art and associate dean for research and graduate studies at the College of Arts and Architecture at Pennsylvania State University. His academic background includes the following degrees: Master of Arts from University of Warwick, United Kingdom; and Master of Social Sciences, Bachelor of Social Sciences, and Bachelor of Arts, all from National University of Singapore.
Kingston University degrees offer a flexible approach to carrying out research. They allow you to study on a full-time basis or to combine your research studies with employment.’
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