Research Programmes



HISK – Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten / Higher Institute for Fine Arts

Extra call for applications for
the HISK programme 2013 and 2014

Advanced Studies & Practice-based Research in Visual Arts
Submission deadline: September 10, 2012HISK
Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten
Higher Institute for Fine Arts
Charles de Kerchovelaan 187a
B-9000 Gent, Belgium

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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
All applicants have to fill in the online application form ( – application) and send the required material before September 10, 2012 (postmark date).
An international jury will make a selection in September 2012.



Los Angeles 2011. Érik Bullot.
European School of Visual Art Angoulême & Poitiers (ÉESI)

Postgraduate Program
“Document and Contemporary Art”

Application deadline: 5 September 2012

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Launched in October 2010 at the initiative of the European School of Visual Art, the postgraduate program Document and Contemporary Art, in partnership with the École nationale supérieure d’art de Bourges, is open to art or film students, young curators or art critics seeking to prolong their studies through a year of experimental inquiry at the crossroads of the document and contemporary art, irrespective of media or technique.

The aim of the postgraduate program is to foster theoretical and practical reflection on the function of the document and the archive in the field of art and the social world. The program’s first two years focused on the performative dimension of the document. What is the document’s function? How can it be activated? What, in turn, can it activate? Can one speak of “performative documents”?

Over the course of its third year, the research program will focus more particularly on translation, in the broadest sense of the term, as an agent of a document’s activation and transformation. If it is not to remain inert, a document has to be activated, inscribed in a new context of appearance—that is, translated in some expanded sense, not merely from one language to another but between one medium and another.

The program’s activities are concentrated into monthly one-week sessions. These sessions take the form of a seminar, structured around the presentations of invited artists, theorists or curators.

2012–13 will be organized nomadically, favoring mobility. Subject to final confirmation, program sessions will be held in Poitiers, Madrid, Bourges, Angoulême, Los Angeles…

An annual journal, Cahiers du post-diplôme, bears witness to the program’s activities by bringing together the participating artists’ work and the contributions of the invited artists. An exhibition focusing on performative documents is scheduled at La Box gallery (Bourges) in early 2013 in the framework of an open invitation to the postgraduate program. A partnership with CalArts (California Institute of the Arts, Valencia), more specifically with the Film and Critical Studies departments, will be continued this year in the form of a joint seminar.

The program’s recruitment is international. English is the principal working language.

The postgraduate program provides a theoretical and practical platform in the perspective of defining and proposing original modes of research in art. As debates, practices and partnerships develop over the intermediate term, the program is poised to evolve toward a practice-based PhD in artistic research.

Applicants should hold a national or international level-1 degree or equivalent (high-school certificate + 5 years of post-secondary study). Following a preliminary selection on the basis of the candidate’s artistic dossier, letter of application and curriculum vitae, applicants will be invited to an interview by a panel. The artistic dossier should include documentation of work produced by the applicant (texts, photographs, films, catalogues, articles). For film or sound works, applicants should select excerpts of 12 minutes maximum. The letter of application (2 pages maximum) should present the candidate’s itinerary, past experiences and particular interest in the postgraduate program.

The postgraduates will have access to the technical facilities of the School and will receive a stipend of 4000 euros. The group will be made up of four young practitioners.

The artistic dossier and a letter of application should be sent by 5 September 2012. Interviews with the selection committee will be held on 17 September 2012.

For further information:


Maryland Institute College of Art

MICA appointment
expands role of research in
Graduate Studies

Gunalan Nadarajan becomes vice provost of research and graduate
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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:

  • Research. Graduate students at MICA learn to integrate research methods into a discovery process that influences art-making and design.
  • First-of-their-kind programs. MICA is leading art colleges in the implementation of innovative, first-of-their-kind programs that take advantage of both new opportunities and unmet needs in graduate education. These groundbreaking programs include the MFA in Community Arts, MFA in Curatorial Practice, MPS in the Business of Art and Design, MA in Social Design, and the upcoming MPS in Information Visualization and MBA/MA in Design Leadership  offered in partnership with The Johns Hopkins University.
  • Community and social engagement. Numerous programs infuse community and social engagement into the curriculum, so that students experience how their work impacts community, society, culture, policy, economy, and environment.
  • Access to extraordinary space and resources. Each graduate student has access to state-of-the-art studios and/or the spaces, technology, and art-making resources that provide the time and space to stretch their creative possibilities. A recent 10-million USD gift is the College’s latest investment in ensuring that students have access to the resources they need to produce works of consequence, and in fall 2012, the College will complete the 20-million USD, 120,000-square-foot Graduate Studio Center.

“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.

‘Research degrees

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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