World's First Low-residency Master of Fine Arts program in New Media to Start in July 2005. Transart Institute and Donau University announced today that they will open the first low-residency Master of Fine Arts in New Media Program this summer. Transart Institute's co-directors, Klaus Knoll, Ph.D., and Cella, MFA, said the programs will feature short, intensive summer study sessions combined with extended independent one-on-one study with individual teachers chosen from the school's distinguished roster of international artists between residencies off-site.
The Master of Fine Art in New Media is the only low-residency fine art program which is open to all media genres, said Cella. "Our students are generally working professionals with wider world experience than students from a traditional serial undergraduate/graduate course of study. The low-residency approach gives our students the opportunity for deeper academic experiences than within a traditional full residency context. It also allows them to keep their jobs and even tailor their education to their career goals."
"A significant opportunity that arises with the intensive residency format is the possibility of inviting practicing artists, media specialists and theorists like stellar American graphic designer David Carson (www.davidcarsondesign.com), Performance Artists Lynn Book (www.voicelabnyc.com) and Ulf Langheinrich of Granular Synthesis (www.granularsynthesis.info), who would not be able to commit to teaching in a full residency program because of the their careers" said Knoll.
Another unique quality of the program is that it is entirely individual. Each student creates his/her own educational experience through independent study, one-on-one with self-chosen faculty and mentors. Students work in their own studio environment. Traditional programs often necessitate working in temporary on-site studio spaces.
Balancing work, family and jobs is one of the more difficult challenges artists face. If students can establish a good, solid artistic praxis with the support of the program in their own environment, chances are much greater the praxis will continue after the program, said Cella. Students can come back even after graduating and thus keep their praxis and contacts alive.
NEW MEDIA SUMMER WORKSHOPS
Additionally the Transart Institute will open to the public a series of workshops featuring intensive five day new media workshops offered by the school's MFA faculty and visiting artists. "Essential to the summer workshops are our visiting artists and media specialists, working at the cutting edge of art and technology, with their up to the minute contributions of workshop topics and content." says Knoll. "New media artists, working transdisciplinarily flourish with support from a variety of sources both technical and artistic."
This summer's workshops will include such diverse courses as "Self Indulgent Design” with David Carson, "VoiceLab" with Lynn Book, "Sound Visualization" with Venice Biennale participant Ulf Langheinrich, and "Performance Reconstruction" with Christopher Hewitt.
Enhancing the workshop series for Transart Summer Workshop participants will be invitations to select Master of Fine Arts Program artist talks and lectures including guest artists and speakers from several distinguished European and American University Programs.
"It's important for artists to get fresh input and access to new ideas and resources in order to stay inspired, excited and informed and to see themselves and their art work in the wider context of the world" said Cella adding, "The Transart Institute Summer Workshops offers artists an opportunity to get this kind of creative surge. For art school graduates it's a real boost."
Animation, Cyber Art, Film/Video, Graphic Design, Installation Art, Interactive Art, Interdisciplinary Art, Performance Art, Photography, Sound/Music.
Application deadline is June 15, 2005 and April 15, 2005 for early admission.
CONTACT – FURTHER INFORMATION
Klaus Knoll, Ph.D.
Los Angeles/Krems, Austria
Transart Institute, Donau University Krems