Jeremy Douglas Stroud
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The Master programme of Fine Art | Photography is currently transitioning by the cross- disciplinary potential of both disciplines and the urgent need for an interdisciplinary learning context for theory and practice. Drawing on the expertise of teaching staff and the Professors at the Avans University Center of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (Caradt), our programme content advocates the greater embedment of artistic practices in society and encompasses themes such as: De-colonising the Art School and Migrant aesthetics (politics of citizenship); Heterodox identity (Gender); Inequality (Indebtedness); Gentrification (Creative Industries); Ecological Sustainability (Anthropocene). Students integrate process orientated studio work in relation to their own artistic practice with the acquisition of theoretical principles and the development of research methods relevant to innovatory studio practice. Students gain access to the formidable expertise, resources and the networks of our coalition partners (V2_Lab for Unstable Media Rotterdam, Impakt Festival Utrecht, JADS (Jheronimus Academy of Data Science) Den Bosch, Playgrounds Festival, Breda Photo, NoordBrabants Museum Den Bosch, Eye Research Lab Amsterdam).
At the Master Institute we have a regular programme of lectures, workshops and events by leading international artists and theorists, situating research concerns within the larger context of cultural production with an emphasis on supporting and developing activity that demonstrates innovation and new collaborations, taking account of sector needs in creative employment.
At the heart of the programme are the student’s independent research and studio practice, which are strongly integrated. Supported by a rigorous theoretical component and close mentoring, you will identify the questions and ideas relevant to your practice and learn how to articulate them — both in writing and through your work. Furthermore, you will be continually challenged to connect this developing critical vocabulary to others inside and outside the academy. This occurs in the form of self-organised symposia, wherein students invite artists, curators and critics to reflect with them on the themes relevant to their work.
The programme is structured into three phases: the Orientation Phase, the Research Phase and the Graduation Phase. The first year consists of the Orientation Phase and the first component of the Research Phase; the second year consists of the second component of the Research Phase and the Graduation Phase.
The Master of Fine Art is a two-year, full-time programme. One day a week is dedicated to practice, which includes presentations of work in progress and individual studio talks with your tutors. 1.5 days a week are dedicated to theory and General Academic Studies. An equal amount of time (2-3 days per week) is required for self-study.
Living expenses will vary depending on the city where you choose to reside. On average, you should expect to spend approximately €1,000 per month. This includes rent, food, transportation, recreation and health insurance.
The Master of Fine Art invites applications from artists who challenge themselves to question their mediums and their roles in society as artists. The programme is designed for those determined to build a strong professional foundation through dialogue, collaboration, and most importantly, personal agency.
The programme is open to Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates and practising professionals in the field, and in some cases to applicants from other related disciplines and backgrounds. Verbal and written proficiency in English is required
The artist’s role in society is changing. At AKV|St.Joost, you will learn not only how to respond to the current challenges and opportunities, but also how to shape this new reality. The programme is deeply involved with new models of self-organisation, alternative networks and artist-initiated activities. All tutors have practices involved with these modes of working, and together with them you will find your own position within the contemporary landscape.
Your studies will take place within a diverse community of Master’s students from many different backgrounds. Engaging with people from all over the world in a 24/7, multidisciplinary environment will enrich your practice and allow you to build a unique network of peers. Furthermore, through active collaboration with the outside art world, you will establish a relevant professional network and position yourself to take take solid steps in your career after graduation.
The programme maintains strong connections to key institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. Recent collaborations include: Rijksakademie (Amsterdam), Sabanci University of Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design (Istanbul) and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, or SAIC. To see what the students are up to, visit the blog and events.