The Lucerne Master of Arts in Fine Arts, in Art Teaching, Image Practices and in Art in Public Spheres, puts high priority on artistic project work and in students developing their own artistic profile, whether as an individual or in a collective. The focus is on the independent artistic project, which is developed from the first semester into the thesis with the collective advice and supervision of mentors and classmates.
With the principle of learning through projects, the programme enables students to participate in contests such as “Kunsthoch Luzern”, “Sihlcity”, “Interventionen im öffentlichen Raum in Muri”; the students organise their own exhibitions; site-specific such as “Beyond the timberline” (2012), artistic mediations at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse (2015), interdisciplinary such as “Und weg mit den Minuten” [Kunsthaus Zug] (2014) and interactive, including performance events in public spheres such as “ACT”. In addition, there are career-specific modules and internships to prepare students for a career in the arts. This programme, with its basis in practice, is supplemented with reflection on current discourse in the form of lectures, seminars and master dialogues with international experts in the respective fields of art and public spheres, and art education.
The programme qualifies graduates of the Master of Arts in Fine Arts with the Majors Art in Public Spheres (MAPS) and Image Practices (MIP) to realise artistic projects in painting, drawing and photography as well as site-specific interventions in public spheres or within institutional frameworks, such as artist-run spaces and artists’ projects, in cooperation with public and private institutions, with urban development, district work and/or architecture firms both independently and commissioned by institutions. One primary objective is to empower the students to engage in artistic practice in long-term partnerships with various professions and to acquire skills in curation and interpretation.
Graduates of the Master of Arts in Fine Arts with the Major Art Teaching (MAT) are qualified to teach art in higher secondary education and work in art education or cultural education. This is due to the combination of artistic project work with modules for specialised teaching and learning methods and art education as well as professional and teaching internships. Their teaching is considered a participatory form of artistic intervention, which is well informed by art education in a public institution and that expresses a commitment to artistic education.