Students focus on their artistic projects, designing interventions in public space, in institutional contexts or in everyday situations – intently accompanied throughout by their personal artistic mentors and lecturers and, more informally, by their fellow students. Practical project work, for which material and medial competence is paramount, goes hand in hand with reflexive, concrete research into such related fields as art and public space, community studies, institutional studies, urban studies/urban design, as well as into visual and embodied practices. Students thereby gain knowledge of various formats for exchange and mediation as well as curatorial, cooperative and communication skills.
Students concentrate throughout the programme on producing artistic projects in critical image practices and debates around identitiy politics, social environments and behaviours. The focus is on contemporary visual practices of social relevance; the curriculum, in consequence, is “hands-on”, responsive and cross-media in character. Students are intently accompanied every step of the way by their personal artistic mentors and lecturers and, more informally, by their fellow students. The knowledge and skills thus gained have valuable potential that graduates can invest in exhibition contexts, curatorial competences or other aspects of the arts and creative industries. The MIP programme imparts skills in reflection, communication and practice as well as a technical and medial understanding of critical image practices. The artistic qualifications gained here equip graduates for interdisciplinary thinking, project-focused action and nuanced communication strategies.
Students on this – if necessary, lateral entry and/or integrated – programme are called upon to examine their own art projects in light of art education practices. Such independently devised artistic, art-educational or mediatory projects must be informed by contemporary methodologies, by discourse on participation and self-empowerment, and by critical reappraisal of institutional structures and the terms and conditions of education today, be it in schools or museum and gallery contexts. Thus, teacher training here – for an EDK*
-certified teaching degree that qualifies graduates to teach art up to baccalaureate (GCSE “A”) level – is expressly practice-oriented. Dedicated capacity building for the everyday work of newly qualified teachers, including one-on-one teaching, is core to the Lucerne School of Art and Design’s MAT programme.
: Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (Federal Swiss Board of Education)
In all three Majors, comprehensive support and guidance from personal mentors as well as collaborative project work with lecturers, programme heads and fellow students supplement the curriculum content. The Lucerne School of Art and Design offers an impressive range of superbly equipped sound and (video-) image editing studios as well as Printing, Textiles and 3D Workshops
(Textiles, Metal, Plastics, Wood, etc.) – all freely accessible to Masters of Arts students.