The Major in Image Practices (MIP) equips students for artistic projects in the field critical image practices media. The focus is on contemporary visual practices of social relevance; the curriculum, in consequence, is “hands-on”, responsive and cross-medial in character. The knowledge and skills thus gained have valuable potential that graduates can invest in exhibition contexts or other aspects of the arts and creative industries.
The Major in Image Practices (MIP) programme imparts skills in reflection, communication and practice as well as a technical and medial understanding of image practices. The artistic qualifications gained here equip graduates for interdisciplinary thinking, project-focused action and nuanced communication strategies. In order that graduates will be able to respond appropriately to complex developments in society – to the use of images in mass media, for example, or current strategies for the production and reception of images – the MIP curriculum offers the following core modules: Critical Image Practices, “Vertiefung Image Practices” and “Network”, plus elective modules such as Transfer in Illustration or Film studies. The programme is taught in German and English. Alternatively, students may opt for a combination of modules from the Major in Image Practices (MIP) and the Major Art Teaching (MAT) programmes. In this case, they graduate with a Major, i.e. a Master of Arts in Fine Arts with a Major in Art Teaching.
The Lucerne School of Art and Design has a fine range of state-of-the art workshops that students can use to explore their media of choice and meet the demands of their study programme.
In the well-equipped Workshops, existing knowledge of the disciplines Digital Skills, Video, Sound, Printing, 3D (Metal, Plastics, Ceramics and Wood) and Photography can be deepened and practical skills further honed. Comprehensive support and guidance from committed well-known artists, art educationalists, and lecturers in Cultural Studies and Art Theory are assured students throughout the degree programme. Additional practical skills are gained through participation in urban interventions, land art projects, and exhibitions of art in public space, through practice-oriented work placements (internships) and research projects, and through specific career-oriented modules.
The degree programme imparts solid skills in artistic research and scientific analysis and offers a variety of events on the core field of art and public spheres as well as on education and its institutions.
Thanks to research modules offered in cooperation with the Art, Design & Public Spheres Research Group and such international partners as the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the Majors in Art Teaching (MAT) students pursue research and analysis in the fields of cultural studies, art research, art mediation and education. They take Art and Cultural Studies theory modules along with students doing the Major Art in Public Spheres: in addition to the modules Public Spheres 1–3, they benefit from the special series “Master’s Input” and “Master Dialogues”, the network module “Art Education”, which is offered nationwide in Switzerland – in Lucerne with a focus on media pedagogy – and from the pré-doc-seminar Art in Public Spheres (pilot phase launched autumn semester 2014/15), which is taught jointly by the Lucerne School of Art and Design and HEAD Geneva. Lecturers’ intensive research activities in the Competence Clusters at the Lucerne School of Art and Design guarantee direct knowledge transfer from research to theory to practice, and vice versa. Students benefit also from institutional, interregional and international cooperation between various art schools.
The Master’s degree programme culminates in the presentation of site-specific projects and interventions with an artistic, art education or art mediation focus.
In parallel to their art project, students devise a practical artistic, art education, or art mediation project that they further explore in a written thesis. The results of their studies and artistic projects are presented to the general public and interested professionals from the art education field at the annual degree show, which is held in a setting relevant to the location or institutional framework selected as that year’s set theme.
Take a look at our archive of degree show projects.
Graduates of our Master of Arts in Fine Arts programme are professionals specialised in making socially committed projects and interventions at the interface of art, education and public space, also in cooperation with a broad variety of public and private bodies.
Graduates of our Master of Arts in Fine Arts programme initiate art projects and interventions of their own in and with public space, or realise them as commissioned work on behalf of institutions and public bodies. They work with specific segments of the general public, serve urban development authorities as consultants on matters of art, realise public art projects in cooperation with architects, engage with issues of art education and outreach, pursue careers as freelance artists and curators, launch initiatives in various fields of cultural studies or devote themselves to art research at universities.
All applicants must submit a portfolio, a CV, evidence of their previous work in the field of art and design, as well as a written concept for one or several projects that they would like to realise during their Master of Arts in Fine Arts programme (see Info Sheet for details).
Applicants for a Master of Arts in Fine Arts with a Major (specialisation) in Image Practices (MIP) must have gained a Bachelor of Arts or an equivalent degree in the field of art or design.
The two basic admissions requirements are: applicants must submit their documents in good time (before the deadline!), and make a positive impression on the examining board during their personal interview. Late submission of documents is permissible if places on the course are still available. Applicants must fill out and submit the Online Application Form of the Lucerne School of Art and Design along with a portfolio of their previous art and design work, including a written concept for one or more artistic projects that they would like to realise during their Master’s degree programme and additional evidence of any teaching experience, including shadow teaching. The examining board considers all applications and then invites suitable candidates to a personal interview.
Each year, a specific location or a particular institutional framework is selected as the focus of the degree show.
Links between current research and the Master’s degree programme are continually maintained – and students may choose to embark on a third study cycle, namely a PhD in Fine Arts or in Art Theory.
Master of Arts Admission process 2020
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NEUER Studienplan Master Kunst (Only in German)
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Flyer Master Kunst
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MIP MAT MAPS Auf einen Blick (Only in German)
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Archiv der Abschlussarbeiten im Master Kunst